Indie-rock band The Generals kick off proceedings on the main stage with their versatile acoustic/electric sets sure to kick off the stage in style. With vocal harmonies a big part of their sound, the local lads, having grown up with the guitar sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Beatles, are looking to resonate with the Split crowd with their mix of powerful bassline and drumming, in tow with their melodic indie sound, in what is sure to be another great set having also played at Split back in 2010.
Pop/Rock act and Sunderland-based Lilliput grace the stage at Mowbray Park with a debut EP, ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?” The local band, having spent a few years maturing their harmony-heavy sound, bring their blend of folk-rock to Split, and with influences such as Bob Dylan and Cream, look to entertain the onlookers with their tight sound and already growing repertoire that has included well-received festival sets at Liverpool Sound City and Evolution Emerging.
Four-piece Newcastle rock band Boy Jumps Ship come to Split carrying on the region’s vision of music pride. Homed with Rude Records, their EP has been described as “stuffed with riffs galore and gang vocals aplenty." Lovers & Fighters, released this June, is available on iTunes right now.
Sunderland favourites, the Indie-based rock band that is indeed, Frankie & The Heartstrings, will be performing what is sure to be a popular set to the crowd at Mowbray Park on the final day.
Slots at Glastonbury, Summer Sundae and Latitude have helped the lads gain some recognition, and they are sure to bring a helping of arpeggio-laden indie riffs and a catchy melody to the stage, with Hunger, from their debut album of the same name, a popular choice.
The Days Run Away is their second studio album, released in 2013, and includes the single Nothing Our Way, with the album being produced by primary Suede songwriter Bernard Butler.
Following their latest LP, In The Belly of The Brazen Bull, an explosion of punk-thrashing riffs and energy, along with Payola, their first ‘best of’ compilation last year, Indie-rock trio The Cribs are ready to take Split Festival by storm.
The Cribs have continually enjoyed the patronage of their Contemporaries and 2006 saw Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos take on the producer role. ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ saw a no less passionate band but Kapranos managed to harness their anger and song writing prowess whilst not losing any of their inherent beauty resulting in the bands major mainstream breakthrough, reaching Number 13 in the charts upon release in 2007.
In The Belly of The Brazen Bull was the band’s fifth effort, released in 2012. The majority of the album was produced and recorded by Dave Fridmann, at his Tarbox studios in upstate NY. The session yielded nine album tracks. Ryan’s songs are raw, fierce, punk sounding see ‘Back To The Bolthole’, ‘Jaded Youth’ and ‘Come On, Be A No-One.’
The North East hits a home run on Sunday night at Split with local favourites Maximo Park gracing the stage to close the festival. The lads have been travelling the world since forming in 2000. 14 years on, the band have released their fifth album, “Too Much Information,” which is causing waves in the musical community…welcome back to Split lads, bigger and better than ever before.
The five-piece alternate rock group have stayed true to their roots having done two sell out shows at Newcastle’s o2 Academy this year as well as a free gig at Sunderland record shop Pop Recs Ltd in March. The tour also included gigs at Portsmouth, Glasgow, Leeds and London. However, the Geordie lads will undergo a 10-gig tour across the USA during May before they return to England, and ultimately the North East.