Music Venues in Sunderland

Sunderland has a fantastic music scene, having produced some internationally famous bands over the last 20 years.

With venues like The Independent attracting some of the biggest bands in the world right down to Sunderland Empire, a local music venue ideal for local bands starting out their gigging career Sunderland has a venue to suit everyone.

Here at Guitar Lessons Sunderland, we are keen to encourage our guitar students to go and experience as much live music as they can - it is a great way to learn the stagecraft of guitar. So you know where you should check out here is a rundown of the venues we consider to be the best places to rock out in Sunderland.

The Independent

The Independent is a fantastic local music venue in Sunderland describing itself as 'dropping music bombs'. With two rooms, the 400 capacity main room and the 100 capacity little room The Independent is the perfect place to start gigging at. Located at 36 Holmeside, SR1 3HY the venue regularly puts on shows of local bands helping them to grow a passionate local audience. With some great bands to check out The Independent is the place to check out.

Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire is one of the oldest and largest music venues in Sunderland having been opened in 1907 with a capacity of over 2,000. Having seen the likes of David Steward, The ELO Experience as well as numerous Bootleg Beatles & Queen tribute nights the Sunderland Empire is an atmospheric place to watch live music. Especially with the appearance, the ghost of famous comedian Sid James haunting backstage the venue will be sure to serve up a rememberable night.

The Bonded Warehouse

Located at Fish Quay, 150 Low St, Sunderland SR1 2RQ, The Bonded Warehouse usually hosts events like weddings & events but on occasion it hosts some great live shows. The venue claims that "Our versatile and exclusive-use warehouse provides the perfect dining and dancing space for events of all kind. Set just outside of the city centre, we offer alternative chic and city centre convenience." Although this venue may be aimed at private events, make sure to check out their listings to see if they have any gigs and shows coming up.

Quayside Exchange

The quayside exchange is another venue that mostly hosts events and weddings etc but on occasion has the odd live event. It is an Historic Grade II listed venue close to the heart of Sunderland City Centre, and the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, events or even just to relax with a drink and some live music in our Tempest bar. They have a variety of function suites available ranging from the elegant Grand Room with Georgian windows overlooking the River Wear, the rustic Vault Suite complete with a riverside terrace and the Alexandra or Wear Suites ideal for small Conferences and meetings. They are located on 197 High St E, Sunderland SR1 2AX.

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