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Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:37:13 pm »
Burns already hates me enough...

Never!  Just exercising our right to reply!   :-*

I love the Fringe, it's my favourite festival in the world so don't get the wrong end of the stick by any of my posts.

I know you do... you are probably the person who has been involved with most Fringe gigs over the years - except me!  That's why, I want you to know you're being listened to.  :thumb

Shucks, now I'm getting all soppy - in a manly sort of a way! ::)

Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: August 05, 2009, 10:24:55 pm »
Not suggesting scrapping it

Yes you did!  :o

either ditch the acoustic stage or move it somewhere else further away from the main stage.

Moving isn't an option - the site is the wrong shape / size to do much more manoeuvering of the infrastructure.

...what's the point in having someone play "Human" by the Killers or "Comfortably Numb"? I vote for a good old fashioned line check over Pink Floyd acoustic covers any day.

About 95% of content on Friday / Saturday is original [Supergrass - covering Velvet's 'Sunday Morning'? ::)] - we can't vet set lists for covers!  On Sunday - the early part of the day is deliberately opened up to covers / tributes.  Mainly because the fans of the 'original' bands are so knackered after two days they are in bed until around 3.00pm! 

Sunday also sees the most families out and about - so we slant the programme towards them; 6,000 people by 4.00pm can't be wrong?

We'll look at all of this for next year though.

Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: August 04, 2009, 08:57:51 pm »

We've never had 'soundchecks' - even back in the days when we ran at just The Georgian Theatre in the 90's - just line checks; which wouldn't solve most of the problems highlighted here. All line checks are done silently - testing for signal strength at the desk end; not mix levels onstage.

However... the big problem with axing the second stage is around a 50% reduction in local bands playing on the outdoor stages.

I suspect the outcry for retaining the current level of acts would drown out the call for more time in between sets?

Interestingly, when we only had one stage - the audience didn't actually like the boring sound check bits; they used to pop off site for the 15 - 20 minutes in between bands; always seemingly keen to return, but in reality getting sidetracked by other events and not returning.

Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: August 04, 2009, 04:49:25 am »
isnt there some doomsday book entry you cant pay to dance in stockton on a sunday or something or have i made that up?

Used to be the 'Sunday Observance Act' - covering the whole country; that all got kicked out under the new licencing laws so we can all dance and then go to Hell now!  :thumb 

Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: August 03, 2009, 08:10:17 pm »
when i  think the fairground needs to far away from the music to stop the idiots
in newcastle soon as they starting charging a small fee for evolution all the chavs just stopped going - could we do it here in stockton maybe a donation to charity or somthing?

It's a tough call Jimmy; historically The Fringe has always been free - if you charge to keep the chavs out - you also push out real fans and families who maybe then can't afford it?

We actually put the fairground in to attract the chavs away from the music area - which works on the whole.  Before we did it; they hung around in big groups scaring people and bothering the bar staff.

Gigs & Tours / Re: Fringe Festival 2009
« on: July 22, 2009, 09:38:07 pm »
So anyway... anyone going to the Fringe?  ::)

Gigs / Re: Free! Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival 2008
« on: August 03, 2008, 09:08:39 am »
The dog wasn't allowed in  :-\ so I've brought him home and I'm off out again soon to see the Happy Mondays  :grouchy

sorry about that - we had to stop dogs - there were few really nasty looking ones that tried to come in on Friday - not good with lots of kids around. :(

Gigs / Re: Free! Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival 2008
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:00:06 pm »
a bit gutted that of the bands representing hartlepool arent the best (TheTarget???)! oh well shame!

Ha!  It's not the world cup y'know!  ;)

To be fair to them; they pulled a blinder off at Music Live - we always get accused of not bringing enough new faces through The Fringe, so we're giving them a crack at it.

Gigs / Re: Free! Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival 2008
« on: July 22, 2008, 10:25:04 pm »
they do (and should be encouraged as far as i'm concerned).

Here, here!  The more the merrier - but don't set up as 'competition' - it just makes everyone look like small town, petty knobheads, trying to score points of each other.  If it's coordinated right, visitors to the town [and there are loads] get the impression of a 'scene' and may just come back for another look.

If you get sorted early enough in the year, we'll actually help with promo and PA etc - we get asked by loads of pubs if they can take part - but it's usually around June when they start to think about the festival - in fact, by then, it's all planned, sorted and brochures printed.

... if you're in a band and you're not playing on the Fringe Stage down by the Riverside contact any of the pubs in Stockton and ask if you can put a gig on...

That's how we started - back room of a pub, 18 summers ago.  And it's a lot easier now to put on gigs than it was back then... 

We've e-mailed everyone who is playing The Fringe this year asking for important information - please check your in-boxes ASAP and reply to to us!




Gigs / Re: Free! Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival 2008
« on: July 17, 2008, 01:50:48 pm »
Do you have any details on the Falchion Rock/Metal stage on the Saturday?

Nope... nothing to do with The Fringe - even though some posters are in circulation suggesting it is.

I have been involved in one way or another in most of the Riverside festivals over the last 14 years & I just think its a bit of a shame that unlike other years there doesnt even seem to be any place for any of the more rock / metal local bands.

Nothing personal against the rock crowd Kev - but we used to bust our balls each week promoting Rock /Metal in the Georgian Theatre and no-one came...  This is actually the first year we haven't had an all out metal night in the GT- simply because we stopped programming the weekly events.

We have got 21 Reasons and Achilla on Wednesday in the GT; kicking the whole Fringe off - so we're not turning our backs completely.

We actually put on a 'metal only' night three years ago on the main stage - but by comparison to the other nights it was very poorly attended...

When these things cost as much as they do to put on [lots]; we have to make sure they are watched by the maximum amount of folks.

Besides, BITC were always on the lighter / accessible side; we can do the 'Greenday' side - it's the 'Napalm Death' end of the scale that we struggle to find a slot for.

If [IF...] we looked at re-introducing Rock / Metal on, say, the Thursday night - would it get decent support?  By that we mean 5,000+ heads?  We'd happily look at it if we can be convinced... :rock:       

Just to say this year's site is up and running - showing all line ups.  :thumb


Music / Re: Happy mondays for riverside festival
« on: May 12, 2008, 04:23:25 pm »
I'm sure we'll all find out in time but my guess is this :

Super Furries / British Sea Power on friday (1st) as SFA are playing Kendal on the saturday and somewhere else on the sunday, thus leaving the friday the only available date. BSP have been touring with them so they must surely be on the same date. Although, on BSP's myspace it says that they're playing the 2nd (the saturday) which means that they mustn't be playing with SFA.

Elementary my dear Kingsley - well deduced!  You got there in the end... A red herring that BSP happen to be supporting SFA - we booked them both seperately.  SFA Friday [with Clinic]; BSP Saturday.

The Happy Mondays are at the Loch Lomond Festival on the 3rd of August so I'm presuming they must be saturday's headliners.


Either way, if all the acts that are supposed to be playing actually play it's going to be brilliant, definitely the best ever (even topping Echo and the Bunnymen from last year). I seriously love the Riverside Festival and can't believe how big it has become. I remember about 5 or 6 years ago it was held in Green Dragon Yard and the Futureheads headlined and people were more concerned with watching a fight between a couple of skinheads than watching the band (who were pretty unknown at the time admittedly). It was brilliant.

Yes, we had to get out of that yard for the festival - aside from the odd fight, it was restricted to 600 folks [including everyone inside the two pubs and the Georgian Theatre].

We took a decision last year to put more cash into bigger headliners; which in turn brough more cash support as the event got more of a profile.  And as the whole thing was 'invented' to raise the profile of our own local bands, it's worked a treat - the publicity that the headliners generate mean that the locals get to play in front of thousands of people.  :thumb

In an ironic twist... the Green Dragon Yard is getting a MASSIVE clean up this summer; just in time to put some tables, chairs, a stage and some mellow acoustic stuff in there for the festival - if all goes according to plan.

Music / Re: Super Grass to Super Furry
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:13:27 pm »
anyone have any idea of other bands , or rumours or any other info ?
line up is unreal so far!

Watch this space.... announcement due any day soon! :thumb

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