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One of the North East's top venues presents 'Local Music Presents...'

One of the North East's top venues presents 'Local Music Presents...'

Sunderland community radio station 107 Spark FM will hold its very first ‘Local Music Presents…’ event on Friday 13 March – bringing their popular radio show to a live audience for the first time.

The free gig will take place in one of the North East’s top venues, Independent (Sunderland), with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Each Sunday, presenters Alex Whelan and Hannah Foster, and producer Alex Burgess, champion some of the best bands from the region. Since taking over in summer 2014 the three have taken the show to the next level.

Independent owner, Ben Wall, says: “Local band nights are the most important gigs in our yearly calendar; emerging acts are the future of any music scene and having Spark programming an event gives these bands the extra publicity they need to break out.”

The North East is home to some incredible talent, and so the team, some of who are students at the University of Sunderland, decided to showcase some of the bands and artists that they play on their station as a live show. Playing at the event will be; Charlie Dancer, Shades, and Kobadelta, with a headline slot from Sunderland’s very own Cohesion.

Presenter Hannah Foster from Sunderland, who is studying Broadcast Journalism at the University, says: “We've already received a lot of online support for the gig, which makes us even more excited for it! The local music scene is really supportive of each other, which will help make the night a real success.”

Alex and Hannah will be compering the evening, with local music tracks playing in between bands.

The event is absolutely free, with tickets available at the door on the night.

Presenter Alex Whelan added: “Since we began presenting the show last year we have wanted to put a gig like this on. With so much new music already being released in 2015 from brilliant local talent, it only right to celebrate the music coming out of Sunderland and the North East. We've got what we think is a brilliant line up and I personally can't wait for March 13.”

Spark FM has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2009. The station now has a sister magazine and television channel, and all three are based at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The multi-award winning radio station broadcasts to 15-25 year olds in Sunderland, as well as the wider community. It is also available online via Spark Sunderland.

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