Comets confirmed for Christmas Split Festival-style concert at Sunderland Minster

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A STAR won’t be guiding the wise folk of Sunderland this Christmas – it will be a comet.

The team behind the Split Festival is organising a one-off festive show at Sunderland Minster next month, featuring a host of local bands.

Tyneside trio Little Comets will be capping off a fantastic 2012 as the headline act.

“It’s been a great year for Little Comets,” said Split Festival organiser Martyn McFadden.

“As a band they’ve progressed so much and their audiences have grown, not just playing to hundreds of thousands of people at Hyde Park as part of the Olympic celebrations, but their last UK saw them step up to academy-size venues throughout the country.

“We thought they were the perfect choice to headline our Christmas gig in Sunderland’s beautiful Minster, and it was also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the success of yet another great North East band.”

Keeping with the spirit of Christmas, a festive fair of food and drink will be supplied by Sunderland gourmet deli Juniper’s Pantry, and the entertainment will be rounded off by a DJ set from Sunderland band Frankie & The Heartstrings.

Support for the December 15 show is yet to be announced, but Split bosses said they will continue their tradition of promoting emerging local talent.

Little Comets frontman Rob Coles said: “We were delighted to be asked to play this festive gig for the organisers of Split Festival.

“It’s an event which we have enjoyed playing in the past due in no small part to the emphasis it places on supporting artists and artisans from across the region.”

Tickets are £10 in advance, or £12 on the door, and are on sale now from www.split-music.co.uk or in store at Hot Rats and ALS.

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