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Fans praise Sunderland Split Festival

Music fans at the Split Festival in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, brave Sunday's adverse weather conditions to watch The Generals on the main stage.

Music fans at the Split Festival in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, brave Sunday's adverse weather conditions to watch The Generals on the main stage.

SPLIT Festival’s music hit the right note with the thousands who turned out for the event.

Keir Waugh, 29, from South Shields, said: “I’ve never been to Split before, but I’ve really enjoyed it. Having the stages close together works really well.

“It’s got that good mix of local bands as well as people like Dizzee Rascal, who was unreal. It’s how a festival should be.”

Lisa Lake, 42, and daughter Molly, 12, made the trip from Peterlee for the festival.

“We’ve been to a few festivals and we really like the atmosphere here, it’s great for families,” said Lisa.

“The music has been great, especially Ocean Colour Scene and The Lake Poets. We really enjoyed Gallery Circus too, it was our first time hearing them.”

Split regular Adele Taylor, 30, was at the festival with friend Emma Tyrens, 30, from Herrington Burn.

“It really reminds me of Kendal Calling, it’s been great,” said Adele. “I wasn’t sure how a headliner like Dizzee Rascal would work, but I think it’s a great way of attracting a new crowd.

“We always seem to be a poor relation to Newcastle and Gateshead, but it’s great that we have a lovely family festival like this.”

Mum-of-two Tanith MacLeod, 32, from Ryhope, was at the event with fiancé Stu Buck.

“I think I preferred it at Ashbrooke and it could have done with another bar, but we’ve still enjoyed it. They’ve done a really good job of protecting the park which I’m glad about it as I was worried it was going to get ruined,” she said.

 

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