The countdown continues to this year’s Stockton Calling, on Saturday 7th April, with the announcement that one of 2012’s most anticipated new talents, King Charles, will headline The Georgian Theatre’s stage at this year’s festival.
The vivid sounds of London native King Charles are tipped to become even bigger than the stars impressive hairstyle, with the music industry pouring adulation his way.
His music has been described as "Gloriously psychedelic and exploding with vibrant sounds." by The Guardian, and as he draw’s influences from Afro-beat, rock and roll, glam, folk, hip-hop and country it’s easy to see why.
Since launching his solo debut single, Time Of Eternity in 2010, King Charles has garnered much press and online support along with radio play from UK radio djs Tom Robinson, Rob Da Bank, Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens.
Following a year at Durham University, Charles returned to London in 2007 without a degree but with the new regal moniker. He formed a band, Adventure Playground, who went on to tour with Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale, but disbanded in 2008.
In early 2010, King Charles won the prestigious International Songwriting Competition with a unanimous vote by a panel of industry heavyweights including Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Timbaland, Black Francis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Since then, he has been performing to critical acclaim throughout the UK and Europe, gathering an ever-swelling and devout audience.
He most recently supported Mumford & Sons on their sold-out US tour in late 2010, and came second in MTV’s Brand New For 2012 competition which is voted for by the public, beating artists such as Lana Del Rey and Michael Kiwanuka.
Stockton Calling and Georgian Theatre programmer Chris Cobain said of the confirmation, “We’re over the moon to have King