Hey all, we’ve just had it confirmed that Intro won’t be happening in 2012, and that instead the council’s events team will instead be channelling their resources into events based around the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.
The official word on the matter goes like this:
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics are once in a lifetime events, so it’s only right that this year we should concentrate our efforts and resources on the important roles we have to play in them… It’s no secret that, with the Council facing so many Government cuts, we have to look at everything we do, so it’s also a good opportunity to take a break, take stock and plan for the future.”
From our side at Ten Feet Tall, we’re going to use the time that we’ve saved [that thing always used to gobble up a big chunk of our year] to get stuck into building up our year-round music programme. Here’s to some amazing shows in 2012 and beyond!
And once we know for sure what’s happening with the festival in future years then rest assured, you’ll be the first to know.
As seen on tour with Mumford & Sons and winner of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in 2010, KC’s glorious psychedelic folk sits between Johnny Flynn, Simon & Garfunkel and Led Zep!?!?!
JUST ANNOUNCED! William K.J. Anderson will be performing on the Cosmos Stage at Intro. The former DARTZ! frontman will be sure to please fans of Iron & Wine, Nick Drake and Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard. Give new single ‘Catherine’ a listen - it’s a beauty.
"Gentle acoustic guitar with the kind of qualty where you can hear the squeak of fingers moving up and down the frets. I really like it an awful lot.” – Marsha Shandur (XFM)
The local line up for the Homegrown stages were announced on BBC Tees earlier this evening. If you missed it, then here’s a run down (in alphabetical order!) of who’s playing:
3 foot ninja
arcs & trauma
heavy lies the crown
jimmy & the sounds
massacre on broadway
no school reunion
randy & the handstand band
rikki & the porters
Fly Me To The Moon Stage:
the port authority
the white negroes
In addition to these acts, the likes of Teesside favourites The Chapman Family, Young Rebel Set, Cattle & Cane, Hey Alaska, Rosa Valle, Sister Rose and The Broken Broadcast have all been confirmed for the festival - a splendid selection of local talent!
We’ll be updating the official website with blurbs and audio clips for all the Homegrown bands in the next couple of days, so check back soon.
Clinic – singular, ambitious, revered by fellow musicians – forever sound like no-one else but themselves, because no-one else could even begin to sound like them. Since the tail end of the ’90s, they’ve beamed in other-worldly psychedelic-pop transmissions from their own parallel dimension (geographically, it’s in Liverpool, but…), each with a vibe and quality consistent with its predecessors, oblivious to passing trends.
Tours with such luminaries as Radiohead, Arcade Fire and The Flaming Lips have cemented their place as one of the coolest acts around and here at Intro HQ, well, we love them.
Clinic will be performing on The Empire stage alongside Jon Fratelli, Cloud Control, Young Rebel Set, Cattle & Cane and more to be announced.
There aren’t many new musicians who can harness the elemental rock’n’roll soul of both Ike and Tina and Jimi and Janis. Alice Gold though, comes bloomin’ close, a powerful pull of both masculine and feminine laced together with straight out Patti Smith punk spirit and a keen pop ear.
Gold by name and gold by nature, there’s an immense warmth in Alice’s sound and lyrics. She’s been A-listed by Radio 2, toured with the likes of Eels, Athlete and Noah & The Whale and her debut album is one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2011. Exciting times!
Alice will be playing on The Empire stage alongside a host of other acts including Jon Fratelli, Clinic, Cloud Control, Young Rebel Set and Cattle & cane.
The final band to be announced for the Sumo Rock Stage is… GLAMOUR OF THE KILL!
York’s finest axe-slinging revivalists remind us here at Intro HQ of an amalgamation of Bullet For My Valentine and Megadeth!? Quite a combination! They’ve been picking up some awesome reviews and big things are expected from them in 2011:
“Glamour Of The Kill are one of the UK’s brightest young hopes.” - Kerrang!
“The UK has a new crossover phenomenon in the making.” - Metal Hammer
“Glamour Of The Kill have been thrown in at the deep end and seem to be loving the water!” - Big Cheese