MACKEM musicians The Futureheads are going back to school to teach kids a lesson about producing top tunes.
The four-piece band has put together a 12-date tour of Sunderland schools and colleges to showcase their sound and promote the forthcoming Split Festival, which takes place at Ashbrooke Sports Ground from September 21 to 23.
Brothers Barry and Dave Hyde will return to their old stomping ground, Thornhill School, to perform in front of pupils.
Guitarist Ross Millard will make a trip down memory lane too when the lads visit Castle View School. They will also return to the City of Sunderland College, where they all studied, to do a Q&A with the music students.
Ross said: “I think this will be great fun. There is a big education theme to go with Split this year. We have introduced Teen Tickets and are offering student discount.
“The City of Sunderland College is sponsoring our Tunstall Hill Tent and we are the main event of Sunderland University Fresher’s Week. So it seemed to make sense to do this.”
Split is set to attract all ages this year with former Sex Pistols’ frontman Johnny Rotten bringing his band PiL to headline the Saturday with Pulled Apart By Horses playing under them.
The Futureheads will close the festival on the Sunday, preceded by St Etienne.
This year’s festival will kick off with a Free Film Friday, showing Shrek and School of Rock on the big screen.
•Standard ticket prices for Split are £25 for a day ticket or £40 for a weekend ticket. Under 18 and student prices are £17.50 for a day ticket and £30 for a weekend ticket. Under 11s can attend the festival free of charge.