Festivals are childs’ play

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I’VE never been bitten by the festival bug, it just doesn’t appeal wandering around up to my knees in mud listening to music that I just don’t like.

However, after last Sunday, I may be tempted to give it a go – you know one of those must-do-before-I’m-30 activities.

I was given tickets for this year’s Split festival at Ashbrooke Sport’s Club and, as we had nothing else planned, I decided we would give it a go.

It had been advertised as a family-friendly event so I got my little boy Tate dressed in his festival-wear, pulled on a pair of wellies myself and advised my fiance John that he should follow suit.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when we arrived I really was pleasantly surprised.

Not only were there two tents with continuous live music, but there was a tent for children, including teaching them the tricks of the circus trade, and a food tent – we spent a lot of time in the food tent!

Although the music initially was not to my taste, the bands in the main tent definitely put on a great performance.

We caught the end of Tomahawks For Targets who were slightly too loud for me, but the crowd seemed to be enjoying it.

However, I did really enjoy The King Blues, they were edgey and interesting and they really made an impression – definitely ones to watch I think.

In the Fringe Tent Mick Rolfe impressed with his acoustic set.

We enjoyed it so much we stayed for the whole thing and Tate even had a bit of a dance before we headed to the Gourmet Tent, to sample the food on offer by some of Sunderland’s finest establishments.

Although we were spoilt for choice, we finally decided to share a stonebaked sweet chilli chicken pizza and we weren’t disappointed – high fives all round for the chefs.

It was great to see parents and children enjoying some of the raw talent on offer and the crowds stayed put until the very end.

Unfortunately, I only caught the very beginning of The Charlatans as Tate was screaming for his bed, but what I did see was great and they had a hard act to follow as Frankie and the Heartstrings had got the crowd going.

It was a really enjoyable event and I think the organisers should pat themselves on the back!

But what next for my new-found festival hobby? I’m thinking Glastonbury – if I’m going to embrace the world of festivals then why not go for the jackpot?