Music brings Smile to city bandstand

Young Sunderland musicians who will be taking part in the Smile Concert at the bandstand in Mowbray Park
Young Sunderland musicians who will be taking part in the Smile Concert at the bandstand in Mowbray Park
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Young musicians are fine-tuning their instruments for a concert this weekend which will showcase their skills.

It’s the 18th year of Smile concerts staged by Sunderland Music Workshops. Influential and inspirational, the workshops have helped foster the talents of established acts including The Futureheads and Field Music.

At the helm of the workshops, held in the Award Centre in Hylton Road, is coordinator Dave Murray.

“The young people work hard all year round and this is the culmination of their work,” he said.

“They come down every Saturday from 9am and set up their own bands. From there we help them with all sorts of things to do with the music industry, from learning about copyright to helping them write and record their own songs.

“The workshops are an introduction to music, but also a support system. We have had some great success over the years with the likes of Mavis, The Futureheads and Field Music.

“Also James Jam attended the workshops for a few years and he is now the editor of Kerrang magazine.”

This year’s free concert will take place at Mowbray Park bandstand on Saturday from noon to 4pm.

It will feature acts including: Captain Igloo and The Extreme, Chantelle Murray, Gypsy Beaver, Corine Andrews, Real Gone, Jack Kelly, Dissident, Danny McGlynn, The Blitz, The Jam Band and The Duo with special guest Elvis Kelsey and DJ John Scott from Spark FM.

Dave said: “Some of the acts have been going for years, but for some it will be their first time.”

The concert is being held in conjunction with Sunderland City Council, the Arts Council and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

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