One of the North East’s leading music festivals has unveiled its biggest line-up yet as it joins forces with the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
As start host port for the international sailing event, the city will welcome 55 sailing vessels and their crews along with an estimated 1.5m visitors, for four days of theatre, circus, music and dance, from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th July.
And Summer Streets – a free annual festival founded five years ago by The Futureheads’ guitarist and vocalist Ross Millard – is moving from its usual Southwick home to Seaburn Recreation Park to be part of the event.
On Saturday 14th July, stars such as Little Comets and the world famous Royal Northern Sinfonia will be among a packed line-up performing across three stages.
Also taking to the main stage will be up and coming North East band The Pale White along with festival favourites Smoove & Turrell who describe their music as northern funk, have spent most of the year touring and will be showcasing their new album, ‘Mount Pleasant’.
There will also be sets from Durham punk-rock band Martha and folk band The Cornshed Sisters, alongside shows from bands as far afield as Norway and New Orleans.
The all-female Shake Em Up jazz band will bring traditional Louisiana style jazz to the main stage, while Norwegian indie band Beezewax – who first formed 20 years ago – will perform tracks from their most recent EP, ‘Out of the Window’.
Swedish YouTube sensation Gunhild Carling – famous for playing three trumpets at the same time – will be making an appearance with her band, bringing some jazz standards along with some unlikely pop classics.
Summer Streets Festival will take place from 12 noon to 20:30 on Saturday 14th July at Seaburn Recreation Park, Sunderland – and entry is free.