New folk tent at Sunderland Split festival

Tom McConville and David Newey
Tom McConville and David Newey
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FIDDLES, folk and fun will be filling a new tent at this year’s Split Festival.

The Folk Tent will welcome a mix of acclaimed folk artists performing on both the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

Saturday’s headliners are guitarist David Newey and BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2009 Tom McConville.

Lindisfarne vocalist Billy Mitchell, whose son Tom plays earlier in the day, will bring Sunday’s proceedings to a close.

Terri Freeman, of the Davy Lamp Folk Club, who are curating the tent, said: “The Davy Lamp has organised many folk events in and around the city over the years.

“We are very happy to be collaborating with the Split Festival this year and hope the addition of a folk programme will extend the appeal of the festival to even more music lovers.”

Other acts set to take to the stage include George Welch and Stewart Hardy, blues duo The Hokum Hotshots and Prelude, whose recording of Neil Young’s After the Goldrush made the top 20 in the UK, number 12 in the USA and number one in Canada & Australia.

The Walker Family Clog Dancers will also be bringing their brand of traditional Northumbrian clog dancing to the stage.

After the phenomenal success of last year’s Food Tent the marquee will double in size. Serving up food from across the globe, a bar will also be added this year so punters can eat, drink and be merry.

This year’s Split kicks off with a Free Film Friday, showing Shrek and School of Rock on the big screen.

All bar and food concessions open throughout the evening.

As well as making Friday’s film night free to enter, Split is even more affordable this year, with standard ticket prices being frozen and Teen Ticket and Student discount introduced.

To encourage families to attend, under 11s are allowed to enter the festival free of charge.

Tickets cost £25 for Saturday and Sunday tickets, £40 for weekend tickets and under-18 and student tickets are £17.50 for a day ticket or £30 for a weekend ticket.

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