“Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough attempts to inspire a corner of gritty, working-class Teesside with an air of escapism and rock’n’roll fun with their all-day bonanza, and it most definitely succeeds… These kind of festivals aren’t exclusive; they are open to the public and easily accessible should you ever want to make the effort. In true DIY spirit, many independently minded people are organising similar events all over the place, but ultimately rely on audiences to keep them afloat. In the face of continual global homogenisation and mainstream proliferation, if you want an interesting music scene wherever you are, you have to nurture and make one.” – Vic Galloway (BBC 6 Music/BBC Scotland/The Herald)
“Twisterella has once again proved that it is one of the best metropolitan festivals in the UK, with all of the venues within spitting distance. The distinct lack of major clashes, and the general organisation was all spot on. With an exceptionally broad line up that caters for an equally wide cross section of music fans. We cannot commend them enough, and we can’t wait to come back and do it all
again next year!” – Louder Than War
“A triumph!” – Ally McCrae
“Genuinely one of the best festival line ups of the year. Brilliant stuff.” – Sentric Music
“The kind of warm, receptive feel good atmosphere that made Twisterella a very special festival for bands and audience alike.” – NARC.
“You could forgive a music event in its first year to maybe be a little sloppy. Well-meaning, you’d think. Good effort, you’d say. You can’t say that about Twisterella. It was far, far better than that. Polished, seamless and full of quality for a meagre entrance fee of £15.” – E-Festivals
“Twisterella took Teesside by storm last Saturday. The multi-venue festival around Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe and Southfield Roads brought us many of tomorrow’s bands today. It was a raging success. Let’s hope the area doesn’t fully recover and instead something takes root. ***** – The Gazette
“We’re completely blown away by the inaugural Twisterella Festival. These guys have their pedigree as individual promoters but combined they’re unbelievable, today is a complete triumph from start to finish. Fantastic line-up and even better organisation, having been to so many inner city festivals the trek between venues is always a pain but Twisterella have this down to a tee. – Muso’s Guide
“Set across five venues in Middlesbrough the sheer quality and diversity of the line-up made for a memorable day. It was a chance to discover new talents including Hey Rocco, Eliza and the Bear and Sam Fender, as well as catch some old favourites like Collectors Club, and Lisbon. For a debut incarnation, Twisterella have set a high bar.” – Gigiti
“From the promoters who brought Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The 1975 to the region as they were breaking, Middlesbrough music venues will showcase emerging music talent, from local acts to international bands.” – Living North
“Twisterella is looking to add itself to the likes of The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City as one of the UK’s best multi-venue festivals. Judging by the acts announced for their first outing, they’re well on the way to doing just that.” – Amazing Radio
“If you’re still on the hunt for your new favourite band then can we gently cough the word “Twisterella” at you? It’s a new festival in Middlesbrough that will almost definitely feature a band that you’re going to clutch to your bosom.” – The Crack
“The emphasis is on displaying high quality national and international talent alongside an enviable supporting cast of local musicians at the top of their game…a shining example of how gig promotion can be done professionally, with passion, energy and insight.” – NARC.
“Two of Teesside’s leading independent promoters have joined forces to launch a one-day multi-venue festival in Middlesbrough… The event is looking to capitalise on the promoters’ track record for booking emerging acts.” – Live UK
“Although the summer festival season is slowly winding down there are still a couple of weekends remaining to take full advantage of new music and the party atmosphere. Twisterella Festival is set-up for exactly this purpose.” – Subba Cultcha