Sunderland-based rock band The Futureheads are heading back to school to promote this month’s Split Festival.

The four piece have put together the 12 date Schools & Colleges Tour to promote Split, which takes place between September 21 and 23 and boasts headliners Public Image Ltd.

Brothers Barry and Dave Hyde from the band will return to Thornhill School in Sunderland to perform in front of pupils and guitarist, Ross Millard, will make a trip down memory lane to his youth too, when the lads visit Castle View School. They will also return to the Sunderland College, where they all studied, to do a Q&A with the music students.

Futurehead and Split music programmerRoss Millard from The Futureheads: “I think this will be great fun. There is a big education theme to go with Split this year. We have introduced Teen Tickets and are offering student discount. Sunderland College are sponsoring our Tunstall Hill Tent and we are the main event of Sunderland Uni Fresher’s Week. So it seemed to make sense to do this.”

Split is set to attract all ages this year with former Sex Pistols’ front man, John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, bringing his band, Public Image Ltd, to headline the Saturday with Pulled Apart By Horses playing under them. The Futureheads will close the festival on the Sunday, preceded by St Etienne.

The full tour is as follows:

Monday September 10. Castle View. 10am, SR5 3DX, Thornhill School. 2pm, SR2 7NA.

Wednesday September 12. Venerable St Bede’s. 1.30pm, SR2 0SX.

Thursday September 13. Sandhill View. 9.50am, SR3 4EN. Sunderland College, Shiney Row Music Course. 2pm, DH4 4TL.

Friday September 14. Farringdon. 9.45am, SR3 3EL. Mill Hill. 2pm, SR3 2LE.

Monday September 17. Barbra Preistman 10am, St Aiden’s. 1pm. St Anthony’s 2.15pm.

Tuesday September 18. Sunderland College, Bede Campus. 2pm, SR3 4AH. Split Tease, North Shore, 7pm.

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

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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
This year Split 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.