Splendour 2019 just got bigger with over 20 new names added!

March 29th, 2019 at 12:00 pm

With tickets selling at record speeds following our announcement of Manic Street Preachers, The Specials, Rag’n’Bone Man and All Saints for Splendour on Saturday 20 July, a great selection of new acts have today been announced for this year’s stellar line-up.

Northern Irish rock band ASH, Fine Young Cannibals’ singer Roland Gift and indie rockers The Rifles join the bill on the Confetti Stage headlined by All Saints, one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s.

Throughout their career, ASH have had 18 UK Top 40 singles to their name – including “Goldfinger” and “Oh Yeah” from their UK Number One debut album ‘1977’ – won awards for singles “Shining Light” and “Burn Baby Burn” from their certified platinum album ‘Free All Angels’, and headlined Glastonbury in 1997. Formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray, the Northern Irish rockers’ seventh studio collection, ‘Islands’, reaffirms the trio’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands.

The high, soaring voice of Roland Gift, frontman of double Brit award-winning Fine Young Cannibals, will also join the Confetti Stage line-up. The British rock band rose to fame in the mid-1980s. In 1985, their self-titled debut album featured hits “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, which topped the charts in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Following this, the 1989 album, ‘The Raw & the Cooked’, went on to top the UK and US album charts including two Billboard Hot 100 number ones “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

Crowd pleasers The Rifles are back at Splendour again this year to celebrate 10 years since their classic album ‘Great Escape’. They have even teased on their social channels that a new album is on the way – much to their fans’ delight. Fresh from the stage at Rock City in February, it will be the fourth time the indie band has appeared at the festival.

Over on the Main Stage and joining Manic Street Preachers, The Specials and Rag’n’Bone Man is X Factor winner Louisa and Mancunian alt-rock band The Slow Readers Club.

After winning the 2015 series of The X Factor, Louisa became the programme’s youngest winner at the age of 17. Her solo single, “So Good”, charted in the Top 20 UK Charts and received gold certification, followed by “Best Behaviour” which certified silver. The dance single she released with British band Clean Bandit, “Tears”, also became a hit in many European countries.

Described by NME as the next northern pophouse, The Slow Readers Club have supported bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and James. The indie rockers join the Main Stage line-up at Splendour fresh from their extensive sold-out UK tour and hot on the heels of a benchmark year which saw them earn a UK Top 20 album, ‘Build A Tower’.

Another Irish rock band joining the Confetti Stage are The Coronas, whose 2009 studio album ‘Tony Was an Ex-Con’ won Best Irish Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating Snow Patrol’s “Up To Now” and U2’s “No Line on the Horizon”. Local East Midlands talent BRIA and Ava Saint have also been announced.

Also announced on the Main Stage is singer-songwriter Barns Courtney and local rising star Rob Green. The opportunity to open Splendour will once again be made possible by the winner of Future Sound of Nottingham, organised by Nusic.

Buckinghamshire born Barns Courtney released his first track as a solo artist, “Glitter & Gold”, in 2015. As well as reaching Number One on the UK Spotify Viral Chart and Number Two on the iTunes Alternative Chart, the single received radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk and BBC Radio 1. He has gone on to open for artists including The Who, The Libertines and Ed Sheeran, and has had his debut single streamed more than 41 million times on Spotify.

Over the years, local lad Rob Green has progressed to play the different stages at Splendour. This year will be his first time performing a slot on the Main Stage. His latest EP – ‘ROB.GREEN EP’ – debuted in the Top 40 of iTunes Album Chart in its first week, and reached number three in the iTunes RnB Chart. He has won international critical acclaim for the innovative, continuous shot music video for Blue – the EP’s debut single. Rob is currently working on his debut album, which is aimed for release this year.

Across the park on the Courtyard Stage is My Pet Fauxes, Mid November, Esther Van Leuven, Megatrain, Velvet Blush, 94 Gunships, Re Teu, Camille Christel and Laurie Illingworth. Located in the Courtyard at Wollaton Park, year-after-year the stage is packed with acts that are earmarked as ones to watch.

Away from the musical talent and on the Comedy Stage is compere Andy Robinson, Suzy Bennett, Roger Monkhouse, Vince Atta, Sean Heydon and Nathan Caton.

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham City residents. Including booking fee, a standard ticket is £56.65, coming down to £45.65 when the Nottingham City discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham City residents aged 11-17 are £22. VIP packages are also available and start from £87.65 for a Nottingham City adult.

Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre. To claim Nottingham City resident discount, a copy of your council tax bill is required.


The full Splendour line up is as follows:



Manic Street Preachers

The Specials

Rag’n’bone Man


The Slow Readers Club

Barns Courtney

Rob Green

Nusic Comp Winner



All Saints


Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals)

The Rifles

The Coronas


Ava Saint



Andy Robinson (Compere)

Suzy Bennett

Roger Monkhouse

Vince Atta

Sean Heydon

Nathan Caton



My Pet Fauxes

Mid November

Esther Van Leuven


Velvet Blush

94 Gunships

Re Teu

Camille Christel

Laurie Illingworth



Rag’n’Bone Man and All Saints join Manic Street Preachers and The Specials at Splendour

March 1st, 2019 at 6:59 am

Rag’n’Bone Man and All Saints will join headliners Manic Street Preachers and The Specials at Splendour on Saturday 20 July.

Hot on the heels of his ‘Giant’ performance at the 2019 Brit Awards, Rag’n’Bone Man will perform on the Main Stage at the Wollaton Park music festival. All Saints, one of the biggest girl bands that the UK has ever produced, will headline the Confetti Stage.

Rag’n’Bone Man – real name Rory Graham – broke onto the music scene with his massive debut single “Human” in 2016, which became a major hit across Europe. His UK number one debut album, of the same name, also features the single “Skin” and became the decade’s fastest-selling debut album so far by a British male, outselling those of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.

The baritone singer-songwriter is a triple Brit Award winner and is currently enjoying UK Chart success with the dance-electronic hit “Giant” – an incredible collaboration with ‘Best British Producer’ Calvin Harris. This will be his first performance in Nottingham since his show at Rock City in April 2017, which sold out in less than two days.

All Saints are beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the nineties. After a 15-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2016 with the original lineup – Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie Appleton and Nicole Appleton – released fresh material, including UK Top 10 Album ‘Red Flag’, and played a show at Rock City during their UK tour in December.

Back in the nineties, the quartet’s debut album, ‘All Saints’ (1997), went 5x platinum and produced three UK number one singles, including the double Brit award-winning “Never Ever”, “Under the Bridge/Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call”. Their second album, ‘Saints & Sinners’ (2000), became the band’s first number one album and achieved multi-platinum success, featuring UK number one hits “Pure Shores”, the soundtrack for the film The Beach, and “Black Coffee”.

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Manic Street Preachers and The Specials To Headline Splendour Festival 2019

January 25th, 2019 at 7:00 am

Manic Street Preachers and The Specials will headline this year’s Splendour, Saturday 20 July 2019.

The two bands have an outstanding back catalogue with more than 20 combined UK top 10 hits, including If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next and The Masses Against The Classes from Manic Street Preachers and Too Much Too Young and the legendary Ghost Town from The Specials.

Manic Street Preachers were in high demand after we conducted our annual questionnaire, bagging the top spot of who you’d like to see at the festival. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield on lead vocals and lead guitar, Sean Moore on drums and Nicky Wire on bass.

Throughout the band’s illustrious career they headlined several festivals including Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park, and V Festival and gained a host of music accolades including 11 NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards. As well as their Triple Platinum album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, the band have had 13 UK top 10 albums, including Everything Must Go and their latest album Resistance Is Futile. This will be the band’s first Nottingham appearance since their 2007 Rock City show.

The Specials are one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time and return to Splendour hot on the heels of a special 40th anniversary tour celebrating their formation and the two-tone label. Formed in Coventry in 1977, the trend-starting ska revival band hit the British music scene hard. In the UK their debut single Gangsters shot to number six and every subsequent single was a top 10 hit, including two number one hits – Too Much Too Young and the much loved Ghost Town, which won ‘Single of the Year 1981’ in NME, Melody Maker and Sounds.

Encore is the band’s first new studio album in more than 38 years, produced by founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter. The highly anticipated new album will be released on 1st February 2019 and is already drawing widespread critical acclaim.

Manic Street Preachers and The Specials are the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the Nottinghamshire’s biggest outdoor music event at Wollaton Park, with many more artists, comedians and entertainers to be revealed in the coming months.


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Set times for Splendour’s 10th anniversary announced!

July 13th, 2018 at 12:50 pm

With over 5 stages of amazing talent throughout the day, we’re delighted to share the set times for Splendour’s 10 year anniversary with you, along with our site map!

For all you early birds, Mollie Ralph & Chloe Rodgers will start the day off at 11:50 with beautifully crafted songs as well as mesmerizing cover versions, amongst many other rising local talents throughout the day on the Acoustic Rooms stage, finished off with a set from To Kill A King at 20:30.

On the fringe stage, we have an eclectic line-up of entertainment, including stilt-walkers, live poetry, tarot card readings and more starting from 12:00pm.

Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham competition winners The DandyLions kick-start the Main Stage at 12.30pm. They’re tipped as ones-to-watch, so be sure to get down early!

A host of comedians will take to the comedy stage throughout the day, starting from 2:00pm and running through until 6:30pm with compere Dave Twentyman hosting the day’s entertainment.

The day will see anthem packed performances from Ferocious Dog, Peace, The Stranglers and lots more on the Confetti stage, whilst the main stage plays host to Nottingham’s own Nina Smith and Ady Suleiman, as well as sets from Sophie Ellis-Bextor,  Bjorn Again and Marc Almond before The Charlatans make their return ten years on.

A fantastic day of entertainment will be rounded off by our headliner Paloma Faith, performing on the main stage at 9:00pm!

Download the full set times here: bit.ly/2L8bTU8
And get the last remaining tickets here: http://bit.ly/2L2z2Y1 

‘Little Splendours’ Kids’ Area

July 12th, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Over at Little Splendours, our designated kids ‘area, you’ll find a whole host of activities to keep younger ones entertained!

Come and join us as we sculpt a host of sea creatures and make our own sailors hats, join HandMade Theatre as they perform their brilliant new show ‘Too Many Cooks’, get musical with BeatFeet drumming, and hang out with Area Inbetween who will unleash your inner artist.

Our Area Inbetween and all craft creations will be running throughout the day (12-7pm), and you can plan your special activities with the times below.

1.30pm: Too Many Cooks by HandMade Theatre
2.30pm: Drumming with BeatFeet
3.30pm: Too Many Cooks by HandMade Theatre
4.30pm: Drumming with BeatFeet
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Too Many Cooks by HandMade Theatre

HandMade Theatre – ‘Too Many Cooks’
A new interactive family show full of food and fun!

In this tasty show we encounter three food enthusiasts as they battle it out to win Best in Show, with prize winning veg, best bakes and the worlds smelliest cheese.  We also meet a team of whacky waiters with their haphazard tomfoolery, ready to serve you with tea and treats.  Set in a specially converted food van, overflowing with handcrafted goodies and colourful costumes.  So pull up a chair and join us in the ‘Too Many Cooks’ culinary café.

BeatFeet Drumming
BeatFeet Drumming, dance & world music workshops is joining us again this year to add some rhythm to the festival! Join BeatFeet’s Director Jude in a series of interactive drumming workshops for children and families, where you’ll discover your inner drummer!

Area Inbetween
Area Inbetween will be once again releasing our artistic sides at Splendour with a whole host of creative activities.

Area Inbetween are a youth arts organisation run by two professional artists and youth workers. We specialise in providing fun and interesting workshops for young people at schools, festivals, youth centres and community days. Our mission is to inspire young people through the arts and we do just that with innovative and exciting installations, graffiti, crafts, dance, media, music and more. Our organisation is a non profit community organisation and we believe in protecting the environment by using recycled materials as much as we can with our artwork. Creativity is contagious and we hope to spread our love of art and empower and inspire all our young people with exciting new hobbies and interests!

Creative Clay!
It’s time to get creative and make your very own clay sculpture to take home with you. We’ll be diving under the sea to make a selection of sea creatures. Make an outlandish octopus, a fantastical fish, or come up with a mythical creation of your own!

Climb aboard the Good Ship Splendour and get in the sailor spirit by making your very own costume. Decorate your sailors hat and then it’s all hands on deck! Ay ay cap’n!


Further additions added to the Splendour 10th Anniversary Festival

June 20th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Today we announce more new additions to Splendour’s 10th Anniversary Festival, as even more local talent and rising stars join the bill!

photo credit: Jamie Sims. 

Mollie Ralph & Chloe Rodgers have both quickly made a name for themselves in Nottingham, after performing many locals shows as well as regularly busking together in town. Creating beautifully crafted songs as well as mesmerizing cover versions, they will be sure to go down a treat on the day.

Ferris & Sylvester will also play their Splendour debut. A London-based  duo  made  of  Issy  Ferris  and  Archie  Sylvester, their clever combination of Archie’s  blues  influence  and  Issy’s  soft  folk  tone  has  created  a  distinctive  genre  of their  own and led to them being described by Rolling Stone as, “dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop”.

After being crowned as Trent Rocks Champions earlier this year, Clonk! will be opening the Confetti stage this year. The punk rock band will be sure to kick start the day’s action with an energetic performance.

Having been played on Radio 1 as well as chosen as BBC Introducing track of the week, Splendour continues to develop local artists breaking through as Don’t Forget Rupert also join the Confetti stage line-up as a new addition. With catchy hooks and infectious melodies, the band are sure to catch the attention of festival-goers on the day.

As well a range of new additions to the Acoustic Rooms and Confetti stage, we’re excited to reveal this year’s fantastic fringe line-up. An eclectic line-up of entertainment, including stilt-walkers, live poetry, tarot card readings and much more can be enjoyed by our festival goers.

Nottingham School of Samba will bring some carnival noise and colour, as well as a special ’10 years of Splendour’ panel, with a host of Splendour staff and artists sharing memories and behind the scenes anecdotes. Nottingham’s favourite Grandma will also be returning to this year’s event as Basford’s forgotten soul singer Mrs Green performs around the festival on the day.

The final addition to the festival will be announced on 1st July as the Future Sound of Nottingham will take place again at Rock City with our friends Nusic, as pop-soul vocalist Emily Makis; electronic-pop outfit Wolf Club;  indie-rockers Pretty Babs; glam-rockers The Dandylions; guitar-pop artist Ben Haynes and singer-songwriter Louis Croft all battle for the opening slot on our main stage. To be the first to find out the future sound of Nottingham and listen to a whole load of other great local talent, make sure to head down to Rock City on 1st July.

Details Revealed For This Year’s VIP Ticket Holders!

May 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

We’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year, why not celebrate with us in style by treating yourself to VIP tickets?! Our VIP area is a hidden paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the festival. A VIP ticket will give you access to a wide range of luxuries that will make this year’s festival a truly special experience that you’ll never forget.

As well as having the option to watch all the mainstage action from a picnic blanket, hay bale or comfy chair in front of a giant outdoor screen, you’ll have access to a host of outdoor games, luxury toilets, and the very best in gourmet food and drink.

We have food to tingle all taste-buds. This year we will have mouth-watering burgers from Woodwards Farm, a family run business who are involved in every process of the supply chain, with their 21 days aged beef which has critics raving. This and more will be served in our VIP garden on the day.

Wash down your food with the finest Nottingham roasted coffee, as the Split Screen Coffee Company will be serving 200 degrees coffee beans from their beautifully converted 1965 VW Camper.

We also have a wide selection of tasty cocktails from Frizzenti, offering Mojito, Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martinis and more as well as a variety of wines too! This year’s VIP area will also feature the only cocktail milkfloat around, specialising in variations of white Russian cocktails (with vegan options available)!

More Names Added To Splendour’s 10 Year Anniversary Festival!

April 11th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

In continuing our ten year anniversary celebrations and making sure that this year’s event is our biggest and best yet, we can today confirm even more stellar artists for #SplendourFest 2018. Joining the likes of Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, Marc Almond and The Stranglers will be two artists that have dominated the UK charts and the very best in upcoming and local talent to kick start your summer.

Pop royalty Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings her huge back catalogue of glittering electro-pop anthems to Splendour Festival 2018. With 6 top ten singles in her arsenal including ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Take Me Home’ & ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, Sophie will well and truly bring the party to Splendour this year!

Having released one of the best-known and catchiest songs of the last 20 years, Toploader will take to the Confetti stage at this year’s festival.  With a string of top 20 singles and multiple Brit Award nominations under their belt, the three-piece will play songs from their extensive back catalogue including their feel-good summer anthem,  ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’.

We will also be showcasing the best in local talent that Nottingham and beyond has to offer. Hotly tipped indie upstarts Ashfields, who have shared stages with the likes of Biffy Clyro and  join our Confetti stage whilst over on our Acoustic Rooms stage we’ve added George Gadd, Daisy Godfrey, Katie Cooper, Re Tue and Joey Costello.

In addition to all of the incredible musical talent, we have Comedy in the Courtyard, the Gem Anthems Silent Disco, a dedicated Kids’ area, fringe entertainment and plenty of gourmet food and drinks. Splendour Festival is a day out for the whole family, and we’re so excited to celebrate in style with you this year!

The Charlatans, The Stranglers, Marc Almond And More Join Paloma Faith For Our Special 10th Anniversary

March 28th, 2018 at 7:16 am

An epic line up of music legends has been added to our special 10th birthday bash of Splendour, with The Charlatans joining headliner Paloma Faith on the Main Stage and The Stranglers headlining the Confetti Stage at the all-day summer music festival at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 21 July.

Returning 10 years on since their debut are The Charlatans. Almost three decades since bagging their first number one album ‘Some Friendly’ (1990), the indie rockers are still achieving fresh career highs with new music. Alongside a back catalogue of 13 top 40 studio albums to their name and hits including “The Only One I Know” and “One to Another”, the band will generate plenty of excitement!

The Stranglers have a vast catalogue of material spanning more than four decades. The influential quartet have an incredible 17 top 40 albums to their name and are probably best known for hit singles “Golden Brown” and “Peaches”. Performing at Rock City earlier this month, the punk-era legends went down a storm with the crowd.

Internationally acclaimed music artist Marc Almond was one half of the electro duo Soft Cell. The band’s cover of Gloria Jones’ Northern Soul classic “Tainted Love” was number one worldwide; listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the record that spent the longest time in the Billboard Top 100 chart in the US; won best single at the first Brit Awards in 1981; and is one of the UK’s best selling singles of all time. Marc has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and will be making his mark at Splendour with hits from his hugely successful solo career, as well as Soft Cell songs.

Björn Again will have the crowd singing along to belters from the very best of ABBA, which includes the chart topping song “The Winner Takes it All” and all time favourite “Gimme Gimme Gimme”. Founded in Australia in 1988, the band is internationally acclaimed and have amassed 5,000 performances in 72 countries in 30 years.

Nottingham lad Ady Suleiman, whose lyrical distinctiveness has garnered fans ranging from Chance the Rapper, Labrinth and Michael Kiwanuka, will bring a smooth blend of neo soul from his debut album ‘Memories’. The opportunity to open our special 10th birthday bash will once again be made possible by the winner of Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham.

Embrace, with six top 10 singles including England’s official football World Cup 2006 song “World at Your Feet”, are currently amid a UK tour with a brand new album; energetic, feel-good vibes from indie pop band Peace, hot on the heels of their latest studio album ‘Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll’; and six piece folk-rock Mansfield crew Ferocious Dog, with an ever-growing legion of fans, have also been revealed to perform on the Confetti Stage.

Nina Smith, To Kill A King and Soham De are the first acts to be confirmed for the Acoustic Rooms Stage in the courtyard at Wollaton Park, just a stone’s throw away from all the action.

Laugh out loud performances on the Comedy Stage will come from Brian & Krysstal; Andrew Bird; The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue; Patrick Monahan; Alan Hudson; and Dave Twentyman (compere).

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham city residents. A standard ticket is £49, coming down to £39 when the discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham Residents aged 11-17 are £20. VIP packages are also available from our website now or from the Nottingham Tourism Centre and from Clifton, Ken Martin, Southglade and Harvey Hadden Leisure Centres. Please note that to claim your Nottingham Resident Discount in person you will need a copy of your council tax bill.

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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Paloma Faith is Revealed as Headliner for Special 10th Anniversary Splendour

January 29th, 2018 at 9:19 am

The multi-talented singer-songwriter Paloma Faith – one of the most successful British female artists of the last decade – has been revealed as the headliner for Splendour this year!

Known for her high-energy live sets, Paloma has been releasing music for the last decade and went straight to number one with her latest album ‘The Architect’ last year. A former Brit Award winner, Paloma has been nominated once again for British Female Solo Artist at this year’s Brits. She is one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK.

The hugely popular singer-songwriter will be celebrating her own birthday with thousands of people at Splendour this year fresh from a huge UK tour. She said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Splendour and being part of its 10th anniversary celebrations!”

Paloma graced the UK music charts in 2009 with her debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’. Alongside successive albums ‘Fall to Grace’ (2012) and ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ (2014), she has spent more than 50 weeks in the top 10 charts.

‘The Architect’ is the singer’s first album in three years and includes sensational collaborations with John Legend and Rag’n’Bone Man, as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson. Released in November 2017, it rocketed to number one in the UK charts. It is currently on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row, which would make her the first British woman in chart history to achieve this incredible feat.

Paloma Faith is the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the city’s biggest summer day out at Wollaton Park, with many more artists, comedians and entertainers to be revealed over the coming months.

With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £49, coming down to £39 when the discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham Residents aged 11-17 are £20. VIP packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre and from Clifton, Ken Martin, Southglade and Harvey Hadden Leisure Centres. Please note that to claim your Nottingham Resident Discount in person you will need a copy of your council tax bill.

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