The Futureheads to perform in Durham Cathedral

The Futureheads singing at Durham Cathedral.
The Futureheads singing at Durham Cathedral.
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KINGS of Mackem pop, The Futureheads, will hit the high note in Durham Cathedral.

The Sunderland four-piece have announced they will play at the historic place of worship on August 25.

They will perform tracks from their a cappella album, Rant, as part of the Durham Streets Summer Festival 2012.

Tickets, priced £17.50, are available now for the gig which will also feature two unconfirmed support acts.

Ross Millard, vocalist and guitarist with the band, explains: “We’ve always been a four-part harmony group; it’s been a massive part of the genetics of this band.

“A couple of years ago we did an a cappella version of a Kelis song for the Radio 1 Live Lounge and it was such a buzz to perform live just with four voices. There’s nothing to hide behind.

“That’s why performing in spaces such as Durham Cathedral is so appealing for this sound. Cathedrals are built in order to carry sound to the far reaches of the space, to let the vocals soar.”

In May the band raised the roof at Sunderland Minster when they performed a similar set.

The Durham Streets Summer Festival 2012 sees the city’s cobbled streets burst into life every August Bank Holiday when it plays host to some of the best musicians and street performers from around the world.

Kate James, Visit County Durham festivals and events manager said: “Thousands of people come to Durham to enjoy the Streets Festival and I think we’ve put together the strongest line-up yet.

“Music has always been a big part of Streets. This concert by The Futureheads will be quite simply stunning. It’s something specific to Durham and offers an experience far removed from the usual festival scene.

“I can think of no better venue to hear vocal performance than in our magnificent cathedral.”

The Futureheads concert on the Saturday evening will be the centrepiece of four days of entertainment.

The gig starts from 8pm on August 25. For tickets, call 03000 262626, visit or and

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