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Sunderland will officially kick-start its bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021 by playing host to several of its favourite sons and daughters on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September. An official launch event for the bid kicks off around Keel Square on the Friday, with appearances from local heroes Frankie & The Heartstrings and new solo material from The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde. Workshops and taster sessions will be on offer from a range of local businesses and street artist Frank Styles and photographer Julia Germain will present specially commissioned works.

The following day, Keel Square will be alive with music all day, with performances from The Lake Poets, Cohesion, George Shovlin & The Radars and many more. Come the evening, the city’s venues and pubs ring with the sound of music as firm favourite Independent host lo-fi pop duo Nano Kino; Holmeside Coffee hold their monthly Gathering event; The Bunker present a night of young local talent at The Ivy House; Sunderland’s Blues Club fill the Dun Cow with awesome sounds; a veritable feast of local talent takes over The Corner Flag, with performances from alt. rockers PussyWillowFurryVenus and funk rockers Crease among others; plus there’s a girl power themed knock out of a show from promoters Lone Wolf at Bar Justice.

Organisers hope the event will be the start of a process which seeks to inspire, challenge and champion the people of Sunderland, celebrating the outstanding art already produced in the city and act as a catalyst for a whole new set of talents to be realised. The weekend certainly demonstrates Sunderland’s intent to stake its claim as a centre for outstanding culture and world class art.

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