March 20, 1980: Elvis Costello and the Attractions play Sunderland

Did you see Elvis Costello and the Attractions at the Mayfair?
Did you see Elvis Costello and the Attractions at the Mayfair?
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It is not just since the Stadium of Light opened that big music names have played Sunderland.

Countless star performers have also appeared at the Empire Theatre and the now demolished Mecca Centre, in Newcastle Road, at its variously named Locarno Ballroom and Mayfair Suite.

The former Mayfair Suite, at the Mecca Centre, in Newcastle Road.

The former Mayfair Suite, at the Mecca Centre, in Newcastle Road.

On March 20, 1980, it was the turn of Elvis Costello and the Attractions to perform at the Mayfair Suite,

The band were one of the most popular acts in the country at the time on the back of 1979 number two single Oliver's Army and other major hits such as Accidents Will Happen and Watching the Detectives.

Were you there and, if so, what are your memories of the concert? Why not leave them below?

Here's the set list to inspire you:

I Stand Accused

The Beat

Temptation

Play Video

Green Shirt

Moods for Moderns

Watch Your Step

Goon Squad

Secondary Modern

(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea

High Fidelity

I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself

Lipstick Vogue

King Horse

Accidents Will Happen

The Imposter

Watching the Detectives

You Belong to Me

Oliver's Army

I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down

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