There isn't a single town or city in the North of England (or anywhere else for that matter) that doesn't have at least one or two shops standing empty. These buildings can often go for years unused. Empty Shop is an organisation set up in Durham that utilises these spaces for art, theatre and live music.
Running for the past 6 years, they've put on over 300 events and with a volunteer team of 135, they continue to host a full programme of events in space around Durham.
On October 15th, jazz vocalist Lindsay Hannon will bring her band to one of these spaces as part of a regular jazz night hosted by the organisation.
Lindsay Hannon has a wild musical spirt. Her singing is gutsy and bluesy with a heightend sense of drama - Christine Tobin
The gig takes place at Empty Shop HQ (35C Framwellgate Bridge) on 15th October from 8.30pm. Tickets cost £5.
Visit their website to find out more about the work they do and to view the full calendar of events. Food for thought for jazz promoters looking for new venues in other cities perhaps?