AN influential Sunderland music venue has been razed to the ground.
Bulldozers have demolished Independent, in Holmeside, which had brought the likes of The Klaxons, Alt-J and Spector to the city, while helping foster the careers of local talent such as Frankie & the Heartstrings and The Lake Poets.
A demolition order was placed on the club and gig space as part of the development of the Holmeside Triangle site, forcing the owners to relocate to the former Van Mildert store over the road last year.
Promoter Ben Wall said: “I know people have a lot of fond memories of the old Independent, but it’s been quite exciting to see it come down. There’s been talk of the Holmeside Triangle for years, so it’s great to see something actually being done.
“It will bring more people to this end of town, which will be good for the shops and Holmeside Coffee.”
The old Kwik Save supermarket and car par were cleared last year, and now Independent and adjacent redundant buildings have been demolished to make way for new developments. Part of the site is earmarked for a new campus for Sunderland College.