GIGS are returning to a niche performance venue after a long Covid-caused lull.

The Old Cinema Launderette, in Durham, staged its first live show in more than 18 months with a sell-out acoustic performance by indie pop band The Primitives, on Wednesday, followed by Acoustic Springsteen – Graeme Richardson (NE Street Band) tonight and American singer, Will ‘Tea’ Taylor, tomorrow.

Mark Burgess, the well-known front-man of The Chameleons, plays an acoustic set, on Thursday September 14, and Welsh pre-war blues and American folk guitarist performs on September 23.

Gig-goers to the intimate venue, a working launderette by day, are asked to hand sanitise on entry, to wear face masks around the bar and while walking around the launderette and, “to respect personal space of artists, staff and customers”, to prevent potential spread of Covid.

Ventilation will be more evident, with use of a small air filtration unit.

Doors open on performance nights at 7pm, with further information available on the launderette’s Facebook page, or by ringing 0191-3841412.

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