Win a Pair of Tickets and Drinks to See Orlando Weeks at Sunderland Fire Station Auditorium


Taking place on Sunday, March 13, Orlando Weeks’ concert will take place in the venue’s newly opened auditorium to showcase his critically acclaimed second album Hop Up – and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away, plus a bottle of wine in the new lobby bar.

The singer released his first solo album, A Quickening, in 2020, an album that cataloged the emotions, expectations and worries that come with impending parenthood.

Its infectious sequel Hop Up is again inspired by parenthood, but this time celebrates its joys.

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Win Tickets to Orlando Weeks at the Fire Station

Speaking ahead of the Sunderland show, Orlando said: “It’s been a long time for Sunderland, but I’ve always loved coming to the North East and playing for old friends.

“You have always supported me and I am forever grateful for that. I can’t wait to see you in March. I know it will be a night to remember.

Orlando rose to fame as the frontman of British indie rock sensation The Maccabees in the early 2000s.

The chart-topping band formed in 2004, released their debut effort three years later and quickly gained recognition from DJs like Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe. Over the next decade, the band garnered a devoted fan base and garnered critical acclaim for a string of best-selling albums.

Orlando Weeks heads to Sunderland

The Maccabees’ penultimate album was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2012 and included the Ivor Novello Award-winning track Pelican, which has since been streamed tens of millions of times.

The group disbanded in 2016 and the leader turned to another of his passions: illustration.

Three years after the release of his first book, The Gritterman, he was back in the studio.

Support for Orlando Weeks at the Firehouse comes from up-and-coming musician and artist, Joviale.

The bar in the foyer of the new auditorium of the fire station

The medium-sized venue, which can accommodate 550 people seated or 800 standing, completes the transformation of the former central fire station which now houses the Engine Room bistro, dance studios and arts space in the former Edwardian wing and the room in the new wing, an £11million addition to the site.

Designed by the same architect as the Sage and with world leaders in acoustic design, it is set to play a major role in the cultural renewal of the city.

The new £11million fire station auditorium.

We have a pair of tickets to give away for Orlando Weeks at the Firehouse on Sunday, March 13, as well as a bottle of wine at the foyer bar.

For a chance to win, answer this question: Which band did Orlando Weeks once?

Email your response, along with your contact details and contact details to [email protected] before 9 a.m. on Monday, February 28. The winner will be notified by email.

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