Get your skates on with Frankie Francis DJ set at Keel Square roller rink

Calling all cool cats – Frankie Francis will be bringing his popular Cool for Cats DJ set to the city’s new roller rink.

Tuesday, 26th July 2022, 4:58 pm

The Frankie & the Heartstrings frontman will be bringing the popular club night back to Sunderland for one night only at the roller rink, which is in place in Keel Square throughout the summer.

Cool for Cats was a popular weekly DJ night, headed up by Frankie – who is also known for his show on Amazing Radio, as well as being a broadcaster with SAFC – with members of Field Music, This Ain’t Vegas and other local musicians, at the former White Rooms club in Holmeside.

On Saturday, July 30, Cool for Cats v Deja Brew will take place at the skating rink, with music-lovers able to skate while enjoying tunes spun by the DJs.

Keel Square new roller skating rink as part of the Summer in the City activities.

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The event starts at 5pm and runs until 8pm and is part of a wide programme of special summer events organised by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council that are taking place at the rink until it closes on September 4.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, believes the Cool For Cats event will attract lots of fans.

“We know how popular this club night was in the past so we’re delighted that Frankie has agreed to revive it, with a real twist,” she said.

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“It’s a great addition to our programme of DJs who will be providing music for everyone to skate along to every Saturday night.”

Other themed sessions are being held on Friday, July 29; Saturday, August 5; and Friday, August 12, where there will skating to the sounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s on each respective evening.

Other events include skating with kids characters, including a number of superheroes, dancing with Disney icons and quiet hours for anyone with special educational and sensory needs.

A silent disco is also scheduled for August 19 and DJ Jamal is set to take to the decks on August 20 and August 27.

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The roller rink runs daily from 11am to 8pm and tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for five to 17-year-olds, £4 for those aged four and under and £28 for a family ticket.

Prices include the hire of roller boots, kneepads and helmets. No booking is necessary.

There are also a number of options available for anyone interested in a private party at the rink.