Split Festival announce dates for 2014

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After taking 2013 off, Split Festival is back and it has been announced that the event will take place on August 9-10.

This news will definitely please music lovers in the area, who have been treated to the likes of The Charlatans, Maximo Park and Johnny Rotten over the past few years.

One of the event organisers Martyn McFadden said: “We’ve got the date now so we’re just going through all the licensing at the moment.

“We are beginning to approach bands but we haven’t had anyone confirmed yet. We’re just going through a massive list of people – a lot of people have been interested but they’re playing other festivals.

“We need to be more varied – we haven’t had enough female performers on, which tend to be sort of pop music. I think this year we’ll have a pop day and a rock day.”

Split Festival, a music event in Sunderland, has been held at Ashbrooke Sports Club for the last four years,not including last year’s break.

However this year’s venue remains somewhat a mystery after Mr McFadden confirmed that it won’t be held at the club.

“There are three different places it could be and they are all within a stone’s throw of each other, in the middle of Sunderland city centre,” said McFadden.

Despite the priority of big names to headline the event, Split has taken pride in promoting local bands by getting them to play at the event, including Frankie & The Heartstrings, who played the festival in 2011.

Lead-singer Frankie Francis said: “People’s perception of Sunderland is getting greater and Split Festival only adds to that.

“A lot of creative people have come from Sunderland, and Split almost celebrates that as well as bringing in international bands.

“It’s 99 per cent going to be in the town centre and I think that is brilliant, because we’ve done festivals in town centres before and they’ve been excellent.

“All the local businesses should benefit from that.”

Further announcements are expected to be made next month regarding the line-up.

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