Free festival will celebrate sounds of Sunderland

George Lamb (left) and George Shovlin
George Lamb (left) and George Shovlin
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A free festival will see seventeen acts take to the stage at a seafront pub.

Visitors to the Harbour View, in Roker, can enjoy a day of live music at The Coors Speakeasy Summer Special, which takes place on Saturday, August 6.

George Lamb (left) and George Shovlin at the Harbour View

George Lamb (left) and George Shovlin at the Harbour View

It will showcase a host of homegrown talent including Trevor Sewell, Paul Liddell, Don Meah and Jimmy Smith, Yuma and Dean James.

It’s the brainchild of the founders of the weekly Speakeasy at the pub, musicians George Shovlin and George Lamb.

The pair hosted a similar festival at their former Blues club - which used the be held in the function room at The Dun Cow before it was taken over by Longhorns - last year which attracted hundreds through the doors.

George Shovlin said: “We were looking at doing something similar again this year and, with the success of the Harbour View Speakeasy, it seemed logical to do it there. It will be a whole day of music and we’ve had great support already from the pub and regulars.

“They’re all Sunderland acts and all have a connection to the Speakeasy, it will be non-stop music throughout the day and is a great tribute to Sunderland music.

“There were lots of other people who could have been involved too, but were working. This is seen as a celebration, not only of the Speakeasy, but also as a celebration of Sunderland music. In fact, the strength of Sunderland music is reflected, not only in the list of those appearing, but also the list of those who, for whatever reason, are not able to play.”

The full line-up is: Jim Bullock, Barry Cameron, John Casey, Bernie Christie, Fred Craig, Dean James, George Lamb, Paul Liddell, Andy McGill, Sheona McQue, Dan Meah, Paul Old, Trevor Sewell, George Shovlin, Jimmy Smith, John Wilkins and Yuma.

•The Coors Speakeasy Summer Special takes place at The Harbour View on Saturday August 6 from 1pm to 8pm. Entry is free.