‘New Sunderland music venue will bring bigger bands to the North East’

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HIGH calibre acts could be drawn to Wearside by the creation of a new music venue.

Barry Hyde from The Futureheads has welcomed plans for a 4,000-capacity gig venue next door to the Stadium of Light, which he says could prove very attractive to bands and promoters.

This week, Sunderland City Council’s North development control committee rubber-stamped an outline planning application, submitted by the Foundation of Light charity, for the Beacon of Light sports complex that would include a 3G pitch, above which the gig venue would be built.

Barry, who as lead singer of The Futureheads and co-founder of Split Festival has become one of the city’s most successful musicians, said: “A lot of bands miss out the North East on tours because we don’t have that smallish arena size venue – they go from Manchester to Glasgow. So with the right team of people I’m sure this could be a great success.

“It will have an advantage at first in that it will be a shiny, new venue. It will be very attractive to booking agents who are always looking for a new venue.”

He added: “I’m really pleased about this, Foundation of Light are very influential in the city so it’s great that they are behind it.

“It’s very exciting that the council have given this the go-ahead, my only concern would be getting the right acts to perform, but that would be a problem for a different time. The north side of the city is like an annex to the city centre. People go there for football but it will be good to see other activity there too.”