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Frank Turner Live @ Masquerade by Nicole C. Kibert

Sunderland’s Pop Recs Ltd have announced the official re-opening of their new shop, located on Stockton Road. The shop will open on Saturday 14th November with a special performance from Frank Turner, followed by a signing.

Since losing their Fawcett Street location earlier this year, Sunderland’s community hub has been sorely missed. Dave Harper, Frankie & The Heartstrings’ drummer and one of the driving forces behind Pop Recs Ltd, is excited to be getting back into the thick of things, and the lads have plenty planned for the revamped shop. “Classes, mental health drop-ins, poetry and young writers’ groups – all the groups that started with us before will be back, but there’ll be more this time. It’ll be more comfortable, there’ll be better coffee and we want to have the best records. We understand we have the best music taste in the city and we want people to benefit from that.”

The shop’s Kickstarter campaign raised over £14,000 for the development of new premises, and the group have been humbled by the offers of support they’ve received. “So many people have offered their services, I didn’t see that coming,” Dave admits, “it’s great what people can do when they want to.”

Radge folk megastar Frank Turner is the latest celeb to pitch in and offer his help in getting Pop Recs Mk 2 off the ground; with famous friends like James Bay offering items up for auction, the extra money raised will go towards strengthening the services the shop already offers. “We’ll spend it on childcare facilities or baby changing, maybe we’ll get a coffee machine instead of having to spend money renting one.”

Tickets for the Frank Turner gig and signing will be available between 6pm-8pm on Friday 13th November directly from the shop. In keeping with their previous affordable events, tickets will be sold on a ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ basis, with a suggested donation of £5 per ticket (limited to two per transaction).

Pick up a copy of our December/January issue featuring an in-depth interview with Dave Harper, available from Wednesday 25th November.

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