Friday, 13 July 2018


*Saturday 4th August * FREE ENTRY from 5pm * LIVE MUSIC/DJ SETS/MERCH&ZINE STALL*

On Saturday 4th August, running alongside the Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF 18). Imagination Engine, by invitation of Tees Music Alliance, take over The Green Room. We are to curate a showcase of local and regional, genre and medium spanning, cultural delights. Expect to experience an eclectic blend of mind-bending music and art.

The event boasts live performances by bands from Darlington, Sunderland, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees. With DJ sets from friends and colleagues from local publications, promoters, record stores and labels. There will also be a band Merch&Zine stall.

Not only will the Merch&Zine stall feature local publications Point Blank Teesside and NE Volume,  but we’ll also have copies of a specially commissioned limited edition fanzine available too. Specific to these festivities the one off event zine features artistic and lyrical contributions from those on the event bill. Find it with the other fantastic fanzines, publications and band merchandise we have too.  

Feeling that friendly festival vibe we’ve reached out & put together an event of performances by specially invited guests. It’s FREE ENTRY from 5 so bring dancing shoes & your good times vibe..

Find the event on Facebook HERE

*cue the music

On the bill for you we have:

Sorry Escalator

“Retro psychedelic surfer vibes with biting lyrics that speak to the current political situation in the UK, but can also be applied to the craziness going on in the US.” (EclecticMusicLover).
“Alt rock built on post-punk verses with swirling MBV like guitars to the fore, gazes firmly set to shoes.” (Backseat Mafia).

Golden Age of Nothing

“a loud and noisy squall of prettiness sees the waltz of guitar and vocal interrupted by sporadic blasts of distortion” (NARC)

“a roller-coaster ride of sound, overlaid with creamy guitars and wailing sweeps of electric violin. And politically-driven lyrics” (NE Volume).

"Exotic sounding distortion and grinding vocals really give you a sense of screaming frustration." (Spotlight UK)

"Discordant rhythms, squealing warped solos and pleasingly down tempo outros."

No nonsense garage rock from Teesside.

Novyi Lef

Taking their name from a 1920's Russian art publication, NOVYI LEF deliver powerful, passionate, political synth-punk, via analogue synth squeals and danceable beats."
 Politically charged Punk(NARC)


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The Green Room Online:

Our event runs in sync with the festivities going on at The Georgian Theatre. Where
The Shakin' Nightmares, Panda Lasagne, Dark Passenger, Little Doves & Head of Light Entertainment play on the hour. The LIVE performances in The Green Room hit the stage on the half hour. So with 30min sets going off in each of the venues from 5pm, you’ll have the best of both venues to benefit from.

Stockton International Riverside Festival Online


Tuesday, 3 July 2018


The glorious heat and summer sunshine aren’t the only things lighting up our Imaginations here at the nerve centre. With plenty going on and announcements to follow this week about our new artist and her forthcoming LP which we’ll release in September, we also have news on participation in SIRF 18 (line up reveal this Friday) and the launch of our new event EngineRoom@VoodoCafe with good friends Tracks.

EngineRoom will be a bi-monthly celebration of contemporary culture and creative communities (#words) with each event comprising three live performances from bands, three DJ sets from labels, promoters, friends and colleagues and a pop up gallery curated by a chosen artist. News on the launch party will be posted mid July.

With creativity and community in mind though, it is both our privilege and our pleasure to confirm that Imagination Engine (with the label boss being Durham born) will be sponsoring Durham City AFC’s left winger Liam Butler this season.

 We wish Liam, the players, physios, backroom staff, management, volunteers and faithful supporters, that keep this great community club alive and kicking, all the best for success in the season ahead. A season which we all hope will see the club promoted to Northern league Division 1, and who knows perhaps lifting the FA Vase. #UpTheCitizens

Find out more @ Durham City AFC.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Goodbye Twitter, Hello Insta..

Trump fatigue is an affliction that can affect any one of us, impacting at anytime, with less than optimal outcomes.

It is with this in mind that we've decided to ditch Twitter. It seems to us these days its an environment that is less than encouraging toward positive engagement and as a platform lacks the opportunity to be imaginative.

So we're leaving Donny and Rosey behind and firing up our Insta-Engine instead..

joins us for photo fun @ imaginationenginerecordings CHOO CHOO!! 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Reimagine, Reignite, Relaunch.

Reimagine, Reignite, Relaunch.

Dearest Imagineers, we can confirm the label is indeed due to relaunch later this summer.
After an enforced deactivation due to the driver’s dicky ticker. We’re pleased to announce that both he, and we, have made a full recovery.  We’d like to sincerely thank those that supported us, not only for helping us get through, but also for their patience and kindness during a challenging phase of negative oscillation. 

After nearly a full year away some things have naturally evolved. We’ve some new members aboard and we’ve reimagined the way we represent artists. As part of our new format we’ll be engaging in a wider variety of projects from: label DJs performing sets at LIVE Gig/Venue/Festival events, promoting tours from artists whose music we release, as well as those we don’t, through to working closely on projects both local and international with artists, indie labels and promoters from the UK/EU & US.

With all that in mind, what we aren’t changing is the fact that we will continue, with a passionate heart, to release new independent music from across genres, that inspires our imagination engine, with the hope of inspiring yours.
News to follow on our next physical/digital split release and relaunch party..

Till next time..

Be seeing you…

Saturday, 26 August 2017

BBC Introducing in the North East play No Teeth TONIGHT!

Alreet Imagineers, we have this evening more pleasantries for your ears from No Teeth. Local legend Nick Roberts will be playing one of the tracks from their recently released Wither EP as part of tonight’s BBC Introducing in the North East broadcast.

You can hear the show LIVE from 20:00 tonight [26/08/2017] on DAB @ 95.4FM , online here and if you miss it on demand after the show here. North Eastern based TV fans can also listen in through their eyes by viewing Freeview Channel 719…

No Teeth Share Official Video for Wither

NO TEETH the doom-pop, alt-indie trio from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne are known for fizzing acidic distortion and Post-Punk percussion over psych’d out vocals as the bands trademark sound. You can see and hear why in the new official video for Wither, the title track from the band’s debut EP on Imagination Engine which is out now. 

"five tracks of heavy, invective fuelled music that takes noise as its base but throws in some garage punk, doom, stoner and hardcore" (Dayz of Purple and Orange).

"The bands raw energy riffs and socially aware lyrics show that grunge satire is growing more intelligent" (NARC. Magazine).

The video is blackened and surreal mirroring the audio track itself and is an exclusive commission by the band from Lisa Boardman. Lisa is a multimedia/video artiste whose work thematically centres around contrasting bizarre imagery with every day scenarios in the hope of unearthing the dark and humorous subtext of modern life. Her work attracts growing levels of interest having created and collaborated on projects with underground club night Sour Times, as well as the bands Avacet and Fold to name but a few. See Lisa’s work and reach out on Vimeo.

The EP is available on CD/CS/DL from our labels Bandcamp and Big Cartel stores NOW.