Teesside is the birthplace of such musical legacies as Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers, X-Factor winner James Arthur and 80s hair/metal band Whitesnake.

They all had to start somewhere, mainly their local venues, pubs, clubs, even weddings.

If listening to music is your thing, here are a few spots around Teesside University which regularly play fresh new sound.

Westgarth Social Club

Southfield Road, Middlesbrough

Opposite Athena on Teesside University campus, sits the Westgarth.

It has been home to some of music’s biggest acts of recent years.

James Bay, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and The Vaccines have all played to sold-out shows here.

They have someone new playing every month, with four bands booked.


KU Bar

Regent House, Stockton-On-Tees

10 minutes outside of Middlesbrough is Stockton-On-Tees – or just Stockton to locals.

Stockton-On-Tees has taken an upturn in recent years with its food and drink establishments, it has a multitude of options.

A favourite nightlife hotspot, KU also has at least three gigs a month.

It famously hosted Arctic Monkeys, in 2005.



Exchange House, Middlesbrough

Chances are you don’t know where this place is. If I told you it was next door to the Teesside Archives, you probably still wouldn’t know where it is.

New onto the local music scene, Basecamp is run by Ten Feet Tall, the company behind old Empire nights Sumo and Milk.

It is a great opportunity to listen to the latest upcoming local acts, with a couple of gigs each month.

This venue is on the rise.

The Georgian Theatre

Green Dragon Yard, Stockton-On-Tees

One of the oldest Georgian theatres in the country, this venue is just outside of the Castlegate Shopping Centre, amongst some of Stockton’s hipster bars.

It has at least two gigs a week, giving plenty of opportunity.

The Georgian Theatre has played host to world-famous acts like Arctic Monkeys, and even Martha and the Vandellas.

It’s fair to say there’ll be dancing in the streets when the Georgian is rocking.


Students’ Union

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

For Freshers, you will spend a lot of time at the Students’ Union (SU).

Having this facility on campus is a boost for students who don’t want to travel far.

The SU host lots of events all year, including live music.

Watch out for the end-of-year Final Fling, with many big names playing every year.