Thousands turn out as Sunniside Live rocks Sunderland

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A host of top musicians set Sunderland’s streets alive with sound.

Sunniside Live had the historic area of the city centre buzzing with crowds with Sunderland’s own Frankie & the Heartstrings, Hyde & Beast and The Voice finalist Olivia Lawson forming part of a winning line up.

Frankie and the Heartstrings

Frankie and the Heartstrings

The event was organised by Bar Justice and Sunderland BID, aimed at getting more people into the under-used area and providing free summer entertainment.

Helen Davis, who co-owns Bar Justice, was thrilled with the success of the event.

She said: “I never expected so many people to turn up so early, people seem to have a great time.

“We just wanted to increase the number of people using the area.

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

“I’ve not done anything like this before, but hopefully we will be able to do it every year.”

The area had the capacity for 2,500 people and all of the free wristbands were snapped up.

One of the oldest music fans to turn out was pensioner Doris Maddison, who is in her late 70s and lives in Ford Estate“It is fantastic and really good for the city. It is lovely to see everyone coming together.”

Angela Marrs, 50, from Pallion, said: “I think it is a great idea something for people of all ages.

Frankie and the Heartstrings

Frankie and the Heartstrings

“We usually go up to South Shields for events in the park and its nice to have something like this on our own doorstep.”

Pauline Stewart, 51, from Hylton Lane, added: “It is nice to have events like this in Sunderland, to help get us on the map.”

Bar Justice co-owner, Sean Maddison, said: “The event has been eight months in the planning and we’ve had great support from the Sunderland BID, who are sponsoring the event, Anne Tye at the council, and local businesses.”

At the time it was hailed as Sunderland’s new “cultural quarter”, but businesses say it hasn’t taken off in the way everyone had hoped.

FESTIVAL: Solo and Motown singer Joe Harriett performs during the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Solo and Motown singer Joe Harriett performs during the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

Other acts taking part included Yellowstone, Motown singer Joe Harriett, The Source Unplugged and Northern soul DJ Craig Hope.

There was also a host of food and drink stalls.

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Music lovers enjoy some of the artists performing at the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD