Middlehaven Festival is a great event on the Dockside in Middlesbrough from Keiro, Middlesbrough College, Thirteen Group and Middlesbrough Football Club.
BRIT award-nominated rock band The Feeling have been confirmed as the headlining act for Teesside’s newest music event, The Middlehaven Festival.
The band, best known for creating chart-topping hit ‘Fill My Little World’ and having three chart topping albums including ‘Join With Us’ which reached number one in the UK charts, will be topping the bill of a stellar line up consisting of over 20 acts across two stages.
Featuring a mix of some of the most exciting and emerging names in popular music alongside up and coming artists from the North East and beyond, the festival is aimed at attracting visitors of all ages and abilities from across the region.
Supporting artists include 18-year-old Chloe Howl, who is fresh off an appearance on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and has just returned from a host of European dates supporting pop sensation Ellie Goulding. Chloe was runner up to number one artist Sam Smith in the 2014 Brit Awards Critic’s Choice Award.
Scottish synth-pop band, Prides, who are signed to Island Records and have just released their debut single “Out of the Blue”, will also be performing along with hotly anticipated young musician, multi-instrumentalist George Barnett.
The emerging talent also includes Hip Hop super group Big Beat Bronson, the trio have engineered a pioneering sound which has been likened to that of Chase & Status, while challenging the comic edge and epic sound of the Beastie Boys. Fellow Grime/Hip Hop artist 16-year-old Isaiah Dreads will also be playing having gained vast experience already from performing at Glastonbury, Wireless and the Isle of Wight Festivals. Also on the bill are BBC Introducing favourite’s Kosoti – a six-piece folk band from Newcastle.
Acoustic indie folk band The Lake Poets are also joining the line-up having just completed a UK tour, previously stunning audiences up and down the UK in support of the likes of Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Daughter, Lucy Rose and Jake Bugg, The Lake Poets have also played sold-out shows at prestigious venues such as Islington’s Union Chapel, Camden’s Roundhouse and The Sage Gateshead, as well as major festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park.
The open-air event is spearheaded by care specialists Keiro, operator of newly opened neuro, stroke and spinal injury care and rehabilitation centre, The Gateway. The stages will be erected on the grass area near Middlesbrough College, looking out at Temenos, the Riverside Stadium and Middlehaven Dock.
Keiro currently holds a Silver accreditation by national charity Attitude is Everything for its annual Chase Park Festival in Gateshead, which has successfully run for the past four years and aims to come back next year attracting more funding.
Aimed at breaking down cultural barriers often faced with people with disabilities, Keiro is hoping to reach Gold level accreditation for its festivals later this year, the only other two festivals to hold this accreditation are Glastonbury and Liberty.
The festival, which is being supported by radio station TFM, will also include stalls, fairground rides, face painting, children’s entertainment and an array of delicious food and drink.
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