End of Sunderland’s Split Festival isn’t music to our ears

PUNK LEGEND: John Lydon and his band PiL played Split Festival.
PUNK LEGEND: John Lydon and his band PiL played Split Festival.
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NEWS that the Split Festival has been axed has been met with disappointment by Echo readers.

After our story yesterday, announcing the end of the festival, people have reacted with dismay.

Established in 2009 at Ashbrooke Sports Ground, the music spectacular brought a host of big names to Wearside including John Lydon and his band PiL, Dizzee Rascal and The Charlatans.

Though the event had proved popular, organisers say it was becoming increasingly difficult to finance artists’ performance fees, with costs spiralling to £140,000 a year just to book the acts.

On our Facebook page, Pam Bolden wrote: “What a shame. Great, trouble-free event, loved it in Mowbray Park.” Craig Clark added: “To get big bands to come it cost a lot of money, which these lads don’t have or didn’t get in support. Good job lads for what you did achieve.”

Donna Tetley Crossley added: “The first festival was just that, a little one-day festival with the Futureheads headlining, then just grew every year, I personally think it was brilliant, well done lads.”

On our website – www.sunderlandecho.com – CaptainCharisma said: “Can local retail business not help sponsor this event? After all the impact of a festival would benefit local retailers.”