Pop Recs LTD have announced what will be arguably their biggest gig to date as Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand play the shop on Thursday March 27th.
In what is undoubtedly a major coup for Pop Recs and the Sunderland music scene, Franz Ferdinand, most famous for their 2004 single Take Me Out, will take to the Pop Recs Stage at 5:30pm for a half-hour semi-acoustic set , before jumping across the North East to play a show at the O2 Academy Newcastle later in the night.
— Frankie Heartstrings (@FrankieStrings) February 25, 2014
Having already brought names such as Edwyn Collins, Badly Drawn Boy, The Cribs, The Futureheads and many more illustrious acts to Sunderland, this latest booking will not only be their biggest to date but also marks the first time Franz Ferdinand will perform in the city.
Frankie Francis of Frankie & The Heartstrings, said: “It was our ambition to get a Brit Award winning act to play in Sunderland. Now it’s actually happening it makes it clear how special this is. To get a band with a profile like Franz Ferdinand coming to our city will be something I hope we will all be talking about for years to come”
Barry Hyde of The Futureheads, said: “It’s such a massive deal that Franz are coming to Sunderland. They are a huge and very influential group that are famous all over the world. The Heartstrings have pulled out all the stops and are raising Sunderland’s profile all over again. I’m utterly delighted.”
Tickets will be on general sale from Monday March 3 at 10am and only available in person from Pop Recs Ltd and limited to one per person priced at £5.
Preceding that will be a pre-sale on a limited number of tickets. These tickets will only be available in person at Pop Recs Ltd by presenting proof of receipt of benefit. These tickets are priced at £2.50, and will go on sale on Saturday March 1, also at 10am.
Dave Harper of Frankie and The Heartstrings, said: “We don’t believe that live music is exclusive to the people who can afford it. Music is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are signing on, it doesn’t matter if you have a disability and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to a place like this before.
“Ensuring that inclusion and value are at the very core of what we do is so important to us. This drives us to push the boundaries; secure top level gigs and go above and beyond to ensure that everyone has access to great entertainment. Shows like this enable us to facilitate further projects in Pop Recs.”
Renowned for their free live shows, the guys at Pop Recs are keen to stress that they are only charging for the Franz Ferdinand show so they can keep putting on free gigs going forward.
In the announcement on his Facebook page, Dave Harper said: “We want you to understand that we are only charging for this show to facilitate more free shows and to keep our doors open. We will ALWAYS offer value and we still believe that PROFIT IS OVERRATED”.