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Over the last few years, Independent in Sunderland have become an utter force to be reckoned with when it comes to hosting some of the region’s most undeniably visceral up and coming talent (don’t let this overshadow their greatest achievement: the infamous Blue Pint), and it’s a refreshing sight to see them getting back to business with this line-up, which acts as a strong reminder of all the absolute brilliance we’ve missed out on whilst gigs were but a fever dream (on that note: the shows are seated and socially distanced to ensure everything remains COVID-secure!)

Leading the bill on Friday 18th June is the eclectic quintet Komparrison, who’ve fast built a solid reputation off the back of their taboo-exploring pop-inflected bangers, which have previously seen them play sell-out shows, headline the first MUNRO festival and inject a much-needed dose of poptimism to the scene. January’s release Dancing With Demons made it clear that they know how to craft a hell of a hook, and they’re an utter force to be reckoned with – you heard it here first. Neo-soul singer-songwriter Lizzie Esau supports, bringing with her gloriously vivid self-produced widescreen pop which traverses piano ballads, spoken word, indie pop and R&B without ever veering into pastiche, with her recent release Haven’t You Heard being a strong testament to her singular talent and absolute mastery of songcraft.

Komparrison and Lizzie Esau play Independent, Sunderland on Friday 18th June

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