Sunderland's Lamplight Festival goes virtual this weekend: Here's how you can join in

Organisers of Sunderland’s Lamplight Festival will be hosting a virtual festival on August 8, after the live event had to be cancelled.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 2:24 pm
Updated Friday, 7th August 2020, 2:56 pm
Kaiser Chiefs will perform at Lamplight 2021

Originally set to take place this weekend, the inaugural event in Mowbray Park was supposed to be welcoming household names such as Kaiser Chiefs, Deacon Blue and local indie stars Frankie & The Heartstrings through its gates, but like most events this year, it was forced to reschedule to next summer.

In a bid to thank music fans for their early support of the live music gathering and to keep them excited for next year, Lamplight Festival will be showcasing a selection of its artists that are coming back in 2021 in a way never seen before.

Taking place throughout this Saturday across Lamplight Festival's social media channels, Scottish chart stormers Tide Lines will be performing Deacon Blue's classic 'Dignity' in full and fans can also expect a rendition of 'Real Gone Kid' by Manchester group Big Society, who will also reveal an exclusive Zoom Q&A session.

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Frankie & The Heartstrings' Dave Harper will be donning his chef's hat this Saturday and will unveil an off the wall food tutorial for the region's curry lovers and the hotly tipped Kaiser Chief's Favourite Zuzu has pledged a reading from The Rebel Women.

The project was originally commissioned by Sunderland Culture for Heritage Open Day in 2019, in partnership with Open Heritage and Sunderland Heritage Action Zone and was inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls which has celebrated the achievements of women around the world.

Speaking ahead of this Saturday's “Virtual Lamplight Festival”, - which will also feature a series of competitions and prize give-aways - Victoria French, assistant director of Culture and Events at Sunderland City Council, said: “With even more acts still to be announced we are proud to mark our original event weekend by shining a light on our confirmed artists.

“Don’t forget to follow our social media channels to view our brand new online content from Saturday 8 August. Tickets are still on sale for the first Lamplight Festival next August and we can’t wait to finally welcome everyone.”

For more information about Lamplight Festival and to buy tickets for next year's event taking place on 7th and 8th August 2021, visit:

To tune into the virtual event this weekend, the content will be available via the festival's social media channels:

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