Sunderland set to get funky as Sunniside Live returns

Music lovers at last year's Sunniside Live music festival
Music lovers at last year's Sunniside Live music festival
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The heart of Sunderland is set to get funky tomorrow as Sunniside Live returns.

Sunderland’s only city centre live music festival takes place from noon in Sunniside, with headliners The Brand New Heavies, who will be heading to Wearside ahead of their USA tour.

We’re proud to support such a brilliant event, that not only gives people the chance to see some of the best established and emerging acts in British music, but also showcases Sunderland’s ever-growing music scene to those outside the region.

Ken Dunbar

The band will be joined by a host of other acts, including North East groups Smoove & Turrell, Juggernaut Love Band, Picnic, and special guests Alison Limerick and Shola Ama.

The event is organised by Helen Davies and Sean Maddison, who run both Bar Justice and Gin & Bear it Bar at West Sunniside and is being supported by Sunderland Business Improvement District and BBC Newcastle.

Helen Davies is delighted to see Sunniside Live returning to the city: “This was an extremely successful event last year that attracted thousands of people to the city centre,” she said.

“There are only a limited amount of tickets available to purchase on the day, so we’d urge people to come along to Bar Justice or Gin & Bear It early on, so as not to miss out on this year’s amazing line-up.”

The event, which will run from 12pm until 10pm, will include number of food stalls, a pop-up café by The Place Café. There will also be a licenced bar run by Bar Justice and Gin & Bear It bar, a retro Pimm’s van and bottle and spirits stall.

Sunderland BID chief executive Ken Dunbar believes this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than last year’s, with the capacity rising from 2500 to 4000.

“Last year’s festival offered a great opportunity to turn a spotlight on the Sunniside area of the city and helped showcase the fantastic bars and restaurants it has,” he said.

“We’re proud to support such a brilliant event, that not only gives people the chance to see some of the best established and emerging acts in British music, but also showcases Sunderland’s ever-growing music scene to those outside the region.”

•Tickets for Sunniside Live, priced at £10 each, are available to buy online at www.sunnisidelive.co.uk, or in person at Gin & Bear It, 200 High Street West, Sunderland or Bar Justice, 47 West Sunniside, Sunderland.

More information about Sunniside Live can be found by emailing info@sunnisidelive.co.uk, following @SunnisideLive on Twitter or searching SunnisideLIVE on Facebook.

Sunniside Live running order:

Deja Brew DJs: 12pm

Battle of the Bands winner: 1.30pm

Dance Jam: 2.30pm

Picnic: 3.10pm

Juggernaut Love Band: 4.20pm

Shola Ama: 5.35pm

Alison Limerick: 6.25pm

Smoove & Turrell: 7.15pm

The Brand New Heavies (headliners): 8.30pm