Exciting Summer Streets’ Line-Up Confirmed

An impressive line-up of talent has been confirmed for Sunderland’s newest music festival.

Summer Streets, a free celebration of community music, will be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, on July 19 and has been organised by The Cultural Spring, a three-year £2m Arts Council funded project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside. The Futureheads’ Ross Millard has been the event’s artistic director, pulling together a wide range of different acts. he explained:

“I wanted to make sure we had something to cater for as many tastes as possible, so there is a wide variety on musical genres for the audience, I think we’ve done that and really do have something for everyone. It should be a great celebration of music, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for people to pick up an instrument or some musical tips.”

Summer StreetsWithin the park, there will be three stages and a large marquee, with different acts performing on each between 2pm and 6pm. There will also be a steel band and drummers playing while Southwick Primary School’s Artists in Residence Alyson Stoker and Gilly Rogers have been working on a project to create decorations and banners for the park. The bands range from nationally-recognised acts such as The Lake Poets, played recently on Radios 1 and 2, through to local hip-hop, bluegrass, and jazz groups to Sunderland’s favourite folk-rock band, Lilliput. Local folk singer and historian Keith Gregson will be performing a song about the city with children from local primary schools, while Thornhill chemistry teacher Amer Sheikh will perform with his hip-hop group The Word. The group explores issues of race, class, politics and day-to-day living through rap. Big band jazz lovers should look out for the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, a 19-strong group from across the north east that has been playing together for ten years. Hot from an appearance at the Summer Tyne Festival will be Gateshead bluegrass band Kentucky Cow Tippers, who’ve been making a name for themselves locally recently. Sunderland folk-rock band Lilliput have long been a city favourite, and also now run the popular Holmeside Coffee shop.  Known for their great harmonies and musicianship, the band has recently released an EP through Frankie and The Heartstrings’ own record label. A band used to the big stage are Baghdaddies, a regionally-based five piece who have performed at festivals all over the world, including Glastonbury. For younger members of the audience, there will be stand-up comedy, children’s music lessons and special performances by some of the acts. Summer Streets will also have refreshment stalls.

The event will start with a musical procession from Southwick Primary School into the park at 1.30pm. Musicians leading the parade will include the newly-formed Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project  Samba Band, Southwick School Choir, and Brassy B – Sage Gateshead’s Youth Brass Band. BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown will be introducing the acts, as well as performing with his own band, City Road Survivors. Rebecca Ball, Project Director at The Cultural Spring, was confident Summer Streets will prove a hit:

“It’s about showcasing the musical talent we have in our communities, but also exposing people to a wide variety of musical opportunities. It will be a great day out for families and there will be loads of opportunities for people to join in and try something new from djembe drumming to opera singing.”

The Cultural Spring’s three partners are the University of Sunderland; The Customs House in South Shields and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust. The project is working in five Sunderland wards (Red House, Castletown Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter’s) and five South Tyneside wards (Biddick and All Saints, Boldon Colliery, Cleadon and East Boldon, Whitburn and Marsden and Whiteleas). For more information or if you would like to be involved in Sunderland’s newest musical festival, go to The Cultural Spring website (www.theculturalspring.co.uk) or contact Ross on Twitter at @rgtmillard or email Project Co-Ordinator David Callaghan at David.Callaghan@TheCulturalSpring.org.uk

Performers:

Stage 1

Kollectif Istanbul

Baghdaddies

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band

The Lake Poets

City Road Survivors

Stage 2

Real Gone

Kentucky Cow Tippers

Lilliput

The Sour Mash Trio

Stage 3

Keith Gregson/schools

Dodici voce

Dam Ukes

Jubilate/NYC

The Cornshed Sisters

Marquee

Southwick School choir

Compass a Capella

Keith Gregson solo

The Word

Carmen Workshop performance

The attic band

Tippee small

Pop Recs Ltd

The Moothbooth

Tippee Large

Tiny Tweeties

Comedy for kids

Beats North

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