December treats at Sunderland’s Independent

HOMETOWN GIG ... for Frankie And The Heartstrings.
HOMETOWN GIG ... for Frankie And The Heartstrings.
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NIGHTCLUB and live music venue Independent - on Holmeside in Sunderland - is gearing up for a busy end to 2011.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming up before the turn of the year.

COM TRUISE (December 1 in The Little Room @ Independent): Pioneer of the synth-wave scene and man of many pseudonyms, Com Truise brings his 80’s inspired synth experience to Sunderland on the back of a canny European tour.

If you haven’t heard us bleating on about this gig before now then it’s time to wake up! This is the last call as this show’s tomorrow! A must for fans of Electronic music in all it’s guises; whether you’re into Boards Of Canada, Orbital, Autechre or Simian Mobile Disco you’ll like something of this.

FIXERS (December 3 in The Little Room @ Independent): Another hotly anticipated show at the end of a hotly anticipated week, Oxford’s Fixers play a slightly re-arranged show this Saturday in The Little Room.

Brought forward a couple of hours from a club show to normal show, this is another band who’ve hogged the airplay on Independent Live office stereo.

As well as the usual regional BBC accolades Fixers are already a being placed on the various ‘ones-to-watch 2012’ lists that start appearing around this time of the year. And ones-to-watch they are, watch them here first.

DON’T BE A ROBOT feat. DJ YODA (December 17): In among a glut of Christmas parties, you couldn’t really do better than the legend that is DJ Yoda to keep the Christmas festivities bubbling along.

His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”, while Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world”.

FRANKIE & THE HEARTSTRINGS (December 29): A yuletide homecoming show for the slowly fattening, Domino’s jingling five-piece after a festival-full summer and an autumn in Australia among other places.

With new double A side ‘Everybody Looks Better (In the Right Light)/ Way You Kiss’ just released and no Sunderland show since the who-turned-off-the-lights affair at Split Festival, this should make for a lively evening.

Supports confirmed as Leeds’ Spectrals and Sunderland’s Spoken Words.

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