Music collective Tracks and Darlington Borough Council are pleased to announce the return of their vibrant, family-friendly festival Mish Mash.

Its launch event last year was a huge success, attracting crowds to Darlington’s market square to dance to amazing music from around the world, as well as participate in a variety of workshops.

This year, the organisers won’t be able to run it in the same way but they are determined to present inspiring music to audiences across the region. They will be running a ‘Mini’ Mish Mash Festival as a virtual version so you can enjoy it from your own home on Sunday 30th August 2020.

The festival features fun workshops for all ages, plus over three hours of exclusive performances and content from local bands.

15:30-16:00 Claire Willmer (Workshop)
Singing workshop from vocal coach Claire Willmer of Voices of Darlington. Claire will host an upbeat, jam-packed session with music, movement and songs to keep the whole family entertained.

16:00-16:30 Kay Greyson (Workshop)
Hip-hop workshop by Newcastle’s rising star Kay Greyson, who channels the likes of Little Simz with her original blend of uplifting rap that receives regular plaudits from BBC Introducing and more. Kay will be running a fun family workshop, as well as sharing some of her own music.

16:30-17:15 The Deadseat
The first band of the day will be Darlington’s own The Deadseat performing foot-stomping, gospel blues. No stranger to the town’s live music scene, the band have been missed during lockdown so this will be a great opportunity to enjoy a set from them.

17:15-18:00 Andy Lawrenson Trio
Gypsy jazz group the Andy Lawrenson Trio will play plenty of classics reinterpreted with a touch of class and humour, the perfect mellow music for a (hopefully) sunny bank holiday afternoon.

18:00-19:00 Los Capitanes
Headlining Mini Mish Mash will be Los Capitanes. The trio have been regulars at the popular Festival of Ingenuity band stage over the past few years and made an appearance at last year’s Mish Mash Festival. Blending high-quality musicianship with their fun stage presence Los Capitanes are a Spanish-infused band based in the North of England. What begins as classic flamenco can turn into an energetic mash-up of Black Eyed Peas, or cheesy 80s pop, before catapulting into dance anthems played with virtuosic skill.