Mish Mash family music festival

First published: Sunday 18 Aug 2019

The Mish Mash family music festival will be bringing the world to Darlington on Sunday 25 August.

Everything from gypsy folk to flamenco, afrobeat to ska will be on offer so bring the whole family down for an exciting, diverse mish mash of live music and activities in the Market Square.

Brought to you in partnership with Tracks, Big Little Gigs and Darlington Borough Council, visitors can take a trip around the world with food and drinks stalls, interactive workshops and a main stage featuring amazing artists throughout the day across a global palette of genres.


13:00 - 13:30: BUBAMARA

A menagerie of folk-punk exotica.

Think Fagin meets ABBA, Sicilian skiffle, Cossack ska, and songs from the streets of Greece.


14:00 - 14:30: CLUSTERFOLK

With one member flying in from Ireland just for this event, you could say they're something of an International supergroup. Have fun watching Matt (Guitar), Donal (Accordion) & Bran (Fiddle) jam it out on stage, and get ready to stomp your feet to some traditional Irish tunes.


15:15 - 16:00: LOS CAPITANES

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.


16:30 - 17:15: WEEKEND SUN

Darlington locals mixing live instruments with samples, conjuring up devastating funk grooves that'll make you move.



A nine-piece afro-funk noise bomb beating the tightest rhythms in town with a swingin' brass section. Get ready to surrender to the unstoppable groove.


19:00 - 20:00: CHAINSKA BRASSIKA

A tantalising blend of infectious ska rhythms, exquisite brass and melodic vocals, making it impossible for you to deny your feet a chance to dance!


14:30 - 15:15 Ages 7 and under


If you could travel anywhere, in any mode of transport, where would you go? Explore an imaginary journey around the world through an hour of song, dancing and musical games. Learn songs from around the world plus some new ones about travel, transport and imaginary adventures.

Astronauts, pilots and rainforest explorers particularly welcome.

BOOK HERE: log onto - skiddle.com/e/13582605

**PLEASE BOOK ONE SLOT PER CHILD Accompanying adults don't need to book**

Please arrive a good 10 mins before the session starts.

Be aware that if you're more than 5 minutes late, we may allocate your place to someone else.



Bring the kids along to hear Claire perform some of her original songs written for children about animals, insects, Grandmas on roller skates, playing outside and the importance of cuddles. See if they don't start singing along! You can check out her music online at:   clairetustin.bandcamp.com/releases


17:15 - 17:45 Drop-in


Ever watched Riverdance and fancied a go yourself?

Why not head to this exclusive taster session led by world class dancers Chris Hannon & Kelly Stephens! Both have won more championships than we can list, and toured the world for many years with Michael Flatley. More recently Chris has been around the world with his own show, Murphy's Celtic Legacy

Let them take you through a few basic steps, and show you how to put them into a fun routine to impress your friends and family. You never know, you might discover a hidden talent!

No tap shoes required, though we recommend wearing sensible clothing and shoes to make sure you can get those feet moving.


18:30 - 19:00 Drop-in


Straight after London Afrobeat Collective have played, come try some African style drumming for yourself! With traditional drums on hand to try out, let a teacher from Apollo Arts show you how to bring ethnic rhythms to life.


13:00 - 18:00 Drop-in


Head over to Big Little Gigs' craft area where kids can decorate their own cardboard guitar, or create a custom shaker they can shake to the live music in the square.


For further info please email  tracksdarlington@gmail.com or call Rob Irish on 07513 054516 or Sarah Wilson on 07786 065722, or visit www.tracksdarlington.co.uk

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