FOR the first time this year Sunderland’s own The Futureheads will perform in their hometown.
The band will play Sunderland Minster after revealing plans for the show.
The four-piece’s famous harmonies will ring out as they take to the stage on May 19 as part of a series of Pop Sex gigs staged by fellow Mackem music flag-flyers Frankie and the Heartstrings.
Ahead of the hometown gig, the Futureheads head out on a tour of the UK on Monday to promote new a cappella album Rant.
Frontman Barry Hyde said: “Dave Harper from Frankie & the Heartstrings has always been a bit of a maverick when it comes to staging gigs and he suggested putting on a gig at the Minster.
“A cappella actually means music of the chapel so it’s a perfect setting for us. Churches are designed around mathematical ideas about how sound travels so it will sound amazing.”
For some sections of the gig, the band, who initially shot to fame with track Hounds of Love, perform with a choir of up to 22 people.
Barry said: “We are touring for quite a while from Monday so the minster gig will be a homecoming for us.”
The Pop Sex Ltd label is a subsidiary to music Frankie & the Heartstrings release commercially.
It’s a way for them to showcase B-sides and live recordings while also promoting and celebrating other acts through one-off gigs in unusual venues.
Barry said: “I’ve known Dave for longer than I’ve known Jaff and Ross from The Futureheads and I’m absolutely chuffed to bits at Frankie & the Heartstrings’ success.
“We formed 11 years ago and for a long time it was just us making waves outside of Sunderland musically.
“I’m really pleased this band has come along who are so tenacious and forward-thinking.
“What Sunderland needs is busy people making things happen. Who knows, Pop Sex could be the next EMI.”
The support for The Futureheads Sunderland Minster gig will be announced soon.
l Tickets go on sale today from seetickets.com; Netickets.net and in person from Hot Rat Records on Stockton Road.
l Pop Sex will be staging a gig by Welsh outfit Islet at The Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, on May 27. Tickets are £7 and are available from the same outlets as above.