Friday, 30 November 2018

LAUNCH PARTY | FEHM | Holy Braille + Flies On You

Fear not the transmogrifying brain fog that is January! For IMAGINATION ENGINE returns to Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club in the new year with a series of LIVE monthly events bringing national and international acts to Teesside.Each event features live performances from bands, DJs and we'll have a merchandise and fanzine stall too.

LAUNCH PARTY - Saturday 26th January - Doors 7pm | Stage 8pm

FEHM | Holy Braille + Flies On You

Tickets £6 Bands Guest List [BGL] | £8 Advance [ADV] | £10 On the door [OTD].


FEHM (Art is Hard/Untypical Music) begin a run of UK dates in early 2019. The synth wave quintet blend melodic oscillations and catchy hooks with raw, ethereal vocals and driving basslines. Broadcasting  rage and escapism in equal measure. They launch their tour at our Imagination Engine launch party at Westgarth Social Club on Saturday 26th January. FFO: New Order, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears & Soft Cell.

 “Tumultuous and brooding, FEHM present a contemporary ferocity through retro '80s synths and vibrant soaring vocals” [The Line of Best Fit]

An enthralling, continually evolving, intense vision of pitch black, post-punk that ripples with intelligence” [Clash Magazine]

A slice of melancholy brilliance [Too Many Blogs]

FEHM set the tone for the evening with high-energy, synth dominated tracks and front man Paul Riddle’s mesmerising dance moves [The Independent].

FEHM Online |

HEAR: FEHM | Scarbrough Warning 


Flies on You sound is born of a kinetic energy, generated by the confrontational friction of Doug’s snarling satire. Punk riffs ride sawbass squarewaves cutting deep, with observations on the human condition forged in sardonic prose. FFO: Big Ups/Fall/Black Flag/Dr. John Cooper Clark

Flies on You Facebook |




Holy Braille hail from Sunderland and are well known for running amock amidst the North East punk flock. Stylish, slick, ethereal synth sounds and vocal atmospherics comprise their theatrical, danceable darkwave soundtrack. FFO Nouvelle Phénomène/Siouxsie and the Banshees/Curve/Sisters of Mercy.

Holy Braille Facebook |

HEAR: Holy Braille - Dog Dias

 Imagination Engine @ Westgarth Social Club
Saturday 26th January 2019 7pm/8pm

Facebook Event page |

£10 OTD | £8 ADV | £6 BGL Digital tickets available from | BGL direct from bands. Paper tickets on sale @ locations to be revealed January 1st 2019 Westgarth Social Club99 Southfield Rd,
Middlesbrough.TS1 3EZ

Friday, 23 November 2018

PUTTING THE ALE IN FINALE | Imagination Engine @ ORB

Putting the Ale in Finale: Imagination Engine at Orb.

ORB is all about community feels with a contemporary look. Which is a good look and Imagination Engine are lucky enough to be sharing in the ORB’s 1st anniversary festivities happening this December. The micropub, ale & whiskey house celebrates its first year suitably, with a free entry beer festival. Featuring over twenty expertly selected casks and keg beers, alongside high spirits and myriad potent elixirs. The ceremonial seasonal fun offers something for everyone.

The festival flows on from Wednesday 5th December at the venue on Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, finishing on Sunday 9th December. When, in the first of a series of Sunday Socials, Imagination Engine will be providing live entertainment.

To herald the finale of the ORB 1st anniversary festival Imagination Engine host artist, vocalist and guitarist, Vicky Barber, whom will perform live. Playing music from artists including but not exclusive to Dua Lipa | Pink Floyd | George Ezra | David Bowie | Paolo Nutini. Come round for all of the good vibes at the venue from Wednesday 7th and engage the Imagination Engine on Sunday 9th for Vicky Barber’s solo acoustic sets between 4&7pm

Responsibly raise a glass and break into a warm winter grin, by helping us put the ale in Finale.


ORB 1st Anniversary Beer Festival Facebook event |

Vicky Barber Facebook | Online

ORB Micropub, Ale & Whisky House     | Facebook | Online
28 Coniscliffe Rd, Darlington DL3 7RG

Thursday, 11 October 2018


Greetings people of Earth and others, just a short message of heartfelt thanks from us to The Staches (Bongo Joe RecordsDumpster Tapes and Six Tonnes de Chair Records), Lassie (U-BAC Records) and Novyi Lef (Win Big Records ) for giving our crowd a fantastic night of politicized punk, fuzz ripped garage rock, frothing with gold spandex, oscillated modulation, Wacky Onassis sunglasses and pith helmet bass funkery.
Our love and best wishes to Andy, Steve and all The Westgarth Social Club family, thanks to Matt D and Nathan on sort it all out Sound Control. Shouts to Dovetail Joints and Disgraceland Baker St. for DJ sets and hosting. To NARC Magazine and MIMA for the promo and partnering. Big up Danny and also StevePoint Blank Teesside for the photos, as per usual mine we’re very poor due to a sweaty lens and mucky fingers. Here’s the better captures for your eyeballings.

NARC link for this Saturdays Disgraceland alldayer

Sunday, 7 October 2018


The reliably informed NARC magazine have our The Staches | Lassie + Novyi lef gig @ The Westgarth this Tuseday (09.10.18) down as one of this months go to gigs in the north east. Thanks lovely NARC magazine family.  We've a few remaining tickets available online, and our in for a £5 say 'PARMO' OTD door code on the go. 

First single "Great Depression" from forthcoming The Staches - This Lake Is Pointless LP is out now too on French DIY label Six Tonnes de Chairs too.

The super limited magenta/black vinyl 7" in hand screen printed sleeve, shrink wrapped for your tactile pleasure is available from the label bandcamp page and the band will have copies of the single with them at the show. NICE. 

See you at The Westgarth on Tuesday. Doors open at 7pm. Appx stage times are Novyi Lef @ 8pm, Lassie @ 20:00, Lassie @ 20:45 + The staches @ 21:30. Be seeing you..

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tour Vid | VIP Promo Code | The Staches @ Westgarth 09.10.18

The Staches @ Westgarth | Tour Vid | VIP Promo Code  

We wish good journey to international friends The Staches (Bongo Joe | Six Tonnes De Chair) and Lassie ( UBAC Records ) as they begin their EU/UK Tour 2018. The bands will be joining us a week from today, along with homegrown bayside electroclashers Novyi Lef (Win Big Records ) at The Westgarth Social Club aided by Big Figure PromotionsCheck out the bands tour promo video, its one of the best things we've ever seen!


We are now offering an ‘unwaged ticket option. For those who arent earning, who are students or facing cash challenges, just use verbal promo code “PARMO” at the venue to get in for a £5 (saving £2 off of the standard £7 OTD charge).  A great gig takes great bands and a great crowd. We've got the great bands for you very important people, so come and be part of that great crowd. 

We the people behind these collaborative and socially minded activities are for the people, for the music, the art and culture. We are all therefore sensitive to the fact that in the current climate of austerity. We’re all challenged by continuing cuts and rising costs. Costs that can prevent us from accessing culture and much needed opportunities for unity and escapism.

We don’t play that ****, so thats why we’ve served up the “PARMO” offer.

Don’t forget we’ve got more local good time vibes on the night from fanzine heads Point Blank Teesside who will be dropping punk/post-punk/pogo friendly tunes by way of DJ set

Find out more through this FB Event link |

Tickets are priced @ £5 ADV & £7 OTD (or £5 UTB) | Doors 7pm | First band on @ 8pm

After that, frankly anything could happen and it probably will... JOIN US!

The remaining online tickets are available from See Tickets via this link |

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

GIG: Disgraceland Mini-Festival

Middlesbrough’s most diverse event space, the phantasmagoria of kitsch that is Disgraceland, will play host to some of the most exciting bands and artists from the region and beyond, this October, as part of this all-day celebration of creativity.

The event sees the first collaboration between independent record label Imagination Engine Records and artist Bobby Benjamin’s ethereal exhibition project Dovetail Joints. The two creative forces combine to bring an event packed with art, music and culture.This free to attend event boasts an impressive schedule of live bands, video artists, special guest DJs, a late night film screening and a pop-up bar, spread across the spacious Baker Street venue.

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