A NETWORK of new busking spots is set to bring live music to the streets of Sunderland city centre.

Introducing five new spots designed to enrich the city’s ambience and liveliness, providing buskers with dedicated areas to perform their music at some of the most bustling locations in the heart of the city.

Introduced by Sunderland City Council and Sunderland BID, the spots were set up to give musicians a space to perform as part of Make Music Day on 21 June, which saw Sunderland celebrate all kinds of live music and performers, from R&B and rock to folk and pop.

The designated busking spots are marked by a painting on the ground in prominent locations. They can be found at:

  • Market Square
  • High Street West
  • Park Lane
  • Sunniside Gardens
  • Blandford Street

Councillor John Price, Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, said: “Sunderland has produced some fantastic musical talent and these new busking spots will give the city’s musicians a chance to share their music with a huge audience at prime locations in the city centre.

“This is really a summer of music in Sunderland, we have seen international stars Beyonce and P!nk performing in the city, festivals like Summer Streets and Sunlun Calling and we saw a fantastic response to Make Music Day last month. We hope that these designated busking spots will help to keep a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere on the streets of our city centre.”

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID said: “Live music is always a huge attraction in Sunderland, evident by the fantastic response we’ve had recently to both the Make Music Day and the entertainment programme which was part of the highly successful Food and Drink Festival.

“Events like SunLun Calling and Pride have also brought music into the city centre and we’re delighted to be able to continue to provide a platform for up and coming entertainers to showcase their talent.”

For more information on the busking spots, visit: Busk til Dusk – MySunderland 

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