Stars of the future perform at annual Smile Concert in Sunderland

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Future chart-toppers took to the stage to mark 21 years of an inspirational youth project.

Scores of onlookers gathered on deck chairs to watch the annual Smile Concert, held in the bandstand in Mowbray Park.

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Fire Lady Luck

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Fire Lady Luck

It showcases the talents of young people who attend the Sunderland Music Worskshops, which have been a springboard for the likes of Field Music, Frankie & the Heartstrings and editor of Kerrang magazine, James Jam.

Youth worker Dave Murray, who founded the workshops, said: “This is the 21st year we’ve held concerts here and we get a lot of people coming down throughout the course of the day.

“For some of the bands it’s the first time they’ve performed to a crowd so it’s great experience for them.

“We’ve had this partnership with the museum and the council from the beginning and it’s great that we can use the bandstand. The reason it was built was for live music, and the park is really beautiful, it complements it.”

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Bands performing across Saturday’s concert included Fire Lady Luck, Tammy Proctor, Bad Love, Peter Carmody, Trinity, Corine Andrews, North Divide, Illuminate The Abyss and The Mackem Folk Singer.

Lewis Naylor, 21, from High Barnes, is the lead singer of Fire Lady Luck who have just signed a record contract.

“We’ve played the Smile Concert for the past nine years and it’s always a great, friendly atmosphere,” he said. “The workshops are such a great stepping stone. It was our birthplace and really helped with our progression.

“We met our first drummer there and it’s a really great way of meeting other musicians.”

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Bad Love

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Bad Love

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Bad Love

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Bad Love

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Lewis Naylor from the Fire Lady Luck

Annual Smile Concert from Sunderland Music Workshop in the Mowbray Park bandstand. Lewis Naylor from the Fire Lady Luck