Stockton Calling April 23rd / The View / Little Comets / Frankie and the Heartstrings / Washington Irving / 1 Day / 4 Venues / over 30 bands / £12
After Stockton Calling's storming debut in 2010, ARC, Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre are pulling out all the stops, announcing the first headline act buoyant Dundee rockers The View for the hit festival’s second stint.
Stockton Calling will be taking over more of the town with a brand new stage at The Sun Inn, which has been put together by Middlesbrough based promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold and will be headlined by Washington Irving, as well as an array of local and Newcastle based bands.
Other bands in the line include The Chapman Family, Little Comets, The Violet May and Jimmy & The Sounds.
With loads more bands be announced for the day's festivities, keep checking ARC's website for more updates.
Confirmed so far....
The Georgian Theatre Stage:
Frankie and The Heartstrings
These Sunderland boys have pop flowing through their veins, you just have to listen to one of their perky playful tunes to hear it. Now touring with their debut album Ungrateful, this band is making waves and destined for big things.
Be Quiet. Shout Loud.
Disco. Electro. Punk. Feather Boas. This sextet from Middlesbrough has been working hard on a load of new material but they are quite possibly the most exhilarating live experience around.
Lets Buy Happiness
Newcastle's buzz band of the moment. Leading music web gurus Drowned in Sound said the band is "One of the most thrilling new bands I've seen in years". Comparisons to The Sundays and The Sugar Cubes fit nicely.
Energetic indie/rock of the highest order and colossal tune The Verve would be proud of.
This blue-eyed indie trio from Reading are a band out of time, hanneling soul-inflected sounds from The Jam to Stevie Wonder.
Teesside's resident delta blues and Captain Beefheart obsessed four-piece will blow your mind, in the best way possible.
The Kallinger Brothers
After stepping in at the last minute and ripping up the KU Bar stage (not to mention smashing up a guitar) last year, we just had to have them back for more mayhem.
Like your post-punk music a little off kilter al la Talking Heads and Gang of Four? Well this trio will certainly float your boat.
Expect this band to deliver full blown psychedelic-space-hymns, melodic mid-paced stompers and acoustic-rock-shanties.
Dundee's finest shot to fame back in 2007 with huge indie anthems Wasted Little DJs and Same Jeans. Their first album went to No 1 as well as being nominated for a Mercury Award; they're now touring with their highly anticipated new release Bread and Circuses .With their unmistakable brand of alternative indie you'd me mad to miss these boys live.
Sound of Guns
The View’s official tour support just happens to be Sound of Guns, who literally blew us away at last year’s SC, a live experience of epic proportions.
Jimmy & The Sounds
Bustling indie pop anthems from Stockton's very own fab-four. Songs Heart For Rent and Sounds are firm favourites with crowds far and wide.
We like our rock dark and full of angst so these boys never fail to impress with their massive riffs and fist thrashing drumbeats.
Our Secret Sins
A band who pride themselves on being different, the seven-man strong line up packs one hell of a 'intense string laced, venomous, synth cult pop’ punch.
Special Guests To be Announced
Playing delicious rock that Maximo Park would swoon over. Check out those riffs on top song Penelope.
BBC Introducing Presents - Antlez
Formerly known as The Reverse, this alt. pop quartet from Hartlepool are definately all killer and no filler.
The Sun Inn stage:
A Feel good indie/folk ensemble taking influences from Belle and Sebastian, Arcade Fire and Bright Eyes. Their live shows are full of such raw energy they never fail to win new fans.
Cattle & Cane
Creating a heart-achingly delicious soundscape with such ease Cattle & Cane experienced huge success in 2010. With their first single due out this Spring there’s no stopping them.
Meet Glasgow lads Cammy, Raindeer, Dougie, Kris, who make up the ingeniously experimental Mitchell Museum, Drawing influences from Animal Collective, Flaming Lips, Wolf Parade and Modest Mouse, amongst others, Mitchell Museum create an experimental pop sound with strong hints to folk, psych, and electronica.
Chased by Wolves
A Newcastle five piece who blend blues, country and alt-folk into a gorgeous melting pot, evoking artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and Ryan Adams.
Withered Hand (full band)
Edinburgh based Withered Hand wrap words of woozy wisdom round raw guitars with the effortless sway of an Andrew Bird.
Laid-back-surfer-grunge-folk recalling the best of Weezer and The Violent Femmes that will transport you to golden Californian beaches by way of Sunderland Interchange.
The Winterhill Transmission
Vocal-led folk and dreamy synth-anthems that will carry you off with the warmth of a nostalgic summer evening.
Rikki and the Porters
For relative newcomers these Middlesbrough lads have swagger and sway abound in their timeless After The Gold Rush style guitar jangling and powerful vocals.
BBC Introducing presents The Daydream Club
Doing exactly as it says on the tin this duo create dream like soundscapes, luscious melodies and imagery.
Due to popular demand the indie rock foursome from Newcastle are back! Described as a “cheekier, chirpier, British Vampire Weekend” the band have received critical acclaim left right and centre for the debut album In Search of Elusive Little Comets.
The Chapman Family
With a bruising energy and a gigantic sound, they've already transcended comparisons to Interpol and Joy Division to become behemoths of the post-punk anthem in their own right. The 'Kids' might not be alright, but one things for sure - The Chapmans rock!
Newcastle isn't always a place you'd associate with a top dollar "Ibiza Indie" band but with these boys making waves across the country it soon will be.
The Violet May
For lovers of riotous guitars and testosterone pumped vocals everywhere, music so cool it swaggers.
Fly With Vampires
With a knack for writing songs you can’t help but sing along to and live delivery to rival anyone out there Fly With Vampires are set to spread their wings and make a mark in 2011.
The Port Authority
Influenced by the likes of Wilco, The Smiths and The Walkmen, this threesome combine crafty rifts with killer hooks that will have you frothing at the mouth.
PA brand new band you may well not have seen out and about yet, but they’ve got a whole new bag of tricks for your splendor.
Randy and the Handstand Band
Local lads with a knack for an Arctic Monkeys-esque foot-stomper and a name so funky you can dance to it.
• Tickets can be purchased online at www.arconline.co.uk and from ARC Box Office on 01642 525199; Green Dragon Studios on 01642 606525 or in person from Ku.
• On the day you will need to exchange your ticket for a wrist band from the Ticket Exchange Point (in Green Dragon Yard)
• Tickets MUST be exchanged for a wristband by 7pm otherwise entry will be denied at the venues.
• You will only gain entry to each venue with a valid, intact wrist band.
• To purchase alcohol from the venues you will need a 18+ wristband. Proof of ID must be provided at the Ticket Exchange Point.
*IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DRINK ALCOHOL IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES IN THE TOWN CENTRE.
• Admission to each venue is on a first come first served basis. Once capacity is reached the door will operate on a one in one out policy.
• Each venue reserves the right to refuse entry.