School children are getting special treatment when it comes to buying tickets for Sunderland’s Split Festival in August.
The organisers, who have booked a crowd-pulling two-day line up featuring Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs, Ocean Colour Scene and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals fame, have announced a special discount scheme for those still in education - including sixth formers - which will see them get £10 off all tickets.
This translates to £20 for the day or £40 for the weekend for those youngsters over 11... anyone under 11 gets in free as long as they’re with a paying ticket holder.
Split Festival organiser, Martyn McFadden said: “School’s almost out for summer and the kids need something to look forward to that’s happening locally, so we feel it’s the right time to launch this concession scheme.
“They can see internationally renowned bands in their own back yard and this year we have our strongest line up yet. Split 2014 will be the biggest contemporary music festival ever to be held in Sunderland and we don’t want the under 18s to be priced out of it.”
Former Sunderland striker Marco Gabbiadini added: “I’ve attended Split Festival with my daughter and nephew who are both 16 and big music fans; we found it a great family occasion and a safe way to introduce them to the festival scene.
“Sunderland needs events like Split to help put the city on the cultural map and I think it’s crucial that the people who put their hard work and resources into creating Split are supported.”
Schools discount tickets are only available on line via www.split-music.co.uk/festivals/school.php and also in person from Pop Recs on Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
The Split Festival takes place on August 9 and 10, and features a line up of more than 40 bands. Keep your eyes peeled for all the family zone and beer and food festival information, which will be released in due course.
For more information, visit www.splitfestival.com