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Intro Festival

A feast of music in the heart of Middlesbrough.

2012

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.

JUST ANNOUNCED: King Charles. 

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: Polarsets.

Polarsets have just signed with hip French label Kitsune and if you love the euphoric dance of Cut Copy or the energetic indie of Two Door Cinema Club, you’ll adore them. Ibiza-indie at its best!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Flashguns. 

One of the most exciting new indie-pop bands around, fresh from tours with Mona, Bombay Bicycle Club and Dananananakroyd.

'Sky-bursting and heart stirring' - NME

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)

JUST ANNOUNCED! The Computers. Awesome punk-rock-n-roll for fans of Rocket From The Crypt, early Green Day and The Hives. Zane Lowe loves ‘em, as do we!

"It will make you want to shake your ass until dawn and is, quite simply, superb. 9/10" - Rock Sound 

Homegrown Line Up Announced!

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:

Homegrown Stages:

3 foot ninja

arcs & trauma

collectors club

comets

evelyn burke

frozen rope

heavy lies the crown

jimmy & the sounds

lennox

lifeless

massacre on broadway

no school reunion

randy & the handstand band

rikki & the porters

silvershock

the purnells

toyger

XTN

Fly Me To The Moon Stage:

pellethead

shrug

the port authority

the white negroes

young hegelians

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. 

Just announced… CLINIC!

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.

Just announced: ALICE GOLD

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