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AFTER a year away from the festival scene, Split returns with its biggest bill to date.

Headliners Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs and Maximo Park are expected to wow a crowd of up to 4,000 in Mowbray Park this weekend.

They’ll be joined by a pick ‘n’ mix of home-grown talent including Hyde and Beast, Frankie & the Heartstrings, Lake Poets and School of Language.

It will cap off a whirlwind week for Hyde and Beast, who this week released second album Keep Moving. The duo – The Futureheads’ Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett of The Golden Virgins – will be joined by their band when they headline Stage 3 on Saturday night.

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Dave, who was part of the original group of musicians and music-lovers who founded Split, said: “I’ll be working there and performing, so being on stage will be a bit of a relief from all the running around.

“My role at Split isn’t as important as say Ross (Millard, who curates Split), Barry (Dave’s brother and fellow Futurehead) and Martyn (McFadden – one of Split’s organisers). I’m hands on for the two days of the festival, but not as involved the rest of the year. Ross’ role is to book the bands and he does a great job, every time, there’s always a good variation.

“It’s unbelievably crazy to think Dizzee Rascal is playing Mowbray Park, as it was to see John Lydon playing a middle class cricket club. (In reference to John Lydon and PiL headlining Split at its birthplace in Ashbrooke Cricket Club in 2012).”

Dave says he’s looking forward to performing new material from Keep Moving, which was recorded at The Bunker in Stockton Road.

“We’re still learning these songs, we had our first gig with the full brass section – there’s nine of us in the full band – the other day and it was great, a lot of fun.”

He added: “The first album we didn’t really know we were making a record. This time around, not to put a downer on the record as it’s pretty, but me and Neil have had our difficulties. Not in our friendship, which is still strong, but we both lost girlfriends and it seemed to be one thing after the other.

“That gave us a concept to write about, the loss of somebody runs as a theme throughout the record, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Musically, it’s very pretty.”

•Split Festival will open from noon on Saturday and from 11am on Sunday. Tickets, priced £30 for a day or £50 for the weekend, are still available from


Main Stage

Dizzee Rascal – 9.20pm-10.30pm Simon & Oscar – 7.35pm-8.35pm

Smoove & Turrell – 6.20pm-7.05pm

The Lake Poets – 5.20pm-5.50pm Lisbon – 4.20pm-4.50pm

Big Beat Bronson – 3.20pm-3.50pm

Stage Two

Tom Vek – 8.35pm-9.20pm

Bleech – 7.05pm-7.35pm

Punishment of Luxury – 5.50pm - 6.20pm

Night Flowers – 4.50pm-5.20pm

Gallery Circus – 3.50pm-4.20pm Cold Committee – 2.50pm-3.20pm Son of Jack – 1.50pm-2.20pm

Stage Three

Hyde & Beast – 8.35pm-9.20pm

Kobadelta – 7.05pm-7.35pm

Shades – 5.50pm-6.20pm

Goy Boy Mcilroy – 4.50pm-5.20pm Schultz – 3.50pm-4.20pm

Waste of Space – 2.50pm-3.20pm The Firelight Opera – 1.50pm-2.20pm


Main Stage

Maximo Park – 9pm-10pm

The Cribs – 7.15pm-8.15pm

Frankie & the Heartstrings – 6.15pm-6.45pm

Boy Jumps Ship – 5.15pm-5.45pm

Lilliput – 4.15pm-4.45pm

The Generals – 3.15pm-3.45pm

Stage Two

Gruff Rhys – 8.15pm-9pm

Twilight Sad – 6.45pm-7.30pm

School of Language – 5.45pm-6.15pm Bad Breeding – 4.45pm-5.15pm

Lovepark – 3.45pm-4.15pm

Shy Nature – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Young Liar – 1.45pm-2.15pm

Stage Three

Symphonic Pictures – 8.15pm-9pm Sons of Bido Lito – 6.45pm-7.15pm Tissue Culture – 5.45pm-6.15pm Barry Hyde – 4.45pm-5.15pm

Cohesion – 3.45pm-4.15pm

Iceni – 2.45pm-3.15pm

So What Robot – 1.45pm-2.15pm