Split Festival organisers hand free tickets to venue’s neighbours

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NEIGHBOURS won’t have to worry about the noise from the Split Festival – as they’ll be there for free.

Organisers of the festival, being held in Mowbray Park on August 9 and 10, have given the residents of the park’s apartments free entry to the event.

There are 35 apartments surrounding the festival site, which has this year moved to the city centre from its birthplace in Ashbrooke Sports Club, and Split organisers have personally invited each of the residents to join them.

Split Festival organiser Martyn McFadden, said: “We bumped into some of the residents at the press launch of Split and then later when we did a promo day in The Bridges Shopping Centre.

“We decided that, because they were so supportive of Split, we’d offer them some free tickets.

“We then thought it wouldn’t be fair to invite some residents and not others, since it’s in their back garden, so we’ve invited them all to the party.”

This year’s two-day event features headliners Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs and Maximo Park, as well as home-grown talent such as The Lake Poets and Frankie & the Heartstrings.

Charlotte O’Keeffe, a Mowbray apartments resident, said: “Split Festival is a great event and opportunity for our city.

“It isn’t often that we get a new attraction of this calibre coming to Sunderland. Not only is it something new and exciting to do, but it will also hugely benefit our local community.

“I couldn’t believe it when the organisers of Split Festival personally invited us to the event and to top it off, they generously issued two, free-weekend passes.

“I’m massively looking forward to Split and I think that Mowbray Park is an awesome place to hold it.

“It is great that they are involving the residents – it brings a heightened sense of community.”