Barry Hyde’s hometown gig to mark the release of his debut solo album proved so popular a second date has been added.
Last week the former Futureheads frontman spoke candidly to the Echo about his battle with mental health problems, which inspired record Malody.
His openness and insightful approach in discussing his bipolar diagnosis struck a chord with people, with tickets for his launch gig at Royalty Theatre selling out in days.
To meet demand, a second date has been added on June 3, the day of the album’s release, at the community theatre off Chester Road.
Barry, who was admitted to the former Cherry Knowle mental health hospital three times during the illness’ grip, said: “Thank you so much for all of the loving wishes. It means an unmeasurable lot.
“I feel utterly liberated at this moment in time!”
Many readers took to social media to show their support for the Sunderland musician.
Miner’s Friend commented on our website: “Well done Barry for being so open about your illness, every one should bring it to the forefront but they hide it away. It is an awful illness.”
Barry, who was taken off the mental health register last year, will be supported at the second date by Nev Clay and Tom Fletcher.
•Tickets, which go on sale tomorrow at 9am, are £5 in advance from Pop Recs and Hot Rats in Stockton Road, RPM in Newcastle, or online at https://www.musicglue.com/barry-hyde/
•To read last week’s feature with in which he speaks about his struggles with bipolar disorder click here