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The Fire Station Auditorium: An £11m Venue Opening in Sunderland Next Month

A brand new performance and live music venue that is already expected to welcome the world-famous musician, Emeli Sandè early next year, is set to open its doors in December.

With its grand opening set for Friday, December 10 (mark it up in your calendars, guys) here at Listed, we believe that this event is the perfect way to kick off the festive season.

Located in the heart of Sunderland and attached to the original fire station that dates back to 1907, the venue is already creating a buzz in the city’s arts, heritage and culture scene.


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Who’s involved?

The development is led by the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust, a charity that has been making waves in the past few years. In 2017, they successfully restored the Fire Station and, hey, even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned up to reopen it!

Run by Sunderland Culture, a charity that aims to improve the lives of people in the city through culture, the new Auditorium has received support from Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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What’s happening on the opening night?

The much-anticipated opening event will include performances from local musician Kathryn Tickell and her band, The Darkening.

The Lake Poets, a Sunderland-based singer and songwriter, will also perform.

Designed by the architects at Flanagan Lawrence, the auditorium has a capacity of 450 seated and 800 standing. Tickets are still selling fast, though, so book as soon as possible.

The brand new Foyer Bar will open that evening, too. From then on, it will serve drinks on days that performances are set to take place.

Find out more about the event, including prices and times here.


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Other new openings?

Other new openings at The Fire Station include The Engine Room bar & bistro that opened last month, as well as the Parade Ground and Colonnade Bar, set to open in 2022. And, let’s not forget, “The Studio,” which has a programme of dance workshops, classes and courses currently in the works.

Want to find out more about the new openings? Click here.

We can’t wait for this new venue to open, which will no doubt become a crucial part of the thriving Sunderland arts scene.

To book tickets for the opening night, simply go to the ‘What’s on’ section of the Sunderland Culture website and book them through your chosen event. Visit their Booking Tickets page for more info.

To find out more about what’s coming up in the North East arts scene, check out our November Rundown.

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