Lulu added to line-up for Sunderland's first Lamplight Festival

Iconic Scottish singer Lulu is set to make Sunderland shout at the city’s inaugural Lamplight Festival this August.

The star - who first burst onto the scene in the swinging 60s when she was just 15 with her chart-topping Isley Brothers hit, Shout – will complete the Sunday leg of the festival alongside fellow Scottish legends Deacon Blue and Roddy Woomble.

Sunderland City Council announced the new addition to the festival, due to be held in Mowbray Park on Saturday, August 7, featuring Kaiser Chiefs and Sunderland indie group Frankie & The Heartstrings, and Sunday, August 8 2021.

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Lulu said: “I can't wait to get out there and play live again, it’s been too long. I know everyone is excited to meet friends and go to live music shows again. I’m so looking forward to seeing you in August.”

Lulu will perform at the city's Lamplight Festival

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    Victoria French, Sunderland City Council's Assistant Director of Culture and Events, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome Lulu to Sunderland. She is a fantastic addition to an already extremely exciting line up for the inaugural Lamplight Festival.

    “She is sure to bring joy to our vibrant city after a difficult year and ‘relight Sunderland’s fire’.”

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    Organisers have also confirmed that one of North East's brightest new female talents, Sunderland's Faye Fantarrow, will open the festival on Saturday, August 7.

    Faye was this year’s recipient of the prestigious Alan Hull Award joining the illustrious list of previous winners which includes Marty Longstaff (The Lake Poets) and Joe Hammill (Cattle and Cane).

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    Sunderland's Faye Fantarrow

    Faye will release her latest single Kola Kiss in May 2021, before heading to Lamplight Festival late summer.

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    Since Scottish solo artist Lulu achieved her first chart success in 1964 with Shout, she has since gone on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed Scottish singers.

    Many of Lulu’s most memorable songs remain popular to this day and she’s worked with a number of artists over the decades including Take That on their Relight My Fire track.

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    Lulu’s musical talents have also seen her appear on the theatre stage, starring in a number of hit musicals.

    For more information about Lamplight Festival and to buy tickets visit: https://lamplightfestival.co.uk

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