CHRISTMAS will come early for music fans with a spin-off Split Festival gig.
To supplement the music festival, which is held every summer at Ashbrooke Sports Club, organisers have announced a Christmas Special which will take place at Sunderland University venue, North Shore, on December 10.
It’s the first in a series of musical and culinary events which the Split team is planning to hold throughout the year.
The line-up for the Christmas gig includes The Futureheads, Hyde & Beast and B>E>A>K and an aftershow club night with a DJ set from Frankie & The Heartstrings.
There will be festive-themed food from This Morning chef Stacie Stewart, from Whitburn.
Split’s Barry Hyde, also frontman of The Futureheads, said: “This gig is going to be a very special night. The Futureheads haven’t played a headline gig in Sunderland since September 2010. Far too long!”
Barry will be performing in all three bands on the night. He plays keyboards in Hyde & Beast, who are fronted by his younger brother Dave and he will also be making a guest appearance with instrumental group B>E>A>K.
Barry added: “I’m also really looking forward to playing with Hyde & Beast, and the wonderful B>E>A>K. North Shore is a superb venue to play in and watch bands in.”
Split’s Richard Amundsen, who also performs in B>E>A>K, added: “The aim is to provide a celebration of all things Sunderland.
“The Futureheads are always great live and we also have Hyde & Beast returning from their first national tour. I’ll be on stage with B>E>A>K and I might even muck in with some DJing.”
Split’s music programmer and Futurehead Ross Millard said: “After meeting Sunderland City Council and the university and getting them on board, we’re looking to put on more big nights like this in Sunderland and to bring in some national touring acts to North Shore in 2012.”
Future events and the line-up for Split Festival 2012 are to be announced in the new year.
Tickets for Split Festival Christmas Special are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door.
Tickets are available from Hot Rats, Stockton Road, Sunderland; HMV Sunderland; A Love Supreme, Sheepfolds Industrial Estate; RPM Music, Newcastle and See Tickets website.
See www.splitfestival.com for more details.