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Join us for the 26th anniversary of the Middlesbrough Mela. Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ or a ‘fair’. This year Middlesbrough Mela will take place July 9-10.

Last year’s Mela attracted an audience of around 50,000 over the free two-day festival – it is the largest and longest established event of its kind in the North East.

Mela promises a fabulous mix of world class music, a wide range of entertainment, a family fairground and a popular bazaar, packed full of stalls.

Held every year since 1990, the Middlesbrough College-sponsored Mela sees the town celebrate its culture and diversity through a wide range of music, entertainment, a funfair and a popular bazaar packed full of stalls.

Saturday programme


Middlesbrough Active Sports

England Boxing Mobile Boxing Arena

England Boxing have launched the amazing mobile boxing arenas  for a summer of outdoor boxing activity across the North East. This year’s Mela sports programme will see a 12ft mobile boxing ring, complete with two 12ft training pods complete with punch bags and pads.

 The mobile boxing arena will be open throughout the day giving people of all ages a chance to see what the sport is all about. With local coaches on hand to demonstrate some friendly sparring in the ring, put on displays of pad work and give the people of Middlesbrough a chance to try out their technique on the bags and also to answer questions about this popular sport.

Swerve Table Tennis Club  

Come and join one of Middlesbrough’s finest table tennis clubs as their members and coaches exhibit impressive up close Table Tennis/Ping Pong skill and technique and of course this is the perfect opportunity for you to come along and show them your skills. With professional coaches on hand throughout the day you can pick up a paddle and give it a go one with as little or as much guidance as you prefer plus find out everything else the club has to offer.

Other sports activities include:

Netball, Badminton, football agility and a number of other fitness activities for you to try out. 


Johansen Dance

Johansen Dance Company will perform some of the dance styles which are taught at their school including acro, freestyle and slow dance fused together with some Bollywood steps and technique!

Bellamy School of Dance

Bellamy School of Dance perform.

Teesside School of Dance & Musical Theatre

Teesside School of Dance and Musical Theatre will perform from Michael Jackson's greatest hits!

Bradley School of Dance & Musical Theatre

Bradley School of Dance & Musical Theatre will perform a showcase of varied disciplines of Musical Theatre, including Tap, Modern Stage & Acrobatics.
The Dance We Made

The Dance We Made

A welcome return to Middlesbrough for this talented interactive group.
Consept and D6ixS

Consept and D6ixS

Consept and D6ixS are both songwriters, musicians and performers who have been playing and writing music collectively for 15 years. They have recently joined forces as an acoustic rock and rap duo.
Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson makes a welcome return to Middlesbrough after performing at the launch of Transporter Park.

TABS Studios

Performing Arts
Danielle Ripley

Danielle Ripley

Danielle Ripley is a rising local singer-songwriter influenced by Lauryn Hill, Christina Aguilera, Tori Kelly, James Arthur and Ed Sheeran.

Kiera Weathers

Kiera Weathers – In 2015 a young 18year old girl from the St Helens brought the X-factor judges to a stunned silence and the audience to their feet in a rapturous applause. Such was the power and passion of the voice of a girl with star quality. From the bottom of her heart and every inch of her soul, Keira delivers her songs with the utmost respect for the writer and although she was dreamt of becoming an Astronaut….nothing will take her closer to the stars than the talent she has within herself.

Sunday programme

"It gives me great pleasure to introduce the 2016 Middlesbrough Mela programme. I have been involved in producing large scale concerts and events for both the Asian and Western markets for a number of years. I have been programming the main stage for the last 15 years and have seen the audience attendance figures go from 13,000 to over 50,000 which is extremely satisfying to see. The artists I bring to Middlesbrough are both home grown Brit Asian talent as well as from the Indian sub continent and further afield across the globe. These guys represent the best there is in the Asian music industry and I'm delighted to be showcasing them at the biggest multi cultural event on Teesside."

Kash Patel

Programming & Stage Manager


Salman Malik

Salman Malik is a London based Host/Presenter/Stand-up Comic.His experiences as a stand-up Comedian adds a touch of humour to his presenting style. Indeed, it is his quick wit and stage presence that keeps the crowd buzzing and hungry for more. Salman has a completely different approach to comedy, mixing culture with humor to create something really special. Many can relate to Salman’s work. No matter what age, race or gender he will be sure to keep you entertained.

Kiera Weathers

Kiera Weathers – In 2015 a young 18year old girl from the St Helens brought the X-factor judges to a stunned silence and the audience to their feet in a rapturous applause. Such was the power and passion of the voice of a girl with star quality. From the bottom of her heart and every inch of her soul, Keira delivers her songs with the utmost respect for the writer and although she was dreamt of becoming an Astronaut….nothing will take her closer to the stars than the talent she has within herself.


Abraz - Is a fresh young 19yr old singer, straight out of Norway, who produces beats and writes his own lyrics. Having already performed at European Mela’s and the VAD-festival in Oslo Arbaz comes to make his mark in the UK performing at Middlesbrough Mela first.

Living in SIN

DJ Sin - In Mumbai DJ Sin is synonymous with bringing "real" hip hop music to the forefront. With this unique amalgamation of Hip Hop mixed with Garage, R&B, Funk, Soul and Motown, Sin continues to be one of the most versatile international artists. Add to this his trademark voice, innovative punch-lines and no nonsense delivery, Sin stands out as one of the most original entertainers in Mumbai. He has already performed around the world with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Coolio, Akon, Wyclef to name a few.

Tarique Hossain

Tarique Hossain, a Bangla singer and songwriter, has been in the music industry for over 25 years. What started as a hobby has turned into a real passion. He became one of the top finalists in a talent quest hosted by Bangla TV Channel S back in 2010. Since then he has performed in various live shows and events across the UK and now even presents his own Chanel S


Dr AAC – A Doctor by profession who started his musical journey at the age of 6. He built his musical foundation by studying the works of Mohammed Rafi and Sonu Nigam. Having already performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, and IndigO2, Dr AAC comes to his native boro to perform live with his band.

Arslan Baig

Arslan Baig is a UK DESI singer/songwriter, who writes, composes and performs songs in Hindi/Urdu, Punjabi and English. With a strong fan based reach of over 1 million people and growing, Arslan has achieved no1 singles in the Asian Charts and won the 2011 'Entertainer of the Year' Award.

R&R Productions

R & R Productions pride themselves in being the most versatile and bespoke dance company within the entertainment industry. With their vast array of themes and ever expanding repertoire of dance styles they really can bring any event to life. Formed in 2009 they have built up a solid and reliable reputation, providing first class professional, glamorous and energetic entertainment to events worldwide.

Shide Boss

Shide Boss – Shide’s music is an original fusion of mainstream RnB with an Asian twist. He is not only a Singer, Songwriter but also an Actor making him a versatile multi talented artist. He has numerous awards already under his belt, most notably “Best Newcomer” at the Asian Music Awards and “Most Popular Artist” at the 2015 Pakistani Music Awards. He has had the biggest song of the year so far with "Women" which features Zack Knight and has over 2million hits for his songs on You Tube. The lethal combination of sizzling hot looks, breath taking vocals and catch songs makes Shide Boss a force to be reckoned with.
Rameet Kaur

Rameet Kaur

Punjabi Princess Rameet Kaur is no stranger to the limelight. She has performed at countless Melas across the country and has been active in the Asian music industry since her teens. She is a former winner of the ‘Miss India Scotland’ title. As well as the beauty she comes with the brains having recently graduated with a degree in acting and performance. She has released a number of chart topping singles and is now set to appear in a forthcoming blockbuster movie as the lead actress.


With more than 20 years experience behind them Sahara have a fan base that spreads across the globe. They have toured numerous countries and performed in front of all kinds of people from the average man on the street to international royalty and heads of state. Yet from humble beginnings they remain true to their West Yorkshire roots and its always a pleasure to have the home boys back up North.

Roach Killa

From Toronto to Teesside, Roach Killa flies in especially to perform for the very first time in Middlesbrough. Having already toured Europe, Asia and the Middle East his music is creating massive waves in the industry. He has mastered the skill of being a reggae artist along with a twist of hip hop which makes him a very talented artist with the ability to torment instrumentals. Roach Killa is not only this century’s element of surprise, the element of music, but most of all, the element of originality.


Hit making producer brothers Bhota & Bally Jagpal of the legendary B21 fame are popular with both young and old. They have won countless Awards, performed in every continent across the world and produced hit after hit making them one of the most sought after bands in the UK. They rejuvenated the whole Asian music industry and tore up dancefloors across the country with their infectious sounds. They’ve even appeared on Hollywood blockbuster movie Bend it Like Beckham and we're thrilled to welcome them to Middlesbrough.
Please keep an eye on this page and our social media pages for any changes to the lineup and times of performances.

Middlesbrough Mela 2016 Site Map

Middlesbrough Mela 2016 Map


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