PREVIEW: Split Parade
By Hannah D'Arcy on September 13, 2012 in Music
If you have even a vague interest in music, Twitter, Facebook, local news or other people whatsoever, you’ll be aware that Split Festival is back at Ashbrooke Cricket Ground September 21, playing host to a crop of local talent, as well as welcoming national acts such as Pulled Apart By Horses and Public Image Limited, fronted by crumpet-loving, reality TV-starring “punk” John Lydon.
You know? Used to be Johnny Rotten, had green teeth, fronted one of the most important bands of all time? Aye, him.
What you may not know – and you really should – is that the Saturday before Split Fest, (September 15) Holmeside, Sunderland sees the single most exciting musical event to occur within the city centre: Split Parade. Four venues, up to a staggering 20 bands, a pre-party, an after party, A PARADE and a few surprises to boot! And what’s more – it’s completely free.
As well as the musical exploits, this year’s Split Parade also features an exhibition of art and photography inspired by local music, to be shown at Creative Cohesion in Sunniside from Saturday 15 to Friday 21, before being moved to Ashbrooke Cricket Club for Split Festival. The exhibition opens at 2pm on Saturday, with a special performance from Amy Holford and features the work of David Wala, Paul Burgess, Caroline Briggs and Ian West to name but a few.
The Split Parade, led by the masked musical force of B>E>A>K, will arrive at Plugged Inn at 19:30 where Newcastle’s Fathoms will kick everything off on the Kittle PR stage, followed by Acrobatic Society at 20:10 and the mighty Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister at 21:35. Over the road, Independent [Live] host a stage in a mystery venue yet to be announced, starting with Amy Holford at 20:30, Matt Stalker & Fables at 21:15 and Memory Drawings at 22:05. Both rooms of Independent will be bursting as well, with MMBE’s stage in The Little Room featuring
Collector’s Club The Lindsay Tin (20:30), Sons of Bido Lito (21:30) and the wonderful Nadine Shah (22:45). The main room is hosted by The Bunker and kicks off at 23:15 with Big Beat Bronson, Polarsets at midnight before the evening’s live music is brought to a raucous close by B>E>A>K at 0:40.
The party continues into the wee hours in Independent, as well as more bands and venues to be announced on the night. Me? I’ll be front-centre at Plugged in before seeing you all in the bird pit.
- Video | Split Parade