Stockton's first ever folk festival announced: The Sound of Silence Volume 1

Stockton’s first ever multi-venue folk and ‘alt’ folk festival – The Sound of Silence Volume 1 will take place on Saturday 12th September 2015, organised in partnership between ARC and Tees Music Alliance.

Spread over several venues including the Point and Studio spaces as well as Tees Music Alliance’s Georgian Theatre and Green Room, the festival will be dubbed as The Sound of Silence Volume 1 and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional folk music.

Based on a programme pioneered by TMA’s Ben Muriel, The Sound of Silence Volume 1 is an event where listening to music is the prime motivation with audience chatter and noise kept to a minimum.

The festival will welcome a clutch of Mercury Music Prize nominated artists including John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Eliza Carthy and Kathryn Williams. 

The event will also feature the award winning RM Hubbert plus Barry Hyde, Rachel Newton and Bridie Jackson & The Arbour with more artists yet to be confirmed.

TMA’s Paul Burns is pleased with the line-up so far: “This is new territory for us but, with having Ben’s much respected experience in the folk world, it’s been a really exciting process to put this event together.

We’ve got a very healthy relationship with other venues in the town, including ARC, through the more indie based Stockton Calling event – which we’re all very proud of – so working with ARC on something new is great.”

Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive of ARC added; “We’re lucky in Stockton to have some great venues and organisations able to pull these kinds of collaborative events together. We’re really pleased to be able to co-promote another event on an already proven multi-venue format – offering some world-renowned artists to local audiences for a very reasonable ticket price.

“We think there’s something for everyone in this line-up and it has the makings of a great event.”

John Bramwell from the acclaimed Manchester band I Am Kloot will headline in a rare chance to see the frontman play solo. He will be performing a set of classic I Am Kloot tracks including songs from their Mercury Nominated album Sky at Night.

The festival will also feature an informal programme of live music in ARC’s café space No 60 as well as sessions in Stockton’s newest real ale bar, The Wasps Nest. 

Tickets for the day are £15 in advance and £17.50 on the day; subject to fees and conditions. Tickets are also available online or by calling the Box Office on 01642 525199.