Split Festival warm-up brings the sound of music to Sunderland’s streets

Kenny Sanger and Peter Brewis from the Bunker, Adam Smith from Skinny Twins and Joe Frankland from Generator.

Kenny Sanger and Peter Brewis from the Bunker, Adam Smith from Skinny Twins and Joe Frankland from Generator.

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THE streets of Sunderland will be brought to life with the sound of music today when some of the city’s top talent showcase their music.

As part of the build-up to next weekend’s Split Festival, musical madness was sweeping across Sunderland.

The jam-packed bill started at noon at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens when four bands, who fought off fierce competition from 146 hopefuls to secure a spot on stage, will perform in front of the crowd and judges, including BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson.

This will be followed by a performance from Athletes in Paris and Sunderland’s The Lake Poets.

The music will spill over into the evening when The Futureheads treat fans to an intimate folk gig at Cosa Nostra in the city centre, from 6.30pm.

The Futureheads’ A Capella Folk Club will see the Wearside lads joined on stage by a host of special music guests.

Instrumental bird-themed band B>E>A>K> will then lead a carnival procession open to the public that includes a handful of the region’s best bands, up Holmeside.

The parade will stop off at Plugged Inn for The Bunker Presenting at Plugged Inn, which will see three bands take to the stage before the action moves to Independent.

BBC 6Music’s champion of emerging artists, Tom Robinson, will follow his stint on the judging panel with Generator and Tom Robinson Presents.

This will see another three bands take to the stage at the nightspot’s Little Room.

Electro/dance artists Razmataz Lorry Excitement and Warm Digits are headlining in the main room until close at 5am.

The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde, also one of the organisers, said: “We’ve got 10 bands playing in the evening across three different venues so the whole day will be a big party before Split in celebration of the local music scene.

“There’s so much talent in the region and we thought this would be a great way to showcase what we have and get people in the mood.”

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SPLIT Transmission takes place at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from noon to 5pm. Entry is free. The Split Parade starts at Cosa Nostra at 6.30pm. Spaces for The Futureheads’ A Cappella Folk Club are limited.

To guarantee entry, email kenny@bunkeruk.com