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You might have spotted some high profile gigs popping up across the region recently under the Revive Live banner – an initiative launched by Music Venue Trust in partnership with the National Lottery, which sees one-off performances from artists like Sam Fender, The Futureheads, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Twin Atlantic take place at grassroots venues in an effort to give them a much-needed boost and bring music fans back to live shows.

Sunderland’s Independent have been blessed with several Revive Live shows throughout September, with sets coming up from box-fresh pop innovator Pizzagirl (Wednesday 8th); Dutch indie quartet Pip Blom (Saturday 11th), alt. rock newcomers Apollo Junction (Monday 13th); and Hull’s ‘post-punk absurdist polemics’ LIFE (Friday 17th). These shows take place alongside Independent’s usual roster of local and up and coming talent, which this month includes shows from Yorkshire new wave rock band Sarsaparilla (Friday 3rd) and fast-rising songwriter Andrew Cushin (Friday 10th).

“We’re really excited to finally welcome live shows back to Independent.” Says Independent’s promoter Ben Richardson. “It’s been a long time coming but these Revive Live shows feel like a perfect way to bring music back, supporting the artists and the venues with funding as well as allowing every ticket buyer to bring a mate for free [on production of a National Lottery ticket]. Hopefully audiences can expect some top quality performances from touring artists, ranging from indie, rock and pop, coming from as far away as Holland.”

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