Middlesbrough’s Intro festival could almost be nicknamed ‘Glastonbury-on-Tees’ this summer - after a ‘magnificent 7’ Intro bands were named as part of the newly revealed Glastonbury line-ups for this year.
Example, Chipmunk, Wretch 32, Miles Kane, Darwin Deez, Neville Staple and Alice Gold have all been confirmed for this year’s legendary festival – the most Intro bands ever to play both Boro and Glastonbury in the same year – and that number could increase even more as the Intro stages continue to take shape in the next few weeks.
And, if that’s not all, Glastonbury has a strong presence of bands who have played the former Middlesbrough Music Live in the past.
At least another 16 of this summer’s Glastonbury acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Biffy Clyro, Paulo Nutini, Professor Green, Noisettes and Dreadzone have all played at MML in recent years – all adding to the Boro festival’s glowing reputation as one of the best places in the country to see the best up and coming acts.
Delighted promoter Graham Ramsay of Ten Feet Tall: “We’re absolutely chuffed to bits to see that seven of our bands are playing Glastonbury this year.
“That’s more than we’ve ever had all in one go and, when you look at all this summer’s Glasto bands who’ve played with us at Boro over the years, we reckon someone could be dead cheeky and start calling us Glastonbury-on-Tees.”
Graham added: “We’re still booking acts for this year’s Intro as we speak – so we could find ourselves with even more of a Glastonbury flavour as the weeks go by.”
Judith Croft, Festival and Events Manager with Middlesbrough Council said: “We always look to bring the best emerging acts to Boro, so to be on the same wavelength as the Glastonbury folks is cracking news again this year.”
As well as the ‘Glastonbury 7,’ indie legends Feeder, cool New Yorkers the Fun Lovin Criminals, and Scottish indie fave Jon Fratelli are just some of almost 100 acts appearing across a dozen stages at Intro this year – with more bands still being confirmed on a daily basis.
This year’s Glastonbury roster could almost look like a who’s who of previous MML festivals – with a tasty clutch of bands including Kaiser Chiefs, Biffy Clyro, Newton Faulkner, French Soler, Paulo Nutini, Friendly Fires, Noah and the Whale, Wild Beasts, Kassidy, Professor Green, Pulled Apart by Horses, Dreadzone, Bombay Bicycle Club, Noisettes, The Joy Formidable, and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip all playing in the legendary Somerset fields this year.
Intro is taking place Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Middlesbrough Town Centre. Stay tuned for info on warm-up events in advance of the big day.
Tickets go on sale from 10am on Saturday 2 April
General Early Bird tickets are priced at £9.50 and Family Early Bird tickets are £13.50 (for one adult and up to two children aged 7-12).
The reduced prices will apply to the first 5,000 sales, or until Sat 30 April, whichever comes first, and organisers are urging people to buy early if they want to bag a bargain.
After that [either after first 5,000 tickets or after 30 April] general tickets will be priced at £15.00, and those for accompanied Under-13s will be £5.00.
These prices are valid until Sun 29 May, and may rise in the week leading up to the event.
Accompanied under-7s go free (no ticket required).
Unaccompanied children aged under-13 will not be allowed on site.
Booking fees will apply through some ticket agents. There are no fees for cash sales at Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office.
There will be no tickets available for sale on the day itself.
Tickets available from Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office: 01642 729 729, online at www.seetickets.com (tel: 0870 264 3333), www.ticketweb.co.uk (tel: 08444 771 000), or simply walk into any HMV store across the North - including the Middlesbrough branch in the Mall.
Event sponsors confirmed so far include Game, TFM Radio and Darlington Building Society. Arriva are official transport sponsors for the festival.
Preparations for this year’s INTRO festival on Sunday 5 June are now in full swing. Further details and announcements will be made throughout the coming weeks. For further information and updates, visit www.introfestival.co.uk