Sunderland’s The Futureheads joined by The Lake Poets and Natasha Haws at Durham Cathedral gig

The Futureheads singing at Durham Cathedral.
The Futureheads singing at Durham Cathedral.
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THE Futureheads will be supported by the pick of the North East music scene at Durham Cathedral.

The Sunderland band will be backed by The Lake Poets and Natasha Haws, when they headline the 2012 Durham Summer Streets Festival on Saturday, August 25.

Natasha has been writing and performing her own music for more than a year.

The 18-year-old was discovered playing at a busker’s night in a pub in her native South Shields,

BBC6Music’s Tom Robinson has been championing her sound since the Split Transmission Event, at which she was chosen from more than 300 acts to perform in front of an industry panel in what was only her third ever gig.

Natasha has played gigs at Sunderland Minister, Newcastle’s Castle Keep and Evolution Emerging, and is signed to label Tiny Lights Recordings.

The Lake Poets – aslo signed to Tiny Lights – is actually Sunderland’s Martin Longstaff, who has established himself as one of the region’s brightest young songwriters, whose his live shows feature just his guitar and vocals.

In 2011, Martin embarked on a UK-wide tour which stopped off in London, Liverpool and Glasgow, often recruiting his friends and fellow musicians to help him out along the way.

The summer saw him perform at a string of UK festivals including Kendal Calling, Evolution and Glastonbury before returning to Sunderland to perform at Split Festival.

Kate James, Visit County Durham Festivals and Events Manager, said: “When we announced The Futureheads would be playing this concert, we knew that the support acts would need to be very special too.

“I think Natasha and Martin have the voices, style and emotive impact that will wow the audience in Durham Cathedral.

“They have worked together before on projects and complement each other, and The Futureheads brilliantly.

“We’re thrilled that they’ll be joining us for what is sure to be a very special evening.”

The Futureheads concert will be the centrepiece of four days of performance and entertainment in and around the streets of Durham City, including folk concerts, a cinematic singalong, and dazzling street theatre.

The Durham Streets Summer Festival is part of a packed calendar of annual events which take place in Durham across the year.

They celebrate the joy of the performing arts, bringing expressive entertainment to Durham’s historic streets and providing opportunities for residents and visitors to participate.

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