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STATUS QUO


Sat 21 Jul
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 14+

Tickets: 01642 729 729

Stop press! Rock legends Status Quo are coming to Middlesbrough! Last year they played Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. This year we are over the moon to announce that the band will be playing Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 21 July - their only non-festival UK date announced so far for 2018.

Status Quo, who were awarded the prestigious Services to Rock Award by Kerrang magazine a couple of years ago, boats string of eye-watering statistics. They have sold more than 118 million records; have released 100 singles; 43 hit albums and appeared on Top of the Pops more than any other band in the world – a record 106 appearances!

Following the tragic death of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve 2016, founding member Francis Rossi is joined by keyboard player Andrew Bown (Quo member since 1976), bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards (1986), guitarist Richie Malone (2016) and drummer Leon Cave (2013).

Last year they toured extensively across the world, feeling the need to connect with fans. This year, they are taking time out and performing only at one off gigs and festivals. We are delighted that they have chosen Middlesbrough for this very rare UK appearance.


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THE WILDCATS OF KILKENNY

UNPLUGGED (ISH)


Fri 07 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Local heroes The Wildcats of Kilkenny have come a long way since their very first gig in a packed Egglescliffe Village Hall back in 1991. Since then, Mike McGrother and his merry men have taken their fiddle fuelled, punked up version of traditional Irish tunes to audiences across the globe - from Billingham to Beijing and Dormanstown to Donegal.

We are delighted to welcome them to Yarm for their very first show at the PAA. As a fully seated theatre show, you can expect something a little bit different from a usual Wildcats gig as Mike looks back on almost 30 years on the road. He’ll be exploring the links between his Teesside home and his Irish heritage – through story, song and plenty of craic – and there might even be the chance to throw a few questions at the band in the midst of all the madness!

With special guests the mighty male voice choir Infant Hercules, this will a night that will leave you proud to be a Teessider!


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RUBY TURNER


Sat 22 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

With 17 albums under her belt and the rare distinction of being a British artist who has topped the American R&B charts, soul and gospel diva Ruby Turner has come a long way since her early days learning the art of touring with Culture Club.

With a voice that has earned her hits and fans the world over – from I’d Rather Go Blind to American chart topper It’s Gonna Be Alright – she is, quite simply, one of the most successful singers of her generation. A regular in Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra, she has also sung with everyone from Brian Ferry to Mick Jagger. If you have never seen her before live, prepare for a soul stirring evening!

‘Soul, Gospel and R&B : Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove’ – The Guardian


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Joanne Shaw Taylor

Plus Special Guest Kris Barras


Fri 05 Oct
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honour of playing alongside some of her musical idols.

Joanne’s debut album White Sugar first opened the door and her career has since gone stratospheric, including breaking the notoriously hard-to-crack US market. She beat the stereotypes of her age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Subsequent albums Diamonds in the Dirt, Almost Always Never and Songs From The Road followed and saw Joanne’s fan base rise globally.

In 2014 Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines and recorded her new studio album in Memphis. That album entitled The Dirty Truth was a return to her original sound mixing rock riffs with blues influences. The album was released in the UK on Joanne’s own independent boutique label Axehouse Records to critical acclaim across the world and is now her biggest selling album to date.

Joanne is a bona fide star with famous fans across the guitar world including Joe Bonamassa (who described her as a ‘superstar in waiting’), Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes and John Mayall to name but a few.

Following critical acclaim in 2016 including performances on Later With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest album Wild, Joanne toured extensively to sell out audiences in 2017 which included a major theatre tour in the UK which visited London's Royal Festival Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater hall and Birmingham's Symphony hall (to name a few). Having just completed a one month tour across America, 2018 is looking very bright for Joanne Shaw Taylor as she embarks on the next chapter of her expanding career.

Support comes from special guest Kris Barras.

Kris is one of the UK's most exciting Blues/Rock Guitarist, and is currently in the top 5 most played artists on Planet Rock Radio. The band's Southern, Blues-Rock sound encompasses dirty riffs, husky vocals and screaming guitar solo's.

Inspired by his father at the early age of only six years old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live.

'The Divine and Dirty' album was released in March 2018 and went in straight at number one in both the Amazon and iTunes Blues charts as well as Number 3 in the Official UK Blues/Jazz Charts.

Kris was nominated for 'Blues Guitarist of the Year 2017' by Total Guitar magazine and voted into the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the World by Music Radar.


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Alexander O’Neal


Sat 06 Oct
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Alexander O’Neal has come a long way since he was signed by Prince back in 1981. One of R&B’s most iconic names, he has 14 (count em!) singles to his name with chart smash Criticize still lighting up dance floors and airwaves across the world thirty years after its release.

With two Gold albums – the eponymously titled Alexander O’Neal and All True Man - as well as the triple platinum selling album Hearsay, his place in the R&B Hall of Fame is well and truly deserved.

2018 will see the release of Alexander’s first album in almost ten years, and fans are in for a treat when they hear how one of the great soul voices has matured since he last ventured into the studio.

With the release of his hard hitting, blockbuster autobiography last year, and a 50 date UK tour to celebrate 30 years of the iconic Hearsay album, it’s safe to say that fans still can’t get enough of the man from Minneapolis!


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Suggs

A LIFE IN THE REALM OF MADNESS


Fri 19 Oct
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

If you were lucky enough to catch Madness frontman Suggs earlier this year at Yarm’s PAA, you’ll know what an utterly fantastic show this is. So it’s no surprise that the tour has been extended – or that Suggs himself requested to come back to Teesside.

This time he is playing ARC Stockton and our advice is to buy early. The Yarm show sold out super quick!

With help from Deano his trusty pianist, the show is a brilliant combination of stories and song – including Madness classics and a couple more what he wrote all by himself!

Endlessly entertaining, he tells tales of vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace, nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics and the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury.

Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times.


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The High Kings


Mon 12 Nov
ARC, Stockton-on-tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 525 199

Since Irish folk band The High Kings formed 10 years ago, they have achieved the remarkable feat of catapulting the Irish ballad tradition right into the here and now. Playing exciting new songs in the folk idiom and re-energising great Irish ballads, the band have not only brought with them armies of Christy Moore and Dubliners fans, they have also opened up the music to a whole new generation.

And now the true heirs of Ireland’s Folk Heritage are embarking on their biggest tour to date.

Their latest album, appropriately entitled Decade – The Best of The High Kings, was received with rave reviews and record sales figures, with the band once again topping the Irish Album Charts and returning to the Billboard World Music Charts.

The new live show will showcase fan favourites from The High Kings’ extensive catalogue and will feature some new additions too. It will also feature a new member after the departure of original High King Martin Furey and the arrival of young-gun George Murphy – bringing new energy to the High Kings and their audiences alike.

The Decade World Tour promises a joyous trip down Memory Lane, to the music and song of yesteryear, performed in a contemporary style and arrangement which still remains true to the original.


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BOOTLEG BEATLES


Thurs 20 Dec
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 729 729

The world’s Premier Beatles tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty “Scouse” banter to their “inflection perfect” vocals. With a little help from their own Pepperland Sinfonia and this year featuring a special set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White album, this has to be a not-to-be-missed event for Fab Four fans of all ages.

Entirely convincing. - The Times

A joy to behold. - The Telegraph

Flawless! - Mojo

Mind-boggling accuracy. - The Mail on Sunday