Bosses pull plug on Sunderland music venue

The Plugged Inn, Holmeside, Sunderland.

The Plugged Inn, Holmeside, Sunderland.

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A CITY centre bar which once welcomed high-profile bands and up-and-coming talent will turn off the sound for good tonight.

The Plugged Inn, Sunderland, has been a fixture in Holmeside for 10 years in various guises.

But it was decided not to renew the lease when it came to an end this month.

Liverpool rockers The La’s and Portishead DJ Andy Smith have performed at the venue, formerly known as The White Rooms.

Frankie & the Heartstrings front man Frankie Francis was landlord at The White Rooms for two years.

He told the Echo: “It’s very sad because the White Rooms was the only place I wanted to go in town, not just because I worked there. It was the place where our band formed, because we wanted to see a band like Frankie & the Heartstrings.

“We had our first practice there and our band was conceived there.”

Plugged Inn manager Nina Wright added: “We’re really proud of everything that we have achieved in the bar over the past decade.

“There’s not many bars in Sunderland can say they’ve had bands like The La’s and Everything Everything perform on their stage, as well as the many sub genres that we’ve trail-blazed in Sunderland.

“It’s a bit sad to be closing, but we’re closing with our heads held high and we’re looking forward to the future.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the bar staff, promoters, bands and artists past and present.”

The news comes weeks after sister music venue Independent, which was based opposite, moved next door to the Plugged Inn.