Preview: Summer Streets returns to Sunderland this weekend

Field Music headlining last year's Summer Streets
Field Music headlining last year's Summer Streets
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There’ll be a family friendly focus to this year’s Summer Streets music festival.

The free event, which will be held on Saturday in Thompson Park, Southwick, is aimed at keeping the whole family entertained, and in order to do so, organiser Ross Millard has ensured there’s plenty for children to enjoy.

He explained: “This year’s Summer Streets will have a real emphasis on families, so we’ve looked closely at finding activities for children. We’re delighted that Tiny Tweeties will be back again this year, delivering interactive music sessions for families as they’ve done over the last three years.

“There’ll also be live comedy for children and a flag workshop, as well as West African drumming sessions and ‘rock star’ face painting,” added Ross, guitarist and singer for both The Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings, who are this year’s festival’s headliners.

New for this year will be a Noise Lab, delivered by Chalk, a Newcastle-based cultural events company which specialises in fun, immersive and accessible activities for young children and families.

Chalk co-director Jilly Hargreaves explained: “Noise Lab is suitable for the whole family, but is primarily aimed at children under the age of seven and their families. Instruments we’ll be using will include a pipe xylophone, a giant guiro, speaking tubes, a latch board, pots and pans, a banana and sweet potato piano, and instruments made from everyday objects.

“Noise Lab is an experimental noise making space where young children and their grown ups play with innovative musical instruments and sound-making devices to create amazing soundscapes. Families will be making their own projections and instruments.”

As well as Frankie and the Heartstrings, this year’s performers include northern indie band Warm Digits; country trio and Summer Streets regulars The Heavenly Thrillbillies; Archie Brown and the Prisoners of Fender and local bands Picnic, Post-Rome and Nostalgia.

l Activities will take place from noon to 7.30pm and the event is free.