Ocean Colour Scene duo announced for Sunderland Split Festival

Ocean Colour Scene'please credit Joe Dilworth
Ocean Colour Scene'please credit Joe Dilworth
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INDIE duo Simon and Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene to the bill for this year’s Split Festival.

The pair will perform their indie classics in acoustic on the Saturday.

Tom Vek has also been added to the line up, with already boasts Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park, The Cribs, Gruff Rhys from the Super Furry Animals), Smoove & Turrell, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Hyde & Beast and The Lake Poets.

The news comes after The Happy Mondays pulled out of Split Festival last month – just a day after they were announced.

Ross Millard, who curates the event, said: “We’ve had a lot of people request the booking of Simon & Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene for this year’s event. I think they’ll bring some big, festival singalongs to Split this summer. Simon’s voice is one of the most recognisable in modern music, so it’s great that he’ll be belting out the hits across Mowbray Park in August.

“It’s also great to get Tom Vek up to Sunderland for Split – our audience appreciate artists like Tom who have retained a DIY ethic. Off the back of his new album I’m looking forward to seeing a great show. Stage 2 is going to be seriously hard-rocking at Split this year.”

Festival organiser Barry Hyde, added: “With forty bands, across three stages, the line-up this year is our strongest and most eclectic yet, it’s the most crucial aspect of the whole festival and now it’s all complete I can’t wait to see it happen.”