Starting out as Middlesbrough Music Live in 2000, MML (for short) took place within Middlesbrough town centre has been well-received by locals and those in the surrounding areas. During its history, acts to appear at the one-day event have included Razorlight, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons, Paolo Nutini, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and many more.
2011 saw some a number of changes to the event, with the big change coming in the form of a rebrand as a festival and given the name, “Intro Festival”. This also came with a new price tag of £10 for early bird and £15 for a standard ticket, having previously been free.
Intro Festival took place across ten stages all situated in and around the Middlesbrough Town Hall. Across the stages was a mix of local talent and already-established acts, with Example and Feeder headlining the ‘City At Heart Main Stage’ and Darwin Deez and Miles Kane topping the bill on the “Evening Gazette Stage”. Other acts included Chipmunk, Wretch 32, We Are The Ocean, Jon Fratelli and Neville Staple (The Specials).
The weather for the festival proved to be quite poor with cold temperatures and showers throughout the day. Nevertheless, this didn’t dampen the spirits of the onlookers on the main stage.
As expected because of the price haul, there were fewer numbers than in previous years, dropping from 60,000 to 7,000, though there was still a good atmosphere at each of the stages.
While it may not have been as successful as anticipated, Intro Festival still went down a treat with those who attended. The incredible line-up meant that attendants to the festival were spoilt for choice. Let’s hope next year’s festival can achieve the same success.