About

Launched in 2014, Twisterella Festival is the creation of Middlesbrough’s most dynamic and forward thinking independent music promoters, Pay for the Piano and The Kids Are Solid Gold.

Centred around Teesside University, the 1000 capacity multi-venue metropolitan music festival utilises established venues on Linthorpe Road & Southfield Road such as: Teesside University Students’ Union, The Townhouse, TSOne and The Westgarth Social Club, along with pop-up sessions in some of the town’s coolest bars in nearby Baker Street and Bedford Street.

Nominated in the best ‘New Festival On The Block‘ category in both the 2015 and 2016 AIF Festival Congress Awards, Twisterella is designed to showcase the brightest emerging national and international talent, as well as give a platform to a select number of local and regional acts who are ready to make the step up to the big stage.

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Mouses at Twisterella 2016. Photo by Andy Lochrie.

In addition to the Festival Congress nomination, both Pay For The Piano and The Kids Are Solid Gold are regular nominees in the ‘Indie Promoter Of The Year (Local Impact)‘ category in Live UK’s annual Live Music Business Awards. Furthermore, TKASG’s Andy Carr was nominated for the prestigious Indie Champion Award in the AIM Awards 2017.

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Audience watching Clean Cut Kid at Twisterella 2016. Photo by Lauren Close.

Acts who’ve previously played at Twisterella include: Clean Cut Kid, Spring King, Fickle Friends, Eliza and the Bear, Prides, Fatherson, Black Honey, Cattle & Cane, Dream Wife, Beach Baby, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Jake Isaac, Du Blonde, WHITE, Sweet Baboo, Neon Waltz, Menace Beach, Outlya, Hyde & Beast, LIFE, Skinny Girl Diet, Kyko and PINS, to name but a few.

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Eliza and the Bear at Twisterella 2014. Photo by Lauren Close.

In addition to the live acts, Twisterella features an (Un)Conference with the focus on bringing key music industry figures to the town to share their expertise and offer advice to new and developing Teesside musicians. Previous panellists have included Vic Galloway (BBC Scotland), Simon Pursehouse (Sentric), Helen Hammill (Cattle & Cane), Bob Fischer (BBC Tees Introducing), Claire Dupree (NARC. Magazine), Tom Cotton (Absolute Radio) and Oliver Jones (Deer Shed Festival).

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Twisterella (Un)Conference 2016. Photo by Nick Wesson.

The promoters involved in Twisterella both have a long history of attracting breaking acts to the region, having previously secured Teesside shows from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Wolf Alice, Alt-J, The 1975, The Vaccines, James Bay, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Palma Violets, Frank Turner, First Aid Kit, Daughter, Pulled Apart By Horses, Drenge, Keaton Henson, VANT, Temples, The Amazons and many more earlier in their careers.

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Fickle Friends at Twisterella 2015. Photo by Lauren Close.

Click here to read reviews of previous Twisterellas.

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