Frankie & the Heartstrings get set to open Sunderland pop-up shop

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WEARSIDERS will tomorrow get the first look around Pop Recs Ltd - Frankie & the Heartstrings’ unique pop up shop.

Today the final stock will be delivered to the arts space which will run as a gig venue, record shop and gallery for the next fortnight.

Setting up the shop in Fawcett Street are Dave Harper (left) and Frankie Francis.

Setting up the shop in Fawcett Street are Dave Harper (left) and Frankie Francis.

It has been a labour of love for the five-piece whose idea to turn a derelict shop in Fawcett Street into a hub of creativity has gained national attention.

After weeks of hard work, the venture will open to the public tomorrow.

Badly Drawn Boy, Ross Jarman from The Cribs, Bernard Butler, who found fame with Suede – and Edwyn Collins are among the national music names to have thrown their weight behind the initiative to perform for free.

A host of home-grown talent, including Field Music and The Futureheads, will also perform on the specially-constructed stage.

Records from local acts and independent record labels, along with vintage furniture, will be available to buy while artworks by photographers including Keith Pattison, Paul Knox and Ian West will adorn the walls.

“It’s been a real Challenge Anneka effort,” said Dave Harper, drummer from Frankie & the Heartstrings.

“We’ve recycled or blagged everything. Anne Tye from the business investment team at the council has also been a huge help.

“They’ve helped to paint the shop and even made us some record boxes from a sketch of mine I did of the ones in Hot Rats.”

As well as selling Frankie & the Heartstrings’ new album, The Days Run Away, which is released on Monday, Pop Recs Ltd, a spin off from the band’s Pop Sex Ltd label, will sell a host of other music.

“We really opened the door to people on Twitter and Facebook and asked them to bring us their records to sell on a sale or return basis, we won’t be taking any money from it ourselves,” said Dave.

“It’s so difficult to get records stocked in shops.

“If you go through someone like Sony it takes months and months to set up distribution, but we’ve done it in a matter of weeks.”

Tim Burgess from The Charlatans is also providing his coffee, Tim Peaks, to the venture for free providing the band make a donation to the David Lynch Foundation.

Parent and child group Tiny Tweeties will also be running session to make sure the shop appeals to families too.

Pop Recs Limited will open from 10am tomorrow. Full line up here.