August 18, 2008

Sound Bites:

THE Empire in Middlesbrough is to put on comedians from noon on Saturdays when the Boro are at home and the game kicks off at 3pm.

First up from noon tomorrow, ahead of the match with Tottenham, is Scouse comedian GARY SKYNER (pictured). Entry is FREE.

CLEVELAND YOUTH SWING BAND are desperately seeking trumpet and saxophone players.

The group rehearse at the Baptist Church in Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough, on Friday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm.

Keyboard/piano players are also required, while other musicians who play drums, bass guitar, guitar and trombone, etc, are also welcome. Call Arthur Morrison on 01642 326161 for more details.

MYSTIC ROOTS are playing at the Camel's Hump in Middlesbrough tomorrow.

The dub and reggae band got together six months ago and are usually made up of four musicians but are occasionally joined by DJ Patrick Anselm and Chris McFarlane, the band's MC. Entry is FREE.

THREE ace guitar bands arrive at the Studio in Hartlepool tonight.

First up is funky rock music with an indie vibe that makes you want to dance from RADIODYNAMICS; second on the bill are THE LITTLE VILLEINS, London's best kept secret, who provide shimmering pop punk with a rich seam of ska running through it; while THIS CITY ROMANCE, an alternative indie band from Middlesbrough, complete the line-up. Entry is pounds 6/pounds 5/pounds 4.

Tomorrow night, the venue welcomes folk rock meets ska band THE 10 O'CLOCK HEROES when support comes from PHIL NICHOLSON. Entry is pounds 7/pounds 6/pounds 5.

SONIC BOOM SIX from Manchester, who mix dancefloor elements of reggae, jungle and ska with the rigorous commentary of hip-hop and a blast of punk rock, return to the Forum in Darlington on Tuesday. The group have performed on the Radio 1 punk show and graced stages at Glastonbury and Reading.

Support comes from newly renamed punk popsters MIKE TV (formerly Pickled Dick), local ska stars THE BRASS BANDITS and SPLASHBACK. Entry is pounds 6.

The venue's under-age gig night Newblood on Thursday features PROCEED and ATWOOD. Entry is pounds 3.

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