We Made You A Mixtape

We Made You A Mixtape

For Summer Streets Online Festival 2020, we made a Mixtape for all the people and places that we’ve been missing.

Listen to our virtual cassette below or over on Spotify and have a read of the tracks that have been dedicated so far.

Dedications for this Mixtape are now closed.

Find out more about the project and our live I Made You A Mixtape performances here

Now, grab a brew or pour yourself a glass.
Sit back, relax and press play.

Navigating the Mixtape

You can view all of the track dedications below by simply scrolling down this page.

Or, if you’d rather view each track individually, go here and view the dedications one by one.

Track #1

TRACK 1
YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND, QUEEN

Song: You’re My Best Friend
Artist / Band: Queen

Dedicated to: Paul Jeans
From: Claire Jeans

Dedication:
Aside from this being one of the songs at our wedding, and the fact Paul is in an AWESOME Queen tribute band (called We Are Champion!), this song always reminds me how lucky I am to have such a supportive partner, particularly at a time like this.

Track #2

TRACK 2
DON’T WORRY BABY, THE BEACH BOYS

Song: Don’t Worry Baby
Artist / Band: The Beach Boys

Dedicated to: I’m dedicating this song to my Dad and also of course to the beach, specifically Saltburn
From: Elijah Young

Dedication:
Right now, I really miss my dad and I proper miss the coast so of course together that gives you The Beach Boys. When it was my birthday in lockdown I remembered the birthday I spent with my Dad at home. We went to the coast, had a lemon top and one of those long chats. He’s really good at those.

He’s a big fan of the The Beach Boys and I remember the times growing up where he would play “Good Vibrations” and we would dance all around the living room. “Don’t Worry Baby” is my Keep Calm and Carry On anthem so it’s came in handy over the past couple of months. Every time I listen to it, I can just hear him singing (terribly) along to it. That makes me smile.

Track #3

TRACK 3
GYPSY, FLEETWOOD MAC

Song: Gypsy
Artist / Band: Fleetwood Mac

Dedicated to: My girlfriend, Charlotte, who loves Fleetwood Mac
From: Becky

Dedication:
She can’t choose a favourite Fleetwood Mac song, but I like hearing about why she loves each song. When she saw them live Stevie told the story behind this song, and she loves that story, and I love hearing her tell it.

Track #4

TRACK 4
IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD, LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Song: It’s A Wonderful World
Artist / Band: Louis Armstrong

Dedicated to: Ady Nwosu Hope
From: Ginette Murphy

Dedication:
My strongest , bravest friend in the world. She’s been battling cancer for 9 months, has had to endure hideous treatments, and lots of lows along her journey, but is amazingly incredibly positive and strong and marvellous, and I love her!!!

Track #5

TRACK 5
BIRDSONG, LUDOVICO EINAUDI

Song: Birdsong
Artist / Band: Ludovico Einaudi

Dedicated to: To seeing my Dad

Dedication:
My dad and I don’t really talk unless I go home which i haven’t been able to do and we bond over a mutual love for classical music. I miss having time to bond while we can.

Track #6

TRACK 6
CRAZY, PATSY CLINE

Song: Crazy
Artist / Band: Patsy Cline

Dedicated to: My granda
From: Chris

Dedication:
It was my granda’s favourite song. It always makes me think of him. Especially day trips away with him to the Lake District or up the Northumberland coast when I was little, when he would play this song in the car.

Track #7

TRACK 7
FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CITY, ANOTHER SKY

Song: Fell in Love With The City
Artist / Band: Another Sky

Dedicated to: My best friend who I had to leave behind in order to move to my dream city
From: Nina

Dedication: We used to share songs that moved us with each other, and just be there, in that moment together. Some people have inside jokes but we had songs, that was the sort of exchange that it was.
I have a hard time sharing my feelings and songs like this help me to be able to feel what I know I need to if that makes any sense; they make it okay to be feeling that way, because its the music not something else that would be so much.

Track #8

TRACK 8
I’M A BELIEVER, SMASH MOUTH

Song: I’m A Believer
Artist / Band: Smash Mouth

Dedicated to: Minnie Nelson
From: Niamh Murphy

Dedication: Niamh misses her cousin Minnie a lot.

Track #9

TRACK 9
SHOW ME LOVE, ROBIN S

Song: Show Me Love
Artist / Band: Robin S

Dedicated to: My daughter Megan

Dedication: The track reminds me of when I was first divorced & I took my teenage kids on holiday to Lanzarote. And we went clubbin’ every night. And this tune would come on – to this day it is my daughter’s favourite tune, she’s now 32. So this tune reminds me of happy holidays abroad; dancing; & laughing with my kids… & particularly my daughter who has been a rock thru lockdown.
You always need an old skool summer sound for any mixtape!

Track #10

TRACK 10
CALL ME, BLONDIE

Song: Call Me
Artist / Band: Blondie

Dedicated to: This is dedicated to Rebecca Burns my best friend and flatmate. It’s dedicated to the silly things we do and say together.
From: Lydia Brickland

Dedication: I had been dating this guy for a little while, you’d met him once or twice. We both had single flatmates this became a commonality for me and said man. Drunkenly on our last date we thought we should set them up. Obviously we thought this would be hilarious and never thought we should actually do it. But alas we did. You came in from work very very VERY tired, then necked a bottle of wine and then we were both ready to go. Before leaving the house we sang the words CALL ME really loud because we were pissed and the rest of the lyrics were a blur. Safe to say the date was a disaster for you. I’m still to this day so sorry about this. I love you.

Rebecca my lovely friend, keep being lush and class always.

Track #11

TRACK 11
YOU AND ME AS ONE, JACK SAVORETTI

Song: You and Me as One
Artist / Band: Jack Savoretti

Dedicated to: Lesley Patience
From: Suzanne Bilbrough

Dedication: Our gig to see Jack was cancelled but we will have many more to come! Thanks for being the best friend anyone could ever wish for!
We are all blessed to have you in our lives.

Track #12

TRACK 12
MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS, MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Song: Motorcycle Emptiness
Artist / Band: Manic Street Preachers

Dedicated to: To Rashers!
From: Stebla

Dedication: Looking forward to gigging and moshing amongst the welsh gods together soon 🙂 All my love xx
It’s a banger!

Track #13

TRACK 13
THE TASTE OF INK, THE USED

Song: The Taste of Ink
Artist / Band: The Used

Dedicated to: Jessica
From: Dan

Dedication: For missing this year’s festival season. We should have been rocking out in a field to it.
Reminds me of being a little 16 year old Emo back in the day.

Track #14

TRACK 14
LET’S GO CRAZY, PRINCE

Song: Let’s Go Crazy
Artist / Band: Prince

Dedicated to: My soul sister Laura Haswell
From: Frankie Wilkinson

Dedication: Laura goes crazy every time she hears this song, it is her absolute favourite Prince track. She knows I am completely obsessed with him so bought us both tickets to see tribute band Endorphinmachine back in February. We managed to get to the front, right by the stage when the frontman, dressed exactly like Prince, asked who wanted a selfie. Laura grabbed me and made a run towards the frontman as he climbed down the stage, and basically rammed us into a line of gushing fans, managing to get us into a couple of selfies before the house lights went back out. Best moment ever, and I quite forgot that he wasn’t really Prince at all!
Laura is always there for me, she is the most fun, thoughtful and warm person, and I’m so glad to have her in my life. This track is special for both of us, as we both love Prince and this song (one of our first hang outs as friends was her coming round to see the movie Purple Rain). I wanted to dedicate this track to show her how important she is to me!

Track #15

TRACK 15
POLAROID PICTURE, FRANK TURNER

Song: Polaroid Picture
Artist / Band: Frank Turner

Dedicated to: Zoe Alexander and our Paris Family
From: Tony + Justine

Dedication: We’ve been missing going to gigs during the lockdown and it’s likely to be some time before we can go back to enjoy live music in the way that we used to. The last gig we saw before lockdown was Frank Turner. We’d like to dedicate Frank’s song “Polaroid Picture” to our friend Zoe Alexander, her family and the memory of her brother Nick who, along with many others, lost his life during the terrorist attack on the Bataclan theatre, Paris on the 13th November 2015. Zoe and her family set up the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust in his name and have shown amazing resilience, love, grace and dignity. This is also for our amazing Paris family and everyone still struggling with that night. Peace, love and rock ’n’ roll. Tony+Justine x

Track #16

TRACK 16
KING OF ROCK N ROLL, PREFAB SPROUT

Song: King Of Rock N Roll
Artist / Band: Prefab Sprout

Dedicated to: This is for my sister Becky, because we are rubbish at phoning each other, because we both have kids and it’s never a good time, but we love each other, and I cant wait to get pissed and dance like a total fool to this with her.
From: Laura

Dedication: It reminds me of when we lived together (even though mainly we hated living together), and we’d go to Cool for Cats above Pure in Sunderland and dance and drink, and I was broken-hearted and you were sad and had a terrible boyfriend, but we had fun anyway. And we always ate crumpets when we got in and the bath took ages to fill up.

Track #17

TRACK 17
THE SOUND OF THE SUBURBS, THE MEMBERS

Song: The Sound of the Suburbs
Artist / Band: The Members

Dedicated to: I’m dedicating this song to Summer Streets Festival because back in 2014, when we started planning the first event I always kept coming back to this song as the perfect anthem for what we were hoping to achieve. The song is about normality and everyday life, but as we all know, underneath the surface there’s often treasure lurking. I’d like to think that’s what you can find at the end of your road with Summer Streets.
From: Ross

Dedication: Well, it’s a little interruption into normal life, isn’t it? The noise of up and coming rock bands, kids running around the festival field, people from round the doors getting involved and having a go, brass bands playing at the gates, toddlers dancing to improvised jazz – all within spitting distance of local housing, schools, roads, shops. It’s a snotty song, but it’s got a proud defiance that fits with our spirit.

“Johnnys upstairs in his bedroom sitting in the dark
Annoying the neighbours with his punk rock electric guitar
This is the sound of the suburbs”

I love that.

It’s about getting involved. Dreaming a little bit. Doing it. Escaping normality for a while and not being held back.

Track #18

TRACK 18
NO ONE ELSE, WEEZER

Song: No One Else
Artist / Band: Weezer

Dedicated to: Andy Phipps
From: Mike Livesley

Dedication: I miss playing guitar with other people badly and I remember the first time we hung out with guitars we ended up figuring this one out between ourselves and playing it in my grim university shared house in Southampton.

Track #19

TRACK 19
TO NOISE MAKING (SING), HOZIER

Song: To Noise Making (Sing)
Artist / Band: Hozier

Dedicated to: To all North East artists and venues
From: John Dawson

Dedication:

“Remember when you’d sing Just for the f*ck of it and any enjoy what it would bring”

This song is a dedication to everyone! To artists, freelancers, audience members and after show bar proppers. To those who have been effected emotionally or mentally by essential arts being put indefinitely into stasis during this time.

It is a reminder that even in the most hopeless of circumstances, when all seems taken from us, that we still have our voices, the ability to make noise and to reflect the world, ourselves and our feelings that sculpt them for us.

Whatever your platform, whoever your audience, whether on a stage or in the shower, you can still create and it will always have effect, and will always make a difference.

“You don’t have to sing it right,
But who can call you wrong?
You put your emptiness to melody,
Your awful heart to song.
You don’t have to sing it nice,
But honey sing it strong
At best you’ll find a little remedy,
At worst the world will sing along
So honey, sing”

I miss theatre, art, music, all the people that come with it and the magic of experiencing it all with them. I miss the hum of the audience and the tension of crowd anticipation as we wait. I miss collective laughing. I miss collective crying. I miss the tuts, the sneezes, the coughs and sweet wrappers. The numb bum cheeks and bladder tensing. I miss the overheard snippets of strangers conversations in the toilet queue and the subsequent bladder relief.

I miss connecting with the random person I’ve never met when they react to something the same as me and the comfort of self affirmation that brings. I miss the person who disagrees with my take and makes me question myself. I miss the familiar faces of friends in the bar afterwards and sharing too many drinks over too many hours. I miss it all and everyone that contributes to it.

This song reminds me it’s not completely gone, I just maybe needed to look in a different place for now. It’s not full the fix for the yearning, but it reminds me it’s still all there, ready to return when the time comes, which helps me miss it all a little less. I hope this song helps anyone else who feels the same.

Track #20

TRACK 20
BLACKBIRD, THE BEATLES

Song: Blackbird
Artist / Band: The Beatles

Dedication: I’ve been constantly waking up with this song in my head for all of lockdown and it’s such a calming thing in the middle of a lot of chaos. So for a couple of minutes in the morning I have just such a nice thing in my head and thoughts and everything doesn’t seem so bad.

Track #21

TRACK 21
MOONLIGHT, KAWALA

Song: Moonlight
Artist / Band: Kawala

Dedicated to: A good friend who was once more than that, and hopefully will be again
From: Rebecca

Dedication:
The first time I took the long train journey to meet the person dedicated, who told me about this band, this song came on and my anxious jittery nerves washed away into calm, happy anticipation. Every time I’ve heard it since I can see the fields passing by the train window again and feel that happy calm drift in.

A good song makes you feel something regardless of what your mood is at the time. If I’m in a good mood it makes me more productive, if I’m anxious it calms me, if I’m upset it reminds me of a place where I was the exact opposite, if I’m numb it snaps me out of it to feel something. It just feels optimistic and hopeful- two of my favourite things.

Track #22

TRACK 22
FATHER & DAUGHTER, PAUL SIMON

Song: Father & Daughter
Artist / Band: Paul Simon

Dedicated to: I dedicate this to my Dad
From: Rebecca Johnston

Dedication: I haven’t seen my parents in person since February and it’s been really tough on my dad in particular. He has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and has been wanting his family close by but the lockdown meant I couldn’t see him, other than over a video call. This is one of his favourite songs and it’s one of mine too, makes us both tearful, it’s a sweet tune that reminds me of him and how much love we share.

I miss my mum and dad a lot, they have always supported me and are always there when I need them. I am happy to share this lovely song for any other daughters of great parents out there missing home.

Track #23

TRACK 23
LOVE, KENDRICK LAMAR FEAT. ZACARI

Song: LOVE
Artist / Band: Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari

Dedicated to: I’m dedicating this song to the moments during lockdown where we lost ourselves. Either in some weird euphoria or some moment of blank sadness, when event overtook the natural balance. I also dedicate this to my best friend, Helen.
From: Mr Drayton

Dedication: I play a lot of music, especially when there’s time to just sit and look out of the window. I’ve had this album for a while and I’ve finally cracked its code. If you have time let Kendrick’s Love wrap you in it’s arms.

Track #24

TRACK 24
SEXY AND I KNOW IT, LMFAO

Song: Sexy and I Know It
Artist / Band: LMFAO

Dedicated to: To my hen night besties – Caroline, Jo, Ashleigh and Tamsin

Dedication: Our trip to Prague was amazing and this song followed us everywhere! We’ve talked about girls’ weekends ever since, and once all of this is over we need to make it happen. I miss all your faces!
This is probably very unfashionable and out of date by now. It was 8 years ago, but it was one of the best trips I’ve taken with some of my very best friends. Every now and again, late at night, it gets booted up on Spotify, because there are so many good memories attached to this song.

Track #25

TRACK 25
EUPHORIA, LOREEN

Song: Euphoria
Artist / Band: Loreen

Dedicated to: The Eurovision Song Contest
From: Sam

Dedication:
I’m dedicating my track (an absolute Eurovision banger) to the Eurovision Song Contest because, like many musical events, it couldn’t take place in its usual form this year. It’s the highlight of my calendar and we always have a party to mark the occasion. We have score cards (categories include hotness, sing-along-ability, costume flamboyance etc), bingo, drinking games, the works!

At last year’s party it turned out that I was pretty much the only person who dressed up that year. I was dressed as Pavarotti to represent Italy. I am a small, blonde woman. It was quite the transformation! I was slightly mortified to be sitting in a massively padded suit, wearing a beard made of mascara and holding a Cornetto. Not my finest hour!

Track #26

TRACK 26
SINCE I LEFT THIS TOWN, TIDE LINES

Song: Since I Left This Town
Artist / Band: Tide Lines

Dedicated to: I dedicate this song to the family I am apart from, to the beautiful place I cannot visit, and the part of my heart that is somewhere far away despite loving the home I have here.
From: Zoe

Dedication:
I remember listening to this song as I drove up the narrow, windy roads to see my family for the first time in months and listening to the lyrics properly for the first time ever. You know those times when a song speaks perfectly to your feelings in a particular moment? This was one of those times.

The North East of England can always use a little more Scotland in it. Honestly I think we should just move the border South a bit, you’ve all got much more in common with us Scots than those Southerners! No? Well it’s just a thought…

I love how this song and all of Tide Lines music combines traditional Scottish music and instruments with modern and pop. I think it’s important to remember our heritage, whoever we are, but that doesn’t have to mean old, boring or stuffy! On that note, if you’ve never checked out the Red Hot Chilli Piper’s you definitely should – they’re version of Thunderstruck is a particular favourite of mine.

Track #27

TRACK 27
ROLL ALABAMA, BELLOWHEADS

Song: Roll Alabama
Artist / Band: Bellowheads

Dedicated to: Alison Rhodes
From: Emma Barton

Dedication: Alison is like my second mum, she is incredible. As of 30minutes ago, we have been told she has 2 months to live. She is in hospital and we haven’t seen her for 7 weeks. It is heartbreaking.
she loves indie rock and roll, good old fashioned rock and folk. She is hilarious and showed me what successful married life looks like, she made two incredible humans, one of which is my best friend and partner. She is kind, witty, huge hearted, likes ice hockey, hates football, loves music and is immensely proud of her family. She truly is a wonder of a woman.

Track #28

TRACK 28
I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY, WHITNEY HOUSTON

Song: I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Artist / Band: Whitney Houston

Dedicated to: My friends!

Dedication: It’s our go to karaoke song at every house party or event, every time I listen to it I’m reminded of them and all the fun we have!!

I think a lot of people when they hear this song will be reminded of nights out with friends and parties they’ve been to- it’s a song I don’t think anyone can just sit through you have to sing along or dance to it

Track #29

TRACK 29
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE, SPICE GIRLS

Song: Spice Up Your Life
Artist / Band: Spice Girls

Dedicated to: Dedicated to Kirstie and my friends & colleagues at the People’s Theatre
From: Alison Carr

Dedication: This song will forever have a special place in my heart as I danced on stage to it with Kirstie during one of the happiest six weeks I’ve ever had.
Theatre is about community and friendships and having fun and giving people a great night out. This song reminds me of that every time I hear it, and always will.

Track #30

TRACK 30
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH, CELINE DION

Song: River Deep Mountain High
Artist / Band: Celine Dion

Dedicated to: The House of Love
From: Cameron Sharp

Dedication: We can’t perform together right now but al the loves and can’t wait till we can put on our sequins and have a dance together! 5,6,7, and from the top!!!!
Controversial opinion but this Celine Dion version is so much better than the Tina Turner original! Sorry!

TRACK 31
LOVE MONEY PARTY, MILEY CYRUS FEAT. BIG SEAN

Song: Love Money Party
Artist / Band: Miley Cyrus feat. Big Sean

Dedicated to: My best friend Bitsu
From: MXYM

Dedication: The biggest bop from the Bangerz album, the soundtrack to our college years of drinking too much in your mums house, I’m sure Wendy won’t mind us popping back when we can all party together again.

TRACK 32
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS, IKE & TINA TURNER

Song: Nutbush City Limits
Artist / Band: Ike & Tina Turner

Dedicated to: My Mum and Dad
From: Ruth

Dedication: This was the song my Mum and Dad first danced to and apparently Dad pulled out his best pogoing moves.

TRACK 33
PHOTOGRAPH, ED SHEERAN

Song: Photograph
Artist / Band: Ed Sheeran

Dedicated to: My girlfriend Zoe
From: Scott Wilson

Dedication: I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful girlfriend Zoe. During lockdown she has continued to blow me away with her work in her primary school and her determination to still do the very best she can in her work in the hardest of circumstances. I’ve only been able to see her a couple of times in person during lockdown which has been very tough at times but she has been by my side the whole time, listening to my panicking outbursts and I cannot wait to see her properly again soon!
I love you so much Zoe, thank you for being my rock!! I am so proud of you!!
This song quickly became “our song” during my time away in Birmingham studying my degree. It helped reassure both of us that distance wouldn’t stop us being there for each and we will always continue to be there for each other. That couldn’t be more true right now!! I’ve got our photo by my bed and it’s kept me going knowing I’ll see her again soon!!

TRACK 34
HEY SISTER, LUNA

Song: Hey Sister
Artist / Band: Luna

Dedicated to: To my eldest Sibling – Jacqui
From: Stevie T

Dedication: I miss her daft and nonchalant tomfoolery.

TRACK 35
THE LIVING YEARS, MIKE AND THE MECHANICS

Song: The Living Years’
Artist / Band: Mike and the Mechanics

Dedicated to: To my dad
From: Viv Wiggins

Dedication: “Say it loud, say it clear…you can listen as well as you hear”. Communicate well with your loved ones…while you can.

TRACK 36
MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU, STARDUST

Song: Music sounds better with you
Artist / Band: Stardust

Dedicated to: My PowerShare Gang, headed by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Abi Zakarian. They are the most wonderful group I’ve been a part of. Strong, passionate and brave. They make me as happy as this song does. To my 10 angels, the music always sounds better with you.
From: Sampira Willbourne

Dedication: All our talks about politics, about theatre, about where we are and where we’re going, make me as happy as this song does.
We always need a bit of dance music and it’s one of the best tracks ever made.

SIDE A: TRACK 37
ISOLATE, IT’S GREAT!, SAM BELL & KYLIE ANN FORD

Song: Isolate, it’s great!
Artist / Band: Sam Bell and Kylie Ann Ford

Dedicated to: I want to dedicate this song to Kylie for being a top class lockdown partner and for all the memories.
From: Sam Bell

Dedication: We made this song in the first week of lockdown, thinking it was going to be a two week isolation period. Two weeks turned to 92 days and I am grateful to have spent those days drinking Prosecco, making back garden beaches, recording sketches and singing songs. Thanks hun.

TRACK 38
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, FRANK SINATRA

Song: New York, New York
Artist / Band: Frank Sinatra

Dedicated to: Dedicated to my husband David.
From: Mhairi Ledgerwood

Dedication: David and I were lucky enough to get married in Central Park, and New York is our favourite city in the world.
Really missing the ability to travel right now. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re on an airplane again!

TRACK 39
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, ETHEL MERMAN

Song: There’s No Business Like Show Business
Artist / Band: Ethel Merman (Annie Get Your Gun)

Dedicated to: Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Dedication: I work there but with no opening in sight it would be a timely reminder that we’re on standby chomping at the bit to get back.
Save the arts. Keep theatre live.

TRACK 40
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROES, HOME

Song: Home
Artist / Band: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes –

Dedicated to: My brother Michael and my sister Antonia.
From: Francesca Baker

Dedication: I love you loads x

TRACK 41
CLUB TROPICANA, WHAM!

Song: Club Tropicana
Artist / Band: Wham!

Dedicated to: Becky Lister
From: Hannah

Dedication: This song always reminds me of us! It makes me smile, remembering our daft dancing and terrible singing, and I wish we could’ve thrown some shapes on the dance floor after your wedding. So until we can do that next year, we’ll just have to dance in our bedrooms like we’re teenagers again!
This is an absolute banger and never fails to put a smile on my face!

TRACK 42
ALL MY FRIENDS, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

Song: All My Friends
Artist / Band: LCD Soundsystem

Dedicated to: All of the performers and pals at CHUNKS, Glasgow’s Alternative Comedy Collective.
From: David Callaghan

Dedication: The hilarious Chris Thorburn producing a ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ parody entitled ‘Now Thats What I Call Songs Being Rewritten About Sucking Your Own Dick’. He had gone all in on the design work, recordings, and performed it onstage as if it was an advert for the CD. I had to lie on my side on the floor because I was laughing so much. Good god it was funny.

At 1am one evening last August we took over a comedy club at the Edinburgh fringe. For two and a half hours we performed a series of characters to an audience who were as enraptured as they were occasionally incredibly disgusted. You’ve not seen a crowd explode like they did whilst watching a sketch during which it transpired that unbeknownst to them, one of the performer’s mouthes had been full of baked beans for the entire thing. It was amazing. It felt like a unique and shared happening, never to be repeated, and full of creative idiots who were out on a limb. 50 audience members in stitches, 20 comedians at the back giggling like idiots whilst the beer was poured and shared. I live for evenings like this.

TRACK 43
BABY CAKES, 3 OF A KIND

Song: Baby Cakes
Artist / Band: 3 Of A Kind

Dedicated to: KT
From: Rosa

Dedication: This reminds me of the fancy dress party we threw at that weird venue behind a tennis court. We were v. entrepreneurial at 14.

TRACK 44
YOYO, PLASTIC MERMAIDS

Song: Yoyo
Artist / Band: Plastic Mermaids

Dedicated to: Mark Studdart
From: Nick Dunk

Dedication:
A brilliant gig a Scala in Kings Cross. I miss going to gigs with my London gig buddies. We shall return to former glories, older and bolder.

TRACK 45
THE OCEAN, RICHARD HAWLEY

Song: The Ocean
Artist / Band: Richard Hawley

Dedicated to: To my husband Dom
From: Emma

Dedication:
At our wedding he used the lines from this song in his speech….” you know you leave me tongue tied, this times for us…I love you just because ” I have very limited knowledge of music but Dom has introduced me to some amazing but also a lot of weird music too, but I love his passion. He has missed gigs a lot during Lockdown but one upside is using homeschooling to introduce our 4 and 9 year olds to music. It warms my heart when I hear my sons ask for Bill Evan’s, Buffalo Tom, Jack Lukeman or even some AC/DC!

TRACK 46
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, MARY HOPKIN

Song: There’s No Business Like Show Business
Artist / Band: Mary Hopkin

Dedicated to: Theatre people
From: Natasha

Dedication:
This is distinctly 60’s twist on a “theatre” classic that I think everyone will recognise.

During the first 13 weeks of lockdown I was holed up by myself, in my little flat in South Shields. I’d only lived by myself since December so the sudden idea of being entirely alone was very daunting. I missed my family and friends but what I realised is intertwined with both my family and friends is my work, I surround myself with people who understand my drive and determination to create Theatre in the NE. I missed the long R&D process arguing over script notes, the intensity of tech week, the buzz of an opening night and chairs rammed round one spare table in a neighbouring pub talking about the ins and outs of a show. I’ve made my longest lasting relationships with people through theatre and I realise without it a huge part of my identity is missing.

So I want to dedicate this song to my parents who met on stage, my family who lives and breathes theatre, and all of my colleagues who are also my wonderful die hard friends who I’ve met working in this vibrant, diverse and distinctly Northern Sector. I love you all, I can’t wait to see what we create after this storm is over. I’ll see you soon, mines a pint xo

TRACK 47
YOU’RE THE BEST THING, THE STYLE COUNCIL

Song: You’re The Best Thing
Artist / Band: The Style Council

Dedicated to: My darling wife, Mhairi Ledgerwood
From: David Ledgerwood

Dedication:
it was the first dance at our wedding reception and it’s as true today as it was then.

TRACK 48
PAN, LUKE HOWARD

Song: Pan
Artist / Band: Luke Howard

Dedicated to: The wonderful Northumberland coast.
From: Tim

Dedication:
I should have been on holiday there last week and would have been listening to this track on my late evening beach walk with Rosie the Golden Retriever. We should have had our extended family there for my Dad’s 80th Birthday and my brother flying in from the Caribbean. The beach we walk on is always so quiet and would be a welcome escape from the current situation.

The beach we walk on is always so quiet and would be a welcome escape from the current situation. This track, with its simple melody and sweeping crescendo, matches the place perfectly.

TRACK 49
MS. JACKSON (JEAN TONIQUE REMIX), OUTKAST

Song: Ms. Jackson (Jean Tonique Remix)
Artist / Band: OutKast

Dedicated to: Dedicated to extra time with my family due to working from home!
From: Nick Jackson

Dedication:
As, like a lot of the country, i’ve been working from home since March with no commute, I now have a lot more time at home. So, come 4.30, i now log off, dodge downstairs to my family and get the tea on – this last bit usually to a soundtrack of 6Music. This song was on there a while back, and became a bit of a family favourite, so it will now always remind me of an unexpected upside amidst the worry and trauma of a global health crisis.

TRACK 50
GOODBYE JOHN SMITH, BARNS COURTNEY

Song: Goodbye John Smith
Artist / Band: Barns Courtney

Dedicated to: My Mum and Cousin
From: Ben Dickenson

Dedication:
Both those people died in the last few years. But never missed them as much as I have during lockdown. They’d have been the best company. One would’ve made loads of food and delivered it to doorsteps, the other would’ve sang all through the Isolation with soulful tunes.

Barns has written a song about losing his grandad. It hurts to listen to (sorry everyone!) but that’s kinda the point. If the 10,000s of people who died from Covid didn’t matter, if everyone we’ve lost didn’t matter, there’d be be no point in music, in art, in going to work, in talking to our friends across socially distanced pub tables. It’s because they do that we can keep going. It’s because humans matter that we can overcome and remembering how their loss feels reminds us what it is to be alive, to love, to feel. Embrace the pain. Love the living, before it’s too late.

TRACK 51
BLUE MONDAY, NEW ORDER

Song: Blue Monday
Artist / Band: New Order

Dedicated to: Girls nights out
From: Ashley Penny

Dedication:
Hearing that opening bass line makes me think of being out with the girls, in the pub, club nights or just standing in a field drinking warm, overpriced beer from a recycled plastic glass. Good times.

TRACK 52
90s KID, JORDAN RABJON

Song: 90s Kid
Artist / Band: Jordan Rabjon

Dedicated to: Missing my youth
From: Gareth Stothard

Dedication:
Always reminds me of when I didn’t have a care in the world

TRACK 53
CASE OF YOU, JONI MITCHELL

Song: Case of You
Artist / Band: Joni Mitchell

Dedicated to: Everyone who needs some love
From: Paige

Dedication:
It reminds me of a past relationship. This song was introduced to me by someone I know and many friends who has supported me throughout some hard times. And some people will be feeling lonely during lockdown so I want them to know they are loved from one woman to another and from one woman to everyone.

TRACK 54
SOMETHING IN THE AIR, THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN

Song: Something in the Air
Artist / Band: Thunderclap Newman

Dedicated to: Hannah, my niece. I love her lots.
From: Her uncle

Dedication:
I wanted to dedicate it to an amazing person who is a real inspiration to me. They are incredibly hard working, always positive, brilliant company, an amazing parent, super talented and has overcome many obstacles. Proud to be called her uncle.

TRACK 55
ONE DAY LIKE THIS, ELBOW

Song: One Day Like This
Artist / Band: Elbow

Dedicated to: The Unfolding Theatre House Band
From: Annie Rigby

Dedication:
Back in March there were about 20 of us, crammed into The Fans Museum for jam and a good chat. We made some new music and played a few covers. This was one of them. One of those proper feel-good moments when we started getting the hang of it and it started sounding pretty decent!

Throw those curtains wide! One day like this a year will see us right.

Here’s hoping for good days ahead.

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