The Flytes to play Sunderland reunion gig

Nine years since they hung up their guitars, Sunderland band The Flytes are back with a reunion gig.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:41 am
The Flytes

At the height of their time together in 2009, the four-piece indie band were selected as musical ambassadors for Wearside, performing at an arts conference in Washington DC to tens of thousands of people.

It was a huge coup for the act who started life busking on the streets of Sunderland before holding a launch party at the Voodoo Rooms in 2007 and going on to play around Europe.

Now, lead singer Neil Burnett will join brothers David and Jon Clappison and drummer Dan Potter on stage at Independent on Saturday, March 25 for a reunion gig.

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Speaking about how the gig came about, Jon, from Houghton, said: “It was something we’d talked about doing a long time ago. We asked people on Facebook what they thought of the idea of a reunion gig and we got a really great response.”

The band last performed together as the original Flytes in 2008 at the O2 Academy, Newcastle.

Lead singer Neil said the band are looking forward to hitting their home stage: “We’re older, hopefully wiser, and we think that shows in the music, especially with the new songs. I don’t just see this as a band reunion but also a reunion of friends and fans that have supported us throughout our journey.”

•The Flytes Reunion gig takes place at Independent in Holmeside, at 8pm, on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are £5 from