THEY’VE performed in Sunderland Minster and Durham Cathedral – now The Futureheads have got their sights set on St Paul’s Cathedral.
After performing a stunning set in the surroundings of Durham Cathedral at the weekend, the Sunderland band said the only venue that would top the experience is a gig in St Paul’s.
Barry Hyde has played in a lot of high-profile locations in his time with The Futureheads – but Saturday night was something else.
The four-piece performed an acoustic set to a sell-out crowd in Durham Cathedral.
“It is the most magnificent venue we have ever played,” said Barry.
“It was brilliant.
“Every room you play has its own sound, but there is a little something that happens when you are in a room like that, singing.
“Every time you come to the end of a phrase, you get this brief reflection back from the room.”
The band has already performed at Sunderland Minister but even that was not their first brush with ecclesiastical surroundings.
“We got the bug when we were on tour in April,” said Barry.
“We played the Union chapel in Islington – they have a lot of gigs there – then we played the Minister and now the Cathedral.
“The next place would have to be St Paul’s.”
The Futureheads were supported by The Lake Poets – aka Sunderland’s Martin Longstaff – and 18-year-old Natasha Haws, from South Shields.
Barry was delighted with both performances.
“They were superb and they went down really well,” he said.
“They were both really nervous beforehand but they delivered the goods.”
So what next for The Futureheads?
“We are playing the Split Festival at the end of next month and then we will see,” said Barry.
“Once September is out of the way, I think we will get together and have a talk about what we want to do moving forward.”
Saturday night’s concert was the centrepiece of four days of performance and entertainment in and around the streets of Durham city, including folk concerts, a cinematic singalong, and street theatre.
Free events were staged in Millennium Square and the Market Place across the weekend, but an “evening of fools” at Auckland Castle which was due to conclude the festival had to be abandoned because of ground conditions after the weekend’s heavy rain.
THE Echo this week revealed King of Punk Johnny Rotten will headline this year’s Split Festival.
The notorious singer, whose real name is John Lydon, will be fly his band Public Image Ltd in from LA to close Saturday’s Split programme.
The Futureheads will then close the festival on the Sunday, preceded by St Etienne.
This year’s Split launches with a Free Film Friday, showing Shrek and School of Rock on the big screen.
Tickets are still available for the festival by visiting www.split-music.co.uk.