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Two years ago, Sunderland’s favourite jangly indie rockers bought the derelict tourist information centre in Sunderland and turned it into the city’s best – and only – pop up shop turned gig venue. Despite artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Dutch Uncles, Badly Drawn Boy, Edwyn Collins and James Bay playing at the shop and the band’s unstoppable drive to push back the cheap shops and bring a bit of extra flair to an increasingly neglected city centre, the store closed a few months ago.

A few months down the line and the band have found a new property but are looking to repair the building on Stockton Avenue, which has suffered extensive flood damage and a mountain of work for the lads to get it back to the high standard of their old Fawcett Street location.

It’s for this reason that the Heartstrings have set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the ¬£6,000 needed to carry out the repairs. As with any campaign, there’s a feast of tasty goodies on offer for pledgers, from t-shirts and signed posters to mugs and even the chance for the Heartstrings to play in your living room (provided you have no prior convictions of harming Mackem indie bands).

The generosity of the region has already begun to show, as the target was reached in a mere 5 hours, but any extra funds will help the group to make Pop Recs version 2 the sustainable community project it always aimed to be. Hopefully the continued donations will mean that Pop Recs will rise again and fill the void that it left in the city.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can donate, visit Frankie & The Heartstrings’ Kickstarter page.

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