Lucie Simon

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé MBE, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter, is to become the University of Sunderland’s new Chancellor, following in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who steps down after 11 years in the role.   Emeli will be installed as Chancellor in a ceremony to be held during the University’s summer Academic Awards on […]

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

The Spice Girls will perform at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light in the first of a new series of concerts at the venue. The group, who scored nine number one chart hits between 1996 and 2000, have reunited for live shows in 2019; they will be supported by top-selling English artist and singer-songwriter, Jess Glynne. Councillor […]

 Courtnie Kerr

Eight independent music venues in the North East

The music culture in the North East is constantly growing. With large venues such as the Metro Radio Arena, O2 Academy and City Hall hosting well-known acts, smaller venues tend to get overlooked. Little do some people know, these independent music venues have hosted a range of household names that are known and loved – from Nirvana to James Bay. […]

 Dejan Eadevic

Review: The Bobby Thompson Story

Review: The Bobby Thompson Story

Most famous for his ‘little waster’ character, Bobby Thompson became a folk hero across the North East. With his ragged jumper and cigarette stub fixed firmly in the corner of his mouth, Bobby would entertain crowds up and down the region until his death in 1988. Showing at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle during the […]

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Sunderland Celebrates International Women’s Day with a music showcase at local venue

Sunderland Celebrates International Women’s Day with a music showcase at local venue

Four music acts from North East, England came together to showcase their talents in honor of International Women's Day 2018

Spotlight Music UK hosted their International Women’s Day Showcase at Independent Sunderland on the evening of Thursday March 8. The music event welcomed some of the North East’s talent, such as: Eve Simpson, Twist Helix, Chain the Phoenix and Human X. The event — which took place on International Women’s Day — was certainly special. […]

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University of Sunderland graduate, James Longman wins Emmy Award for his role on The Late Late Show with James Corden

James, who graduated with a degree in Media and Communication in 1998, received the accolade at the Emmy Awards which took place in LA last weekend (9-10 September 2017). James relocated to LA to work on the American late-night talk show in December 2015 and was honoured last year as a BAFTA LA Newcomer. He […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Superhero Day hits the North East!

Superhero Day hits the North East!

Today (May 5) is a very special day, it is a day to celebrate our favourite superheroes! With the superhero genre growing in popularity with help from popular movie franchises such as Marvel’s The Avengers, it feels like there is no getting away from the legendary characters. The North East, in particular, seems to have […]

 Josh Stothard

Wonderland Review

Wonderland Review

Following  its shows around the world, from the likes of Texas to Tokyo, the multi Grammy and Drama Desk Award nominated musical ‘Wonderland’ received a British production and made its way to Sunderland’s Empire Theatre. Throughout the show the story comes back to the message that people should have confidence in themselves and not be controlled by […]

 Ryan Prentice

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

King Con’s first year in Sunderland turns out to be a success as thousands flood to see special guests at the Stadium of Light.  

    After outgrowing their previous venue in Durham, King Con was confirmed to be at the Stadium of Light this year, and spread over a weekend full of panels, competitions and more. Arriving on Saturday I was met by some of the latest and classic characters, first of all a Storm Trooper followed by […]

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Footloose: Electric performance gains a standing ovation on opening night

Footloose: Electric performance gains a standing ovation on opening night

Synchronised dancing, perfect harmonies and a love triangle that leaves you on the brink of your seat, the cast of Footloose brought impeccable energy to the Sunderland Empire on Tuesday October 11.

The world-famous musical comes to town this week and defines what dancing really is all about as underdog Luke Baker lights up the stage at the Sunderland Empire. Adapted from the hit moving picture, Director Racky Plews conveys Dean Pitchford’s artistic dream to the big stage with a spectacular cast. Luke Baker, Hannah Price, Joanna […]

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