EMERGING acts from Sunderland will join one of the city’s most established bands, Field Music, for a rare homecoming gig.
Lilliput and Maps Are Fiction have been announced as the support acts for next week’s Field Music concert at Independent.
The band are playing their home town in a bid to raise funds for the Raise the Roof campaign, which aims to raise enough money to pay for a new roof at the Bunker studios on Stockton Road.
All the acts performing have strong links to the music project which has fostered local talent for three decades.
David Brewis, from Field Music, said: “Like us, Lilliput and Maps Are Fiction have a strong link to The Bunker and we are big fans of their stuff.
“It is great for us to be able to give back to The Bunker and at the same time provide a platform for two groups of musicians who are at the top of their game in local music and represent what The Bunker is all about.”
Formed in 2005, Lilliput have really come to the fore this year with their emotive alternative-folk style capturing audiences across the North East.
Recently confirmed to appear at Evolution Emerging Festival and on the back of some high-profile support slots in Newcastle, Lilliput will be looking to 2013 as their year for a big release and spreading their popular sound beyond the banks of the Wear.
Frontman Joe Collins said: “It’s great to have been asked to play with Field Music, they’re one of the front runners of North East music. We’ve been fans since their first album, and we are also really proud to be involved in giving back to The Bunker. They have done so much for us.”
Maps Are Fiction are made up of members who have performed under many a guise since their arrival at The Bunker almost eight years ago. The band finally found their home in the current line-up and have been spending the last nine months writing new material before returning to the live circuit in recent months.
Kenny Sanger, managing director of The Bunker, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for two of our best local bands, and it’s fully deserved. They are all really hard-working lads who have earned the right to play alongside a band who they, along with everyone in music, really look up to.”
Field Music’s fourth album, Plumb, was recently released to much critical acclaim.
l Tickets for the gig on April 14 at Independent are £10 (subject to booking fee) with all proceeds going to the Raise The Roof campaign. Tickets are available from www.netickets.net / www.seetickets.com and in person from Hot Rats on Stockton Road.