It has been on an incredible journey for Paolo since his 2006 debut album 'These Streets' established the young Scotsman as a leading light of singer-songwriters. His extraordinary follow up, 'Sunny Side Up', as well as his reputation for blistering, crowd rousing live performances continues to reinforce his success around the world.
Deep electro disco from Scottish one-man studio Calvin Harris. His gold-selling debut album, I Created Disco, was released in 2007 and contained the top-ten singles "Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls". His second studio album, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one on the UK Album Chart and includes the chart-topper "I'm Not Alone", the UK top-five hit "Ready for the Weekend", and the singles "Flashback" and "You Used to Hold Me".
Harris holds the record for the most UK top 10 hits from a studio album with nine top 10 hits.
Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis, hail from Sunderland. Drawing on influences as wide-ranging as Stravinsky, Stax R n B, Fleetwood Mac, Serge Gainsbourg, Thelonious Monk and Kate Bush, they've become known for a deconstructionist approach to songwriting, playfully twisting compositions into new and odd shapes, with a refreshing disregard for convention and cliché.
North East indie five-piece, led by former Sunderland pub landlord Frankie Francis, who formed over a mutual love of the Housemartins and the Smiths. Think of these classic bands, combined with influences ranging from Orange Juice to Dexys Midnight Runners, Bobby Conn and Billy Childish, then add the Sunderland accents of the Futureheads or Maximo Park. Finally, complete with a hair quiff modelled on James Dean, some quivering hips and a gyrating bottom, and you've got The Heartstrings.
Three piece band Twenty Twenty took the pop world by storm in 2011, following a string of successful performances supporting The Wanted, Selena Gomez, The Saturdays and Tinchy Stryder. Comprised of brothers Sam and Jack Halliday and Sonny Watson-Lang the band have been writing and recording together since 2008. They self-released their first two singles in 2009 before signing to Geffen Records and releasing their debut album Small Talk, which shot straight into the top 40 in May 2011.
Sunderland-based playing guitar-led post punk in the style of Wire with a twist of XTC. There's four of them in the band and they all sing; not harmony or unison - but all different tunes at once that somehow intertwine. Punk opera, perhaps?
After a hiatus following their 2012 a cappella album 'Rant', the boys announced their return in 2019 with new material along with a promise of playing their classics including 'Decent Days And Nights' and their UK top 10 cover of Kate Bush's 'Hounds Of Love'.