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Sunderland’s Summer Streets festival has upped its game considerably this year, with an all-star line-up of talent and even a world premiere to tuck into.

Taking place at Southwick’s Thompson Park on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, the free event will feature live music, workshops, comedy and family entertainment plus the ubiquitous street food and drink from Wylam Brewery.

On Saturday the musical line-up is topped by Sunderland’s perennial favourites, quirk popsters Field Music, who will be joined by Durham pop punk scamps (and NARC. cover stars!) Martha, vocal harmony lovelies The Cornshed Sisters, the parp-tastic New York Brass Band, skilled songwriter Paul Liddell and psych pop group The Sons of Bido Lito plus a steel band, the interestingly titled Junkyard Orchestra, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, maypole dancing and ukulele fun aplenty.

Musical fun on Sunday includes Royal Northern Sinfonia performing Schubert’s Death And The Maiden, gypsy folk ‘n’ roll band Holy Moly & The Crackers, pit pop perfection from DENNIS, plus Whitburn Singers, Steve Drayton’s album playback of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, live comedy and yet more ukuleles.

In addition, Summer Streets festival goers will be treated to the world premiere of Putting The Band Back Together; part riotous gig and part tender storytelling courtesy of Ross Millard (Futureheads/Drifts), Maria Crocker (The Letter Room) and Alex Elliott (Northern Stage) who reveal the epic emotions within people’s relationships with music.

Why not learn a new skill while you’re there? Learn how to beatbox, play the penny whistle, belly dance or play the spoons (just like you’ve always wanted); there’s kids comedy, improvised music and art and you can even watch a 78rpm record being cut live.

Once again, the Cultural Spring team have provided a line-up of world class talent which showcases some of the very best our region has to offer. Time to take to the streets!

Summer Streets takes place at Thompson Park, Southwick on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.

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