Sunderland shop gig for Super Furry star

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THE lead singer of one of the ‘90s biggest indie bands will be performing a free gig in Sunderland.

After going down a storm with festival-goers at Split last month, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals is all set to make a return to the city.

He will take to the stage at Pop Recs Ltd, Fawcett Street, at 3pm on Saturday ahead of a sold-out appearance at Gateshead Town Hall.

After success with Super Furry Animals, Gruff has gone on to receive much critical acclaim for his solo releases, most notably with new album American Interior.

Dave Harper, who set up Pop Recs record shop and gig space with band mates from Frankie & the Heartstrings, said: “Super Furry Animals fans are a breed of their own. They’re the last bunch of extremely devoted fans of a great band.

“Anyone who has seen one of Gruff’s solo shows will recognise them as being something completely unique.”

He added: “It’s amazing to have someone like Gruff on board with what we do.

“He a big coup for us, for a lot of people he’s their Franz Ferdinand.

“Lauren Laverne (Sunderland-born Radio 6Music DJ) has been very supportive of us and it was actually her who suggested he’d be great to play the shop.

“Then when he came to Split we told him about what we do and he was all for it.”

The set will be free but anyone who wants to make a donation to running costs can do so.