Sunderland’s Summer Streets will return ‘bigger and better’

The Summer Streets Festival in Thompson Park started off in summery style, but it wasn't too long before the rain arrived.'Southwick's streets echoed at the start of the festival to a newly formed Samba Band which made sure everyone was in the rythmn at the start.
The Summer Streets Festival in Thompson Park started off in summery style, but it wasn't too long before the rain arrived.'Southwick's streets echoed at the start of the festival to a newly formed Samba Band which made sure everyone was in the rythmn at the start.
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A MUSIC festival on Wearside, which drew in thousands of visitors, will return bigger and better this year, organisers have announced.

Last year’s Summer Streets community music festival proved so popular, it has been extended to two days this year.

The Saturday programme will be packed with a great variety of musical groups and genres – like last year – and again will start with a procession through Southwick.

Ross Millard of the Futureheads

The event will again be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, and is being organised by Futurehead band member Ross Millard on behalf of The Cultural Spring, an Arts Council-funded project working to increase participation in the arts on Wearside and South Tyneside.

This year’s gathering will be held over the weekend of Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19.

Ross said: “After the success of last year, I’m really excited about this year’s festival.

“Summer Streets is a celebration of community music and a big part of it is about encouraging, promoting and helping local musicians and groups – giving them a stage and helping them through workshops.

“I’m delighted we have two days this year. The schools will have just broken up for the summer holidays so the timing couldn’t be better.

“The Saturday programme will be packed with a great variety of musical groups and genres – like last year – and again will start with a procession through Southwick.

“We’re hoping our second day will have more of a relaxed, lazy Sunday feel to it, with less of an emphasis on music. It will have the theme of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea-party, and we’ll be encouraging families to bring along picnics.”

Rebecca Ball, project director of the Cultural Spring, said: “Our first Summer Streets festival was very well received and we’re delighted to be working again with Ross on this year’s event.”