Brit Award winner Beth Orton set for Sunderland’s Split Festival

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BRIT Award-winning folk star Beth Orton will be bringing her sweet sound to Sunderland.

The English singer-songwriter, known for her folktronica sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, will be joining the already impressive line-up for this year’s Split Festival.

The songbird, who has twice been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, will headline the acoustic tent on the first day of the festival, which takes place at Ashbrooke Sports Ground on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.

Curated by The Futurehead’s Ross Millard, the festival’s fringe tent sees two days of performances from local and national acoustic acts plus turns from comedians.

He said: “I think that the addition of Beth Orton to the bill for the Fringe Tent really caps off an excellent second stage, which is already full to the brim with great singer-songwriters from all over the world.

“Beth comes with a great acoustic folk pedigree: Brit Award winner, and twice nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Those are big achievements, make no mistake.”

Headline acts also include Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Jarvis Cocker-endorsed act Withered Hand.

Other notable acts performing on the Saturday include Paul Mullen (formerly Yourcodenameis:milo, The Automatic and currently Young Legionnaire), The Lake Poets, Chased by Wolves, The Union Choir, This Little Bird, The Din, The Cush and Ajimal.

Meanwhile, Sunday will play host to Kurran And The Wolfnotes, Nev Clay, Skylark Song, Michael Rolfe, The Railway Club, Matt Stalker and The Fables, and Morris Ford.

Sunday evening is rounded off by comedy presented by North East comedy night Laughing Penguin’s co-founder and resident MC Tony Jameson. Headlining the comedy tent will be Jason Cook, who has appeared on shows such as Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand and was a guest on Chris Ramsey’s In Search of Happiness show for BBC Radio 4.

Local acts confirmed to perform include Andy Fury, Nick Cranston, Lee Kyle and Marc Smethurst, along with Laughing Penguin New Act of the Year, Richard Gadd.

In the main tent, The Charlatans, The Drums, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Mystery Jets and The Rifles are set to wow the crowds.

Now in its third year, Split Festival has expanded for 2011 with internationally renowned bands headlining the festival and a black out marquee, which was used at Glastonbury.

For tickets visit the Split Festival website