Free music event could be an annual date on Sunderland’s calendar

FESTIVAL: Local artist Olivia Lawson performs during the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

FESTIVAL: Local artist Olivia Lawson performs during the Sunniside Live music festival in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD

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A sell-out music event is on track to become an annual date on Sunderland’s calendar.

Sunniside Live is a one day festival aimed at showcasing what the area has to offer.

The day, created by Sunderland’s Business Improvement District company and Bar Justice, features free entertainment from the region’s top talents.

It was held at the city’s Sunniside Gardens in July.

Now, following on from its first year success, it could be on track to become an annual feature.

Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said: “It was fantastic to see an event which brought so many people to Sunniside and was warmly received,” said Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID.

“The fact that the first Sunniside Live was such a success has paved the way for making it an annual event on the North East calendar.”

The festival, which brought more than 2500 people to Sunniside, included performances from a number of North East stars such as headliner, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Olivia Lawson, finalist from the hit BBC One show The Voice, Yellowstone, The Source Unplugged and DJ Craig Hope.

They were joined by Hyde & Beast – made up of Dave Hyde, from the Futureheads, and Neil Bassett from the Golden Virgins – and soul and Motown legend, Joe Harriett.

The show was opened by Social Room, who won the Battle of the Bands competition, held by Bar Justice in the run up to the event

Throughout the day there were stalls from several of Sunniside’s businesses including Sweet Home Alabama, Station Taxis, Place Café and Relish.

For more information about the event visit www.facebook.com/sunnisidelive.