SUNDERLAND International Airshow is set to get off to a flying start with a spectacular concert.
Top tribute band, The Counterfeit Sixties, will headline a gig on Friday, July 20, at Cliffe Park to kick off a weekend of fantastic sights and sounds.
They will be joined by the Heavy Cavalry, Cambria Band and The Risk, of X Factor fame.
As well as the live music, those heading to the seafront can expect a fireworks display and a stunning night display by the SWIP Twister Duo Display Team.
Fans of 60s music will not be disappointed, with The Counterfeit Sixties likely to belt out all the hits from the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who.
Lead singer Phil Armstrong cannot wait to take to the stage and is promising a great show.
He said: ““We’re picking the very, very best of our set list for the airshow’s launch event.
“Our band is all about reproducing what was the most creative period in pop music. This means that we can guarantee the set for the Friday event at Cliffe Park is going to have some of the most popular pop songs ever.”
The event marks the fourth time the weekend’s flying display has been preceeded by a launch event and Councillor John Kelly believes people now look forward to it as much they do to seeing the planes.
He said: “I think the Friday night event is now a popular pre-runner to the weekend’s flying programme, and all the other many attractions on the ground and along the seafront.
“This year’s Friday is again a good draw for all ages with a mix of tradition, current tastes, some very popular nostalgia with The Counterfeit Sixties, and the flying and fireworks.
“I bet I’m not the only one that’s looking forward to the event.”
This year’s show starts at 7pm, before the Airshow itself begins at 10am on Saturday, July 21.