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It was November 2019 when Barry Hyde (The Futureheads) and Dan Donnelly (Celtic Social Club) took over the reins at The Peacock pub in Sunderland and began to give it a revamp. Now, 18 months on and with the easing of lockdown restrictions, their social media posts are testament to how excited they are to finally be able to welcome people back inside the pub – and for the first time ever during Monday to Friday daytimes. They promise real ales, live music and freshly made food at their Grade II listed building in Sunderland’s Cultural Quarter, and their calendar is already heaving with gigs.

In June there’ll be surf rock from the Milk Lizards (Saturday 12th) and blues and Americana from the Oil City Shakers (Saturday 19th), while July sees a rare North East gig from Somerset singer-songwriter Nick Parker (Sunday 4th), a very special 30th anniversary show from Martin Stephenson and the Daintees performing Salutation Road in its entirety (Saturday 17th) and folk punk from Ken and Dan of Ferocious Dog (Saturday 31st). The venue will also host DJ sets including a monthly residency from Loud Not Loud Music Club and a weekly pub quiz. Tables can be booked for food and tickets for live music are available from

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