ORGANISERS at Sunderland’s biggest home-grown festival have come up with an all-weather back-up plan.
Split Festival bosses have applied for a licence to use the Ocean Park fairground in Seaburn for the weekend of August 9 and 10.
However, despite rumours that this year’s festival would be moved from its base in Mowbray Park, organisers are reassuring gig-goers that the concrete Seaburn site will only be used in the worst of weather conditions.
Martyn McFadden, from the Split team, said: “This is just a back-up insurance plan so we can make sure the event will still go ahead, but it would have to be a Noah’s Ark situation for us to use it.
“The weather was really bad after Split Festival in 2012, so much so, that we couldn’t load out for a week because the ground was so wet.
“If that had happened on the weekend of the festival, we would have had to cancel.”
After a break last year, Split announced it was back for 2014 with a bang.
As well as moving to a city centre location from Ashbrooke Sports Ground, the event announced its biggest headliner yet – Dizzee Rascal.
Bonkers, Dance Wiv Me and Holiday singer Dizzee will headline on Saturday, August 9.
Rockers The Cribs and Maximo Park will headline on Sunday.
More acts will be added to the line-up for the two-day spectacular in the coming weeks.