Frankie & The Heartstrings pop up shop now open in Sunderland

Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street. Michael McNight and Dave Harper busy putting up posters in the shop.
Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street. Michael McNight and Dave Harper busy putting up posters in the shop.
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POP along to Fawcett Street in Sunderland for the next fortnight to check out the city’s most unique shop.

Scores packed the former Tourist Information Office on Saturday as Frankie & the Heartstrings opened Pop Recs Ltd, a one-stop shop for records, gigs and art.

The pop-up venture will run for at least two weeks, and was kicked off in style on Saturday with a DJ set from Ross Jarman, the drummer from The Cribs.

Future sets, which are all free, include a performance by Frankie & the Heartstrings tonight, Bernard Butler from Suede on Friday, Badly Drawn Boy on June 10, and Edwyn Collins on June 15.

Lead singer Frankie Francis said: “It’s been sensational really. We’ve been packed all day. We’ve had people coming along from grandads to toddlers. Even people who aren’t into buying records have been coming along to check out the art, have a coffee and relax.

“The feedback has been great, every-one’s been really buzzing. They’re saying it’s a great thing for the city centre, and that we should build upon it.”

The five-piece band, who release their second album The Days Run Away today, decided to set up the venture as a way of breathing new life into one of the city centre’s derelict shops, while also celebrating home-grown creativity.

They have spent weeks renovating the former office into the pop-up shop, which has attracted national media attention.