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Sunderland institutions don’t come much more lauded than bar and venue Independent. Having recently marked their 14th birthday, the venue reopened to drinkers in September in a safe and fun environment, and this month they’re getting back to what they do best: showcasing the cream of the city’s music scene.

“We’re very excited to be getting back to gigs at Independent. We’ve had some really incredible live streams during lockdown but nothing compares to the real thing.” Says the venue’s Lee Hawthorn.Supporting young, up and coming bands and artists from the city and beyond is what we’re really passionate about, and is at the heart of what we do and have done as Sunderland’s only dedicated music venue for 14 years.”

They’ve put together a real ‘who’s who’ of emerging regional musicians for their first gigs back; colourful funk popsters PICNIC kick off proceedings on Saturday 3rd October, with support from Hartlepool’s own catchy pop band Marketplace and fast rising songwriter Faye Fantarrow; Saturday 17th sees melodic indie band Docksuns headline, with support from impeccable art rockers Cat Ryan and the lush tones of songwriter Elizabeth Liddle; on Friday 23rd, Sunderland-via-Manchester rapper Philth Like is supported by noisy electro duo SQUARMS and hip-hop artist John Dole; while rounding out the month is an indie rock triple threat from Great Waves, Deep.Sleep and The Samphires on Friday 30th October.

Tickets will be available in advance via the venue’s website, with ticket packages including drink deals.

 

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