Split Festival organisers have  announced the acts who’ll be taking the stage in the Folk Tent at Ashbrooke Sports Club this year.

The Folk Tent will see a mix of acclaimed local folk artists performing on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s headliners are guitarist David Newey and BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2009 Tom McConville, while Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne vocalist) – whose son Tom plays earlier in the day – will bring proceedings to a close on Sunday.

Terri Freeman, of the Davy Lamp Folk Club, who are curating the tent, said: “The Davy Lamp has organised many folk events in and around the city over the years and we are very happy to be collaborating with the Split Festival this year – and hope the addition of a folk programme will extend the appeal of the festival to even more music lovers.”

Other acts set to appear include George Welch & Stewart Hardy, blues duo The Hokum Hotshots and Prelude, whose recording of Neil Young’s ‘After the Goldrush’ made the top 20 in the UK, No. 12 in the USA and No 1 in Canada & Australia. The Walker Family Clog Dancers will also be bringing their brand of traditional Northumberland-style clog dancing to the stage.

This year’s Split will begin with a Free Film Friday, showing Shrek and School of Rock on the big screen, with all bar and food concessions open throughout the evening. As well as making Friday’s film night free to enter, Split is even more affordable this year, with standard ticket prices being frozen and Teen Ticket and Student discount introduced. To encourage families to attend under 11s are allowed to enter the festival free of charge.

Standard Tickets
£25 Saturday

£25 Sunday

£40 Weekend ticket


Under 18 & Student Tickets
£17.50 Saturday

£17.50 Sunday

£30 Weekend ticket
Ticket link: http://www.split-music.co.uk/festivals/split.php


Food Tent
After the phenomenal success of last year’s Food Tent, which saw local companies serve up tasty treats from all over the globe, we will be doubling the size of the food marquee and adding a bar, so you can sit down at a table, relax, eat, drink and be merry.

Fresher’s Week
Finally, we are very proud to announce that Split 2012 will also be the highlight event of Sunderland University Fresher’s Programme and new intake students purchasing a full fresher’s fortnight wristband will also gain entry to Split.

Full Line up