19 June 2023

THE SOUND of music will be heard around Sunderland this week (21 June) as the city prepares to celebrate Make Music Day for the first time.

More than 20 up-and-coming artists from around the region will be taking centre stage at various locations, including Fawcett Street, Blandford Street, Market Square, High Street West and Park Lane, covering every kind of genre.

And now organisers are asking people to turn out in force and support the future stars – while enjoying a whole host of free entertainment.

Among those taking part are singer-songwriter Sara Leilah, who has already performed alongside The Lake Poets’ Marty Longstaff, veteran performer Ian Campbell from Seaham and Sunderland singer-songwriter Kimmi.

Beccy Young, aka This Little Bird for over ten years, will be singing her self-penned songs, while Ashington’s Darren Mitchell will perform a mix of original material and covers.

The event begins at 11 am and goes right through until 3 pm and will make Sunderland part of a nationwide event which will highlight both live and online performances.

Make Music Day in the city has been organised by Sunderland BID in conjunction with Sunderland City Council and We Make Culture, and Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, hopes it will become a part of the annual calendar of events.

“Sunderland has such a rich tradition of producing musical talent who have gone on to do great things,” she said.

“It will be fantastic not only to hear music at every major location in the city centre but also to keep our eyes open for the stars of the future.”

Cllr John Price, Cabinet Member for Vibrant City at Sunderland City Council, said

“This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a fantastic free day out and show their support for some many exciting young musicians from the city and beyond.”

For more information about this and other events at Sunderland city centre, visit