EXCLUSIVE: Frank Turner gig to reopen Sunderland’s Pop Recs

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Folk punk singer Frank Turner will reopen a Sunderland culture hub with an intimate set.

The gig, on November 14, will mark Pop Recs Ltd’s return to the city after its original base in Fawcett Street was sold to developers.

The venue, record shop and arts space will open in its new home, in the former Triple Six tattoo studio in Stockton Road, after members of the public donated more than £14,000 via a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to support the venture.

Frank, who this summer released sixth album Positive Songs for Negative People, said: “I’m very happy and indeed honoured to be playing at the rebirth of Pop Recs in Sunderland. They’re a great example of everything a local independent record shop should be, bringing together music and local community.”

Dave Harper, one of the founders of Pop Recs, says it’s great to open with a gig from such a celebrated musician.

“He actually got in touch in touch with us, which is amazing,” explained Dave, who runs Pop Recs with fellow Frankie & the Heartstrings band member Michael McKnight.

Dave Harper and Michael McKnight at the new Pop Recs during renovations

Dave Harper and Michael McKnight at the new Pop Recs during renovations

Frank will perform a short set, followed by a signing at 1pm on Saturday, November 14, to mark the first day of business at the new store.

Dave added: “He’d heard about Pop Recs and the crowd-funding campaign and he’s in the region that weekend for a gig in Newcastle which sold out some time ago.

“He’s the perfect fit for us, the voice of a generation. He bangs the drum for projects like Pop Recs. He’s one of those rare people who, if he can do something to help, will do something.”

Frank is the latest high-profile musician to support the venue, which has also been championed by James Bay, The Charlatans, The Vaccines and more.

Pop Recs is a great example of everything a local independent record shop should be, bringing together music and local community

Frank Turner

The new Pop Recs will continue to bring big names to the city for gigs, while also providing a space for artists, selling records and independent coffee.

Dave says they have the public to thank for the new shop.

“Without the support from the Kickstarter pledges, it would have been impossible to do what we’re doing,” he said.

l Frank Turner tickets will be available at Pop Recs Ltd in Stockton Road from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, November 13. They will be available to buy in person and people are being asked to pay what they think the tickets are worth. Tickets will be limited to two per transaction.