Kaiser Chiefs, Deacon Blue and Frankie and the Heartstrings set to perform at new music festival in Sunderland

Kaiser Chiefs and KT Tunstall are among the headline acts set to perform in Sunderland as a brand new music festival comes to the city this summer.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 11:42 am

The Lamplight Festival is the new live event set to take place at Sunderland’s Mowbray Park on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9.

Organised by Sunderland City Council, the family-friendly festival will welcome Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall and Deacon Blue.

Kaiser Chiefs will headline the Saturday, with Sunderland's very own Frankie and the Heartstrings confirmed as special guests.

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Frankie and the Heartstrings have been confirmed as special guests.
Frankie and the Heartstrings have been confirmed as special guests.

Led by frontman Ricky Wilson, Kaiser Chiefs have gone on to be one of the UK's most prolific guitar bands since forming in Leeds at the turn of the century.

And the band are set to belt out their anthemic indie hits which include ‘Oh My God’, ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Ruby’ when they come to the city.

Ricky Wilson, said: “It’s always great to be part of a new festival and we can’t wait to once again play alongside Frankie and the Heartstrings as well as other great acts to headline the Saturday stage in Sunderland.”

Meanwhile Glasgow Rock-Pop legends Deacon Blue are set to headline the Sunday stage, performing some of their best-known hits such as ‘Real Gone Kid’ and ‘Dignity’.

Other artists on the bill for Sunday include KT Tunstall and Roddy Woomble – the frontman and chief songsmith of famous Scottish rock outfit, Idlewild.

Dave Harper, member of Frankie and the Heartstrings (FATHs), and manager of music hub Pop Recs, said: “Playing Lamplight Festival is exciting for FATHs and Pop Recs as it represents another flag in the sand.

“Sunderland has been through a testing time and may well have to deal with further adversity but now, more than ever, we need entertainment and a reason to celebrate our heritage, our diversity and our resilience.”

Tickets go on sale via wwww.seetickets.com at 9am on Friday, February 14 and are £39.50 for Saturday and £35 for Sunday, plus a booking fee.

Under-5s are free and children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For future line up announcements visit the Lamplight Festival Facebook page.