KU Stage

Hosting gigs from some of the very best touring bands as well as supporting local talent, KU is sure to feature on any map of the town’s music scene. As well as live music, KU hosts two of the most popular club nights in Teesside. Fridays feature Shine Like Stars, and Saturday’s ever popular Kitchen Sink.

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9.40pm Milburn

It’s been ten years since Milburn’s major label debut ‘Well Well Well’. Now the band, who kick started the Sheffield revival that would give birth to – amongst others – Arctic Monkeys and Reverend & The Makers, are back.

When Milburn parted company eight years ago, it seemed that they may be remembered only as an influence on more successful artists still to come – a band’s band perhaps. But over time it became clear that this music would not die, stubbornly refusing to take its place in the backwaters of Spotify. Instead the songs reached a new generation; spread by chants of ‘Miiiilburn’ at other band’s gigs and a new thing called ‘Social Media’.

Now thanks to overwhelming public demand Sheffield’s original heroes are back, selling out four massive anniversary shows in their hometown. A combines capacity of 10,000 tickets in under 6 minutes, and now another 10,000 tickets SOLD OUT nationwide on a September run of dates.

This is somewhat of a spiritual return to Ku for Milburn and one not to be missed.


8pm The Shimmer Band

The Shimmer Band channel an explosive mix of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia that sounds at once gratifyingly familiar and yet thrillingly fresh. Oozing attitude like a raw wound seeps blood, the five piece capture the vitality and ferocity of the greats, adding their own triumphant swagger and brash gang mentality.


7pm Freak

One-man Nirvana who hits hard, think Ratboy meets Slaves.


6pm The Pale White

The Pale White are an alternative indie rock three piece consisting of brothers, Adam and Jack Hope, and Tom Booth. The Pale White are fast gaining attention for their direct and driving songs and a reputation for energetic, ferocious live shows.


5pm The Academic

The Academic are an Irish indie rock band, One of Ireland’s hottest musical prospects at the moment.



4pm Plaza

4 late-teens from the industrial seaside town of Hartlepool, PLAZA are writing anthems that resonate the trials and tribulations of growing up; youthful romance, lukewarm beers, parmos and the ‘prospects’ this brings in austerity Britain.

Since forming in late 2015, PLAZA have quickly gained a reputation for their intelligent songwriting and chaotic live shows around the UK, which includes supporting the likes of Rat Boy, Gengahr and High Tyde as well as showcase performances for DIY & The Tipping Point. From these marquee shows, to house party and rehearsal room gigs, and slots at some of the UK’s key new music festivals the lads have honed their craft to perfection.


3pm Plastic

Industrial cute-punk, landfill-indie-revivalists whose avatars bonded on a self-diagnosis, psychosexual disorder chat board in 2005. Expect tears!


2pm Pink Tide

A new band on the Teesside scene, with a rough indie, blues sound.





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