London’s calling for bands

Left to right, Jon Gibson, Jake Hopkins and James Hewitson of Hartlepool band Arcs and Trauma
Left to right, Jon Gibson, Jake Hopkins and James Hewitson of Hartlepool band Arcs and Trauma

BANDS from Hartlepool will invade London for a day of non-stop live music.

Tickets for Moho, which stands for Music of Hartlepool Origin, go on sale today.

On Bank Holiday weekend, 20 groups from Hartlepool, or with close Hartlepool links, will descend on the capital to show what they have got when they perform at a central London venue.

Moho is being organised by town music promoters Bonus Grooves and Look Who’s Talking.

Brian Barnes, of Bonus Grooves, said: “There will be 20 bands in total on two stages, one for acoustic performers and a stage for bands.

“There are around five or six groups in London with members from Hartlepool, and we will be taking another 15 down with us.

“This will be our second one, the first Moho was in 2010 so this is our return.”

The music mammoth was due to take place again in 2011, but it was cancelled following the London riots.

And last year’s event had to be postponed when the FA Cup final prevented them performing at their chosen venue.

The line-up of confirmed performers so far includes The White Negroes, Goldheart Assembly, Martha Cook, Silver Trees, Arcs and Trauma, Future Horizons, Antlez, The Standards, Palace, and Mercedes.

Look Who’s Talking DJs will also play before, in between and after the bands.

The 12-hour event takes place at The Amersham Arms, New Cross, on Sunday, May 26.

A 70-seater coach as been booked to and from Hartlepool leaving Tower Street at 8am on the Sunday and is due to arrive in Camden at around 1.30pm.

It will return on Monday afternoon.

The deadline to buy travel tickets is Friday, April 26.

Tickets are £7 per person or £40, including travel and accommodation.

They are available from The Studio and The Clarendon, both in Tower Street, Bianco’s at Navigation Point or Crinson Guitars on Park Road.

They are also available online from