ARC Stage

Based on Dovecot Street, ARC is a modern arts venue which provides the people of Stockton and the wider Tees Valley area with a varied programme of events.

ARC is a community space with a commitment to providing excellent entertainment and learning opportunities, whether this is through its family, drama, dance and spoken word, music and comedy shows, or its various classes or the Try it at ARC programme.

It also hosts Stockton’s only independent cinema which screens a mix of blockbusters and world films, and the No 60 café bar serves up delicious food and drink and boasts a 22 pan ice cream bar.

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9.15pm CAST

The first headline band has been announced for next year’s Stockton Calling as Liverpool Britpop legends Cast who will headline ARC’s stage as part of Stockton’s annual one day music festival.

With three top ten albums and ten top twenty hits under their belts – including, Fine Time, Alright and the now legendary Walk Away – the band continue to work hard and have recently recorded their sixth studio album, Kicking Up The Dust.

Cast recently headlined the 6,500 capacity Shiiine On Festival and will be heading to Stockton next Spring to perform their biggest hits, as well as tracks from their latest album.

Check out this video we’ve put together of a few of their biggest hits!


7.45pm Neon Waltz

Hailing from the deepest, darkest most northerly point of the UK, the young group honed their majestic sound in an abandoned cottage, where they recorded a set of demos that would draw the interest of former Oasis Manager Marcus Russell. Neon Waltz have been named one of the finest new British bands of the year by the likes of Q, NME (“Scotland’s coolest new gang”) and Shortlist to name a few.


6.40pm Cape Cub

Hailing from the shores of the North East coast, Cape Cub has garnered a wave of attention with tracks such as Hype Machine chart topper Swim, the anthemic All I Need and fan favourite Keep Me In Mind all picking up support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, as well as millions of streams on Spotify. With his recent headline show at the House of Blah Blah selling out in super quick time, Cape Cub is fast becoming one of the North East’s must-see acts.


5.30pm Chris Helme

Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ released his debut solo album on the 27th of August 2012.  Although rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun – songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, from the opening track of The Rookery, the man instantly appeared cut from an entirely different cloth.

Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it was The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging,combined with his beguiling voice, and the brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.


4.30pm Glass Caves

Glass Caves fuse agitated rhythms, yo-yoing guitars and dissonant keyboard sounds with vocals that splinter then soar through their songs. They come at you like a band channelling the spirit of American alternative bands, such as Local Natives and Fleet Foxes, through a very British filter to produce perfectly formed morsels of ballsy alt-rock.


3.30pm Abel Raise the Cain

Abel Raise The Cain, with comparisons to Arcade Fire , Editors and The Cure its easy to see why this new act has quickly become one the areas must see acts.


2.30pm Tom Joshua

Tom’s life with music is relatively new-found and he’s been haphazardly writing and picking up instruments over the last couple of years. His songs dance around notions of the end of the world, nostalgia, and a good deal of heartache. With influences from Nick drake, Damien Rice, and a plethora of teen-angst bands, the sound is rooted primarily in folk, but tends to wander down wider, more cinematic and expansive soundscapes.





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