As the sun set on the second day of the Tall Ships Races, homegrown talent The Lake Poets showcased his soulful sound on the Town Moor stage in the East End.
People sat on blankets in front of the performance stage as he worked his way through a selection of tracks.
The singer/songwriter, from East Herrington, has performed on stages all over the world with his songs, which are often inspired by Sunderland’s industrial heritage.
Introducing one of his tracks, Martin Longstaff, who performs both solo and as a band as Lake Poets, said: “Hope everyone is having a nicer night than last night. I was watching the match in the Prior, full of hope. But obviously it was inevitable, we crashed out. But we’ve still got to be proud of them.
“This song is sort of something to do with that, it’s about being your own worst enemy, it’s called In the Way.”
Following the success of his self-titled debut album, Martin is due to release his second album II soon, which will be promoted with a full UK tour.