Little Comets among acts confirmed for Sunderland Summer Streets Festival

Written by on 29th May 2018

Local music act Little Comets are among the acts confirmed for Sunderland Summer Streets Festival as it unveils its biggest line up yet.

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 Sunderland Tall Ships Races 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 11 to 14 July.

On Saturday 14 July, Jarrow based indie band Little Comets and the world famous Royal Northern Sinfonia will be among a packed line up performing across three stages.

The Sinfonia’s chamber orchestra were a highlight of the 2015 Summer Streets festival and they will be followed by Little Comets, who are currently touring their fourth album Worhead.

Also taking to the main stage will be up and coming North East band The Pale White along with festival favourites Smoove & Turrell.

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.

For younger festival goers there will be a vast range of craft and activity sessions along with singing, songwriting, glockenspiel and recorder workshops, while, for older visitors, the acclaimed Wylam Brewery, Newcastle, will be running a bar throughout the event and there will be food concessions.

“The whole aim of Summer Streets was to create a family-orientated, safe, rootsy, colourful, cool music festival celebrating North East talent. This is our fifth year and what better way to really amp it up than to bring the festival to the heart of the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 – and in keeping with the international flavour of the races, we’ve added international artists to the mix as well.” – Ross Millard

Summer Streets Festival will take place from 12 noon to 8.30pm on Saturday 14 July at Seaburn recreation park, Sunderland and entry is free.

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