If you’re a regular Girl in the North reader then you’ll probably know by now how much I love my music. From Stevie Wonder to Alexisonfire, I’m a bit of mixed bag when it comes to tastes – if I can dance to it or scream to it… I’m generally happy with it!
And what I love best is when music is used for a good cause. So when my good friend Woodie sent me a message the other night telling me about his event this Saturday The Projects – I jumped at the chance to go. The Projects is a day and evening of live music to raise awareness and funding for Sounds Change Adult Outreach projects in Sunderland. Sounds Change create opportunities for socially disadvantaged young people and adults and inspire them to live productive and fulfilling lives by providing a diverse range of music workshops. Most importantly though, through these workshops Sounds Change not only develop skills and have fun, they also uncover hidden talent!
A lot of people seem to forget Sunderland has produced some fantastic musicians over the years, from Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, The Toy Dolls, Kenickie – not to mention more recently Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Frankie & The Heart Strings, Field Music and of course The Futureheads. So it’s great to have causes like The Projects to keep this trend going.
To support the cause, some of the North East’s best musicians and bands including The Good Child, The White Elephant Band and Built Like a Gun, will be playing throughout the day in one of my favourite North East venues, The Sunderland Minster. It’s the most fantastic thing, being in a Cathedral and hearing rock and soul and blues music. To join in with the fun and support the cause head on over to The Projects Facebook Event Page – tickets are only £5 and are selling quick, so make sure you don’t miss out & I’ll see you there!