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The Stockton Weekender promises a wealth of musical talent

Happy Mondays, Public Enemy and Martha Reeves are among a host of stars bound for Stockton this weekend

The Happy Mondays
The Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays, Public Enemy, Shed Seven, Martha Reeves and Peter Hook are among the high profile performers bound for the region to add lustre to the fourth Stockton Weekender.

The dual carriageway and carpark at the Riverside in Stockton will be transformed into the festival site for the two-day celebration of music with the headline acts vying with the cream of North East talent for the best audience response.

Happy Mondays, survivors of the frenetic ‘Madchester’ rave/dance scene of the 1990s, will headline on Saturday night with Shaun Ryder, Bez and co performing hits including Kinky Afro, Step On, 24 Hour Party People and Loose Fit.

Headlining on Sunday will be Public Enemy, platinum-selling American purveyors of hip-hop.

The organisers (Stockton Weekender is an independently produced festival presented by Tees Music Alliance and with support from Stockton Council and Arts Council England) boast that both acts will be making their only North East headlining appearance at the festival.

Both are due on the Main Stage at 9.40pm, ending a programe of music starting at 12.30pm.

Happy Mondays will be immediately preceeded by Shed Seven with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas on before that. On Sunday, Peter Hook & The Light and Reverend & the Makers will pave the way for Public Enemy.

Martha Reeves
Martha Reeves

Sitting alongside the Main Stage will be the Thirteen Stage. On Saturday it will play host to, among others, New Electric Ride, Chris Helme and Lilliput. On Sunday look out for The Amazing Snakeheads and Red Kite.

Meanwhile, in the Wunderbar Tent, there will be more music and comedy too.

On Saturday you can see comedy impro group The Suggestibles and 10-strong Gypsy-blues specialists The Urban Voodoo Machine. Lee Nelson will headline on Sunday, following punk rock party band The Gimme Gimmicks on stage.

Entertainment is also scheduled for The Georgian Theatre where the Sonic Union Stage will present alternative and psychedelic acts from the North East.

This is also where festival-goers will find Saturday night’s Official After Party with its silent disco where people can pick up a set of headphones and go crazy to music selected by rival DJs vying for support via two channels.

Children will be catered for in the family-friendly Kaleidoscope Tent which will be the place for a host of different activities. Stockton Weekender tickets are available from www.stocktonweekender.co.uk or tel. 01642 606525199.


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