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Teesside Band Take Middlesbrough Empire By Storm

Local Band Cattle and Cane dominated the stage of The Middlesbrough Empire .

The Thornaby based five piece played to a crowd of over 1,000 at the popular nightclub destination, leaving music revellers hyped about the talented musicians.

The band are fresh from their first UK tour, promoting their debut album ‘Home’, which saw them break into the top 30 of the UK independent Charts.

It’s no surprise that the group poured their heart and soul into their largest ever gig on home soil, resulting in a spectacular ending to an exciting year.

Fans travelled from across the North-East and beyond to witness the sold out event.

Cattle and Cane are made up of siblings Joe, Fran, Helen and Vin Hamill, with close friend Tom Chapman on percussion.

Singer-songwriter Joe said: “We formed the band a few years back now, but we’ve all sang together from an early age.”

“It’s always felt really natural for us all to play together, and our friends and family have supported us every step of the way.

“I think that’s why it feels so special, we feel very lucky to have the support we have, it’s amazing.”

The band has always been vocal about their admiration for Teesside and The North East and were thrilled with the reception they received last May, when playing the popular Newcastle festival, Evolution.

Performing at the Middlesbrough Empire is just another dream come true for the group.

Guitarist Fran said: “We just love playing home town shows. There’s always an amazing atmosphere and nothing comes close to it.”

“We were so excited and proud to play Middlesbrough Empire as it was the biggest local show we’ve ever done.

“We were buzzing the entire time, and the crowd just topped it off.

“Local events like Twisterella and Stockton Calling are really putting Teesside on the map and there’s loads of exciting new acts coming through too.

“It’s just fantastic that the region has such a vibrant scene at the moment!”

Speaking in the aftermath of the popular event, Middlesbrough Empire Manager Peter Hope said: “Cattle and Cane are undoubtedly one of the brightest talents to emerge from Teesside in recent years.”

“They’ve been coming into The Empire for a long time, so watching them bring the house down was an immensely proud moment for us and I’ve no doubt they have an incredible future ahead.”

Built in 1897 as a music hall, The Middlesbrough Empire has played host to a variety of performers ranging from Charlie Chaplin to FatBoy Slim, and now Cattle and Cane can be added to the list.

Critics have compared them to the likes of ‘Mumford and Sons’, and with the recent release of their electric album, there’s a gap in the world of folk  music that Cattle and Cane could fill.

The band are set for an eventful 2017, when they’ll be releasing and touring their highly anticipated second album ‘Mirrors’.

Fans are sure to not be disappointed.

To keep up to date with the band and their upcoming plans, check out their official website.

Pictured Above: The ever popular Middlesbrough Empire

Pictured Above: Cattle and Cane

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