Indie music gig a great success

Franko - (L to R) Tommy Bastow, Richard Craker, Chris Gilbertson, Beau Poynts
Franko - (L to R) Tommy Bastow, Richard Craker, Chris Gilbertson, Beau Poynts

A MUSIC event has been hailed a success.

Republic, the indie music gig event staged by east Durham promoter Freaky Weasel, was hailed a huge success with more than 150 people turning up.

London-based band FranKo, with frontman Tommy Bastow, headlined the event at East Durham College in Peterlee earlier this month.

Tommy is best known for his part as the son in the family on the current BT adverts, as well as for his role as Dave the Laugh in the teen cult film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

FranKo, who played in Peterlee last year, came back as a special favour for the music promotion company Freaky Weasel.

Music promoter Andrew Rodgers, from Freaky Weasel, added: “The night saw a great line-up with FranKo, Moonlight Valentino and Press to Meco, all very talented artists and it’s always great to see the fans enjoying themselves too.”

Richard Craker, lead guitarist with Franko, who was winner of the Paul Walters Guitar Prize and who famously played a spot on Sir Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 show, said: “It was a pleasure to come back to Peterlee, we made an exception for Andrew, it was fantastic last time we played here and all the people involved are brilliant.”

Tommy Bastow, who said he has a new role coming up in EastEnders, added: “There’s a great buzz around here and this facility is knockout for gigs, it’s perfect.”