Split Festival returned to Sunderland after a break last year, this time moving to a new city center location at Mowbray Park.
Despite the rainy weather, the loyal North East concert goers showed up in droves to support the impressive bill of talent from the local music scene, as well as seeing some of the more established acts headliners Maximo Park and The Cribs.
Young Liar from Newcastle kicked off the day on Stage Two with their guitar driven, fast paced instrumental rock, playing their first show in nine months to a decent sized crowd.
Next up were the sharply dressed So What Robot, bringing their fun and catchy, bass heavy, indie rock, to the festival crowd, who they thanked for coming down so early in the rain, when they could have been at home enjoying their Sunday lunch.
The Generals kicked off on the main stage with their own brand of indie rock, before Sunderlandâ€™s own Cohesion brought one of the biggest crowds of the day to the second stage and a great response as well.
Lilliput changed the tone on the main stage with an Americana vibe, bringing a set of almost Fleet Foxes-esque folk rock, before Barry Hyde, from one of Sunderlandâ€™s most successful bands, The Futureheads.
Hyde delivered a superb set of solo material to the a tent, which was overflowing with people trying to catch a glimpse.
School of Language, a prog rock project from Field Musicâ€™s David and Peter Brewis, played an impressive set consisting of their new material on Stage Two with a packed crowd.
Frankie and the Heartstrings, played a great set combining tracks from their first two albums, the rain not putting off the crowd on the main stage one bit.
The Cribs gave a lively set on the main stage, playing their first show in Sunderland in ten years. They played a set packed with classics like, We Share The Same Skies and Mans Dreams. The band left the stage in true Rock and Roll fashion with front man Ryan Jarman launching his guitar into his amp, stack leaving the sound of feedback echoing around the park.
Headliners Maximo Park closed the festival with an exciting set of Indie Rock, which included old classics like, Books from Boxes, Apply Some Pressure, and Our Velocity, as well as tracks from their latest album Too Much Information.
All in all, a great festival which has come on from strength to strength since its early days. Exciting times ahead for Split Festival and the entire Sunderland music scene.