Three Durham pubs - one day of live music from acts including South Tyneside’s Gallery Circus and The Waiters

Gallery Circus
Gallery Circus

A trio of Durham’s pubs will be taken over for a free music festival.

The Durham Origins Festival takes place on September 25 and will bring a host of live music to the heart of Durham.

South Shields band The Waiters. l-r Jack Errington, Adam Tait, Dan Johnson, Martin King.

South Shields band The Waiters. l-r Jack Errington, Adam Tait, Dan Johnson, Martin King.

The event, set at Durham venues The John Duck, in Claypath; The Bishop Langley on Framwellgate Bridge and The Library, in Saddler Street, will feature a whole day of live music, showcasing the very best musical talent from Durham and across the North East.

Headliners will be South Tyneside twins Gallery Circus, Charlie Dancer and Lost In Paradise.

Gallery Circus, made up of Daniel and Graeme Ross from Boldon, are set to release their new single this autumn.

The band has just finished recording new material and are touring Europe. They’ve quickly built up a reputation as being one of the UK’s most formidable new live act

Other acts lined up to perform are Hazels, The Castells, The Waiters, Jake Houlsby, Olivia Devine, Will Connor and Nick Wood, plus open application slots.

It’s being organised by North East-based online music management company, Gigiti Entertainment and local live-music promoters Acoust-
ica. Gigiti is a recently launched web platform focused on supporting the grassroots music industry and simplifying the management of live music, while Acoustica is a local promotion company specifically designed to rejuvenate the Durham music scene.

Both have run a number of music events in Durham in the past. Luke Stuart-Smith from Gigiti said: “We’re really excited to be organising Durham’s first multi-venue music festival. Durham’s music scene can sometimes be overlooked, but we wanted to showcase the huge amount of local talent in a free one-day 

There is also an opportunity for local acts to play at the festival by applying to one of the open application slots. All artists have to do is create a free artist profile on and then send the link with a sample music and short bio to