FESTIVAL NEWS: Twisterella announce first batch of artists for 2023

Dutch Uncles to headline award-winning middlesbrough music festival. Middlesbrough Saturday 14th October 2023



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Middlesbrough’s forward-thinking music festival Twisterella has announced the first batch of acts performing at this year’s event, with avant-garde prog-poppers Dutch Uncles topping the bill as one of their 2023 headliners, alongside other artists including Opus Kink, Arxx, Ciel, Avalanche Party and more.

Established in 2014, Twisterella is an award-winning multi-venue, metropolitan music festival that takes place in the heart of Middlebrough. Centred around Teesside University, Twisterella has become a vital part of the northeast’s thriving music scene and in 2019 received an AIF Independent Festival Award for its consistently forward-thinking approach to showcasing the most exciting emerging talent on local, regional, national and international levels.

Now in its 9th year, Twisterella has previously played host to established acts such as Sam Fender, Pip Blom, Dream Wife, Clean Cut Kid and The Howl & The Hum, whilst the festival’s co-promoters have a proven track record bringing emerging talent to the region having promoted shows for the likes of The 1975, Wolf Alice, Alt-J, Daughter and many more as they were breaking.

As well as all the live music on offer, Twisterella also features its own (un)Conference; a vital, inclusive forum which brings key figures from across the music industry together in Middlesbrough to share their expertise, offering advice and feedback to Teesside’s next exciting generation of artists.

Twisterella will be announcing more artists as well as the (un)Conference programme over the next few months.

Andy Carr, co-promotor Twisterella – ‘This is undoubtedly the most-important Twisterella to date, and the first acts announced so far for 2023 show a real statement of intent. Losing the Westgarth Social Club earlier this year was a hammer blow, but Middlesbrough is very much embedded in our hearts and minds, and we’re so excited to be bringing these incredible acts to the town. There are so many amazing new artists for people to discover in this announcement, and there is much more to come.’

Henry Carden, co-promotor Twisterella – ‘We’re delighted to announce Dutch Uncles as one of this year’s headliners. We’ve been fans of them for a while now, and their new album ‘True Entertainment’ is an absolute triumph. Organising a multi-venue music festival in a town with very few music venues is a challenge, but we’re proud to be bringing such an amazing line-up to our town this October and grateful for the continued support of Teesside University SU and our other partner venues.’



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