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I think we can all agree that it’s about time we had some fun, so the return of the glorious Summer Streets festival is a welcome one indeed. Taking place throughout Sunderland from Friday 16th-Monday 19th July, the music, arts and community festival will host events both online and in person, with everything free to access.

The line-up is pretty special, and features visceral rock rabble-rousers Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, who will perform the first gig at Sunderland institution Pop Recs Ltd.’s new venue, with a couple of superbly chosen supports in alt. jazzers Archipelago and indie punks Roxy Girls (Monday 19th). Another highlight will be Mercury-nominated epic rockers Lanterns on the Lake, who perform an intimate show at The Peacock, with special guests Me Lost Me and Nadedja (Sunday 18th). A pop-up outdoor performance from New York Brass Band will bring a taste of New Orleans to Roker seafront; there’s a live performance (and exclusive beatbox workshop for under 9s) with UK beatboxing champ Grace Savage (Sunday 18th); spoken word troupe Born Lippy present their poetry slam (Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th); plus alternative circus and a fun, floral pop-up performance of Wildflower from Curious Arts.

Online performances include the classy classical sounds of Royal Northern Sinfonia, who present a special streamed performance of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony conducted by new principal conductor Dinis Sousa; a screening of specially commissioned documentary about Sunderland’s amazing Young Musician’s Project; Sunderland-based Strange Things? Collective will run online creative journaling workshops; visual artist Josie Brookes will be illustrating the festival throughout the weekend via Instagram live and the official website and award-winning composer Ben Lunn works with students from the fabulous Autism Able charity alongside producers Portions For Foxes to create original material released during the festival.

Summer Streets takes place at various venues and online from Friday 16th-Monday 19th July

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