Sunderland’s Split Festival has added indie-pop electronic band Saint Etienne to its eclectic line-up as it keeps the main headliners under wraps.

Mercury Music Prize nominee, singer songwriter King Creosote has also joined the bill along with one of the UK’s most exciting rock bands Future Of The Left.

More emerging local talent has been added to the line up in the shape of Athletes In Paris and Lulu James but because of contractual reasons music fans must wait until the end of the month before Split can reveal the main headliners.

Ross Millard, The Futureheads guitarist and Split Festival programmer, had this to say: “Obviously we have a couple of top, top acts still under wraps, but I’m very pleased with the overall line-up. It features a huge amount of emerging local talent, alongside some of the best in new British guitar rock from elsewhere (Citizens!, Hawkeyes, Folks). We also have some cherished acts with huge back catalogues behind them (St Etienne, Field Music), which is perfect for the Sunday evening. King Creosote is also another great score for our Acoustic stage, as he is yet another Mercury nominee to grace Split Festival.”

The new acts in full are: Saint Etienne, Future Of The Left, King Creosote, Hawkeyes, Athletes In Paris, Folks, Lulu James, Liars Lie, Pure Graft and Citizens! They join an already jam packed bill featuring The Futureheads (Sunday headliners), The Unthanks, Field Music, Kathryn Williams, Kyla La Grange, This Ain’t Vegas, The Lake Poets, The Cornshed Sisters, Let’s Buy Happiness, Warm Digits, Young Liar, Natasha Haws, The Chapman Family, The Greeting Committee, That Fucking Tank, John J Presley, Richard Dawson, Lilliput, The Unit Ama, The Real Davina and Algiers.

Split’s Barry Hyde added: “Unfortunately, due to contractual obligations involving other festivals, we are not able to announce Saturday’s headline act until August 27, but we can say we’re very, very excited to have one of the most influential and important British guitar bands of the last decade appearing at Split Festival this year. We’re also thrilled about Saturday’s second headline act, but are also unable to announce them until the same date.”

Saint Etienne formed in 1990, and were named after the French football side. The band continue to be one of the leading names in the UK electronic scene incorporating a broad sweep of influences, from 60s soul, 70s dub and rock as well as 80s dance music.  Their 1992 debut record Foxbase Alpha was nominated for the inaugural Mercury Music Prize, and their cover of Neil Young’s Only Love Will Break Your Heart reached number one in the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. Since then they’ve gone on to release a further seven albums, the latest being this year’s Words and Music by Saint Etienne.

In 1995, Fife native Kenny Anderson set up Fence Records and began recording and releasing music under the pseudonym King Creosote. Over the past 17 years Anderson has steadily become one of Scotland’s most respected and prolific artists, releasing, as he has, over forty albums to date.

Cardiff-based Future of The Left formed out of the ashes of the much loved Mclusky and have firmly established themselves as one of the most UK’s most exciting post hardcore bands.

To make Split more affordable in the current economic climate, standard ticket prices have been frozen for this year’s event and  Teen and student discount tickets have been introduced. To encourage families to attend we have continued our policy of giving under 11s free entry in to the festival.

Standard Tickets                                                               £25 Saturday

£25 Sunday

£40 Weekend ticket

Under 18 & Student Tickets                                         £17.50 Saturday

£17.50 Sunday

£30 Weekend ticket
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This year Split Festival has expanded to a three day event and has become more than just a music festival. Thanks to a partnership with Sunderland City Council, we’ll be kicking off with Free Film Friday showing two classic movies on a massive outdoor cinema screen. This event will take place on the Friday evening and entry is free.

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. 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.