Kingsley Chapman set for emotional Stockton Calling return

HOMECOMING: Kingsley Chapman and The Murder to play Stockton Calling

HOMECOMING: Kingsley Chapman and The Murder to play Stockton Calling

THERE will be an emotional return for Kingsley Chapman when his new band The Murder plays The Green Room stage at Stockton Calling this April.

It will be the former Chapman Family frontman’s first appearance at the festival since their split back in 2013 when he takes to the stage on Easter Saturday.

Having already played a handful of gigs in his hometown of Stockton, Kingsley says this one will be one to remember.

“It will feel amazing as playing in Stockton for me is always a brilliant experience,” he reveals. “Stockton Calling is a great festival and it truly unites the town in musical mayhem.”

“It will always be special to me regardless of how many times people make documentaries about how despicable we all are.”

The newly formed septet will be bringing his cabaret death songs to the all day festival that will feature over 60 bands across eight venues including The Georgian Theatre, ARC and KU Bar.

Joining him will be a host of local Teesside talent as the region continues to produce exceptional live bands.

“The North East always has great bands and artists tucked away in little corners, whether that be The Futureheads or Frankie and the Heartstrings,” says the songwriter.

“We’re pretty unique as we seem to exist in a bubble away from the trends of the capital.

“In Teesside for instance we have bands like Mouses, Year of Birds and Dressed Like Wolves who are all doing brilliant and unique things in their own special ways. We’re hoping to muscle in somehow in whatever way we can.”

Since Teesside lost the great Chapman Family two years ago it also saw the demise of one of the area’s greatest treasures, Stockton Weekender, last year.

With festival season just around the corner, music lovers will be feeling the effect of losing the Weekender.

“I don’t think people will fully appreciate what’s gone until the summer kicks in and there’s a big empty space where it should have been,” admits Kingsley.

“For me as a musician it was an inspirational event. I’d go every year dreaming of playing on the big stage and probably even formed my first band with the sole intention of performing there.

“It’ll be a massive shame to not have something like that for the next generation of Teesside musicians to aspire to.”

Headlining Stockton Calling 2015 are The Ordinary Boys who will be joined by indie rockers The Pigeon Detectives as well as plenty of local artists.

Taking place on Saturday 4th April, tickets for the event are available from ARC box office, Green Dragon Studios and The Storytellers in Stockton for £15.

from Tside