Happy Mondays and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals announced for Sunderland’s Split Festival

HAPPY MONDAYS ... have been added to the Spilt Festival bill.

HAPPY MONDAYS ... have been added to the Spilt Festival bill.

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MANCHESTER legends Happy Mondays have been added to the line-up for the Split Festival, the Echo can reveal.

One of the defining bands of the Madchester music scene with tracks including Step On, the band are set to get the crowds jumping in Mowbray Park.

Also added to the roster are Gruff Rhys, from Super Furry Animals, and Smoove and Turrell, as well as home-grown talent including Frankie & The Heartstrings, Hyde & Beast, The Lake Poets and School of Language.

Happy Mondays will take to the stage on August 9 ahead of headliner Dizzee Rascal.

They are the latest household name to be added to the two-day festival, which will be headlined by Maximo Park and The Cribs on the second day, August 10.

Ross Millard, from The Futureheads, who curates the festival, said: “We’re really aware of the audience we have with Split and we also have ideas on how to build on that audience and to draw people in from outside of the area.

“We’ve really focused on the headliners this year and with Dizzee, Happy Mondays, Maximo Park and The Cribs, I really think, for the first time, we have all bases covered.

“There’s a lot of hits amongst those four artists.” He added: “We also have a huge local element, which has always been part of the ethos of the festival. Based on how loyal people are in the area of music from the area, it’s great to be part of that and to back good local stuff. But these are bands that are here on their own merit as well.”

Other acts announced today are Bleech, The Twilight Sad, Lisbon and Boy Jumps Ship, with more acts due to be announced soon. This year sees the festival move from its birthplace in Ashbrooke Sports Ground to the city centre to make it easier for more people to attend the event.

As well as a broad range of music including dance, electronic, indie and folk, highlights will include a Family Zone and a Beer and Food Zone. Tickets cost £30 for a day pass and £50 for a weekend pass. They are available from www.splitfestival.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk