2014 - what a year! A huge thank you to all of the artists, staff, crew and volunteers that made the event such a huge success. And, of course, to each and every person who turned up to sing, cheer and stomp along - it was the best year yet.

We'll be posting photos and videos from the Weekender in the coming weeks so keep an eye out...


The fourth Stockton Weekender arrives tomorrow! Here's a few bits of handy info you might need...

* The festival arena entrance is located at the Princess Diana Bridge end of Riverside Road.

* The festival gates will open at 12 noon, with the first acts starting at 12.30pm.

* Tickets are exchanged for wristbands at the Box Office which is located at the festival arena entrance.

* Tickets are available on the gate but will be more expensive. The local discount will still apply on the day.

* If you haven't received tickets or an e-ticket please try to contact us before arriving on 01642 606525. If this isn't possible please bring the card you paid with so we can track your sale.

* Programmes will be available on site.

* You can bring your own fold up chairs, food and any non-alcoholic drinks but they must be in sealed plastic bottles.

* Each adult ticket is entitled to 2 free under 14 tickets - if you haven't claimed these in advance you are able to claim them on the gate - we will require a mobile number to write on the back of the childrens wristband on entry.

Most importantly, have a great time!!

 


A group of students from Trinity Sixth Form, Middlesbrough and The Academy of Music, Gateshead are set to open the Wunderbar Tent at this year’s Stockton Weekender, taking place Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.
 
The project Wunderkind, meaning child prodigy, is a new initiative spearheaded by Stockton Weekender organisers Tees Music Alliance to nurture aspiration in the youth of the North East. 
 
It aims to encourage creativity and show teenagers possible career paths within the music industry. Schools ranging from Trinity Sixth Form in Middlesbrough stretching to The Academy of Music in Gateshead are providing both volunteers and acts to get involved in TMA's grandstand event, Stockton Weekender which takes place on Stockton’s Riverside. 
 
The Wunderkind performers will open the The Wunderbar Tent on both days of the festival, with four acts taking to the stage to showcase their talents to the music loving crowds.
 
Local volunteers will get to perform and work alongside music industry veterans and bands such as Public Enemy, Happy Mondays, Shed Seven, Reverend and the Makers, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Peter Hook and The Light.
 
Tees Music Alliance Director Paul Burns said, "We want to inspire young people in our area and show them that there are more options than traditional career paths. 
 
We have many gifted young artists and volunteers – some of whom may be experiencing problems at home or in school - our message to them is that they can achieve whatever they want, if they go for it and work hard towards their aspirations."
 

Limited edition - first come, first served...
 
Join us for a weekend of brilliant music from our comfy hilltop spot, with prime viewing and added extras.
 
You'll enjoy exclusive access to our hilltop tepees - from which we'll be serving snacks and drinks throughout the day - with an al fresco tea time meal served to set you up nicely for watching our headline acts.
 

Lanterns on the Lake - The Georgian Theatre -Fri 25 July

Critically acclaimed Newcastle band Lanterns on the Lake will be live in The Georgian Theatre on Friday 25th July for the Official Stockton Weekender Warm Up event.

Entry to the event is free for Weekender ticket holders and £5 on the door to those without. Entry will be first come, first served.


Stockton Weekender has been named as the only North East festival in The Guardian’s Best Boutique Festivals of 2014 list.

The list puts the event, taking place Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July, alongside critically acclaimed festivals such as Green Man, Festival No. 6, End of the Road and Hop Farm.
 
With prices at £32.50 a day, £50 weekend and £80 camping, Stockton Weekender comes in at one of the best value festivals on the list.
 
Festival Director Paul Burns of Tees Music Alliance said “We know what a great event Stockton Weekender is and how much work our team puts into the organisation of it all – so it’s really nice to get a mention in such a prestigious publication as The Guardian’s Festival Guide – which is now accepted as the most influential of the national guides.
 
It demonstrates that the festival is making its mark – and we can all feel fortunate that we are able to produce it right here on our doorstep”
 
Tickets are available online from www.stocktonweekender.co.uk or call 01642 606525.
 

Stockton Weekender is proud to be working with Teenage Cancer Trust at this years event to help raise funds and awareness for this incredibly important cause. You can donate money to Teenage Cancer Trust by texting 'FESTIVAL' to 70300.

Texts cost £3 plus your standard message rate - Teenage Cancer Trust receive 100% of your donation. Teenage Cancer Trust (registered charity number 1062559 / SC039757) will receive 100% of your donation. You will be charged for one standard text message plus your donation. Always get the bill payer’s permission before sending your text message. If you don’t want Teenage Cancer Trust to contact you by text in future, add the words NO INFO when texting your donation. Text donation help 0330 660 0425 (help within 24 hours, calls will not be charged at a premium rate above 10p per minute).

Click here for more information on Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do.


The Urban Voodoo Machine - The Wunderbar Tent - Sat 26 July

We've added a further 14 acts to our already busting-at-the-seams line up...

The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Suggestibles, Dinnernanny, Little Mirrors and Joe Solo will all be performing in the Wunderbar Tent on Saturday 26th July, whilst over at The Georgian Theatre The Dead Indians, Cellar Door, High Tide 15:47, Kobadelta, Fleckt Pets and The Gares will all perform on the Sonic Union Stage.

On Sunday 27th July, lining up alongside Lee Nelson on the Wunderbar Tent stage is The Gimme Gimmicks, Henry Priestman and Paul Liddell.


We're delighted to announced that Stockton Borough residents Weekender ticket prices will be sliced by 20% when booking online or via our Box office! Festivalgoers just need to provide their postcode when booking to access the offer, and bring proof of their address on the day.


Britpop innovators Shed Seven head a string of new names that have been added to this year’s Stockton Weekender, the North East’s biggest outdoor music festival, taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.
 
Hailing from York, quintet Shed Seven celebrated an impressive fifteen Top 40 Singles and four Top 20 albums in a career that has spanned across two decades. 
 
Mammoth, genre-defining hits such as ‘Going For Gold’, ‘Chasing Rainbows’, ‘Disco Down’ and ‘On Standby’ have given the band longevity that has seen them continue to sell out tours and headline festivals across the UK and Europe since reforming in 2007.
 
As well as already established household names, Stockton Weekender is well known for pulling in acts on the rise, such as Jake Bugg and Kodaline in previous years.
 
2014 welcomes haunting pop sensation Laurel, who after uploading just one demo online was signed to Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora’s management and flown out to L.A to record further tracks. With hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and Soundcloud, she’s a serious star on the rise.
 
Aussie post-punk trio Dark Bells head to the Riverside on a tidal wave of music industry excitement, with a tour alongside previous Weekender performers Temples under their belt and 6Music airplay in the bag too. 
 
Red Kite, fronted by former Cooper Temple Clause member Daniel Fisher, combine three guitarists and two drummers in a sound that is both poetic and explosive. They released their debut album ‘Songs for Crow’ in 2013 to critical acclaim.
 
Sixties-laced rock duo Hyde & Beast, who are fronted by The Futureheads’ drummer Dave Hyde, harmonious folk outfit Lilliput, riotous rumbling rockers Gallery Circus, jangling beat makers The Sons of Bido Lito and The Beatles-esque New Electric Ride fly the flag for Tyne and Wear. 
 
Teesside’s talent is well represented too with acts such as melodic Hartlepool rockers Palace, Saltburn baroque racketeers By Toutatis, and recent 6Music Festival performers Weird Shapes. 
 
Early Bird Weekend prices run out on 30th April - book now and save some £££!