Mystery Jets add to the ‘energy, power and fun’ of Sunderland’s Split Festival 2011, says Futureheads’ Ross Millard

Mystery Jets get wet.
Mystery Jets get wet.
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ORGANISERS of Sunderland’s Split Festival believe indie band Mystery Jets are the icing on the cake of a jam-packed line-up.

The Rifles, The King Blues and Dinosaur Pile-up have also been announced as acts for the third annual event at Ashbrooke Sports Club.

They are joined by headliners The Charlatans, The Drums and Frankie and The Heartstrings for the music spectacular on September 17 and 18.

Mystery Jets front man Blaine Harrison said: “Sunderland’s Split Festival is our last festival of the summer and probably our last English show before we return with album four next year, so we’re going to make sure it’s a good one.”

The festival’s eclectic line-up was put together by Ross Millard, from Sunderland band The Futureheads.

“We’re delighted to be able to reveal the rest of the Split Festival line-up for the main stage,” he said.

“Mystery Jets, The Rifles and The King Blues bring huge amounts of energy, power and fun to the main tent, with Dinosaur Pile Up’s riffs and tautness matching the weirdness and eclecticism of Ganglians, Dutch Uncles and Hyde and Beast.

“Little Comets and Beth Jeans Houghton are two more of the North East’s brightest lights and their recent successes warrant them both such significant slots on the line-up.

“Appearances from Vinyl Jacket, B>E>A>K, Grandfather Birds and Shields also prove that new music in the North East is healthier than ever.”

This year’s Split promises to be the biggest yet, with a huge black-out marquee that has been used at Glastonbury.

Early-bird tickets bought before August 31 are £20 per day, or £35 for a weekend ticket.

Standard tickets, bought from September 1 are £25 for a day, or £40 for a weekend.

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