With just under a week to go until this years Twisterella festival, check out some of our picks from this years brilliant line up below!

Just as you think that festival season has ended, along comes Middlesbrough’s Twisterella festival as it takes over six stages across the town centre. This year boasts yet another top drawer line up, with the finest in local and regional talent as well as the best up and coming acts from across the UK and beyond. With such a brilliant line up we’ve once again attempted to narrow it done and choose our top tips from this years line up.

First up Tough Tits have become firm favourites at Louder Than War in a very short space of time, their raucous sound captured our hearts the first time we saw them with The Intelligence earlier this year. Following that the release of the Hairless EP only strengthened our excitement for the band, the bands early slot at the Westgarth Social Club is sure to blow out any cobwebs and kick the day off to a great start.

Tough Tits play the Westgarth Social Club (stage 2) at 14:20

A Festival, A Parade are equally impressive and continue to enthral us, their incredible soaring soundscapes are sure to provide one of the highlights of the day. New single If Dogs Could Talk… is proof enough, the haunting vocals coupled with epic guitars. They possess all of the power to knock you off your feet, whilst simultaneously breaking your heart. Once again though their early set is sure to be a real treat.

A Festival, A Parade play the Westgarth Social Club (Stage 2) at 15:20

October Drift are set to provide a hit of power and intensity, when they take to the light up stage at The Townhouse. Having recently been described by ourselves as being at their most driven and determined, coupled with the fact that this is the first date on their tour they’re sure to be on top form. Judging by the crushing angst of latest single Cinnamon Girl they’re certainly worth checking out.

October Drift play The Townhouse at 19:00

Liverpudlian Natalie McCool has just rapped up a huge UK tour that saw her impressing audiences across the land with her delicate and beautifully crafted pop songs. Her wild swings from epic highs to all-time lows prove to be so enticing she can almost draw any crowd under her incredible spell. We’re sure that’s also her plan for when she plays TSOne at Twisterella next weekend!

Natalie McCool plays TSOne at 18:30

With such a broad line up Twisterella has also attracted a couple of international acts this year, with Gill Landry making not one but two appearances. The American songwriter is sure to melt hearts and leave you suitably in awe with his passionate and powerful songs, when he plays the TSOne stage. However, he is also playing a special set with Cattle & Cane’s Joseph Hammill at Alchemy & Co. These are certainly going to be highlights of next weekends festival.

Gill Landry & Joseph Hammill play Alchemy & Co. at 18:00

Gill Landry plays TSOne at 19:30

One final band to mention and by no means least is the incomparable Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, they’re long time favourites of ours. So it goes without saying that we’re excited for what they have in store for the light up stage at The Townhouse as they close out the day there. Their fervent tracks will command your interest, and Kingsley Chapman always provides an exceptional spectacle. They are certainly not to be missed, if anything just to see which sequinned suit he wears!

Kingsley Chapman & The Murder play The Townhouse at 21:00

This is merely a snapshot of some of the bands playing Twisterella, check out the rest of the bands playing on the links below. We’re certain you will not be disappointed with this festival and we can’t wait for next weekend! Also did we mention one of the venues has a light up stage!

Twisterella Festival can be found online here They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @TwisterellaFest.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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