Frankie & the Heartstrings add second North East date after sell out

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A North East gig for Frankie & the Heartstrings proved so popular the Sunderland musicians have had to add a second date to meet demand.

The five-piece’s first date at the Tynemouth Surf Cafe on May 19 sold out two days after going on sale.

So, the band decided to ride the wave of success at the music venue and add a second date on May 20.

The Surf Cafe is hailed as a hidden treasure amongst the region’s more well-known venue, and Heartstrings drummer Dave Harper says the band are looking forward to making their debut on its intimate stage, in the town’s Grand Parade.

“It’s a great venue and we know a lot of acts who have played there, such as The Lake Poets, Hyde & Beast and Barry Hyde,” explained Dave. “We had really hoped to play it on our last tour, but we couldn’t make the dates work, so we’re really looking forward to the dates in May.

“We’ll be playing with a full brass section, so the gigs should be great.”

The Surf Cafe dates have been announced on the back of the band’s performance at the culture hub they founded, Pop Recs in Stockton Road.

They played to a packed house on Saturday at the venue, which serves as record shop, gig space, community meeting point and arts venue.

Their performance coincided with Record Store Day and promoted the band’s new single, a double-A-side featuring covers of The Night by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson.

Pop Recs moved to the new site after the original site in Fawcett Street was sold to developers

Dave said: “It’s the first time we’ve played at the new Pop Recs and it was packed.

“It was a great atmosphere, it was a free gig and we sold a lot of records.

“We’ll be playing the new single at Tynemouth, but also some classic tracks from over the years as well.”

l Tickets for the Tynemouth Surf Cafe gig on May 20 are £10, online from