SUNDERLAND rocked when Soundscape hit the city at the weekend.
Twenty two acts played 15 venues over 12 hours, breaking a musical record for Wearside.
The celebration of talent saw solo artists and bands including The Lake Poets, Corine Andrews and Reckoner perform in places such as Serendipity in Frederick Street, and Caffé Nero in The Bridges.
Visitors to the city centre on Saturday enjoyed the sounds on offer for free, and the event, which took place on Record Store Day, was supported by city businesses.
Sunderland’s only independent record store, Hot Rats in Stockton Road, was one of the gig venues.
The day was organised by Hannah Matterson and Sean Wilkinson, from the band Reckoner, along with Sunderland Live, which operates in partnership with Sunderland City Council to run major events in the area.
Hannah, 22, of Barnes, said: “It was a really busy day but went well and ran the best it could.
“Everyone pulled together, and it was quite weird seeing it come together after so much planning, and all the hype and excitement.”
The Place Café, Sunniside, had acts playing from noon until after 8.30pm. Owner Parviz Alizadeh said: “We only usually have live music playing at private events, so this is the first time we have held anything like this, but it was good.
“I was very much looking forward to today. This is the first time we have worked with Sunderland City Council, but we have a lot planned with them.
“They are forward-thinking and with events like this they are taking the right steps to get people into the city centre.”
Indie band Cohesion, who have been together for over two years, played at venues Sweet Home Alabama, Krispy Kreme and Plugged in, Holmeside.
“A lot of people have stopped and listened to us,” they said. “Events like this help to get the band noticed, and it’s a great experience. We would definitely do something like this again.”
Singer songwriter Rebecca Young, who performs under the name This Little Bird, performed at Pandora and Plugged Inn.
“It’s quite strange playing in shops,” she said. “But I think it’s a really good idea.
“The Bridges is always busy on a Saturday, and if people see you play, it’s a really good way to get your music noticed on your home patch.”