Riverside Music Stage / Saturday July 13th

Brought to you by Darlington Borough Council and supported by Darlington Building Society, The Festival of Ingenuity's back in town celebrating the rich culture of invention across the region, and local music collective Tracks once again present a bill of innovative artists ready to soundtrack a summer afternoon by the riverside.

Last year saw a field of families basking in the glorious sunshine, relaxing on deck chairs and soaking up the summer sounds whilst helping themselves to the variety of food & drink stalls on offer. You can expect more of the same this year, complete with outdoor games, street performers, dance recitals and more.

The Pennyweight will be providing a beautifully stocked bar, and local vinyl record label Butterfly Effect will also be there with a selection of their records teeming with emerging local music.

The stage will be hosted in the Darlington Riverside Park area behind the Town Hall, so check out the rest of the festival and then head over with the family to spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free live music


11:00 - 11:30 // John Stainthorp & The Laughing Hearts
A hidden gem of a songwriter from Richmond, John is a rootsy folk artist whose sonorous vocals and fingerpicked guitar riffs will have you tapping your feet one minute, and smiling with nostalgia the next.

12:00 - 12:30 // Komparrison
An acoustic duo from Redcar, these girls manage to capture the hope, heartbreak and humour of youthful relationships perfectly with their witty lyrics and heavenly harmonies.

13:00 - 13:30 // The Dead Seat
An eclectic quartet from Darlington playing bittersweet, foot-tapping, old time gospel blues

14:00 - 14:30 // The Lulas
Female-fronted original pop funk band ready to fill your ears with summer vibes

15:00 - 15:30 // Los Capitanes
Los Capitanes are a Spanish-infused 3-piece acoustic band based in the North of England, who bring high energy flamenco to rock and pop classics, for a unique latin street style fusion.

16:00 - 16:30 // The Phat Tyrtles
Smashing the 60’s sound skywards. Anything goes between the years of 1960-1969. Playing well known numbers by The Beatles, The Stones and The Kinks alongside a whole host of other 60’s classic hits. Slip back in time with The Phat Tyrtles.

17:00 - 18:00 // The Hootones
A premier Teesside covers band who sing in sweet harmony to some of the largest pop artists and bands of all time such as Fleetwood Mac, The Supremes, Blondie, Eurythmics and Madonna.