Frankie & the Heartstrings to play at Sunderland Olympic torch celebrations

FILE PIC TAKEN JANUARY 2011'Frankie1701ABd.jpg''Frankie and the Heartstrings band. Frankie Francis, Michael McKnight, Dave Harper, Dennis, Mick Ross
FILE PIC TAKEN JANUARY 2011'Frankie1701ABd.jpg''Frankie and the Heartstrings band. Frankie Francis, Michael McKnight, Dave Harper, Dennis, Mick Ross
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FRANKIE & the Heartstrings are on song for the city’s Olympic torch celebrations.

The five-piece will play a set in Herrington Country Park on Saturday, June 16, as part of a host of events to mark the historic torch relay through Sunderland.

The band, who reached the Top 40 with their debut album Hunger last year, will take a break from recording their second album to perform the set.

Frontman Frankie Francis, from Houghton, said: “The only other time I’ve seen music performed in the park was for Radio 1’s Big Weekend. It’s a brilliant venue.

“Providing the weather’s right, it should be full of people enjoying themselves. The best thing is, it’s all free, which is brilliant.”

He added: “It’s a privilege to be asked to be part of the celebrations. We haven’t played Sunderland since our Christmas gig at Independent because we don’t like to overplay the city.

“We’ll be playing the classics that people will know as well as some of our new material. We’re making constructive progress with the second album.”

There will be a range of other events taking place at the park on June 16 from noon to 10pm including sports displays, a funfair and arts and craft activities.

The park will also host the first Split Food “Feastival” featuring locally-sourced foods as well as treats from around the globe.

Highlights will include a Hula Hoop world record attempt.

The record stands at 2,492 people hula hooping continuously for two minutes but organisers are hoping to smash that and are urging Wearsiders to come along and hula their hoops.

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