Frankie & the Heartstrings to headline Sunderland music festival

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Frankie & the Heartstrings will bring a party to the park at this year’s Summer Streets festival.

It’s been announced that the local favourites will headline this year’s music event at Thompson Park, Southwick, on Saturday, July 15.

They’ll be joined on the bill by Warm Digits, Oompah Brass Band, Sunderland Symphony Orchestra Strings, Dennis, Picnic and The Heavenly Thrillbillies, amongst others.

The festival, organised by The Cultural Spring, last year attracted crowds of 8,000 people across the course of the weekend to see headliners Field Music and a host of other acts.

This year, the festival will take place on one day and won’t feature a parade but festival-goers can still look forward to a day of free music, stand up comedy for children and workshops, running from 12.30pm to 7.30pm.

Highlights will also include street food and drink stalls from Holmeside Coffee and Wylam Brewery.

Ross Millard, who curates the line-up, said: “Summer Streets has always been a festival that celebrates the great music that is being made around the region. “We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s festival by having a really wide, eclectic mix of performers, and some great workshops that people can get involved with.

“There’s a big focus on families and kids at the festival, with loads of activities for the little ones. With street food being served all day and Wylam Brewery offering up the drinks, I hope Sunderland turns out in a big way to have fun and support North-East music at Summer Streets.”

Now in its fourth year, Summer Streets is funded by the Cultural Spring, Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust and Sunderland Music Education Hub.

Summer Streets is part of The Cultural Spring’s aim to boost participation in arts on Wearside and Tyneside.

Last year's Summer Streets festival

Last year's Summer Streets festival

Emma Horsman, project director of the Cultural Spring, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Summer Streets once again – it has become a major event on Sunderland’s cultural calendar. Thompson Park is the perfect venue for the festival and we’re hoping people in Sunderland and South Tyneside will support what is a great musical treat for local communities.”