One of Sunderland’s newest creative spaces, Pop Recs Ltd is preparing to bring one of the world’s biggest alternative acts to the city.
One of Sunderland’s newest creative spaces, Pop Recs Ltd is preparing to bring one of the world’s biggest alternative acts to the city after announcing that indie legends, Franz Ferdinand will be performing a 30 minute semi-acoustic set live in the store on Thursday March 27 at 5.30pm.
Since opening their doors in June 2013, Frankie and the Heartstrings, the driving force behind Pop Recs Ltd, have established the store as a well respected record shop, art space, coffee shop and live music venue in the heart of Sunderland City Centre.
Having already brought names such as Edwyn Collins, Badly Drawn Boy, The Cribs, The Futureheads and many more illustrious acts to Sunderland, this latest booking will not only be their biggest to date but also marks the first time Franz Ferdinand will perform in the city.
Frankie Francis of Frankie & The Heartstrings, said: “It was our ambition to get a Brit Award winning act to play in Sunderland. Now it’s actually happening it makes it clear how special this is. To get a band with a profile like Franz Ferdinand coming to our city will be something I hope we will all be talking about for years to come
For Pop Recs Ltd, remaining loyal to their ethos that everyone should be afforded entertainment is central to their approach. This latest gig is no different with a limited number of advanced tickets being made available for people who can provide proof that they are in receipt of benefit.
Dave Harper of Frankie and The Heartstrings, said: “We don’t believe that live music is exclusive to the people who can afford it. Music is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are signing on, it doesn’t matter if you have a disability and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to a place like this before.
“Ensuring that inclusion and value are at the very core of what we do is so important to us. This drives us to push the boundaries; secure top level gigs and go above and beyond to ensure that everyone has access to great entertainment. Shows like this enable us to facilitate further projects in Pop Recs.
“We also figured that it would simply be a nice thing to do. The tickets will be available at half the face value – £2.50 rather than £5.00.”
Formed in 2002, Glasgow based indie rockers Franz Ferdinand have earned their place as one of the World’s biggest alternative acts securing a host of international hits and a collection of prestigious awards. Currently in the midst of a European tour, the band will go on to play Newcastle’s O2 Academy after their gig in Pop Recs Ltd.
As well as providing a stage for high profile acts, Pop Recs Ltd prides itself on showcasing a wealth of emerging talent, providing a base and creative platform for people in and around the city.
Barry Hyde of The Futureheads, said: “It’s such a massive deal that Franz are coming to Sunderland. They are a huge and very influential group that are famous all over the world. The heartstrings have pulled out all the stops and are raising Sunderland’s profile all over again. I’m utterly delighted.”
With its intimate feel and inviting atmosphere, Pop Recs Ltd can be found on Fawcett Street in Sunderland City Centre. Despite being less than a year old, the store has earned a reputation for making high profile acts accessible to everyone.
As a result it now stands tall as a landmark venue in the North East’s vibrant music scene, making it Sunderland’s stomping ground for those who appreciate good music in laid back surroundings.
With Pop Recs Ltd’s newfound status and string of high profile gigs to match, this latest event cements the fact they are helping to put Sunderland on the map as a city that is more than capable of securing and providing world-class entertainment.
Advanced tickets will be available for £2.50 from Pop Recs Ltd – proof of benefits required – exclusively from 10am on Saturday 1st March. General sale tickets will be available from 10am Monday 3rd March at £5.00.
Please note that all tickets will be issued in person from Pop Recs Ltd on a first come, first served basis.
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