THE pied pipers of Sunderland’s music scene will lead a parade through the city’s streets.
To kick off this year’s Split Festival, which takes place at Ashbrooke Sports Club from September 21 to 23, a Split Parade will be held on September 15.
The free event will feature an eclectic mixture of acts performing at a string of venues interspersed with a carnival-style parade along Holmeside.
The action starts at the former Cosa Nostra restaurant where guests can enjoy a cabaret event comedy, food and a sing-along with Barry Hyde from The Futureheads.
Musicians will then parade down Holmeside ahead of more top performances.
Sunderland singer Nadine Shah returns home following the release of highly anticipated single Aching Bones.
After the release of EP, Exotica, earlier in the year, Polarsets bring their brand of tropicana to Sunderland for the first time.
Last year’s parade leaders B>E>A>K, who are known for their colourful performances dressed as birds, will bring the party to a close headlining the main room at Independent.
Special guests Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister will also feature in the spectacle this year as well as a host of emerging talent.
Organisers are hoping to build on the success of last year’s Split Parade which featured a show-stopping opening from Tynesiders Young Liar at Plugged Inn; a headline performance from Newcastle’s finest Let’s Buy Happiness in The Little Room before Razmataz Lorry Excitement took the party into the early hours in Independent.
Split Parade organiser Emma Howe said: “We are very excited to once again be bringing Split Parade to the streets of Sunderland.
“Last year was such a fantastic event and this year is going to be even bigger.
“We have a brilliant line-up that showcases the phenomenally-high standard of music we have coming out of the North East and a team of organisers from all across local music working together to ensure the Split party begins nice and early.”
The Split Parade is a joint venture between Split Festival, The Bunker, Independent [LIVE], GiggleBeats, Kittle PR, Generator and Sunderland City Council.
Doors open at 7.30pm with gigs being held until 1.30am.