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Stockton Stages: 5 things you need to know

25 May 2018

Family-friendly music, discos, crafts and comedy acts from the national circuit will all feature in the second edition of Stockton's much-loved Stages festival next week.

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Running from Wednesday, May 30 until Saturday, June 2, this exciting summer event is not to be missed!

What is Stockton Stages?

On the same note as last year, the festival is a cultural celebration of all things music and comedy. The town will be alive with entertainment as a bumper line-up takes to a High Street marquee and popular town centre venues. This year boasts even more free and ticketed attractions.

Which talented acts are lined up?

Earlier this month, we published our Stockton Stages: 5 things to look forward to.

A High Street marquee will entertain music lovers of all genres as the Saturday night listing includes Counterfeit Beatles, Funk Collective and Bare Brass Band.

The popular venue will host family-friendly comedians such as Howard Read, who rose to CBBC fame as Little Howard and on The Slammer, and the regular host of Comedy Club 4 Kids, Tiernan Douieb.

Where will the action be taking place?

Many of the acts will take to Stockton's award-winning High Street. The famous marquee will make a return - allowing all acts to take to the stage whatever the weather.

ARC, The Georgian Theatre and Ku Bar will once again host a range of artists.

Are most things really free?

Yes, all the town centre entertainment and family-friendly comedy acts really are free!

Elsewhere, Mike McGrother's 'Raise a Glass' Saturday night show at ARC will bring the audience stories of Teesside's community through a musical theatre experience. There will be a 'pay what you decide' policy, but tickets are now sold out.

The same venue will host priced and ticketed performances from singer-songwriter Nick Heyward on the opening night, before King Creosote takes to the stage on the Friday.

What will Stockton Stages do for the Borough?

"It is brilliant to see the return of such a popular event in our packed schedule for 2018," said Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture.

"Our last major event on the High Street - Supercar Saturday - pulled in huge crowds. Stages is very different but it's every bit as family-friendly.

"There's plenty for grown-ups too, with lots of live music and all manner of bars to enjoy on the town's fast growing pub circuit!"

Reminder: There is a wide range of parking options around the town centre.

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