Summer Streets 2014
Our first Summer Streets Music Festival was programmed by Ross Millard, singer and guitarist for The Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings, and won the Best Event, Sunderland, category in the Journal North East Culture Awards 2014.
The free music festival hosted in Thompson Park, following a colourful parade through the streets of Southwick, aimed to introduce audiences to new types of music as well as create a platform for new and emerging local talent, and more established, recognised bands and artists.
Ross’s eclectic programmes have included rock bands, jazz musicians, dance groups, choirs, bluegrass, drumming groups, tea dance bands and opera workshops as well as allowing people the opportunity to play an instrument for the first time through classes and workshops.
Summer Streets 2015
Our Summer Streets Music Festival was again held in Thompson Park, Southwick, in June 2015. Headlined by Hyde and Beast, the festival was expanded to run over two days, with the Sunday themed around Alice in Wonderland. Ross Millard again programmed an amazing and varied mix of musical genres which was thoroughly enjoyed by 5,000 people.
Summer Streets 2016
Held for the third time in Thompson Park, Southwick, our Summer Streets music festival attracted an audience of eight thousand people who enjoyed a weekend of live music which included the premiere of a Cultural Spring research and development project, Putting the Band Back Together.
The event, hosted as usual by the BBC’s Jeff Brown and Ray Spencer from The Customs House, was headlined by Field Music and included performances from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Cornshed Sisters, indie band Martha and South Shields band the Heavenly Thrillbillies as well as a host of different activities, workshops and performances from local artists.
You can also view a video from the Maypole that was featured at Summer Streets 2016:
Summer Streets 2017
Summer Streets will be held again this year and you can expect more of the same great music, delicious food and amazing entertainment in Thompsons Park on Saturday July 15th. Creative director Ross Millard from the Sunderland based band The Futureheads will once again be planning and running the festival.