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On Saturday 10th September, the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will host a spectacular day of music from the North East’s rising stars. The official Split Festival Fringe event celebrates emerging North East music.



Featuring special guest headliners

The Lake Poets

Windowsill - (The Tunstall Hill Sessions) by The Lake Poets

Athletes in Paris

Borrowed Time by Athletes in Paris


And introducing five new and young artists


Static Line Parachute

Tuxedo Nights by Static Line Parachute



Look Back (NEW) by bandofcomets


Natasha Haws

Stepping Stone-Demo by haws



Follow me Home by mausi


The Railway Club

At Last, My Atlas by The Railway Club

With special guest panellists


Tom Robinson - BBC6 Music Introducing

Barry Hyde - The Futureheads/Split Festival

Emma Howe - Spark FM

The event will also feature a celebration of our Transmission project so far, including live broadcasts and exclusive screenings of footage gathered. For further information click HERE.

And stay tuned for our further Split Fringe announcements.

Saturday 10th September
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP

12 – 5PM
Free Entry
All Ages


With 146 artists applying to play, a panel of industry experts selected 5 emerging bands and solo artists to play alongside two of the region’s biggest buzz bands in front of an all-ages crowd and music industry experts, including legendary broadcaster and champion of new music Tom Robinson.


Previous Transmission events with Tom Robinson have helped to unearth the likes of Vinyl Jacket, Let’s Buy Happiness, Polarsets and Chased by Wolves. Performers have all been played on Tom’s national BBC 6Music Introducing show and the likes of Let’s Buy Happiness and Vinyl Jacket (first seen by Tom at our events) have been heavily supported by BBC Introducing – playing Maida Vale sessions and Glastonbury Festival.

Generator’s Transmission project is lead by young people and Split Transmission will showcase emerging music and premiere videos and research to celebrate the history of popular music broadcasting in the North East.

Split Festival is Sunderland’s biggest and best music festival and takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, with many Fringe events planned in association with The Bunker, Sunderland’s best loved centre for the development of music and arts.

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