We think our incredible music sector deserve a bit love in light of recent events, too. So, now that we’re all hunkering down indoors, below is a list of inspiring music groups, who are essential to the community. They need your help to keep the tunes coming to the city after this pandemic has blown over. Stick on your favourite album, donate to the cause and show some support for our city’s wonderful music independents!


Sunderland’s much-loved independent culture hub, Pop Recs, has been at the forefront of the musical scene in the city for years!

Headed up by the affable team of Dave, Michael and Phil, Pop Recs not only offers a niche range of independent records from local artists, but they also run community workshops for all ages, host live gigs and help develop the city’s brightest talent.

The lads have become an integral part of Wearside’s blossoming culture community and we think it’s vital they live to fight another day.

Show your support for this team of musical heroes online and on social media – and if you can, why not give a little or donate the price of a coffee to the team? You can reach them on PayPal at [email protected], or head to their Facebook page for more information on how to support.



We’d also like to big up the team at We Make Culture! These cool cats have been helping to develop creative confidence in emerging talent for some time now, and their mission is to give everyone in the city access to music.

Follow the link to find out how you can help.

Keep doing what you’re doing, guys!


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