Badly Drawn Boy, The Cribs and Benard Butler on line-up for Frankie & The Heartstrings’ pop-up Sunderland shop

Frankie and the Heartstrings outside what is to be their Pop-up shop in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
Frankie and the Heartstrings outside what is to be their Pop-up shop in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
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BADLY Drawn Boy, Ross Jarman from The Cribs, Edwyn Collins and Bernard Butler are heading to Sunderland to play a series of free gigs in a derelict city centre shop.

Frankie & the Heartstrings have announced the line up for their unique pop-up shop venture, which will transform the former Tourist Information Centre in Fawcett Street into a make-shift venue, record shop and exhibition space.

Ross Jarman, drummer with indie rockers The Cribs, will perform a DJ set on June 1 to mark the store’s opening.

Over the following fortnight, it will host a series of gigs and exhibitions before Ivor Novello Award-winning Edwyn Collins caps off the venture on June 15.

Impressed by the Sunderland musicians’ bid to provide a creative hub in their home town, celebrated indie singer songwriter Badly Drawn Boy and Bernard Butler, who shot to fame with band Suede, have also agreed to play free sets, which will take place on June 10 and June 7.

Frankie & the Heartstrings are also in talks with another couple of nationally-known acts to perform.

Crowds can look forward to local talent too, including Paul Smith from Maximo Park, Mercury Prize-nominated Field Music, The Futureheads and The Lake Poets.

Lead singer Frankie Francis from Houghton, who will perform at the shop with the rest of Frankie & Heartstrings on the day their second album is released, said: “We’re ecstatic with the names we have confirmed so far, these are national acts who never usually come to Sunderland, if ever, and they are coming to play our little shop for free.

“We’re still in talks with another couple of bands too so watch this space.”

He added: “We’ve been busy in the shop every day and it’s starting to take shape, we’re looking forward to people coming in and seeing it for themselves.”

After two years in the making, the band are releasing their second album The Days Run Away on June 3.

It will be sold in their pop up shop alongside music from other home-grown musicians and artists.


•June 1 – Store officially opening with Ross Jarman DJ set (afternoon)

•June 2 – An afternoon with Paul Smith featuring a band of his choice (afternoon)

•June 3 – Frankie and the Heartstrings (evening)

•June 4 – Martyn Stephenson & The Daintees (evening)

•June 5 – To be confirmed

•June 6 – The Futureheads (evening)

•June 7 – Bernard Butler, Jackie Mcewan, Field Music, Warm Digits, Krout Rock Experience (evening)

•June 8 – An afternoon with The Lake Poets (afternoon)

•June 9 – Liliput (afternoon)

•June 10 – Badly Drawn Boy (evening)

•June 11 – Sons of Bido Lito (evening)

•June 12 – Visual Arts Exhibition curated by Michael Gardiner (evening)

•June 13 – Local collective sculpture exhibition (evening)

•June 14 – To be confirmed

•June 15 – Edwyn Collins (evening)