Sunderland record label Forgotten City Records are to release a compilation album featuring 12 of their favourite local artists.
To mark the occasion, they are hosting a Christmas-themed gig at Independent, Sunderland on Saturday. Entry is £4, and you will be presented with a free copy of the compilation album on entry.
Among the acts performing will be 27 Side Effects. The Sunderland trio have recently announced they will be calling time on the band after a whirlwind journey which saw them signed to an American record label, play a string of festival dates, and find themselves at the top of the local rock scene.
This will be a chance to see one of the most energetic Sunderland bands of the last decade before they bow out.
Craig ‘Nod’ Davis of 27 Side Effects is thrilled to be winding down the band with such a great gig.
“We’ve been making music for a long time now and we’ve loved every minute of it, but we think it’s time we called it a day and pursued other projects. We’re hugely grateful for everyone who has supported us during our time as a band, and we hope they’ll come down for this gig so we can thank them personally,” he said.
Joining 27 Side Effects will be the emerging Sunderland dystopian punk band Waste of Space, blues rock five piece The Endeavours, and alternative blues artist Chased by Badguys.
Forgotten City’s Chris Thompson is hoping that the release of a local compilation album will encourage more younger people to start making music.
He said: “We’re really looking forward to this gig. It’s a great combination of local acts, and everyone in attendance will be given a free 12-track compilation CD featuring some of our favourite local artists.
“By starting this label and making releases such as this, we’re hoping it offers an incentive for more young people, boys and girls, to get into making music. It tells them that if they want a platform to launch themselves off; it’s here waiting for them. You look to bands like Hyde and Beast, Frankie and the Heartstrings, and The Futureheads as evidence that true talent shines through.
“For emerging local talents, look to us – because we have plenty!”
•Forgotten City’s album launch takes place this Saturday at Independent, Holmeside. Entry is £4. Doors at 7pm.