About The Bunker

The Bunker has been at the heart of music, creativity and culture in the city of Sunderland for over 30 years.

Acting as a platform for thousands of musicians and artists, many of whom go on to reach national and international stages, The Bunker is well recognised as a unique force, providing a creative outlet for youth in Sunderland and contributed significantly to the North East region’s cultural economy.

Rehearsal room and recording facilities are the core of The Bunker’s services, providing a base and space to develop for bands and artists. We also work with a range of local venues and arts organisations to provide development opportunities and encourage cultural activity in Sunderland.  Additionally, we deliver training, development and career guidance on a range of music/arts-related topics to budding musicians and young people in Sunderland.

We engage hard to reach learners and run music related projects for people from minority groups or problematic backgrounds, who may otherwise not consider education/training as a route to employment. We aim to provide advice and support to build confidence and help people use music towards a positive outcome, whether this results in a career in the arts or other vocations.

We aim to raise awareness and tackle cultural barriers through interactive music projects, and explore the usage of music in helping the recuperation or treatment of people suffering illness or disabilities.

Welcome to The Bunker: We are music.

Read more on the wider history of The Bunker and music in Sunderland

Testimonials

Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."
2013-08-12T23:38:07+00:00
"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."

Peter Brewis, Field Music

"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!
2013-08-12T23:38:48+00:00
"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!

Sandhill View School

"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"
2013-08-12T23:39:06+00:00
"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"

Jim Mawdsley (CEO at Generator)

"Generator has partnered with The Bunker since 2004 to bring a number of live events and unique training opportunities for emerging artists and businesses involved in the music industry. This valuable relationship enables both of our organisations to continue to develop music in Sunderland and throughout the North East."
2013-08-12T23:39:41+00:00
"Generator has partnered with The Bunker since 2004 to bring a number of live events and unique training opportunities for emerging artists and businesses involved in the music industry. This valuable relationship enables both of our organisations to continue to develop music in Sunderland and throughout the North East."

Ben Wall, Independent

"The Bunker is such an important player in the Sunderland music scene and are always there when we need them. Their experience is invaluable and the quality of their work is second to none."
2013-08-12T23:39:56+00:00
"The Bunker is such an important player in the Sunderland music scene and are always there when we need them. Their experience is invaluable and the quality of their work is second to none."