Split Festival – The Futureheads’ annual celebration of music and culture that attracts national and international audiences to Sunderland – is going green.

The event organisers have stated their ambition to provide the most eco-friendly event in the annual festival calendar and are working on a 3-year plan.
Taking place across September 17th and 18th at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland, Split Festival was established in 2009 and has grown massively since its local origins and now boasts an international line-up that would grace any bespoke festival stage.

Featuring the likes of The Charlatans, The Drums, Mystery Jets and Frankie & the Heartstrings, tickets can still be purchased at the extremely good price of £25 for a day ticket and £40 for the weekend.

Rob Deverson, Event Chairman said, “Apart from Split Festival I work in the Energy and Environmental sector helping large organisations throughout the UK reduce their carbon footprint and so improve environmental performance.

As our Festival has developed we wanted to bring a similar ethos to Split. We are aware that many people in the performing arts industry have concerns about the eco-credentials of live events. It’s great to recycle plates and glasses but what about the energy used for tour buses, generator sets and other major fossil fuel burners at live outdoor entertainment?”

Working in conjunction with Julie’s Bicycle – a music industry project that makes environmental sustainability intrinsic to the business, art and ethics of music, theatre and the creative industries ( – the organisers have a plan to not only do everything they can in 2011 to reduce their carbon impact but also to measure this using empirical evidence from festival goers.

“We can do all we can inside the venue to reduce our carbon impact by using bio-fuels in local generators to power the site as well as carefully managed waste streams and recyclable food and drink materials.” commented Rob.

“However that is all for nothing if everyone turns up to our event in their cars! We want to encourage all Festival goers to use public transport to the Park Lane interchange in Sunderland and we will provide courtesy bus travel for the short ride from there to the venue. A team of volunteers will be conducting entry interviews on methods of travel and we will be offering spot prizes throughout the weekend for festival goers who can show public transport tickets for their trip to the event.”

Split Festival is working with several local environmental agencies to audit its overall carbon impact and will be setting itself even higher goals for 2012 and beyond.

Another area that the Festival is very keen to encourage is the younger music element and this year offers all primary school children free entry on both days as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Once inside, there will be a dedicated “play zone” for all youngsters where they can be entertained by a variety of rides, games, circus performers and tasty treats to suit everyone.
September 17th and 18th
Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland