Photo by Conor Vetas-Young
Sticky Fingers started as a small intimate cafe/bar which was attached to a music shop. Recently the music shop and bar owner sold up to current owner Toni Cook. Toni has gone into partnership with Boro based label, Goosed Records, who have recently overseen the successful rejuvenation of an old music venue, Doctor Brown’s. The shop has now been converted into part of the downstairs live space, where weekly nights for local emerging original bands take place, as well as Goosed Records’ Bootleg Sessions, a live lounge session that’s also recorded live and filmed.
The downstairs events are free to enter. Floors one and two, which were previously storage for the shop, have been transformed with the installation of Goosed Records’ recording studio on the top floor, including full analogue recording facilities as well as digital. Work is ongoing on the first floor to transform it into a larger live venue which will host ticketed events aimed at attracting national acts but also giving the local acts the chance to play supporting sets to allow them to develop and progress.
Goosed Records’ annual all day festival, FlockFest, will be moved to King Edward’s Square, at Teesside University directly behind the venue and work is ongoing with the Local Authority and the University ready for the event in May.