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The Bunker’s Nicola Wright looks ahead to a busy month of music.

FESTIVAL season is well and truly in swing this month, kicking off a summer of fantastic live music all across the country.

Here in Sunderland, it’s certainly no different. June saw the first wave of acts released for the city’s biggest music event, Split Festival.

Now in its third year, Split head of programming, The Futurehead’s Ross Millard, has pulled out all the stops and booked the best of our local bands, as well as attracting some global talent.

Headliners this year are New Yorkers The Drums, and Brit Pop legends The Charlatans. Other acts confirmed include Frankie and the Heartstrings, Hyde and Beast and Split veterans Dutch Uncles, with many more to be announced.

Some of our local bands battled through the mud to play Glastonbury last month too. Vinyl Jacket, whose new single Koala is released on Sunday, played the BBC Introducing stage, as did indie-folk band Sharks Took the Rest.

Martin Longstaff, aka The Lake Poets, appeared on the Greenpeace Stage after a short tour in the U.S., where he played Boston, Minneapolis and New York.

His new EP Alter is available to download for free now.