Meet the nine hopefuls vying to become Top Model of Sunderland

Meet the nine hopefuls bidding to fly the flag for Sunderland on the national modelling stage.

Thriller the musical arrives at Sunderland Empire Theatre
From left Britt Quentin, Eddy Lima and Ina Seidou

The cast of Thriller Live moonwalk into Sunderland

The cast of Thriller Live have moonwalked into Sunderland - and they Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.

Theatre and Comedy
Hotel Chocolat will open in the city next month

Hotel Chocolat to open cafe and shop in Sunderland

Sweet tooths are in for a treat when Hotel Chocolat opens its doors in Sunderland.

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The cast of Beautiful

Bronté Barbé on bringing Carole King musical Beautiful to Sunderland

How do you step into the shoes of a living legend?

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El Nido in Frederick Street is one of the restaurants taking part

Dates announced for the return of Sunderland Restaurant Week

Loosen your belts - Sunderland Restaurant Week is returning next month.

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The Peacock function room, dressed by BDazzled Florals & Events

Win a wedding reception at Sunderland’s Peacock pub

On the most romantic day of the year we’re giving one lucky couple the chance to enjoy a wedding reception - for free!


Legally Blonde heads to Sunderland to find four-legged stars at dog auditions

The Empire went barking mad as auditions were held to find a local dog to take a lead role in Legally Blonde.

Theatre and Comedy

From Snow White to White Walkers - what to expect from Durham’s Fire & Ice Festival

From The Gruffalo carved from a tonne of ice to a frosty incarnation of William Shakespeare, this year’s Fire & Ice Festival is set to be a cool event.

Tequila Tequila, Green Terrace, Sunderland.

First look at the new Mexican restaurant set to turn up the heat in Sunderland

Tequila Tequila is hoping to make you happy when it opens its doors this weekend.

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Pizza Uno is offering heart-shaped pizzas

Eight bargain ways to say I Love You this Valentine’s Day

Feeling the pinch post-Christmas, but still want to share the love this Valentine’s?

Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds added to Sunderland’s Sunniside Live line-up

It’s been announced that The Lightning Seeds will cap off a day of indie music in Sunderland.

No.2 Church Lane

Review: No 2 Church Lane, Sunderland city centre

There’s been a shift in Saturday nights in Sunderland.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines and Run DMC announced for Kendal Calling

Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC and Hacienda Classical will be headlining this year’s Kendal Calling festival.


Take a peek backstage at Shrek the musical at Sunderland Empire

Shrek is a monster musical in more ways than one.

Theatre and Comedy
Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton announces new Sunderland Empire show after cancelling Valentine’s date

Michael Bolton has announced a new Sunderland tour date after fans were left disappointed by the cancellation of his Valentine’s Day show.

The Engine Room at the Fire Station

Blue Planet inspires Sunderland pub chain to ditch plastic straws

A North East pub group is serving up greener drinks, after ditching plastic straws in favour of an eco-friendly alternative.

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Young Sunderland artists shine in annual arts award

Budding Picassos are in the spotlight for an exhibition celebrating the city’s young artists.

Frederick Street new Mexican restaurant, El Nido.

Review: El Nido, Frederick Street, Sunderland

Mexican restaurants are like buses in Sunderland, it seems. The city has been taco-less for a number of years and now we have a trio of Mexican joints bringing a flavour of Latin American to Wearside.

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Shrek The Musical characters take residence at Sunderland Empire.

Shrek makes monster return to Sunderland Empire

Roll out the green carpet - Shrek’s making a monster of a return to Sunderland Empire.

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