A tug on The Heartstrings as Frankie and co support venue week

Frankie and The Heartstrings at Esquires, Bedford.
Frankie and The Heartstrings at Esquires, Bedford.

Wearside indie rockers Frankie and The Heartstrings will be playing Bedford Esquires on Monday January 26 in celebration of Independent Venue Week.

Now in its second year, Independent Venue Week is a celebration of the UK’s small independently run music venues, recognising the role such clubs and pubs play developing an artists’ career. This is perhaps especially true of the much loved Bedford Esquires, with bands such as Muse, Coldplay and The Libertines having played there early in their career.

For the uninitiated, Frankie and The Heartstrings are a riotous explosion of indie pop.

They’ve supported the likes of the Vaccines and the Kaiser Chiefs, played Glastonbury Festival and their bona fide smash hit Hunger was featured on the soundtrack of the Inbetweeners film.

A band in thrall to the magic of music, they’ve opened their own record shop in their native Sunderland and recorded with the likes of Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Bernard Butler (Suede), Ryan Jarman (The Cribs) and currently feature Ross Millard of The Futureheads on guitar. Heartbreaking ballads or frantic floor fillers - Frankie and The Heartstrings have got the lot. A spokesman for Esquires said: “And there’s more. Mindful that people may have overstretched themselves over the festive period, tickets for this special gig are a mere £2 in advance, available now from www.seetickets.com.

“That’s a great night out supporting your local music venue for less than the price of slightly warm cider served in a plastic glass.”

For further info, visit www.independentvenueweek.com