Tim Burgess to play free gig in Sunderland

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SEE iconic rock hero Tim Burgess in Sunderland – for free.

The Charlatans frontman will play an exclusive set at Pop Recs Ltd in Fawcett Street next month, after being impressed by its ethos of providing free music and arts for Mackems.

Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street. Band members are Frankie, Mick, Dave, Michael and Denn (Frankie Francis, Mick Ross, Dave Harper, Michael McKnight and Steven Dennis).

Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street. Band members are Frankie, Mick, Dave, Michael and Denn (Frankie Francis, Mick Ross, Dave Harper, Michael McKnight and Steven Dennis).

As well as performing tracks from his back catalogue, the singer, whose music and hairstyle inspired a generation, will be reading anecdotes of his Charlatans days from his book Telling Stories.

During their 90s heyday, The Charlatans, who last performed in Sunderland at Split Festival in 2011, typified the Madchester and the later Britpop scene.

Tim’s set is the latest in a series of free gigs by high-profile musicians at Pop Recs Ltd, which was set up by five-piece Frankie & The Heartstrings in June.

As well as hosting gigs, the shop, which is open daily, sells records, art work and independent coffee.

Dave Harper, drummer with the Sunderland-based band, said: “We first met Tim a few years ago at a festival called Chastock.

“Then, when we opened the shop, he was really helpful and sent us lots of his Tim Peaks coffee to sell in return for a donation to The David Lynch Foundation charity.”

Tim will perform at Pop Recs Ltd on September 29 before playing at Sage Gateshead later in the evening. Dave said: “He’s going to be in the area for The Sage gig and, like everyone who’s played here, he’s really into what we are doing and offered to play here for free beforehand.

“From being in the Ku Club in the 90s surrounded by lads who wanted to be him and girls who wanted to be with lads who looked like him, to being able to see him in Sunderland for free is great.”

He added: “He’s really well known for his Charlatans stuff, but I think some of his solo stuff is better.”

Doors open for the event from 5pm, with band Wax Collective taking to the stage before Tim performs.

There are no tickets for the gig. Places in the shop are allocated on a first-come, first-served, basis.