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On Friday 21st June Sunderland will be celebrating World Music Day with Sunderland Music City Roots, a showcase for young and emerging talent from the city and the wider North East.

The day will be hosted at The Fire Station and is the launch event of a year-long programme aimed at promoting and supporting emerging musicians – including support slots for acts at The Fire Station and opportunities to perform at other music festivals and events.

The Fire Station performances start at noon with a free, but ticketed, showcase for secondary school ensembles and in the evening, The Fire Station will host performances from emerging talent from organisations based in Sunderland and across the region, namely: Sunderland College, Northern Academy of Music Education (NAME), Young Musicians Project, Northern Roots, The Glasshouse and The Bunker.

Performing are Sunderland’s talented solo artist Lottie Willis and singer and musician Celadore. They are joined by North-East alt-rock quintet Red Remedy, Welsh folk artist Ruby Kelly, Teesside-based writer and producer, Jodie Nicholson, Newcastle-based singer/songwriter Mcxxne (pronounced Maxine) and rising MC, Fabz.

Busker performances, from 11am to 2.45pm, will be based at six locations across the city centre: High Street West, Park Lane, Market Square, Fawcett Street, The Bridges and The Fire Station. Performers will include singers, choirs, musicians and a group from Together for Children.

Tamsin Austin, Venue Director at The Fire Station, adds: “We’re so excited to be launching our Sunderland Music City Roots programme with a special day to showcase emerging regional talent. Our venue was built to give the best possible platform to young emerging artists so we’re particularly proud to be hosting what will be amazing day.

“In hosting the performances from the secondary school ensembles, we hope to inspire the young musicians and singers to continue making music and support a lifelong love of music.”

The evening will start at 7.30pm and tickets priced at £8 can be booked through The Fire Station’s website.

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