Renowned for their contribution to the music scene in the North East and beyond, Sunderland based musicians, Hyde & Beast will bring their uplifting vocal harmonies to Mowbray Park, when they headline Stage 3 at this year’s Split Festival on August 9.
Describing their sound as “a blend of sunny vocal harmonies, fuzzy guitars and mournful brass,” Hyde & Beast is the brainchild of ex- Golden Virgins drummer, Neil Bassett, and Futureheads drummer and all round musical marvel, Dave Hyde.
Having joined forces in 2011 to create their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Slow Down’, their union was an act of accidental genius, with the lads simply improvising and experimenting with their sound – they had no intention of releasing their music.
Three years later, the talented duo are now set to release their highly anticipated second album, ‘Keep Moving’ on August 4 and the album’s eponymous track on July 28, which is currently single of the week on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Breakfast Show. Just in time for them to bring their unmistakable sound to Split Festival’s impressive line-up that boasts headliners Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs and Maximo Park.
Neil Bassett (aka Beast) said: “We’ve played at Split Festival once before a few years back and we were blown away by the support we received. For such an early slot, the tent was rammed. Split Festival is great for the town, for morale, the economy. It’s an excuse for a right old knees up. There’s a great musical heritage here. Celebrate it.
“This year, Gruff Rhys is the main highlight for me. I love his solo stuff as much as his astonishing back catalogue of Super Furry Animals songs. He’s an innovator. I’ll definitely be watching School of Language for a third time too. Take your dancing trousers for those fellas.”
Set to take to the stage with an eight person band, Hyde & Beast, will be playing old favourites and future hits – ensuring that they their set lives up to expectation.
Dave Hyde said: “Playing in front of a home crowd is terrifying – there are so many recognisable faces in the crowd. But generally once the fear subsides they are great shows to play.”
“Over the summer we have a string of local festivals to play and we are going to be making a new video in the coming weeks to accompany our second single. For the time being though, we are rehearsing like crazy in a sweat box, trying to ensure that we are on form for Split.”
Since 2009, Split Festival has remained loyal to its original ethos, continuing to attract some of the region’s most talented musicians and artists. With many prestigious North East acts, including Hyde & Beast, set to play alongside an eclectic mix of the industry’s biggest artists, this year’s line-up cements the fact that Split Festival will be the region’s biggest festival of 2014.
Ross Millard, who curates Split Festival said: “When Hyde and Beast started out, it was a studio project where they were crafting their dream album. Then they got the band together to tour it and they suddenly became this superb live band, with Dave leading it all in his own style.
“Their new record is really great, and they haven’t performed much of it live yet, so for a lot of people, Split Festival will be their first taste of the new material. The reaction to it in the press and on the radio has been good and I can’t wait to hear the new songs performed live.”
With a reputation for their captivating performances, Hyde & Beast are set to bring their distinct lyrics and psychedelic sounds to the heart of Sunderland when they play at this year’s Split Fest
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