BANK holiday weekend and I was spoilt for choice as to where to go for a night out in Sunderland.
Though there’s no denying the town’s pubs and clubs are going through a tough time with some shutting up shop and others hit with council restrictions, which they say will affect trade, holidays are a time when the city centre springs to life.
The bars all pulled out the stops for Easter, putting on acts and using incentives to lure you away from your chocolate eggs and through their doors.
On Sunday, I chose to head down to Bar 1 which is doing a sterling job at the minute for hosting live acts and DJs.
It was taken over for the day by Housebound, a regular house, deep house, disco and techno night.
Sunday saw Mackems with an ear for a top tune wield their vinyls to man the decks.
At the helm was headliner Ian Blevins from Horden. He’s a resident at We Love nights in Space, Ibiza, but his winter months spent off the White Isle gives people the chance to hear his trademark beats around the North East and beyond.
I was also impressed by his predecessor on the decks, David Little from Barnes.
For the past two summers I’ve holidayed in Ibiza and his choice of tunes had me reminiscing about drinking over-priced mojitos while clapping the sunset and partying into the wee hours of the morning.
David says house nights like this are a great way of diversifying Sunderland’s indie-saturated music scene.
“On Sunday night you had two Ibiza residents, Ian Blevins at Housebound, and Graham Sahara over the road at Lola’s, DJing in Sunderland, which is great for the city’s nightlife,” he explained.
Speaking about his own set, which included tracks from the likes of Ame and Mark E, he said: “It’s mostly from online stores, some is proper vinyl, but some is downloads.
“I would describe the music I play as proper house music, it has more of a club than a bar vibe.”
Housebound had been running all day, but it didn’t stop the crowd from soaking up the sounds well into the night.
The next house marathon will take place on the next bank holiday on May 6, from 1.30pm.
For more details, search “Housebound Sunderland” on Facebook.