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Split Festival, Sunderland Soundscape and Sounds Of Sunderland, Sunderland has had a great recent history of exciting live music festivals and is about to get another with the announcement of Lamplight Festival. This brand new live music festival takes place in the city centre’s Mowbray Park on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August and organisers, Sunderland City Council announce some big-name acts for the event.

Headlining on Saturday are UK indie giants Kaiser Chiefs who will be joined on the bill by local legends and special guests, Frankie And The Heartstrings. It’s a line up that Kaiser Chief’s frontman, Ricky Wilson, is very much looking forward to.

It’s always great to be part of a new festival and we can’t wait to once again play alongside Frankie and the Heartstrings as well as other great acts to headline the Saturday stage in Sunderland.”

Sunday’s headliners are Glaswegian rock-pop legends, Deacon Blue who are performing alongside UK singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble

Dave Harper, member of Frankie and the Heartstrings, and manager of Sunderland’s music hub Pop Recs, which will be heavily involved in fringe activities around Lamplight festival adds:

Playing Lamplight Festival is exciting for FATHs and Pop Recs as it represents another flag in the sand. Something we are never supposed to do, yet here we are. But that’s the Sunderland way.

You tell us we can’t have a cake and we’ll build a bakery. Sunderland has been through a testing time and may well have to deal with further adversity but now, more than ever, we need entertainment and a reason to celebrate our heritage, our diversity and our resilience.

With Pop Recs involved in developing a huge new project on the High Street and FATHS playing this amazing festival in the heart of our city we feel like we can start to colour the city again. Sunderland deserves to be happy.”

More venues, artists and activities are still to be announced

Tickets are available from SeeTickets (Saturday / Sunday).

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