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RETURN OF THE LITTLE MEN Witty Sheffield four-piece Little Man Tate return to Sunderland before they trot off on festival duty. Since they played Pure in the good old days when The Automatic and Maximo Park also graced the hallow stage, their clever and sexy lyrics, have seen the Indie band rapidly gaining popularity through internet forums, particularly those of fellow Sheffield-based bands slike the Arctic Monkeys. Their second single, “House Party At Boothy’s” entered the Top 40 in August 2006, since then they have released two other songs “Man I Hate Your Band” and “Sexy Latin” which gave them their first Top 20 hit in January 2007. They play Independent on 23rd May Tickets are priced at , see www.independentsunderland.com for details.

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CHARITY CONCERT Sunderland band Your New Escape Plan are playing two nights in their home town at Porterynep fields this month. Since being formed in November 2003 the band have gone through 4 drummers, 4 bass players, 2 guitarists, 2 singers and a multi pack of Monster Munch, but have now finally settled on a line up. With an eclectic group of influences which range from the likes of Duran Duran and Tears For Fears to Taking Back Sunday and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, YNEP are sure to cater for more people than an over sized burger van. The band are currently recording their emo/power pop/melodicore sound onto a 10 track E.P with a few 3 track E.P singles to follow. They play The Porterfield on 1st & 22nd May. See www.theporterfield.co.uk or www.myspace.com/ynep for more info

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St Andrews Church in Roker will be treated to a charity music concert on 17th May. This event will feature the Band of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir. With tickets priced at £8 per ticket, all proceeds from the event will be aiding Sunningdale Special School, The Army Benevolent Fund and the Rotary Foundation. www.sunderlandevents.co.uk


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CHAMPIONS The new band from Grand Drive frontman Danny George Wilson, Danny And The Champions Of The World will be in Sunderland on 2nd May. The band who blend the sounds of folk, pop and rock were chosen to support The Magic Numbers on their most recent tour. Their mix of sitars, dulcimers, flutes and trumpets has been said to invoke the spirit of Ronnie Lane’s ‘Passing Show’ or Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’. They play The White Room on May 2nd at 8pm, £3 entry. See www for details

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singing for sunderland The Sunderland Singers will be gracing the West Park United Reformed Church next to Park Lane to celebrate their 71st annual concert in style. The singers will also be joined for the event on Friday 9th May by Soprano Christine Reber, who has performed at such prestigious venues as Goethe Institut-New York, the Liederkranz Society, the Union Club, the New School for Drama Theater, and the French and German Consulate. In 2006 she participated in a memorial service for the victims of 9/11 at St. Paul’s Church that was broadcast on German and Austrian national television. Ms. Reber holds three degrees in opera, vocal pedagogy, and Lieder/Oratorio from the Freib-

erg University of Music, and a Professional Studies Diploma from New York’s Mannes College of Music. She was recipient of the 2005 Achievement Award for Artistic Excellence from the New York German Forum. For the past three summers, she has pursued her vocal studies with opera legend Regina Resnik at an exclusive voice seminar near Venice, Italy. For more info contact the church on 0191 5652118

Fresh from a series of high profile gigs around the area including the Sage Gateshead, Sunderland band Monty Casino play a home coming gig in The White Room on Friday 23rd May. The band who have new recently recorded material and a release expected soon will play with fellow Bunker tenants, The Spheres as part of a Soul and Funk part of the Mackem Listen Series of events. For more info, goto www.myspace.com/montycasinomusic for more details.

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Pearls of wisdom Not so long ago, but for a period of no more than three months if my frail memory serves me correctly, you could actually prise Sunderland into a conversation. As alien as it felt for some, I for one knowingly, and rather happily, allowed myself to milk kudos from every conceivable outlet. So I took advantage, as many did, of the spotlight on our streets. Was this/is this a scene? Should we blush when we hear it, SCENE? I think not. Is it a ruse created by, well, alternative parties? possibly. Was it

three bands receiving a little of what they deserve? probably. What I do know is that any scene we once spoke of, rightly or wrongly is certainly not creating the buzzing creative streets paved with tank tops and skittered riffs as we were led to believe. Now I’m a rational man, a few dubious traits, a little cynical, but am I the only one that thinks maybe, just maybe this scene, this mackem renaissance, now whisper it.......................... NEVER REALLY EXISTED!? I do know that we have something in this city that others do not have. I do

not know what it is. I do know that over the last five years the city and its people have produced the best body of pop music that this region has ever seen. I do not know if that equates to a scene. I do know that I can’t leave this city. I do not know why. Maybe, instead of borrowing from what has paved the way; it could be beautiful to be brave again, because we can be good at that, and we’re supposed to be good at nowt. “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead” Charles Bukowski Dave “Pearl” Harper

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SUNDERLAND MUSIC RADIO

The Young Cartwrights Wallace the Lion Apparently, and mystifyingly, titled after the Stuffed Lion that has resided in Sunderland museum since 1876, this bouncy belter of a tune has nowt whatsoever to do with Victorian beasts of prey. It does, however, make you want to dance like an utter nutter. The Deadwoods Boogie MC This track has one of the most killer riffs of all time AND a scouse house type rap halfway through. A winning combinalses, opinion. 1-2-3 New Monkey.

Our Joe’s Mullett Won’t Stop Wearside veteran Joe Gleghorn adds further weight to the voices hailing him Sunderland’s king of songwriters. A hauntingly beautiful melody that lingers in your head for days after hearing it. Coldseat Moneygrabber “Moneygrabber, backstabber all for the boob job”. A scathing, rage fuelled electro attack on the culture of materialism. WAGs beware, Coldseat are here to denounce you and all embly throughout the land.

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FOrmer Cellmates Here’s to the pretty girls Real 100% truckin’ rock music from the checky-shirted bearded rascals. Raucous energy, superb production and inspired lyrics on a tip top album. You can smell the beer, grease, man sweat and hair. The album is out on May 12th, get down to grab your copy before they run out.

s Go to www.sunderlandmusic.com and listen to them and many more on our very own radio station.

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DOLL’N THEAROUND

TOY DOLLS

Until the recent successes of The Futureheads, The Toy Dolls were the only Sunderland to infiltrate the top 10 single charts. The Sunderland group played their first ever gig in October 1979 at Millview Social Club and continued to play the local circuit for some time. Whilst earning a name for themselves round the local live music circuit, a local businessman agreed to finance The Toy Dolls first single, “Tommy Kowey’s Car” with “She Goes To Finos”on the flip side. “Tommy Kowey’s Car” sold it’s initial 500 pressing but the band never managed to find any money to press any more. After 8 line up changes and getting signed to Volume Records, the band went on to release their début album “Dig That Groove Baby” in 1983. After this release they were given the opportunity to go on their first national tour thanks to fellow North East punk band The Angelic Upstarts, who had

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formed in South Shields in 1977. Having been given this support slot, it enabled The Toy Dolls to do further national gigs and then tour in their own right. It was around the time of the tour with The Angelic Upstarts that the group recorded the original version of their song “Nellie The Elephant”. This song went on to be the bands biggest hit when it was rereleased in 1984 and went straight into the UK charts at number 4, selling a staggering 535,000 copies. After “Nellie The Elephant” became a success, the band had numerous TV appearances and even more changes in personnel they went on their own European and UK tour. During this time the band re-released the single, “She Goes To Finos” and their second album, “A Far Out Disc”. After years of tours, the new millennium has seen the release of their 11th studio

album, “Anniversary Anthems” which celebrated the group’s 21st year in the music business. In 2004 the band took to the road again for the first time in 5 years with the album “Our Last Album?” which also resulted in the release of their début live DVD “Our Last DVD?”. The band have gone through 14 different drummers and 11 different bassists since their formation in 1979. Former drummer Marty Yule, who was with the band from 1987 to 1997, now owns his own record shop in Sunderland, “Hot Rats”. Other former members include local celebrity TV chef, Pete Zulu, who now runs The Black Bull in Boldon, and Dicka from Soundworld Guitar shop next door to The Bunker. Only lead singer and original member, Olga remains, and is currently working on a new album. If you want more information on The Toy Dolls go to their official website www. thetoydolls.com


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Since being very young I wondered why I wasn’t born in the 60’s. I was brought up by my mam and brother in Westlea, Seaham. It’s a small shopping square with a huge social club at one end. Me ma’ would go to the soh Doc cial at the ff “ ” o e G weekend Bay the and having little money would invite friends and family back and have a bit of a ‘do’. They’d crank up the record player and rake around for the best albums, all from the 60’s. A mixture of soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and even a bit of country. After a few drinks the conversation turned to the 60’s too. Each song being played was associated with memories of youthful exploits. Many tales of how they’d seen a lot of these musicians play in nearby Sunderland were told, though I never believed them. I mean who’d play up here. As I began to develop my own musical tastes I really got into a band called Free, who at first I thought were a black, American soul band. The more I learned about them the more surprised I was to find that they couldn’t have had much closer to home roots if they’d tried. Not only did I find out that the “black” soul singing Paul Rogers, was indeed a “white” son of a steel-worker from Redcar but that the band owed its entire existence to

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those mythical f o gigs in Sunderland. As I grew older and more into music I took up guitar and thus, got into different guitarists. Brian May at first, then Clapton, but kept going back to Paul Kossoff from Free. I was later to find out that not only did he and Free often play in Sunderland, but the very man who organised those gigs, brought him up to Sunderland to pull him from the depths of a debilitating drug dependency. Geoff Docherty or “Doch’ of the Bay” was and is that man. Little did I know also back then that the place in question, namely The Bay Hotel had attracted many famous names. My mind was filled with pictures of what those gigs may have been like. Those bands were at their peak and wowing the world at huge venues like Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall in London and even Woodstock, yet the endeavours of this one man meant they happily played in a small hotel ballroom up the road. Images of Free grooving, The Who tearing up the place, Pink Floyd tripping everyone

out and Jethro Tull on one leg belting out his flute. Together with bands like Family, Spooky Tooth, The Nice, T-Rex and of all people John Peel on the decks, they were all blasting the minds of the faithful hard working makem grafters who lived to let their hair down at the weekends. Geoff released a book about his experiences called ‘A Promoters Tale’ which on reading I realised reassuringly that a lot of the images my mind had conjured up of these nights were not far from the truth. Through my own musical pursuits I came to meet, befriend and oddly DJ for the man. He’s a rare breed, full of integrity and has an acute awareness of injustice and worth. He won’t back down from fighting for what he believes to be right and is in the underdogs corner at all times. This may be why these people happily played for him. In today’s more cynical, commercial, target driven, marketing world what he did seems like an unbelievable achievement but as Geoff himself says, the industry was totally different back then. Bands wanted to have a good time and the Sunderland crowds were the best. Ironically, the Bay Hotel is now part of Sunderland’s newest luxury apartment blocks.

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It may not be what you expect to see alongside tenors, sopranos and dance groups at a variety show but a group of local school children and their teacher will be taking to the stage at the Stadium of Light on 24th May to perform their new single. Hip-hop and rap group “The Word”, consisting of Thornhill School chemistry teacher Amer Sheikh and students Brentt Barker, 19, Sophie Foster, 16, Amelia Bleanch, 14, and Rachel Hope, 14, launched their own single at the beginning of the year which intends to help

stamp out issues such as racism and bullying amongst young people. The group have so far performed to over 40,000 youngsters up and down the country and will be appearing as part of the variety concert being held by Northern Proms CIC to benefit the Bubble Foundation and help raise money for children in a local bone marrow transplant unit. “The Word” were formed in September 2005 and use their music to promote positive life messages on everything

from equality diversion to issues of bullying. The group recently treated a star-studded audience to a sneak preview of their single “Life As We Live It” and their debut DVD at the National Glass Centre. Their musical promotion of mutual understanding, respect and tolerance has earned “The Word” government recognition for it’s contribution to community cohesion and numerous awards from voluntary, public and private sectors. For more info, please call Amer on 0191 5537735

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OXCLOSE MUSIC SCHOOL

Who would have thought a band with mainstream success as “The Automatic” once had a life at Oxclose Community School. The Oxclose Music Project is based at Oxclose School and boasts former members such as Paul Mullen from “The Automatic”, Dean Pearson of “The Wild Hearts” plus Sunderland Music Forum and “Field Music”’s very own Peter Brewis. The project began in early 1990 when Sean Taylor went back to his old school, on a work placement and discovered that there were a lot of young people wanting to participate in music but had nowhere to practice.

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So with the help of Lynne King head of music at the time and Deputy Head Ken Tonge (a leading member of the Davy Lamp Folk Club with whom they are still strongly connected) access to the classrooms and the music departments equipment was granted. Sean said, “We are now in our 18th year and still going strong with our last performance at Springwell Village Hall drawing nearly 200 people.” The project runs Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings 6:30pm–9:30pm. They work with young people from Washington aged 13 -19 to enable them to fulfill their musical aspirations. Sean added “We provide support, equipment and facilities that allow young people to form their own bands, record their own music and perform “live” to their peers and others.

At present we have a membership of around 80, with 15-20 people attending per night.” The project released a DVD in 2005 which gives people an idea of what the project does and also gives a glimpse of some of the performances which have taken place throughout the projects history. For more information on this project contact project manager Phil McAloon on (0191) 417 3382 or oxclosedypp@ btopenworld.com

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UTOPIA F.M UTOPIA University of Sunderland is currently the only University in the North of England to have recently gained a full time community radio license. The University’s radio station named Utopia FM has been broadcasting since 1997 on short-term licenses but from 2009 it will be on the air all year round.

Utopia FM is run by media students from the University with help from experienced radio tutors and technical staff. The main focus of Utopia FM is on the students. Station manager, Amy Musgrove said, “It is run by students, it’s all about students getting involved, suggesting ideas or getting on the air. One of it’s main aims is to support and promote local and relevant culture and promote social inclusion.” The radio station is also doing its bit for the local music scene and focuses on local music. It now guarantees that the station will play at least one track

from a local band or act every hour during the day. The radio station broadcasts from the impressive purpose built radio station on campus which not only serves students at the University but also reaches out to local residents in the surrounding areas. Utopia does not just concentrate on music. Although, the station is continually committed to playing new and local music it also branches out to broadcast specialist, diverse and speech based programmes. These kind of broadcasts feature a variety of radio shows such as dramas and talk shows, which are of-

Every Saturday night the Arts Centre in Washington is host to the award-winning Davy Lamp Folk Club. The Davy Lamp was voted BBC Radio 2 Folk Club of the Year in 2001 by a panel of professional artists and as well as the folk nights, the club also hosts a series of occasional workshops on topics such as playing various instruments and harmony singing. Each week the night starts at 7:30pm with an informal session which welcomes musicians of any ability and any visiting singers and musicians. Recent artists to play at The

Davy Lamp include Vin Garbutt, who is one of the biggest draws on the UK folk music scene and Lau, the winners of BBC Radio 2 Best Folk Group

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ten made by local school children or programmes targeting different ethnic groups, such as Chinese students. It is through these kinds of shows that the radio station plan to ‘foster a greater community understanding and civic participation’. Even though there is still some work to be done such as building a new studio and office plus hiring staff, now that they have gained the full time license the ball is rolling and the station hope to be on the air full time within 12-18 months. If you would like to get involved or want any additional information contact the station on (0191) 515 2239 or go to www.utopiafm.net

Award. Throughout May The Davy Lamp will also play host to bands and artists, some regulars and some first timers, such as The Tannahill Weavers, who embrace the Highlanders Celtic music and qualities of the Lowlanders Anglo-Scots tunes. Also playing this month will be, Dana & Susan Robinson, Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley, George Papavgeris and Ben Sands who is an accomplished song writer, instrumentalist, harmony vocalist and an arranger. For more information go to www.davylampfolkclub.co.uk

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HOMETOWN Formed in 2004 by past/present members of LEATHERFACE, LOS COYOTE MEN, and THE GOLDEN VIRGINS, the first Former Cell Mates album ‘Hustle’ was released by ‘Newest Industry Records’ in 2005 and saw the band touring some of Europe, breakin’ most of their gear, drinkin’ all the beer and gathering comparisons from acts as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Danzig, The Replacements, and Lucero! The second half of 2005 saw their debut full length released on Newest Industry “Hustle”, combined with an explosive live show earned the ‘MATES the international recognition they so richly deserve. Kerrang called them “Soulful… Sweaty and wired… Former Cell

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REDNECKS!

Mates have the melodic driving punk thing locked down.” After a succession of beer fuelled road trips loosely classed as tours with countless US peers usually of the Gainsville variety, Cell mates caught the attention of NME who penned them as “Raucous punk-rawk … sounds great to the sober ear but to the sozzled brain, it sounds mighty” They’re now back in 2008 with the addition of a forth member (Greg Robson of The Mercury League R.I.P.) and a second full length offering ‘Who’s dead and what’s to pay?’ release date 12th May 2008 on Householdname records, London.

May and June will see the boys back over the water stinking up venues and laybys across mainland Europe. The boys are in the studio at the moment recording for several split 7”’s due for release over the summer and plans for tours outside of western Europe in the pipeline. Go to www.myspace.com/formercellmates for full tour details and more about the Cell mates.

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WONDER

For those of you that regularly like to go out and indulge yourselves once in a while you will most likely have been to a club night called B.R.A. Some of you might have seen the somewhat elusive B.R.A logo pasted around Sunderland, but have actually never ventured out to find out what it’s all about. Others however might have just misinterpreted the name for some sort of high class lingerie store. By Royal Appointment, said to be ahead of it’s time in Sunderland was born after the creators of the night were sick of having to travel to Newcastle for music that gets them going. Promoter and DJ Iain Kirk explains: ‘It started because the music we love, minimal,

electro, techno didn’t have a dedicated night in Sunderland, I knew the people here liked the music just nothing to go to on a regular basis’. Another major focus of the night is to give local DJ’s the chance to have a shot playing at an actual club night rather than more smaller, less successful affairs. That coupled with regular guest appearances from well known underground national DJ’s has put B.R.A on the map in Sunderland and has become synonymous with all things cool, fashionable and fast-paced. The night has just celebrated it’s first birthday and has already became a resounding success, the pumping basslines and high octane en-

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ergy of B.R.A is now generating talk outside of Sunderland and when asked where he thinks the night is going Iain said: ‘Our mentality now is to push it more, do more promotion and get evenmore creative. also aiming to get slightly bigger DJ’s from time totime to gain greater interest from mags n websites etc. enterprise it!’ Amen to that! If you haven’t been before and have even the slightest interest in dance music then i insist you check it out. B.R.A is held at Bar P.U.R.E on 25th may. Go to www.myspace.com/ for more details.

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COLDSEAT How do you pigeon-hole a band like Coldseat? The simple answer is you can’t...but I’m gonna try anyway - Coldseat are an electro/experimental/ punk band, but that really doesn‘t do them justice. If you haven’t yet heard them, but would like to know what they sound like, try imagining the Audio Bullies with catchier songs or mid 70s Berlin period David Bowie produced by Daft Punk instead of Brian Eno, and you’ll not be too far off the mark. The duo’s lyrics are

tightly coiled barbs of cynicism and anger, social commentary on the ever deteriorating society they find themselves living in. Their look is immense - cool as owt front man Billy, with his skinny jeans and floppy fringe, looks the epitome of 21st century chic. Onstage, synths/samplers genius Gus looks genuinely menacing in his black hoody and sinister skull mask. After coming into being at the end of 2006, initial Coldseat gigs saw Billy taking to the stage as a solo act, accompanied only by an I-pod full of his backing tracks. However in May 2007 Billy and Gus met at Ku Bar in Stockton and after hitting it off straight

away, Gus joined the band. As a two piece the boys quickly developed a live show packed with incendiary beats and filthy synth riffs. Support slots with Crystal Castles and Tiger picks soon followed and the non-stop party has been rolling ever since. Coldseat have no real plans for the future, except to continue to gig and build even further on their already substantial fan base, and to play a gig on George W. Bush’s grave.

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They started their own band, getting their name ‘The Deadwoods’ from the Dirty Pretty Things song ‘Deadwood’, so that they could write their own songs and play their own gigs. Bass player Ethan said: “The best thing we have found about being in the band is playing our gigs and the feeling when people in the crowd sing our own songs back to us.” However, he added: “We have to put a lot of our own money into the band which means we’re always skint!” The Deadwoods are currently planning to record an E.P on Bunker UK label and going out on the road on summer tour to promote the CD release. they play Independent with Little Man Tate on 23rd May.

dead dead good Describing themselves as

“punk/ indie/ little bit of rave and little bit of country western”, Sunderland band The Deadwoods are either mega eclectic or they’re taking the mick. The four piece, consisting of Joe Collins (lead vocals/

specifically like any of the bands we admire but do draw our influences from all of them as a band.” He added: “Our main influences range from bands such as Interpol, Joy Division, Kings Of Leon and Tokyo Police Club to the likes of The Clash, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.” The group of mates decided to form a band after watching their friends’ band, then called ‘The Stride’, perform and that made them want the same. describes the band’s style as “Merseybeat scally-skiflfle, fuelled by strong European lager and illegally imported tobacco”.

Formed at the beginning of 2007, Redhouse four-piece (Leachy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Phill on Lead guitar, Scoob on bass and Doddsy on drums) The Young Cartwrights have quickly established themselves as one of Sunderland’s best young bands. With a sound firmly rooted in the sixties, the band state their main influences as being Captain Beefheart, The Doors, The Beano and Arthur Lee’s Love. Lead guitarist and chief songwriter Phill Houghton

With a sold out gig at the 300 capacity Redhouse Working Men’s club at the end of last year, and support slots with Yeti and Mystery Jets already under their belts this year, the

For more info goto www.myspace.com/deadwoods

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Costello and The Spectres) and are hoping to rope Ian Brodie, former Lightening Seeds front man and producer of The Coral and The Zutons, into producing a couple of the tracks . Long term goals for the band include recording and releasing a full length album, collaborating with legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and persuading SAFC star Nyron Nosworthy to join them on percussion and keyboards. The Young Cartwrights play 7even’s bank holiday alldayers on Sunday May 4th a, Independent on Saturday May 10th as support to Glasvegas, and The Ropery on Monday May 26th.

young at cart! Cartwrights intend to tour the UK this summer, with dates already pencilled in for Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Nottingham. In the autumn the band plan to record a new EP at Sandhill studios in Liverpool’s Docklands (previously used by the likes of Elvis

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SCHOOL! When Field Music announced in April 2007 that they would no longer continue to work together as a band, under the name of Field Music, David Brewis decided his most pressing musical concern would now be School of Language.

David explained why Field Music decided to take a back, “We had released two and half albums as Field Music and received a lot of very complimentary reviews and also toured across the UK, Europe and the US. Once we’d finished touring in support of our last album, ‘Tones...’ we decided that doing another Field Music record straight away probably wasn’t the best idea to maintain our collective sanity so since then we’ve all been working on other ideas.” To put things right, the band have not ‘split up’, they are indeed still doing work together, but at this moment they do not have any plans to do another Field Music record. Brewis stated the differences between his work with Field Music and his work with School Of Language, “Primarily it’s different because I did it mostly on my own but I was also trying to do a record which was more spontaneous – I wanted to get an idea down on tape as soon as inspiration struck. No matter how crazy the idea was. With Field Music we spent a lot of time honing things until they were just right.” The band played their first ever live gig on 8th July 2007 in

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the Royalty pub in Sunderland, a venue which has become famous amongst local regular gig-goers. During that summer in 2007 the band became known in the local pubs and clubs and were invited by The Mules to play a part in their tour down south by appearing at Kings Cross on 30th July. School of Language’s first album, Sea From Shore, was then released in February

‘‘ we decided that doing another Field Music record straight away probably wasn’t the best idea to maintain our collective sanity ‘‘ 2008 across the UK, Ireland, North America and the rest of Europe. After their single and album releases in early 2008 the band were on the road by March. They announced they would be touring various cities across North America and Canada including New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. This tour of America was nothing if eventful for David, “My label over there got in touch with a couple of

fantastic musicians who came and played with me. We did 21 dates across the country in about 24 days. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of driving. Over the course of the trip we managed to get two parking tickets, a speeding ticket and a speeding warning!” David Brewis has now put together a band for touring the UK after touring it as a solo act for most of School of Language’s existence. His brother Peter is now playing bass guitar and Neil Bassett, of Former Cell Mates, The Golden Virgins and Room 3 Recording is playing drums. As well as the plan to tour Europe throughout May, School of Language will also appear at some festivals over the summer but first of all they will make an appearance in Brewis’ home town to play the White Room on May 10th as part of the launch of the Sunderland Music Forum.

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CATS BAR The Futureheads, The Golden Virgins, Field Music, This Ain’t Vegas, School of Language and Kenickie, to name but a few, have all made their marks on the wider music world all continue to live and work in the city. Now, they’re all working as a varied collective and meeting to discuss these issues, in the firm hope that by sharing enthusiasm and skills they can help to nurture the undoubted potential of music in our city. Under the name of ‘The Sunderland Music Forum’ the group now needs to increase awareness and encourage involvement from other members of the music community. They are to hold a launch event at the Black Cats Bar at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 24th May and are inviting any group or individual who is involved with music within the city to participate. The free event is open to anyone but schools, colleges, the university, live music venues, promoters, bands, musicians, DJ’s, youth groups, community groups, clubs, societies and any music-related businesses or facilities will also participate in an exhibition of local music. Peter Brewis, one of the original members of The Futureheads, who more recently received international acclaim with his brother David as part of Field Music, said ‘We have already been amazed at how varied the musical life of our

City is and want more people to get involved and have their say’. The launch event will feature displays of information and memorabilia from many of the parties mentioned above giving attendees a chance to learn more about the music of Sunderland. There will also be several live music performances from local groups and a record stall where all local music will be on sale. David said, ‘It will be a very interesting day with an informal question and answer session where guests will be invited to quiz our panel of experts from the Sunderland music scene.’ He added ‘We will also be running several fantastic competitions and prize giveaways during the day.’ Local Djs will play the finest local music all day and various local music video footage will be shown on TV screens. The event will open at 12 noon and run till 5pm with around 300 guests expected. Bar facilities and a menu for visitors to buy food will also be available. Kenny Sanger, of Monumental Music which runs The Bunker studios in Sunderland said ‘We will also be co-ordinating a series of events in the fortnight leading up to the launch with the title of ‘Mackem Listen - Music in The City of Sunderland’. He added ‘All of the groups participating in the launch are joining us to hold and promote events under this

one banner’. Peter rounded things off by saying ‘With the help of the people of the City of Sunderland and the City Council, we believe that these events and increased participation in the Forum can help to inspire new generations of music-makers in our city’. The Forum are currently working with Sunderland City council in planning a series of other music events later this year. Outdoor music events are planned for Herrington country Park and Cliffe Park in the Summer with a repeat of the inner city programme being held again in the Autumn. If you would like to be involved or would like more information, please get in touch at info@sunderlandmusic.com or call Kenny Sanger on 0191 5671777

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PLANET DURHAM After running Dot 45 Music Promotion for nearly 2 years and presenting, among others, FISHFOOD @ Fish Tank every last Friday, a club night devoted to local music with 3 bands and 2 DJs ‘til 2am, one-off drinks (the aptly though perhaps rather disgustingly named FISHFOOD cocktail), sweets, cakes, décor, projected films, cool lighting and theme nights where do we go from here? I’ll tell you. Record label. And what better way to launch than with a compilation! Tracks include: The Colt .45s, Ambershift, Neon Kicks, Little Jerome, Travisty, Man is Slapped, The C90s,Astral Janes, Absorb, Diablo 66, Adam Cooper, Girl meets Boy, Charles’ Hat, Mr.Rezistor, New Statesmen, Part man Part machine, Pagan Ritual, Meta Music, Cheap Antiques, Small Screen Light Show Teaming up with C90 Studios, Dot 45 Records launches May 2nd with a free party at Fish Tank. Our ethos? Enrich people’s lives and inject some life into the local scene. Our 1st release, the compilation Planet Durham, features 20 (yes, count ‘em, 20!) immensely talented bands and artists, all from, you guessed it, Durham ! Stick that in your pipe and don’t smoke it indoors. Top that, every band has put together their own

page for a full colour glossy A5 fanzine, which will be sold together with the compilation CD in cardboard sleeves for a measly fiver. We’ve got art rock, electro pop, progressive, luscious indie pop, gritty indie rock, old school punk, new wave, electronica, heavy rock, experimental… Even some grime rap! Basically, if there isn’t a song on this compilation that you like, you simply don’t like music J And don’t just take our word for it. We’ve already had the stamp of approval from Steve Lamacq with a full feature on the launch of Dot 45 Records and the release of Planet Durham on his Radio One broadcast on Monday 28th April. Huw Stevens, also a fan, played 2 compilation tracks in full on Radio One Introducing on Wednesday 30th April. Tom Robinson (ex The Fall / The Tom Robinson Band) of BBC6 Music is going to feature www.dot45.co.uk as his Website of the Week early May, and Durham FM, The Crack Magazine, The Cuckoos Press, and of course Manifesto have all featured our efforts. Yep, things are definitely looking up for the Durham music

. scene; we’re proving to the world that Durham is a pretty happening place to be. I’ll be keeping you up to date on what’s going on in the small but perfectly formed (musically at least) city of Durham in future issues of Manifesto, but in the mean time, why not hop on down and check it out for yourself? Dot 45 would like to thank its sponsors, Fish Tank and Disc Wizards. Goto: www.dot45. co.uk / www.myspace.com/dot45musicpromotion / www. myspace.com/fishtankdurham / www.discwizards.com for more info.

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CD REVIEWS

as it’s our first issue, we have simply trawled the net for local goodness.....

Monty Casino

1963

Sonner

The unique sound of Monty Casino takes me to the streets of 1960s America, yet their name had me expecting the noise of a Hoover held under water by Peter Sellars. ‘Your Shoulder’ although not making me want to dance around the room like a dog with worms still drew me into their intriguing world of funky shizzle. Lead singer Jess Roberts sounds like a modern day Dusty Springfield and backed with a warm custardy funk makes you crave for more. For a band gigging around North East bars and Universities their music could most certainly appeal to both the younger and older generation. myspace.com/montycasinomusic

After listening to the first 10 seconds or so the song started to slow down as the computer took a huff and started making that awful noise it does just before it freezes then gives you the blue screen of death. So I pictured myself in 1963 as The Beatles release ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Dr. No’ is released. It would have been great in 1963, apparently zip codes were invented in the US and the Great Train Robbery happened over here. Oops, I’ve just given away the plot of the next Dr. Who series. myspace.com/1963band

It is quite hard to believe that Sonner have been together for less than a year as they have already achieved a good mix of sound that it seems would fit within the music world. The group’s influences and love of rock and roll shows through in their songs and their style of music. The group’s attitude of whatever song they write has the potential of becoming big is perhaps the best way to look at it otherwise they will be in for some harsh truths. The band have already played a number of gigs around the North East and hopefully their music will catch on. myspace.com/sonnermusic

Your Shoulder

The Bubble Project

I Only Fall In Love With The Bubble Project seem intent on making every bit of their songs unexpectedly twist and turn surprising fans with their futuristic surf rock music.The unusual sound of the group wouldn’t go amiss in a sci fi or B movie. The song really has that certain optimistic, upbeat feel to it where the more you listen the more you start to enjoy the talented band who do have a sound all to themselves. Let’s just hope they keep playing their unusual music. myspace.com/thebubbleproject

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Words and Pictures

Newbridge Downfall

Take Your Chances This band who really aren’t making their music to please everyone out there, have a more if you don’t like us then we don’t care kind of attitude play how and what they like. Their music, a style of their own is fast and hard which does make it a bit difficult to listen to for more than 30 second but then again if I were at somewhere other then the computer I may think differently. Although their music does not particularly appeal to me (which I really don’t think the band would care about), they are able to create something different that a lot of bands can’t. myspace.com/newbridgedownfall

Can’t Bring Me Down

This Aint Vegas Short Term Long Term

There is something unusual about this band. I don’t know what I was expecting from them but whatever it was they did leave quite an impression on me. First listening to TAV I was totally convinced that the band weren’t really any good, never the less I listened on and found that their song Short Term was rather catchy and found myself listening and enjoying the sound of the band a lot longer then I expected I would which, from what I heard am glad I decided to persevere and hear more of what they had to offer. After listening to it a few times you could definitely be singing along with the band whether you wanted to or not. myspace.com/thisaintvegas


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Loudmouth Plod On

Loudmouth have already had some success in the past few years one of which seen them touring around Europe in 2006 with Red Alert. Their style of music certainly seems to have an element of different genres of music ranging from punk to rock to a touch of blues. Seeing the band live I am sure would be a much better experience than just listening to the song as just from hearing the band you seem to get the impression that the band seem to possess that high energy that could only be really appreciated from seeing the band do what they do live. myspace.com/loudmouthpunk

The Wooden Spoons Sick and Tired

The Wooden Spoons are just what the music world need at the minute. Full of the same indie, punk bands out there at the minute the band take a fresher more contemporary approach to their music. Their unique approach on their songs makes me want to listen to more of what this group have to offer, everything about this young band just seems to fit into perfect position. The bands creativty and passion for what they do clearly shows through in their mixture of songs and sound making them something new and fresh in a world of the same old things. myspace.com/thewoodenspoons

The Spheres

The Deadwoods

The Spheres have a very clever way of taking a song that could have been released decades ago and putting a fresh and modern take on their music. Although I felt as though I heard this song many times before, which by the way I hadn’t, the band seem to just be able to put a unique way of making you believe that you could have heard a song of theirs at some point. From start to finish of the song Cry I felt compelled to listen to the lyrics of the song as they seemed to tell a story of an experience that I had to know the end to. myspace.com/spheresband

The Deadwoods have certainly managed to achieve a sound all of their own with the vocalist sounding unique and the song rather original. Their own sound really wanted me to listen on and search for more of their song maybe this had more to do with the addictive voice of the vocalist or maybe it was a mixture of this, the band and the song, whatever it was it was certainly something new and fresh to listen to. Their lyrics are somewhat poetic making it easy to listen to this rather talented bunch of individuals who are doing something that most bands don’t. myspace.com/deadwoods

Cry

THE WOODEN SPOONS

Breakdown

THE DEADWOODS

if you want your demo reviewed please email your mp3 to info@sunderland music.com

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THIS IS LIVE! monty casino /

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monty casino So, two weeks after a live performance on Jools Holland, and Sharon Jones is saying goodbye to her UK tour at a sold out Sage. No doubt these tickets flew off the shelf soon after the credits roled, which made it hard work for those who wanted to get to the newly anounced support of Sunderland’s Monty Casino. Making there third apearence in Hall 2, the Soul/Funk outfit put on another memorable show and undoubtadly added to a growing fanbase from a headlining worthy apearence at one of the UK’s most prestigous venues. With each gig, these guys seem to get tighter and this was no exception, from old

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favourites like ‘white walls’ to the new ‘fridge’, Jess Roberts’ vocals punch out at the people in the door way waiting for the ‘main act’, and with not much surprise they ended the set with a great reception from a surprised audience and an apeased Sharon Jones. Monty Casino are playing Northumbria University on May 4th, and here in Sunderland’s White Rooms on the 23rd.

Hot Like Fire THE PORTFIELD 10/04/08 These guys had a really unique sound about them that immediately grabbed the attention. To be honest they were unlike much of what I have heard before and it really sets them apart from the local music scene. Their 70’s funky sound, resplendent with prominent bassy rifts made for some chilled if slightly surreal easy listening. Much of the bands energy and sound was expressed through some superb work by lead vocals ‘Polo’, a relaxed presence on stage that drove the performance home with a chilled, foot tapping, wonderfully retro sounding set that would be at home on any Miami Vice episode/porno soundtrack that you would care to mention.

THE ASTONS THE PORTERFIELD 17/04/08 A loud band. In fact a very loud band. AstonS tore onto the stage with boundless enthusiasm and ripped through a superb cover of Blitzkrieg Bop to threaten to get the Porterfield rocking for the first time of the evening. Unfortunately that’s where it stopped, while the band continued to shout and punch their fists it stopped sounding good the minute they left the safety of The Ramones classic. If this band accelerated with the velocity of a rocket they came back down to earth in much the same fashion. Ouch.


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dave lynas THE PORTFIELD 24/04/08

THE YOUNG CARTWRIGHTS /

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with our joe’s mullet and floral riots / 20/04/08

  Artist Dave Lynas cut a fairly unimposing figure as he took to the stage at the Porterfield yet there was something in his unassuming character that set the audience at ease and if Lynas lacked something in presence he made up for it with an unabashed yet surprisingly sensitive set . He kicked off with one of his own records, and maybe the best track of the night in Deficit that had a very Matchbox 20 sound to it, unashamedly heartfelt and hopelessly romantic. Something that wouldn’t be out of place accompanying the opening credits of a teen drama, a real guilty pleasure of a song but a pleasure nevertheless. Acoustic easy listening and a decent live act this one and definitely one I would go see again.

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the cartwrights It’s The Floral Riots’ first gig with their new line up and songs. Immediately, they grab the audience, banging out raw, Warsaw-esque punk rock. Stripped down to just vocals, guitar and drum machine, Andy and Gaz’s sound seems more edgy and electric than ever. With some fine tuning and more gig experience, The Riots could definitely have the potential to break away from Wearside’s orbit and move on to bigger things. Lack of sleep and too much booze (it’s the day of the Calzage fight AND the Tyne-Wear derby) seem to have taken their

our joes mullet toll on Our Joe’s Mullett. WWDrummer Joe’s beats are loose and clumsy and their overall sound is messy. Three songs in though and something mystical and magical happens, the tunes come alive and the crowd start bouncing along. Rumour has it that it’s the last ever Mulletts gig, let’s hope that’s not the case.

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Sat 3rd May House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Cancer Research UK Charity Event @ Whitburn Lodge, Mill Lane, Sunderland, Noon, £3 The Longsands @ The Vane Arms, Silksworth, Sunderland, 8pm Ed. E. Flagman @ Shamrock Cafe Bar, North Bridge Street, Sunderland Irish Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland The Big Night Out @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10pm – 3am Music For Misfits @ Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, 10pm Davy Lamp Folk Club – The Tannahill Weavers @ Washington Arts Centre, Biddick, 7-11pm

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House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 The Dusty Tools @ Hastings Hill Pub, Chester Road, Sunderland. Acoustic, Blues and Folk Night @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland Acoustic Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Live Band Night @ Masters, Low Row, Sunderland Mickey Oliver Open Mic Night @ Trimmers Arms, Commercial Road, South Shields, 8:30pm Steve Daggett @ Roker Hotel, Roker, Sunderland, 4pm Mon 5th May Steve Yer Irish Busker @ Shamrock Bar, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, 7:30pm House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Buskers Night @ Golden Lion, South Hylton, Sunderland Clear Blue Skies @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 7pm Student Night – Wonder Years, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Hard Life @ Life, High Street West, Sunderland, 8pm – 12:30am Tues 6th May Buskers Night @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland

House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Buskers Night @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland, 9pm Chazza DJ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland, 8pm – 1am A + E – Anything and Everything @ P.U.R.E, Olive Street, Sunderland Wed 7th May Buskers Night @ P.U.R.E, Olive Street, Sunderland, 8pm House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Scott Keirs Electric Jam @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland Charty Party Night @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland Young Guns Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland RnB Night @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland International Party Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree


-------------------------------------------------------Thurs 8th May House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Band Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Buskers Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland DJ Craig @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland Damaged Angels/ Silo @ The Douglas Vaults, South Shields Stonebroke – Best of indie, pop, rock, dance and rnb @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm – 3am Cool For Cats @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 10pm, Shockwave @ Retox, High Street West, Sunderland, 7pm Fri 9th May Pat Havord @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Sunderland Singers @ West Park United Reformed Church, Park Lane, Sunderland, 7:15pm, £5 Beckett @ Steels Social Club, Peacock St West, Sunderland Rock Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Electrophoric – The Very Best Of Trance @ Voodoo Rooms, Olive Street, Sunderland Slip Of The Tongue @ The Office, South Shields

Skint @ Liquid/ Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm – 3am Sat 10th May School of Language @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 7:30pm Ward 10 –Upstairs @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 9:00pm Feed The Bear @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Sunderland Singers @ West Park United Reformed Church, Park Lane, Sunderland, 7:15pm, £5 Brewed Slowly @ Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne Irish Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland The Sopranos @ Annie McCarthy, South Shields Beggars Bog @ Golden Lion, South Hylton, Sunderland, 8:30pm Spartan, On The Level + Arsenal Of Freedom @ Trimmers Arms, Commerical Road, South Shields, 8:30pm Peter Grant in Caberet Las Vegas Show Lounge @ My Legends, Sunderland, 7pm – 1am The Big Night Out @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10pm – 3am Music For Misfits @ Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, 10pm Davy Lamp Folk Club – Ben Sands @ Washington Arts Centre, Biddick, 7-11pm


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Buskers Night @ P.U.R.E, Olive Street, Sunderland, 8pm House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £3 Jazz Night @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland Scott Keirs Electric Jam @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland Charty Party Night @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland RnB Night @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland International Party Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland, 10pm - 2am

Ragnar Rock @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Big Lamp @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm Nice Peter (+ The Refreshers) @ Bonded Warehouse, Low Street, Sunderland Slip Of The Tongue @ Steels Social Club, Peacock St West, Sunderland Last Orders @ Steels Social Club, Peacock St West, Sunderland Rock Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree

Thurs 15th May House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Too Far North: Charles Hate + Interlife @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Buskers Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland DJ Craig @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland Fyron/ Sunday 68 @ The Douglas Vaults, South Shields Stonebroke – Best of indie, pop, rock, dance and rnb @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm – 3am Cool For Cats @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 8pm - late Shockwave @ Retox, High Street West, Sunderland, 7pm

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Best Of Trance @ Voodoo Rooms, Olive Street, Sunderland Skint @ Liquid/ Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm Sat 17th May The Arras @ Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, 8:00pm The Kirks @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm

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House of Variety @ The Theatre Restaurant, John Street, Sunderland, 6:30pm, £35 Charity Music Concert @ St Andrews Church, Roker, Sunderland, £8 Irish Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland The Big Night Out @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10pm Ammunition @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland Davy Lamp Folk Club Dana and Susan Robinson @ Washington Arts Centre, Biddick, 7-11pm

Mon 19th May Steve Yer Irish Busker @ Shamrock Bar, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, 7:30pm Buskers Night @ Golden Lion, South Hylton, Sunderland Baccaus @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland Student Night – Wonder Years, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Hard Life – A Night Of The Best Rock, Metal And Alternative @ Life, High Street West, Sunderland, 8pm Tues 20th May

Sun 18th May Mr Skin Band @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland. Borderland @ Luma Cafe Bar & Restaurant, Derwent Street, Sunderland. Acoustic, Blues and Folk Night @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland Slip Of The Tongue @ The Ropery, Websters Bank, Sunderland Acoustic Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Live Band Night @ Masters, Low Row, Sunderland Skint @ Clarendon, Sunderland, 9pm

Buskers Night @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland Chazza DJ @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland A + E – Anything and Everything @ P.U.R.E, Olive Street, Sunderland Wed 21st May Buskers Night @ P.U.R.E, Olive Street, Sunderland, 8pm Scott Keirs Electric Jam @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland Jazz Night @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland Charty Party Night @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland

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Young Guns Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland RnB Night @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland International Party Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland, 10pm Thurs 22nd May Too Far North: Boondocs + Your New Escape Plan + Leanne Lawson @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Buskers Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland DJ Craig @ Victoria’s, Low Row, Sunderland Stonebroke – Best of indie, pop, rock, dance and rnb @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm Cool For Cats @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 8pm Shockwave @ Retox, High Street West, Sunderland, 7pm Fri 23rd May Little Man Tate @ Independent. Holmeside, Sunderland. Monty Casino @ The White Room, Holmeside, Sunderland, 7:00pm The Rejexx @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm Rock Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland

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TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Electrophoric – The Very Best Of Trance @ Voodoo Rooms, Olive Street, Sunderland Musghot @ The Ropery, Sunderland Skint @ Liquid/ Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10:30pm Ragnar Rock @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland Sat 24th May Rock The Cats Bar @ Stadium of Light, Sunderland, free 12 noon Northern Proms @ Stadium of Light, Sunderland, £15 - £20 Delphins @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland, 8:30pm Urban Spacemen @ Steels Social Club, Peacock St West, Sunderland Irish Bands Night @ Paddy Whacks, Green Terrace, Sunderland TFI – It’s The Weekend @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland The Big Night Out @ Liquid/Diva, Green Terrace, Sunderland, 10pm Davy Lamp Folk Club – Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley @ Washington Arts Centre, Biddick, 7-11pm Ammunition @The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland

Sun 25th May Acoustic, Blues & Folk Night @ Smugglers, Marine Walk, Sunderland The Beer Monkeys @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland Acoustic Night @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland Live Band Night @ Masters. Low Row, Sunderland Chaos At The Coast After Party: Minnikin + Crashed Out + Beyond The Grave @ Whitburn Lodge, Sunderland Mon 26th May Steve Yer Irish Busker @ Shamrock Bar, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, 7:30pm Buskers Night @ Golden Lion, South Hylton, Sunderland. Student Night – Wonder Years, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s @ The Porterfield, Crowtree Road, Sunderland All Day Music Festival @ The Borough, Vine Place, Sunderland email your listings to info@sunderlandmusic.com


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Nice new site you have there. And thanks for featuring the Oxclose Music Project next month! Its about time the project got recognition in sunderland! Hope to see you soon. x

This is a good idea, sunderland needs a music scene.

nice work guys, no probs in what ur doing, in fact all the bars in sundo need to bat together if one is busy we all are within reason

We want to say thank you BunkerUK, for supporting new music! It means a lot to us that you like what we are putting out there! Limited Press

I like the way this is goin, I like the idea of Sunderland being a music city cos there is plenty of talent here and it’s inspiring to see people getting together to try and make something happen. Anyway I dont think it’s all about gigs, Aslong as people are expressing themselves thru either records, gigs or whatever and inspirin others thats the main thing I think. ps I think small intimate gigs are good too like when the basement used to be there. Upstairs in the White Room would be cool for this.

I am also a member of the oxclose music project, and I think that washington is left out of the equation quite often. I think andy said it all to be honest. Let us all work together for a better sunderland music scene!

All the Best with what u Doin! We Need Sunderland on the map!

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5 MINUTES with... PETER BREWIS ((field music / the week that was)) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------strong black coffee. Reading ? Just finished Joe Boyd’s “White Bicycles”, a fantastic unstoned account of the 60’s and Brian Eno’s “A Year” gives an insight into a listening to ? Ferrari, an electro-acoustic composer among other things. I’ve been getting into his ideas such as recording a full day of environmental sounds and editing it into less than half an hour. I’ve been doing something similar in Louis cafe as an excuse to get off on extra

unique character in the form of a diary. Watching ? I got rid of my telly over a year ago now. It was too tempting for me to just sit there and watch anything that was on. Instead, I’ve been watching

old episodes of Henry’s Cat and Twin Peaks on my laptop. Going to ? I’ve mainly been going to meetings, rehearsals, lectures and the library. I’ve not been to as many gigs as I would like but I did get to see Martin Carthy at the Davy Lamp folk club. It was probably my gig of the millenium so far. Just one man singing English folk songs with a really simple yet abstract guitar style. He was totally engrossing. Catch Peter perform with his new band for the first time at The White Room

REVEREND STEPHEN TAYLOR ((SUNDERLAND MINSTER)) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Going to ? Reading ? Blood River by Tom Butcher a journey through the history of the Congo by the way of a recent epic journey

Listening to ? I recently had to select 5 CD’s for the car, they are: Black Sabbath; Master of Reality, Goldfrapp; Black Cherry, Bryan Adams; Summer of ‘69, Carole King; Tapestry, Mika; Life in Cartoon motion

See Goldfrapp at the Sage in July and I’d love to see the Austrian Monks of the Holy Cross monastery who have been signed up by Universal’ Amy Winehouse’s record label.

Watching ? I saw ‘21’ and enjoy most films that Kevin Spacey is in, I enjoy the CSI series on TV. find out whats going on at the minster by going to www. sunderlandminster.co.uk


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