Airshow ready to fly

The 30th Sunderland Airshow is ready to go with a with a weekend of musical entertainment adding to the mix of attractions and events. ( 27,28,29 July)

The stage has already been set for top flight musical entertainment as the Sunderland Airshow Friday evening launch night opens with a musical journey of the event’s 30 years.

The 30th celebrations will go on to hit dizzy heights as organisers announce a Saturday night evening stage programme for the first time in the event’s history.

On Saturday evening as the last trails of Red Arrow smoke leaves the sky at 5pm, the main stage at Cliffe Park will become the main focus of attention with exciting live music for the next few hours. 

First to get the crowd up on their feet will be Status Quo tribute act ’The Quo Experience’ who after rocking all over the world, will hand over to 1970’s disco hit-makers The Real Thing to carry on the celebrations and keep everyone dancing  .

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly: "This is the thirtieth year of the Sunderland Airshow and we want to make it an occasion for everyone to remember, music will play a big part in the celebrations.

"Our Friday launch night has become increasingly popular over the years, and we have extended the music programme over the weekend to reflect that and offer our visitors even more.   

"While as always there will be some of the world's finest pilots, aircraft and display teams taking to the skies above Sundertand's award winning seafront, there is also a full programme of ground attractions, events and family activities stretching from Seaburn along to Bede's Cross and Roker Park for visitors to enjoy.  

Cllr Kelly added: "There really is something for everyone to enjoy, from a new arena in Recreation Park hosting performances and displays, to a full military village along the seafront and a larger selection of food and entertainment including the Summer Village, over the three days of the event. 

Key highlights include:

Cliffe Park; Live music programme on main stage throughout the event, with the new addition of Saturday evening.
At Recreation Park ; Arena featuring a range of acts including circus skills, magic acts and the Royal Marines Demonstration Team.
At Bede's Cross ;  Military Village with exhibitions from Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force

A full programme of ground and stage activity and flying displays will be available at www.sunderlandinternationalairshow.co.uk

The Sunderland Airshow continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and local businesses, shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants are all pulling out all the stops to cater for all their needs.

Sunderland City Council Head of Events, Victoria French said “We’re doing everything we can again to encourage local traders to play an ever bigger role in this year’s event, and add to the range of goods and services they already provide to their more regular customers.

“The Airshow weekend is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what they have to offer, and hopefully attract more people back into their businesses and back to the seafront.

“The three day event at our award winning seafront will complement the excellent range of existing attractions which are there all year round, with great places to shop, eat, drink and relax with a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops for visitors to enjoy.” 

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