Singer’s single-launch gig will help refugees

South Shields singer Dean James will perform in Sunderland tonight.
South Shields singer Dean James will perform in Sunderland tonight.

A singer is supporting refugees around the world with the release of his new single.

Dean James will launch Alive tonight at Indigo Rooms in High Street West, with all money being donated to MSF International – a global charity that provides emergency medical relief to nations hit by tragedy.

The South Shields artist says he wrote the song in a bid to highlight the plight of refugees.

He said: “I’m not a politician and I’m not in any position to make immediate change in the world, but I am a songwriter.

“If I can write a song that will bring further attention to the horrors that we’re living with, then hopefully that will inspire others to try and make change as well.”

Supporting Dean will be Sunderland post-punk band Waste of Space, Sunderland alternative act Chased by Badguys, as well as the band Yenga, who are travelling from the Netherlands to play.

He added: “I think the best way to raise money is to give the audience something that they can enjoy.

“Even though tragedy is bringing us together, there’s no reason why everyone can’t have an enjoyable night.

“I’ve been working with Sunderland label Forgotten City Records for about six months now and they share my passion for local music.

“There are some terrific artists in this city and I’m pleased to be playing with some of them for the charity gig.

“Everybody is working for free, every penny raised from both the gig and the single will go straight to charity.”

Tickets for tonight’s show are £5, which includes a physical copy of Alive, and can be purchased on