PREVIEW – Liliput Christmas show, Sunderland Minster

Picture by Jonathan Parker of Spurious Nonsense
Picture by Jonathan Parker of Spurious Nonsense
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LILLIPUT will bring harmony to Sunderland Minster when their Christmas show hits the stage.

The five-piece band, all from Sunderland, are holding their second Christmas gig in the city centre venue, in a move from their usual pubs and clubs gigs.

Lilliput Christmas gig 2011

Lilliput Christmas gig 2011

“It’s a bit bigger and better,” said singer and guitarist Jamie Gilling.

“It’s a nice venue that people will want to come to, and family members will want to come.

“And it’s good for us because we’re a harmony band so it’ll carry the sound.”

Lilliput will be supported at the gig on December 29 by The Dunston Silver band, a 29-piece brass band.

Jamie, 23, said: “We’ve got them on board to play, so they’ll be playing with us, and play some stuff on their own.

“We’re just re-scoring the music because we usually just score it for the five of us but now there are more than 30 people playing.”

Last year the alternative folk band held their sellout Christmas show at Independent with a crowd of around 300 people, and this year hope to have the same success.

“This will probably be the biggest gig we’ve done,” said Jamie, but despite that, the band aren’t hoping to make a profit from their Christmas tidings.

“We don’t want to make money from it, we just want to put on a nice show for everyone. And we want to put on a good show at the Minster,” he said.

“We do everything ourselves, we couldnt’ leave it in anyone elses hands.

“We just like to do it ourselves and soak up the sound.

“It’s like a little production company.”

As well as the show, the band will be putting out a limited edition CD which will only be sold on the night.

Jamie said: “We’re getting around 200 copies of the CD made, they’ll be sold on the night and never again.”

Tickets for the gig are on sale now in Hot Rats, and online at

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