Sunderland music venue gets new look

Ben Wall in the newly - refurbished Plugged inn in Holmeside, Sunderland.
Ben Wall in the newly - refurbished Plugged inn in Holmeside, Sunderland.
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A POPULAR nightspot has had a makeover and is relaunching in style.

Plugged Inn, in Holmeside, in Sunderland city centre, has been transformed during the last few weeks and its new look and sound is set to be unveiled tonight.

As well as changing the appearance of the place, bar bosses will be offering a more diverse range of musical genres.

Ben Wall, promotions manager, said: “As you might have noticed, Plugged Inn has been going through some changes in the last couple of weeks.

“This isn’t your average re-fit where a bar gets a lick of paint and some new upholstery before a grand reopening.”

He said there has been a “change in ethos” to transform the face of the bar.

Ben added: “The gigs and events calendar is also undergoing a thorough revision with more emphasis on diversity, from roots and reggae to retro and rockabilly, creating a broad spectrum of vibes to suit discerning musical palates.”

To mark the radical revamp, underground producer and DJ Andy Smith will be bringing Jam Up Twist, combining 50s jump blues, Northern soul and ska, to the venue.

His talents secured him a spot as a live DJ with Bristol band Portishead and he also provided sample material for the band’s first two studio albums.

He formed Dynamo Productions alongside Scott Hendy, with their debut album Analogue securing critical acclaim.

The Plugged Inn relaunch party takes place tonight, from 7pm.

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