The Futureheads book The Drums and The Charlatans for Sunderland’s Split Festival

Ross Millard is in charge of music programming at the September event

The Futureheads guitarist Ross Millard is helping to curate this year’s Split Festival, which takes place 17-18 September at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland.

The bill is being programmed by Millard, and already confirmed for the third Split Festival are The Drums, The Charlatans, Frankie And The Heartstrings and Ganglians.

Hyde & Beast – the new project from The Futureheads‘ drummer Dave Hyde – will also be playing the festival, as well as BEAK> and Dutch Uncles, with more names to be announced.

Of the line-up Millard has said: “We’re incredibly excited about The Drums. It’s pretty exclusive and for Split and Sunderland to boast that is pretty amazing. It was really important that on the Saturday night we’ve got a new band that has an immense level of excitement around them and they are the band that is summing up the modern element of Split Festival this year, with the other side of the coin being Sunday night’s headliners, The Charlatans, who have innumerable anthems.”

“At the end of the Sunday when everyone is getting a little bit emotional and a little bit carried away with themselves, on come the Charlatans to play you through a greatest hits set and it couldn’t really be better.”

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