Gruff Rhys – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Gruff Rhys – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Gruff Rhys – Split Festival 2014
Sunderland 10th August 2014

Story time with Gruff proved to be one of the highlights of the festival. Telling his tale of John Evans and his adventures in America. In the form of multi-media slideshow presentation and music. Packed out photo-pit for this show by the ex Super Furry Animals front man.

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The Cribs – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

The Cribs – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

The Cribs – Split Festival 2014 
Sunderland 10th August 2014

Big crowd puller for the main stage, they went down a storm.

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Boy Jumps Ship – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

Boy Jumps Ship – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

Boy Jumps Ship – Split Festival 2014
Sunderland 10th August 2014

Playing the main stage we have another local bunch of lads who are making serious waves in the music scene. My first time seeing them, so I made sure I got down early for this set.

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So What Robot – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

So What Robot – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

So What Robot – Split Festival 2014 
Sunderland 10th August 2014

Kicking of the 2nd day in style! The band are smart as darts, despite the awful rainstorm going on outside. Local faves warmed the crowd up nicely for the day ahead and they drew in a packed tent. Impossible not to like this band, oh and they’re rather good live. Go see them if you get chance.

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Young Liar – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Young Liar – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Young Liar – Split Festival 2014
Sunderland 10th August 2014

First band on the bill for the 2nd day at Split Fest. The rain was pouring down on this Sunday but no-one seems to mind as the music is fantastic. I’d darted over from So What Robot to catch the last couple of songs. Oh my, this lot are good! More local talent. I’m surprised I’ve not come across them before, however this is their first show in a while. I certainly hope for more as I was very impressed.

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TISSUE CULTURE – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

TISSUE CULTURE – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Tissue Culture – Split Festival 2014
Sunderland 10th August

Another corker of a local band took to the 3rd stage to a good crowd on this grim rainy Sunday afternoon. Perfect setting for their post rock shoegaze songs. ‘Bleak Northern Beaches’ fit perfectly (without the beach of course).

These are another of my top tips for local bands to watch. I first saw them earlier in 2014 when they supported Post War Glamour Girls. I was somewhat stunned. To quote myself at the time ‘They feel a lot different to anything else on the Newcastle scene at the moment. They gave an intense performance, with some brilliantly crafted songs. Hard to pin them down, hints of Twilight Sad here and there. Very very good.’ So it was a pleasure to see them playing to a festival crowd and winning over new fans and the critics. In a live setting their songs are very powerful, something that I’d highly recommend witnessing.

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MAXIMO PARK – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

MAXIMO PARK – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Maximo Park – Split Festival 2014 – Sunderland 10th August 2014

Local lads headlining the last night of Split Festival.

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BAD BREEDING – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

BAD BREEDING – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Bad Breeding – Split Festival 2014
Sunderland 10th August 2014

Thee must see band of the festival for me. And easily the best (and loudest) performance of the weekend. Short brutal set from one of the best live bands I’ve come across. As yet they haven’t released any material. The hype machine is grinding and for once it is correct.

The 2nd time i’ve seen them this summer, the first being at Leeds Brudenell supporting the legendary Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. That was one amazing night!

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BLEECH – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

BLEECH – Sunderland Split Festival 2014

Bleech – Split Festival
Sunderland 9th Aug 2014

Another impressive band on the 2nd Stage. They pulled off a great set and went down really well with fans and critics.

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GOY BOY MCILROY – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

GOY BOY MCILROY – Sunderland Split Festival 2014 – PHOTOS

Goy Boy McIlroy – Split Festival 2014 – Sunderland 9th August 2014

Split fest has been jam packed with little gems of bands, wedged amongst the obvious crowd pullers. So we had a bit of everything for everyone on the bill. Pretty much thee discovery of the festival for me, the name has been passed around at other shows, so I was curious to see them.

Playing the 3rd Stage on a glorious sunny day, many people were milling around outside, enjoying the sun and the music. I was in the tent, chasing the singer around with a camera. Brilliant performance and certainly a band I will be watching with interest. They have a few more local shows coming up. I’ll be hopefully catching their set at the Star and Shadow Cinema in late September. You should too, a very good band with a great stage presence. Along with Bad Breeding, I’d mark these down as a band to watch for 2015.

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