Get ready for Sunderland’s Split Festival

FROM LEFT - Ross Millard and Jaff'Front row - Split-goers Alex Burgess, Joe Mcfadden and Francesca Moyes.
FROM LEFT - Ross Millard and Jaff'Front row - Split-goers Alex Burgess, Joe Mcfadden and Francesca Moyes.
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GIG-GOERS can now swap their tickets to this weekend’s Split Festival for wristbands.

The scheme, in which you can also buy food and drink vouchers in advance, is expected to slash queues at the music spectacular which takes place at Ashbrooke Sports Ground on Saturday and Sunday.

To launch the scheme, The Futureheads band members and festival organisers Ross Millard and David (Jaff) Craig popped down to the sports ground to get things rolling and helped out with the first customers.

Ross said: “I’m sure on the days of Split everyone will just want to get in and see the bands, so we’re running the wristbands exchange again, as it’s proved successful in the past.

“People can also buy Split Vouchers in advance, as it’s a cashless festival. They can be redeemed for food and drink. Jaff and I enjoyed coming down and meeting some of the people who are looking forward to Split as much as we are.”

Alex Burgess, 18, from South Shields, will be coming to Split for the successive third year.

She said “I can’t wait. Split is my favourite festival and this year the line-up is brilliant. I couldn’t believe it when I came down and Jaff and Ross from The Futureheads were working behind the bar on the wristband exchange. It was great to meet them.”

The festival will feature sets from The Charlatans, The Drums, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Mystery Jets, The Rifles, The King Blues and Dinosaur Pile-Up and more.

Headline acts for the Fringe Tent this year include Brit Award winner and twice Mercury-nominated artist Beth Orton, Michelle Stodart (from The Magic Numbers) and Jarvis Cocker-endorsed act Withered Hand.

The family festival will also feature a gourmet tent with an Alice in Wonderland theme hosted by ITV This Morning chef and Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, who lives in Whitburn.

SPEEDING-UP SPLIT

* From today festival goers can swap their tickets for official wristbands and also buy Split Vouchers at Ashbrooke Sports Ground on West Lawn.

* Using vouchers, which is popular at other festivals, means there is no cash behind the bars, making it more secure.

* Those who haven’t swapped their tickets can still gain entry on the day.

* The exchange is open between 9am and 7pm every day until Friday.

* Tickets are £25 a day or £40 for a weekend ticket. {http://www.splitfestival.com,Click here} for the Split Festival website