Split a festival for all the family

SPLIT 2011: left, Jane Sumner, daughter Amelia Summer, Polly Emmerson, Dad Martin Emmerson, Mum Julia and daughter Abigail.
SPLIT 2011: left, Jane Sumner, daughter Amelia Summer, Polly Emmerson, Dad Martin Emmerson, Mum Julia and daughter Abigail.
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UNLIKE some festivals, there was a real mixture of people at Split, from young families to hardcore music afficionados.

Couple, Stephen Johnson, 24, and Katie Morgan, 21, both from Sulgrave, Washington, were among those soaking up the sounds.

SPLIT FESTIVAL 2011: General Shots.

SPLIT FESTIVAL 2011: General Shots.

Stephen, a labourer, said: “It’s been really good. A highlight was Hyde and Beast. This is the first time we’ve been to Split but we’d definitely come again. It’s a good celebration of local talent.”

Julia Emmerson, 35, from Roker was at the festival with family and friends.

She said: “We’ve been to festivals in the past couple of months which we’ve had to travel to and camp out, but it’s excellent that something like this happens right on your doorstep.

“It’s been a good mixture of local bands and more well-known acts.”

SPLIT 2011:Alex Haswell and Laura Mowbry

SPLIT 2011:Alex Haswell and Laura Mowbry

Ratty and Clem from Somerset had travelled to Sunderland for the first time to put up the huge blackout tent which was pitched on the ground’s cricket pitch.

Ratty said: “This is our tenth festival this year, we’ve been all over including Reading and Glastonbury.

“We didn’t know what to expect in Sunderland, it’s posher than we thought. There’s a nice atmosphere here too, it’s a nice family festival.”

Laura Mowbray, 29, from Fulwell went along with pal Alexandra Haswell, 29, from Ashbrooke.

She said: “I came to Split last year and it seemed a lot better organised this year, though I didn’t think The Charlatans were as good as last year’s headliners, Maximo Park.

“The gourmet tent’s a really good feature, there’s been some gorgeous foods available, not like your typical festival food of burgers and hot dogs.”