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Zutons get heart's desire in Sunderland

Hard-hitting indie rockers The Zutons will be in Sunderland this month after asking for a gig in the city.

Hard-hitting indie rockers The Zutons will be in Sunderland this month after asking for a gig in the city.

The five-piece from Liverpool, who have had two Top 10 singles and two Top 10 albums, told their agent they wanted to appear in the city.

He put them in touch with Independent, in Holmeside, and the venue's management was only too happy to book them for Saturday, June 23.

It will be the band's only gig in the North of England. The one-off is a warm-up show prior to them playing the Knowsley Hall festival in Glasgow the following day.

Independent's owner, Paul Smiles, said: "We were delighted when the band got in touch. I think it was some kind of ambition of theirs to play here. We are starting to get a name in the business and they knew we could put on a good gig."

The show has just gone on sale but is expected to quickly sell out at the venue, which staged gigs by such stars as the Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Snow Patrol before they were famous. Paul added: "We're really excited about this one. It's definitely one of the biggest gigs there's been in Sunderland for ages.

"Two years ago I saw them at Glastonbury.

"There must have been at least 50,000 people watching them and they went down a storm.

"They were one of the best acts of the whole weekend.

"This Glastonbury weekend, they'll be with us at Independent. There'll be fewer people at the gig, of course, but it'll still be an amazing event."

The Zutons have built a huge fan base with their beefy, bluesy rock. Both their albums have gone platinum. Their debut, Who Killed ... The Zutons?, reached number nine in the charts and its follow-up, Tired Of Hanging Around, peaked at number two.

Tired Of Hanging Around spawned their biggest hit singles to date: Why Won't You Give Me Your Love and Valerie, both of which got to number nine.

The Zutons were formed in 2001 as a four-piece - Dave McCabe on lead vocals and guitar, Boyan Chowdhury on lead guitar and vocals, Russell Pritchard on bass guitar and vocals and Sean Payne on drums - but Sean's girlfriend, the barefoot Abi Harding, was soon added on saxophone and she has helped give the band a sound that distinguishes them from their indie rivals.

They will be at Independent as part of the venue's regular Saturday indie night, Music For Misfits. The support will be their Liverpool mates, Man From Michael.

Tickets are £15. For further information, call Independent on (0191) 568-9770, or visit the website www.independentsunderland.com

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