SUNDERLAND shoppers were treated to a set of swing and jive music yesterday lunchtime.
Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Jive Aces, played a free, hour-long concert in the city’s Market Square to promote an anti-drugs message.
The band performed in Sunderland as part of their Say No To Drugs nationwide tour.
The Jive Aces have supported the ‘Say No To Drugs. Say Yes To Life’ campaign for many years, giving concerts all over the world to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, and solutions to drug problems.
In that time they have achieved huge success by selling out the Royal Albert Hall, performing for the Queen and working with the likes of Hollywood stars John Travolta and Van Morrison.
The Scientologists are famed for their feel-good music. Their song, Bring Me Sunshine, was prescribed by a doctor in Seattle to cheer up patients suffering with depression.
The video of the song has received more than two million hits on YouTube.
Lead singer Ian Clarkson, said: “People look up to musicians and see them taking drugs and think that they then have to use them to be a great artist.
“What they don’t realise is that without drugs they would be a lot happier, play a lot better and live a lot longer.”
The six-piece group have been together for more than a decade.
Ian said: “Like most artists we want to change the world for the better through our art.”