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A welcome addition to the Sunderland pub scene, the historic Dun Cow celebrate their first year as part of the Head of Steam canon this month. Having undergone a loving restoration in 2014, the former gin palace and Grade II listed building is Sunderland’s oldest pub and none of its reported £300k refurb has gone to waste. Aesthetics aside, the bar has become a home for music lovers too, with regular live music a firm fixture. Sunderland stalwarts old and new will get the party in full swing on Friday 9th October, with free music from 3pm downstairs featuring the stirring vocals of This Little Bird and the awesome songwriting charms of Marc Oliver plus sets from Ani Sandwith, Shannon Powel and Seona McQue, while upstarts from 8pm folk duo Skylark Song, absorbing songwriter The Lake Poets, harmony-drenched folk popsters Lilliput and the powerful and remarkable songwriting prowess of Futureheads main man Barry Hyde ring in the celebrations.

The area surrounding the Dun Cow is soon to become a real hub of creative industry, and with the recently opened Keel Square proving a focal point for the city’s shipbuilding and industrial heritage and a City of Culture bid in the offing, the Dun Cow’s birthday festivities are just the tip of the iceberg for a city which seems to have much to celebrate right now.

The Dun Cow, Sunderland celebrate their first birthday on Friday 9th October.

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