*Announcement* Sunderland Duo Win A Chance to Play Sunniside Live Festival (Uploaded 06/06/2017)

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A father and son from the North-East have been crowned winners of Sunniside Live Festival's Battle of the Bands competition.

Nutopians, who hail from Sunderland, are comprised of Ian Jackson, 52 (vocals and guitar) and Phil Jackson, 20 (lead guitar and backing vocals).

The alternative indie duo received over 4,100 votes online, which was open to the public between May 6 and June 2.

Ian, who is also in a well-known local tribute band called 1977, said: "We are excited to appear at Sunniside LIVE alongside some amazing acts, especially as it is in our home town. It's the cherry on the cake."

This year, the pair played at O2 Newcastle twice and have recorded their second album.

The competition was so fierce and voting numbers far exceeded expectations so festival organisers also made the decision of announcing Tabitha Jade, from Liverpool, as a close runner-up.

Both acts will have the honour of sharing the bill on Saturday 8 with iconic headliners Happy Mondays Sun FM announced the results of the highly anticipated competition live on air Sunday morning.

Helen Davies, event organiser, was delighted with the response to the competition, saying: "The quality of entrants was impressive. We were inundated with acts wanting a chance to perform this year, but couldn't choose, so we let the public decide."

Out of all the entrants, ten were shortlisted and voters were able to listen to them on Sunniside LIVE's website.

The other acts included Rivet City, Cappellino, Regan, Arrows Of Time, Maybelleen, Cazimi, Under The Abstract,and DeadWetThings.

Sunniside LIVE, Sunderland's only city-centre live music festival, is held on July 7 & 8. Final tickets are on sale at sunnisidelive.co.uk.

Photography by Angie Hammond.

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