The Vaccines announce Sunderland gig at Pop Recs

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THE Vaccines will play an exclusive gig in Sunderland next week, the Echo can reveal.

It’s set to be the biggest gig to date at Pop Recs, which has already brought a host of big names to the city.

It will be the first time the indie rockers, who are on the cusp of releasing a new album, will have played Sunderland.

Dave Harper from Frankie & the Heartstrings, the band who set up and run the Fawcett Street record shop, has spent weeks negotiating their appearance.

“It’s arguably the biggest gig we’ve had,” he said. “They’re a band who are very much at the top of their game who are about to release new material, so it’s great to have them in our shop.”

The English four-piece is due to release third album, English Graffiti. Previous album Come of Age reached No.1 in the UK.

They’re a band who are very much at the top of their game who are about to release new material, so it’s great to have them in our shop.

The Brit-nominees will perform a half hour set at Pop Recs on Saturday, March 28 at 6.30pm.

Dave added: “We supported Vaccines on tour and beat them at football and kept in touch with them after that. Justin (the lead singer) has long been aware of the shop and they support the ethos of what we do here.”

The announcement comes just days after the Heartstrings announced that Tom Hingley, of Inspiral Carpets fame, will play a blues set at the record store next month.

Since it was established in June 2013, the shop has hosted a number of high-profile acts including Edwyn Collins, Badly Drawn Boy, Franz Ferdinand and The Charlatans.

The Heartstrings transformed the former derelict Tourist Information Office to create an independent record store, coffee shop, gig space and gallery in the heart of their home town.

•The Vaccines play Pop Recs at 6.30pm at March 28. Tickets are £5 or £2.50 for people in receipt of benefits. They go on sale at the shop at 10am on Saturday.