Ross Millard, of North East band The Futureheads, is the artistic director of a new music festival called Summer Streets.
The event, due to take place in Thompson Park, Southwick, on July 19 is the next big event from The Cultural Spring, the Arts Council-funded initiative focused on South Tyneside and Wearside.
“There’s so much already going on in our local communities and we’ve had a great response from bands, choirs and groups wanting to take part,” says Ross.
“But Summer Streets is also about creating opportunities, so we’re supporting people who are creating new groups – like a Samba band in Southwick, for instance.
“It’s going to be a bright, vibrant celebration of local talent and community music and we’re still looking to tap into the amazing talent we have locally – there’s still time for anyone to get involved.”
There will be food and drink stalls, and the Summer Streets festival will be free to enter.
Ross says: “The schools will just have broken up so the timing is great and we’ve already signed up a variety of quality musical talent, from rock groups to folk groups, from brass bands to school bands and from ukele groups to singing groups.
“It’s all about community music and local musicians – the music of the streets and from our streets.
“We’re making sure we have musicians from each of the 10 Cultural Spring wards and we’re looking to represent as many genres and types of music as we can,” he adds.
The Cultural Spring is working in five wards in Sunderland (Red House, Castletown Southwick, Fulwell and St Peter’s) and five wards in South Tyneside (Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon Colliery, Cleadon and East Boldon, Whitburn and Marsden and Whiteleas).
The event will start with a street procession at 1.30pm and the park will then be busy with performances from 2-6pm.
For more information or if you would like to be involved, go to www.theculturalspring.co.uk