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All In the Name of Progress: Split Festival 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nicola Turner   
17 06 2011
ImageWith the festival season about to kick off, we are treated to TV presenters telling us that each one is going to be a bigger and better event than ever before. A hidden gem in the calendar however, is Sunderland's very own Split festival, which has grown enormously since its first run just three years ago. After attending the official press launch this week, it looks like Split has managed to pull off the twin achievements of attracting big star names while still providing an important platform for the best of the North East's local talent.

Big headliners The Charlatans are expected to be a huge success with their anthemic brand of classic indie rock, with hot young things The Drums coming all the way from New York just for your aural delectation. Other musical delights in store for the Split festival-goer will include local lads Frankie & The Heartstrings, the combined talents of Futureheads and Golden Virgin members that comprise the melodic Hyde and Beast, alongside We Beat The System, B>E>A>K, Tomahawks for Targets, the musical stylings of the Ganglians and Mancunian hot-shots Dutch Uncles.


The presence of such musical talent clearly hasn't dazzled the organisers too much, who insist that the festival will remain true to its North Eastern roots as a cultural event that has something for everyone. Futurehead and founding organiser of Split festival, Barry Hyde was clear about what kind of ethos he wanted the festival to embody;

Image"In essence we want to try and recapture and remember the true culture of our region, which is essentially a Viking culture. A culture of feasting and a culture of festivals and also a family culture, so a good festival will embody all of these things. We want a festival to taste nice, smell nice and look nice and be sensational and encourage people to over indulge in everything that is on offer. It will be standard VIP hospitality and entertainment for everyone, which is a very Northern, Mackem thing."

With the warm, genial atmosphere and the introduction of an Alice in Sunderland themed food tent staffed by none other than Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, it looks like he can count Split a resounding success for the region, bringing national attention to the best of Sunderland.

General Admission tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday and the whole weekend. Early Bird prices are 20.00 for a day ticket and 35.00 for a weekend ticket.
For more information go to the SPLIT Festival site

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