Video: Split Festival Line-Up Announced
By Adam Clery on June 11, 2012 in Music
With our heads still spinning from a long weekend of patriotic flag waving and laughing at drunk kids in badly fitting shorts, it was time to head down to Sunderland’s Ashbrooke Sports Club to set things in motion for Split Festival 2012.
Looking to build on last years success when the likes of Mystery Jets, The Drums, and The Charlatans soundtracked a sun drenched weekend of proper food, face painting and family fun, the great and good of the North-East press (or at least those not hamstrung by the day’s public transport strikes) gathered to hear what was on the agenda this year.
I’ll skip the rest of the foreplay and detail what’s been announced already.
First of all, Split has expanded from a two day festival, to a three day festival, taking in September the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. Friday night will now see a free entry evening of film screenings in association with Sunderland Council, which is a lovely touch. The food tent, which was a real highlight of last year, will double in size this year and feature a bar. Split has also forged a new partnership with Sunderland University and will be the jewel in the crown of their Fresher’s week programme, with free entry given to those who splurge their first student loan on a full fresher’s fornight wristband.
In addition to all this, there’s also a price freeze. Standard day tickets will be fixed at £25 each, with a weekend ticket available for £40. Under 18s and students are given a concession at £17.50 and £30 respectively.
So, to the bands.
It’s important to note that today’s announcement doesn’t reflect the full line-up. Today had a focus, deservedly so, on the local acts who’ll be appearing across the weekend, and the marquee acts or “big names” if you will are all still to be announced in the run up to the weekend. The Futureheads have been unveiled as the Sunday night headliners and will close the festival, but between that and the opening acts of Saturday morning, the following bands will be in attendance.
The Unthanks, Field Music, Kathryn Williams, Kyla La Grange, This Ain’t Vegas, The Lake Poets, The Cornshed Sisters, Let’s Buy Happiness, Warm Digits, Young Liar, Natasha Haws, The Chapman Family, The Greeting Committee, That Fucking Tank, John J Presley, Richard Dawson, Lilliput, The Unit Ama, The Real Davina, and Algiers.
Judging from our Twitter feed, this announcement seemed to divide opinion quite strongly. Words like “underwhelming” were being banded about by some, whilst a slightly more music-savvy crowd seemed very excited. Comparisons with last weekend’s Evolution festival aren’t entirely without merit, but are completely missing the point. They’re two entirely different festivals. Even so, Ross Millard (Futurehead and Split organiser) did unveil that “the big names are all still to be announced”.
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