Big Beat Bronson kick off the main stage on Saturday with their fresh, cutting edge brand of Hip Hop. The group have already made significant in-roads to the music scene, with collaborations with artists such as Dom P, Foreign Beggars and Craggz. Combining the talents of Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, the former two were voted “Best Act” at Evolution Festival in 2011, while also dominating the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle that year.
Alt-Pop four-piece Lisbon will then continue proceedings at Mowbray Park, with the Whitley Bay lads bringing a set to Split that will include their first single release “Blue Love.” Produced by Jordan Riley at Newcastle’s Blast Studios, the song is a fusion of high energy pop and guitar riffs, and the band are looking to carry the momentum from their regional acclaim since last year’s Evolution Emerging Festival.
Sunderland’s very own Martin Longstaff, a singer-songwriter inspired by music icons Neil Young and Tom Waits, brings his act “The Lake Poets” to Mowbray Park on the Saturday.
Martin has gained a lot of recognition for his inspiring music, hitting home with the depth of his lyrics, channelling his energy into poignant themes, performed acoustically to audiences at venues such as Gateshead’s Sage, Islington’s Union Chapel and Glastonbury.
Releasing debut EP “Honest Hearts” on June 16, the record was co-produced with long-time collaborator Mick Ross, with martin describing the track as a more “cathartic and tentatively” piece of work.
Northern Funk act Smoove and Turrell are another group on the bill representing the regions eclectic range of music, as the duo bring their contemporary sound to the Split stage.
Fusing genres such as funk, northern soul and jazz, the duo will be showcasing their new record “Broken toys,” and bring with them a growing reputation, after performing at the Silver Hayes area of Glastonbury in 2010.
The penultimate act sees Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison, of Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene, playing some of the groups Indie classics in an acoustic performance.
With the voice of Simon Fowler recognisable in modern music, most notably from OCS’s classic hit “The Day We Caught The Train,” Split fans can look forward to a festival sing-long from the duo, whose other classic songs include “You’ve Got It Bad” and “The Riverboat Song.”
Headlining the main stage on Saturday will be East London’s very own grime artist Dizzee Rascal, bringing with him his fusion of UK garage, bassline and British hip hop to the Mowbray Park crowd.
For a decade, Dizzee has enjoyed iconic status amongst British music fans, after making a seamless transition from underground grime. Having worked with artists including Calvin Harris, Jessie J and DJ Fresh, the Bow rapper has cemented his place as a household name, with four number one singles and a Brit award to boot.
Rascal will be performing a string of tunes at Split Festival this August including his number one hits “Bonkers,” “Holiday,” “Dance Wiv me” and “Dirtee Disco,” as well as newer tracks including “Love This Town” and “Goin’ Crazy.” Famed for his energetic festival performances after memorable appearances at Glastonbury and V Festival Dizzee is sure to put on a fantastic show in Mowbray Park.