Let's Caper – City Hall

13 March 2024

Organizers of Let’s Caper@CityHall, the popular mini-festival which is taking over Sunderland’s new city hall for the first time on Friday evening April 5th, have announced more, literally mouth-watering, details of the evening’s packed programme awaiting guests.

As well as a music line-up headlined by the one-and-only Futureheads, top comedy from local favourites Alfie Joey and Alex Redman, Michael Jackson dance lessons, and a whole lot more, a number of the city’s top chefs will setting up and offering some of the finest food available anywhere in the region.  For the full programme and tickets, go to www.thecaper.co.uk

The Calabash Tree will be serving a range of superb, authentic Caribbean dishes: think jerk chicken and hand-pulled marinaded beef brisket. The Funky Indian Wali will also be popping up with their amazing selection of Indian tapas and street food (and they’re so good, they even do private masterclasses!). And for those who would like something vegan, you will not be disappointed by two- times-Steph’s-Packed-Lunch-guests, Saving Nemo, who will be producing “to die for” vegan fish and chips. And with Mackie’s Corner bakers, The Sweet Petite on site too, there’ll be no shortage of goodies on offer for those with a sweet tooth.

Commenting on the line-up Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID which is sponsoring the Caper said, “coming so close on the heels of this year’s Restaurant Week, which will be fantastic, this is another demonstration of the quality and range of restaurants we now have in the city. Such an important part of attracting people into the centre, we’re delighted to be able to work with event organizers like this to showcase these fantastic businesses and everything else Sunderland has to offer.”

And, after all this food, people won’t be left thirsty as the Caper’s four bars offer up a Sunderland-inspired selection of quality drinks. From Double Maxim to Favour Blaster dry-ice cocktails (and everything in-between) there’ll be something for all tastes. Veteran hospitality boss Bob Senior of Flavour Blaster said “Our drinks, as well as being delicious, are full of theatre and made for captivating Instagram moments. And I’m proud to say that all our machines, sold in over 150 countries around the world, are engineered, manufactured and built by hand in Sunderland.”

Set up to showcase a whole range of local and regional creative and cultural talent, Caper programmes always include great local food and bars, five bands, four comedians, dance lessons, DJs, silent discos, live art, flashmobs provided by Sunderland College, and an artisan night market.

Something for everyone, all in one night and all under one roof. Tickets available at www.thecaper.co.uk

Councillor John Price, Cabinet Member for Vibrant City added, “We’re thrilled to welcome Caper to Sunderland. The event boasts such a strong programme of both established and emerging talent that really shows what Sunderland has to offer and we’re proud that we can showcase these performers in one of the city’s key venues. It will be great to see an iconic building such as City Hall being used in a new and exciting way to welcome a brand-new audience through its doors.” 

Organiser Sean Bullick said, “The range and quality of the entertainment is fantastic, and the atmosphere is always welcoming, safe and fun. We love the fact that our events attract people of all ages and from all backgrounds and are proud to have been given this opportunity in Sunderland and can’t wait for what will be a unique night out.”