Traders wanted for Sunderland Split Festival vintage fair

Split Festival 2011
Split Festival 2011
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VISITORS to this year’s Split Festival can go back in time to pick up some vintage gems.

Organisers of the annual music festival, which will be held at Ashbrooke Sports Ground on September 21 to 23, are looking for traders to showcase their wares for a vintage fair.

Barry Hyde, co-founder of Split, and Futureheads frontman, said: “We are expanding the food tent and are looking for a few more traders, so there is even more variety than last year. We’ve put a bar in there too this year.

“The vintage fair will also be a nice addition. Ideally we’d like to attract local traders and support business in and around Sunderland.”

Organisers of the festival, in its fourth year, are looking for traders to appear at a Split Tease event.

Held at North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, on September 18, as part of Sunderland University fresher’s week, it will feature gourmet food, comedy, a vintage fair, burlesque performances, live music and DJs.

It will be a taste of Split for the new intake of Sunderland students three days before the main event at Ashbrooke. This year, Split Festival is the Fresher’s Fortnight flagship event and students who buy full fresher’s wristbands will gain entry into Split.

Split organiser, Martyn McFadden said: “We’re delighted to be working with Sunderland uni on this. We had our Christmas gig at their North Shore venue and they were great to work with. We want to show the new intake of students that there is a lot going on in Sunderland and a lot to be proud of.”

This year’s Split will kick-off in style with a free film Friday showing Shrek and School of Rock on the big screen at Ashbrooke Sports Club.

The headline act for the Saturday of the festival is to be announced by the end of this month, but a number of acts have already been lined up to wow the thousands expected to attend.

The bill features dozens of acts including The Futureheads, who will close the festival on the Sunday, Saint Etienne, The Unthanks, Field Music and Kyla La Grange.

A host of emerging local talents, including Lilliput and Natasha Haws, are also being given their moment in the spotlight.

Tickets are £25 per day or £40 for a weekend ticket. Under-18s and students can buy tickets priced £17.50 for a day or £30 for the weekend.

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