Summer Streets Festival to return.


Last year’s Summer Streets community music festival proved so popular, it has been extended to two days for 2015.
The event will again be held in Thompson Park, Southwick, and is being organised by Futurehead Ross Millard on behalf of The Cultural Spring.
This year’s festival will be held over the weekend of July 18 and 19 – and Ross can’t wait: “After the success of last year, I’m really excited about this year’s festival. Summer Streets is a celebration of community music and a big part of it is about encouraging, promoting and helping local musicians and groups – giving them a stage and helping them through workshops.

“I’m delighted we have two days this year. The schools will have just broken up for the summer holidays so the timing couldn’t be better. “The Saturday programme will be packed with a great variety of musical groups and genres– like last year – and again will start with a procession through Southwick. We’re aiming to make the procession bigger, better and more colourful. “We’re hoping our second day will have more of a relaxed, lazy Sunday feel to it, with less of an emphasis on music. It will have the theme of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea-party, and we’ll be encouraging families to bring along picnics. “I’d expect both days to start at about noon and finish at about 7pm.”

Last year’s event was programmed with an eclectic mix of music types, from rock bands to opera workshops, jazz bands to community choir groups and bluegrass to pop. Featured acts included The Lake Poets, folk-rock band Lilliput, Southwick School Choir, jazz band Strictly Smokin’ Big Band and bluegrass band Kentucky Cow Tippers. But last year also included a comedy act for children and the chance for people of all ages totry new musical instruments.

Ross said this year’s event will be similar in nature: “People loved the variety last year and it was great to be able to expose people to something new. “A big part of the festival is providing opportunities for emerging talent and community musicians, so if anyone is interested in performing, or working with us in developing a group through workshops leading up to the weekend, we’d love to hear from you. Contact me at”

Rebecca Ball, Project Director of the Cultural Spring said: “Our first Summer Streets festival was very well received and we’re delighted to be working again with Ross on this year’s event. “We want to showcase the musical talent in our local communities, but also expose people to a wide variety of musical opportunities, and there will again be plenty of chances for people to join in.

“Thompson Park is the perfect venue and we’re hoping people in Sunderland and South Tyneside will support what is a great community festival.”