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Staffordshire unsigned bands news - March 2011
By Sam Ostrouchow

The Targets
The Targets learn how to open and shut car doors. Next: lorry doors!

The BBC Introducing show has the latest news from the local band music scene in Stoke, Staffordshire & South Cheshire.

Here we were reporting March 2011 stuff, but, if you have any news and gig-announcements now, please just let us know.

News included: Funeral For a Friend headline fest, Winsford boys big in Canada, The Lines on national tour - plus gigs!

Sam Ostrouchow updates this page every Friday.

Thanks to all of you for the news snippets that you send in. Please keep the bits coming - just send us stuff via e-mail .

For last month's news, see link on right hand-side of this page.

March 2011 NEWS (and Gossip)

Crewe festival line up announced!

Funeral For A Friend
Funeral For A Friend bring rrrrrrrrrockkkk to Crewe this May

Welsh rockers Funeral For a Friend will be headlining the Saturday night of the Crewe Live festival - which is going to be held across the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-30 May. The organisers, Volume, have also now revealed that Kid British and Twisted Wheel (who are currently receiving a lot of critical acclaim) will also be performing at the four day event.
Over 100 artists will perform across a variety of Crewe's venues which include Dantes, Square One and The Box. Volume spokesman Tony Robinson reveals that along with the headliners "the festival is very much about up and coming local talent".

Read between The Lines

If you have not already it is time to notice Stafford & Wolverhampton 4-piece The Lines. They have already: released an album through Amboy Road Records; performed at HMV's 2011 Next Big Thing at Camden Barfly in London; and performed in New York. If that is not enough the boys are set to: support Ocean Colour Scene; will be at Canadian Music Week; and are performing at South by South West this month.
Do not fear though - UK fans can catch them on their five-date tour in May, which includes a stop for a local gig at The Sugarmill, Hanley on 5 May.

Winsford boys on Target for Canadian success

Three-piece Winsford band The Targets are currently over in North America on tour and will also feature at Canadian Music Week where it is safe to say they have not gone unnoticed. The energetic indie trio have been selected amongst other artists as one of the top 20 must-hear bands at the event by Blare magazine. Catch the lads' raw live performance and ask them about the tour - when they return home at The Boot & Shoe in Nantwich on 22 April.

Last week's news

'Action' speaks louder than words

Local band No Redemption have been getting themselves involved with the film side of the industry lately. With already having recorded a special track for Philip Gardiner's latest film, The Stone, No Redemption's main writer James Earnshaw also took on the role as second unit director. No Redemption have now been asked to be involved with the newest film, Paranormal Haunting, shot in Leek in Staffordshire and is due for release on Halloween 2011. Visit the band's website for more details.

The Procession
The Procession claim to have "more hooks than you'll find in Mariah Carey's wardrobe!"

Going in a circle? Not for this band

Midlands' own band, The Procession, are due to release their debut EP 'Sometimes' on 11 April via Circular Records. The indie/rock four piece are also set to release an album this summer. According to 4 Music's Pete Donaldson: "The combination of tunes really entices the listener into wanting more. We ride through soaring choruses, meaty guitar riffs, via bare soul intimacy all packed with more hooks than you'll find in Mariah Carey's wardrobe!" For more information on upcoming tours and events, visit their website or Myspace page.

Let the battle commence

This March, local bands will battle it out to become the number one. The event, Battle of the Bands, will take form of an all day festival where 14 local bands have signed up to play at the Staffordshire University venues, The Lounge & Legends, at Beaconside Stafford. The date for this all day event Saturday, 12 March. If you're free, write this in your diary to experience the local musical talent Staffordshire has to offer. For more information about the bands taking part or whether you would like to take part yourself, email Andrew Plant.

Gigs you missed

5 March: Chris Helme (front man of Seahorses) and special guests @ The Old Brown Jug, Newcastle.

7 March: Nashville band Mona (one to look out for in 2011!) are at The Sugarmill, Hanley.

Fri, 11 March: Glamour of the Kill headline the Sugarmill with support from Shadows Chasing Ghosts and Sworn to Oath

Fri, 11 March: The Rittz plus Substance, The Fragrant Vagrants @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

Troops of Mafeking
Troops of Mafeking will be enjoying a laugh at The Box on the 11th

Fri, 11 March: Alsager-based four-piece Troops of Mafeking return to Pedley Street to showcase new material, with support from indie-electro trio Sumo Kings, new Crewe outfit Dimension and Stoke's The Get Alongs @ The Box, Crewe

Fri, 11 March: Local bands Substance and The Rittz @ The Full Moon

Sat, 12 March: DJ set from London Guns (Libertines drummer Gary Powell and Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek) @ The Box, Crewe. Expect indie, elector and dancefloor classics.

Sat, 12 March: Midlands indie act Paper Tigers @ The Sugarmill with support from Templeton Pek, Anaphearo and Kill The Doctor

Sat, 12 March: Already Gone @ The Underground

Sat, 12 March: Stepping Lane (indie and classic covers from these Hanley lads) @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

13 March: Sarah Miller and Dan Machin @ Blakeys, Newcastle-under-Lyme

14 March: The Charlatans Acoustic show @ The Underground (sold out)

15 March: Does It Offend You Yeah? @ The Sugarmill, Hanley. Plus guests Hounds and Tripwires.

16 March: Roses Kings Castles (Babyshambles' drummer Adam Ficek's latest project) performs from his second solo album 'Suburban Timebombs' @ The Old Brown Jug

Thurs, 17 March: Midnight Lycan Party, plus Panama Rise and Opting for Oblivion @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

Fri 18 March: Answers on Postcards, plus Bad Hair Days @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

18 March: Faux Feet headline @ The Sugarmill. Support comes from One Room House and Undiscovered Soul.

18 March: Local showcase @ The Box with The Way, The Rivalry, Kill The Doctor and The Fortunas.

Sat 19 March: Toro Sevilla @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

19 March: Seth Lakeman Trio @ The Sugarmill with In Search of a Mad Carew.

19 March: The Control are back @ The Underground.

20 March: Kate Nash @ The Sugarmill. Support comes from Brigitte Aphrodite & The V.O.B.s (Sold Out)

25 March: Think Neon Paint (80's synths and beats) @ The Box as Manchester 3-piece Run Toto Run headline with support from Belgrade, Leopards and Thick As Thieves.

25 March: OK Corrall @ The Underground

Fri, 25 March: The Friendly Campaign @ The Full Moon, Newcastle

26 March: Talk Is Cheap with company from Reparation, Brave Young Blood and Above The Underground @ The Sugarmill

26 March: Transition Feat: The Circle @ Keele University

26 March: Vinyl Overdrive @ The Underground

26 March: Detroit Social Club @ Square One Bar, Crewe. Support from local band The Escape

28 March: Funeral For a Friend are at The Sugarmill with support from Rise To Remain and Tiger Please. (Sold Out)

31 March: Beardsmith @ The Box (free gig)

Reporting what's happening on the local unsigned bands scene is just part of what BBC Introducing does.

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