The BBC Big Band - Swing Legends - are at Middlesbrough Theatre on Wednesday, November 22nd. Join the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band, with conductor Barry Forgie and vocalist Jeff Hooper, for a celebration of the greatest Swing Bands of the twentieth century. Including music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman and their contemporaries - plus a sparkling selection vocal numbers made famous by some the great swing singers of the era, sung by special guest vocalist, Jeff Hooper. Enjoy the music that made them stars - such as One O’Clock Jump, Take the ‘A’ Train and Begin the Beguine - alongside classic numbers made famous by the great swing vocalists including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé and Bobby Darin. An unmissable evening of world-class music celebrating the ‘Swing Legends’! Tickets are £24 and available from the box office by calling 01642 81 51 81 or book on line via the Middlesbrough Theatre website. Show time is at 7.30pm.

Arch North East is teaming up with Teesside University, to present an eclectic feast of music. Out of the Shadows will take place in The Hub of Teesside University’s renowned Student Union on Friday, November 24th and promises to supply revellers with their required dose of live music, featuring acts from around the region. The event aims to create awareness of and fundraise for the charity.

ARCH North East is a registered charity based in Teesside, offering free and confidential support to those who have been affected by rape or sexual violence. Arch has helped thousands of people throughout the region, and needs your support to continue helping others. Their contributions and support to survivors of sexual violence has been recognised nationally. In September, Barbara Pawson, a member of Arch’s team won a National award for her support of survivors through the criminal justice system. The charity event has rallied support from some of the most standout artists to grace the North East music scene and promises a unique acoustic surprise at the beginning of the evening too, which is sure to create an air of anticipation.

The bands taking to the stage are Hartlepool’s The Jar Family, Billingham’s Mouses, Stockton’s Head of Light Entertainment, and Newcastle’s Talk like Tigers. These four North East acts boast a wide variety of genres between them, from lo-fi to industrial folk, and have all gained widespread support from various UK based radio stations including BBC Tees. Arch invites all members of the public to enjoy the event, as well as support a good cause it’ll be an evening to remember. All tickets purchased will include entry into the University’s Hub Night Club, so the music doesn’t have to stop when the gig does. Tickets are available from the Evenbrite website.

The third Wintertide Festival will take place on Hartlepool’s historic Headland later this month and once again it promises a feast of fun and entertainment for the whole family. A festive outdoor market, a funfair, art exhibitions, a film festival, dance, an indoor Christmas craft fair and a creative writing workshop are just some of the attractions that will be on offer at the event which takes place from Friday November 24th to Sunday November 26th. The large-scale event – which will take place at key locations on the Headland, including the Borough Hall, the Heugh Battery, St Hilda’s Church and Croft Gardens – is being organised by the Headland Festivals Group, a partnership of key Headland organisations. The main sponsors are Hartlepool Council, the Tees Valley Community Foundation, Thirteen Group and the Sir James Knott Trust.
The festival will be officially opened on Friday November 24th with a children’s lantern parade from the Heugh Battery to the Town Square outside the Borough Hall for a Christmas tree and festive illuminations switch-on at 6pm. A festive outdoor market and funfair will take place in the Town Square from 4-8pm and the first day will be concluded with music from ten-piece band Maddison’s Thread with support from Paul Mosley at the Borough Hall (Doors open at 8pm, tickets are £12 in advance or £15 on the door). Activities will commence on Saturday November 25th at 10am and continue through to 8pm. They include a puppet workshop in Croft Gardens; the Transatlantic Mirror Image Film Festival at the Heugh Battery; a festive outdoor market, funfair, food and refreshment stalls in the Town Square; a unique performance by local dance schools in the Borough Hall, St Hilda’s Church Christmas Fair and an art exhibition at the Heugh Batttery.
The fun will again commence at 10am on the final day, Sunday November 26th, and highlights will include a drop-in stone balancing workshop, a family drumming workshop, an indoor Christmas craft fair, a family creative writing workshop that will explore the Heugh Battery and its exhibits. Led by Bob Beagrie, an award-winning published poet and senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University, the workshop will comprise a series of guided activities that will help participants produce poems, songs and short stories.The whole event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display on the Pilot Pier at 4.30pm. Unless stated, all events and activities are free to attend. Spaces are limited on all ticketed events and free workshops. To book tickets or to get more information about events and activities go to the Wintertide Festival website or Facebook page for extra information.

Big Girls Don't Cry

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” featuring the Eastcoast Boys celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is back at Middlesbrough Theatre by overwhelming demand on Saturday, November 25th. Following a string of sell-out performances, Boro’s favourite tribute show returns for another outstanding night.

Step back in time, to the era of romance - where gents were gents, and gals were gals! Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. Big Girls Don’t Cry authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest. It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features solo hits that range from the exuberant to the spine-tingling. Selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart. Drawing from a repertoire that includes Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, Who Loves You and I’ve Got You Under My Skin, you’re never more than a song away from another classic hit. Don’t miss it this time round! Tickets are £21.50/concessions £20 and are available from the box office by calling 01642 81 51 81 or book on line via the Middlesbrough Theatre website. Show time is at 7.30pm.

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