Splendour Festival’s Little Splendours announced!

July 17th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Over at Little Splendours, our designated kids area, you’ll find a whole host of activities to keep younger ones entertained. This year we’re going all things dinosaur! Make your own fossils and go fossil hunting, create your own dino tail and dance the dinosaur disco, join the Great Big Small Dino Quest, get musical with BeatFeet drumming, and hang out with Area Inbetween who will unleash your inner artist.

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!

Dino Tails
Embrace your inner dinosaur and make yourself a dino tail. By the end of the day we’ll have a herd of Splendour Dinosaurs roaming the site, getting up to all kinds of dino mischief.

Area Inbetween
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!

The Great Big Small Dino Quest
An interactive story about a small dinosaur in search of his inner big. Expect some team challenges and games along the way as together we work out what happens when you are small in a very, very big world….

Fossil Dig
It’s time to play detective and find out what it might be like to be a real palaeontologist. Brush away layers of sand to reveal Splendour’s fossils and switch on your fossil scientist brains to decide what mysteries you’ve uncovered!

Make Your Own Ammonite
It’s time to get creative and make your very own fossil to take home with you. We’ll be making ammonites – designing the distinctive spiral shapes of these ancient fossilised sea creatures.

Dino Tails
Embrace your inner dinosaur and make yourself a dino tail. By the end of the day we’ll have a herd of Splendour Dinosaurs roaming the site, getting up to all kinds of dino mischief.

Set Times Announced For Splendour Festival 2017

July 14th, 2017 at 10:56 am


With just over a week to go, we’re delighted to bring to you this year’s official set times! There’ll be back to back hit performances throughout the day, so get your planners at the ready!

For all you early birds, Phat Magic starts the days’ festivities with fun & frolicks over on the Fringe Stage at 12pm. Other fringe acts performing on the day include The Edi Johnston Bit, One Love, Dance Equation, Motormouf and Mrs Green.

Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham competition winners Brotherhood kick-start the music of the day over on 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. You’ll be able to see all your favourite local acts throughout the day on our Acoustic Rooms stage, as well as The Voice favourites Into The Ark.

The day see anthem packed performances from Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, Black Grape and more on the Confetti stage, whilst the main stage plays host to Nottingham’s own Georgie, Americana soul singer Yola Carter, folk troubadour Will Varley and pop superstar Gabrielle Aplin.

Sing-along to pop rock heroes Busted at 19:15pm then dash over to the Confetti stage where Billy Ocean will be performing hits from his epic back catalogue. A fantastic day of entertainment will be rounded off by our headliners Kaiser Chiefs, performing on the main stage at 9:00pm!

Download the full set times here: http://bit.ly/2u4CpVO
And get the last remaining tickets here: http://bit.ly/2tlXyq7

It’s Hotting Up with the One Month Countdown to Splendour Festival

June 22nd, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Excitement is building for Splendour with the one month countdown now underway for the city’s biggest summer day out taking place at Wollaton Park on 22 July.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before in the festival’s history. Those who attend will enjoy sets from headliners Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean plus a lot of laughs from the line up on the comedy stage.

In the Courtyard, the Acoustic Rooms stage once again presents a top line up of local talent and emerging artists: Into The Ark / Yazmin Lacey / Jimi Mack / Unknown Era / Tom Lumley / Lisa Hendricks / Young T and Bugsey / Billie / Sunflower Thieves.

Everything from stilt walkers and street dancers to beatboxers and magicians make up a fantastic fringe line up with the Nottingham School of Samba bringing some carnival noise and colour as well as a funfair and children’s area with drop in activities for younger visitors.

We are putting the final touches to festival planning including working closely with the police to put in any extra security arrangements needed, and working in association with Nottingham City Council to deliver a great day out from start to finish.

More than 200 staff are involved in delivering our award-winning family festival, working across every area from box office and bar to the technical set up and backstage hospitality.

Away from the site, food and drink vendors are busy creating their Splendour offer, with the popular Annie’s Burger Shack lined up for the VIP area coming to the festival for the first time.

The VIP package has been ramped up to be bigger and better than ever, with ticket-holders able to gain fast track access to the festival. The VIP garden has been extended to include a secret woodland area and will also feature a dedicated cocktail bar and those all-important luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. VIP packages start from £80.

Now it’s all eyes on the long-range weather forecast!

Brotherhood Announced As Winners Of This Year’s Future Sound Of Nottingham

May 12th, 2017 at 5:46 pm


Nusic’s annual showcase of Nottingham’s greatest talent,  Future Sound of Nottingham, returned to Rock City once again 7th May. Unsigned local talent not only got the opportunity to play in front of music industry names, but the winners of the night, Brotherhood, battled their way through to earn their place on the coveted opening slot of our #SplendourFest main stage!

Six acts from a variety of genres took to the stage, each winning over the crowd with their impeccable talents, First up were Indie upstarts One Giant Causeway, whos jangly guitar-pop tunes kicked off the night in perfect fashion and really got the crowd going. Then came Kelsey Shaw, whose delicate folk-pop sound made the room stand still with her impressive vocal range. Next up were Brotherhood, who crafted a set of classic guitar pop songs as infectious as they were uplifting, followed by Hashtagobi, who performed 3 alt hip-hop tunes lifted from his recent concept album all about being a university student. Then came glam rock Gods The Dandylions, dressed in eye-catching yellow and pink attire, their wrestling-masked frontman’s vocals were impressive by anyone’s standards, leaving the audience astounded by the end of their three song set. Last but not least came Roe Green, who played a mix of keyboard and guitar to support his heartfelt radio-friendly ballads. .

The  audience were treated to a set by last year’s winners Super Furniture, whilst the judges picked a winner and after much deliberation by the judges,Brotherhood were crowned winners of the night. Brothers Ant and Matt are sure to be a great addition to the Splendour line-up.

Talking about the opportunity that Future Sound of Nottingham has given to these acts, Mark Del, of NUSIC, said: “The Future Sound of Nottingham presents Notts musicians with several huge opportunities. From playing Rock City’s main stage, a gig many have called ‘the best night of their life’, to getting their music in front of industry people who can help them make a living doing what they love.”

Splendour organiser, Anton Lockwood added: “For the last nine years FSN has supported Nottinghamshire’s best talent, and once again DHP Family is delighted to be working alongside NUSIC.

Buzzcocks and more added to the Splendour Festival 2017 line up

March 31st, 2017 at 7:15 am

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Regarded as one of the most influential bands ever, Buzzcocks have been thrilling audiences for more than four decades. Fresh from their global 40th anniversary tour, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remington and Danny Farrant will bring their high-octane guitar, bass and drum power to the Confetti Stage. With six successful and well-received studio albums under their belt, along with years of high profile gigging, expect an epic set of crowd pleasers including the landmark “Orgasm Addict” and UK top 40 single “Ever Fallen in Love”.

Rising star Will Varley will return to Splendour bringing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs to the Main Stage. In the same year that he sold out Nottingham’s Bodega, Varley was also invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as ‘one of the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’ With shows booked on both sides of the pond, and new fans from around the world joining en masse, the future is bright for this folk artist.
A distinctive blend of country soul from singer-songwriter Yola Carter who will be joining the main stage line-up. Earmarked as ‘one to watch’ by The Guardian, and recently voted ‘UK Artist of the Year’ at the UK Americana Awards, Carter is recognised as one of the UK’s top singers and a uniquely gifted songwriter. She has also worked with critically acclaimed acts such as St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Imelda May.
Back over on the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, local artists Bud and Josh Wheatley join the bill. Bud’s vibrant reggae beats have been played by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Greg James and Scott Mills and championed by BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan. At the end of 2016, the rising star was one of the most played artists on BBC Introducing in the East Midlands. Wheatley has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long with his spine-chillingly, poignant material about matters of the heart and soul.
The Acoustic Rooms Stage will once again host a roster of emerging artists from Nottinghamshire’s thriving music scene. Into the Ark, finalists in the ITV show The Voice,  headline with the rest of the lineup featuring Jimi Mack, whose nostalgic sound has been featured on BBC radio; Yazmin Lacey; Unknown Era; Tom Lumley; Lisa Hendricks; Young T and Bugsey; Billie and Sunflower Thieves.

Splendour’s George Akins, said: “We’re confident punk veterans Buzzcocks, along with our other bona fide music legends and award-winning bands backed up with an exciting lineup of fresh talent bursting out of our local music scene, will contribute towards another fantastic day out for the whole family. With ticket sales currently ahead of all previous years, this year’s Splendour is set to be an event not to be missed.”

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the Nottingham City resident discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20.
VIP packages are also available starting from £80. Ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including access to the VIP garden; a big screen with picnic and seating area; exclusive entertainment; gourmet food and a quality choice of drinks; luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall.



Billy Ocean, Busted and Tony Hadley Join Kaiser Chiefs at Splendour Festival

March 10th, 2017 at 7:15 am

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We are happy to announce a great range of new acts joining Kaiser Chiefs at Splendour Festival 2017! Starting with Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and plenty of hit singles.

Tony Hadley, ex frontman of 80s phenomenon Spandau Ballet, will also make his mark on the Main Stage. Formed in 1978, Spandau Ballet had multiple chart topping singles and albums all over the world, including international number one “True”. Over the years, Hadley has earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Expect an epic set from a back catalogue of memorable Spandau Ballet hits, including their well-known song “Gold”.

Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. The “Caribbean Queen” star has sold more than 30 million records and collected a pile of gold and platinum records throughout his hugely successful career. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set.

Next up, rock band Black Grape, formed by Shaun Ryder and Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge after the demise of Happy Mondays, will be bringing their Britpop canon to Splendour. Following a UK tour to mark the 21st anniversary of chart topping debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’, and a fantastic show at Rock City in December, expect a lively set of catchy pop hooks including “In the Name of the Father” and “Reverend Black Grape”.

International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers – the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to our Confetti Stage line up.

Back over on the Main Stage is  incredible British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Her unforgettable cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love” for the John Lewis Christmas TV campaign reached number one in the UK chart. In the whirlwind that followed, Aplin’s debut album ‘English Rain’ charted at number two and has since been certified gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies.

Singer-songwriter Georgie is not stranger to Splendour Festival! She has built a strong reputation over the years in the Nottingham music scene, making her first forays at the age of 14. Two years on from her last Splendour appearance, and after supporting Jake Bugg on a triumphant UK tour, the local star is signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album.

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage will be musical duo and The Voice UK contestants, Into The Ark, who have been hotly tipped by coach Tom Jones. Further acts across the park will be announced shortly.

Over on the Funhouse Comedy Stage, acts will include: Jim SmallmanWes ZaharukJollyboatSteve RoyleScott Bennett and Barry Dodds.

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, Splendour is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Tickets are available now from: http://splendourfestival.com/tickets/

Splendour Festival offers local talent the chance to shine with Future Sound of Nottingham

March 3rd, 2017 at 10:32 am


Organised by NUSIC, Future Sound of Nottingham will give one Nottinghamshire act the chance to perform the opening slot on the main stage at the festival on Saturday 22nd July. Open to entrants now, the first round of FSN invites local bands and artists of all genres to send in demos for a panel of industry judges.

Entries for the first round will close on Monday 20th March and finalists will be expected to battle it out on the main stage at Rock City on ­­Sunday 7th May, where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the champ.

Mark Del, of NUSIC, said: “The Future Sound of Nottingham presents Notts musicians with several huge opportunities. From playing Rock City’s main stage, a gig many have called ‘the best night of their life’, to getting their music in front of industry people who can help them make a living doing what they love.”

Splendour organiser, Anton Lockwood added: “For the last nine years FSN has supported Nottinghamshire’s best talent, and once again DHP Family is delighted to be working alongside NUSIC. The talented act who is crowned champion will this year rub shoulders with Yorkshire quintet Kaiser Chiefs, with additional performers to be revealed soon.”NUSIC is dedicated to all things ‘Notts, Musical and New’ and aims to support unsigned musicians from the county, across every genre of music. Future Sound of Nottingham is now back for its ninth year.

For more information on how to apply, listen to the podcast here.


Splendour Festival announces partnership with The Dinosaurs of China exhibition for VIP ticket holders.

February 20th, 2017 at 5:24 pm


Splendour Festival is proud to announce that VIP ticket holders for this year’s event will now also gain access to the very special Dinosaurs of China exhibition on the day of the festival!

The Dinosaurs of China exhibition shines a new, never before seen light on the extinct species, showing not only bones, but soft parts including skin and feathers. This breakthrough in research proved that dinosaurs as species were much more diverse than originally thought. Some feathered dinosaurs, which eventually learnt how to fly, evolved in to birds similar to ones we know today.

Completely new to science, all of the fossils exhibiting have been discovered in the last 20 years, with some being discovered as early as 2016.The exhibition will feature huge three dimensional mounted skeletons of the dinosaurs, as well as original fossils and detailed replicas. The groundbreaking, world exclusive exhibition has never before been shown to Europe, and now you can view it as part of your VIP ticket wristband!
What are VIP tickets?

VIP tickets are the premium way to enjoy the Splendour festival experience. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including:
• Access to our fully accessible VIP garden
• Big screen with picnic and seating area
• Exclusive entertainment
• Gourmet Food to impress even the most ardent foodies
• Well-stocked cash bar with a quality choice of drinks
• Luxury toilets
• Access to the Dinosaurs Of China exhibition

Kaiser Chiefs Revealed as Splendour 2017 Headliners

January 27th, 2017 at 7:15 am

Multiple Brit Award winning, indie-rock band, Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as headliners for this year’s award-winning Splendour Festival, Saturday 22 July 2017!

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The Yorkshire quintet are the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the city’s biggest summer day out at Wollaton Park, and winner of ‘Best Festival’ at the 2016 Live UK Business Awards. With an amazing back catalogue of six albums, including the Brit Award winning ‘Employment’, expect a set of huge sing-along anthems including I Predict a Riot, Oh My God and UK number one single Ruby.


Kaiser Chiefs said: “We’re really looking forward to performing at Splendour. We know the crowd and the setting will make for an unforgettable atmosphere.”


Kaiser Chiefs are made up of lead vocalist, and two-times winning coach on the fourth and fifth series of The Voice, Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines and as of 2013, drummer Vijay Mistry, replacing founding drummer Nick Hodgson.


The success of their debut album ‘Employment’, released in 2005 with hits including Everyday I Love You Less and Less and I Predict a Riot, sold over three million copies and won the band three Brit Awards including the award for Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Live Act. It also won an NME Award for Best Album and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.


Since then, Kaiser Chiefs have gone on to release five more original studio albums; Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011), Education, Education, Education & War (2014) and their latest album Stay Together (2016), which charted in the UK top five.


Organisers DHP Family and Nottingham City Council are keen to replicate the success of last year’s biggest ever Splendour – overall winner of ‘Best Festival’ (15,000-39,000) at the 2016 Live Music Business Awards, and recognised as Nottingham’s favourite family festival – which saw a sold-out 21,000 strong crowd see headliners Jess Glynne, The Human League and UB40. Also confirmed are festival partners Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies who will be providing invaluable technical, recording and programming support alongside Notts TV as official media partner. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including the Confetti stage powered by Nottingham Trent University, 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.


Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Last year’s amazing Splendour festival was a sell-out and we expect Kaiser Chiefs to attract just as many people, so I would encourage residents to get their tickets early.  Nottingham City Council will be working hard to make sure that this year’s event is not only a fantastic concert but also a great day out for the whole family, with fairground rides, circus skills workshops, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.”


Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20. VIP packages are also available starting from £80.


Tickets can be purchased online here or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre.


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Splendour 2017 Tickets on Sale Now

July 26th, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Nottingham’s favourite family festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park on Saturday 22nd July 2017, and tickets are on sale now.


2016 was an amazing year for Splendour, and plans are already underway to make the next festival even bigger and better!

With our previous line-ups featuring incredible acts such as Jess Gylnne, The Specials, James, The Human League, Jake Bugg, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Calvin Harris, The Darkness and more, we can promise we are preparing another stunning line-up for a day of fun and frolics at Wollaton Hall on the 22nd of July 2017.


Tickets for 2016’s event sold out in record time, and we are sure our next Splendour will stay in high demand. Make sure to get your ticket to Nottingham’s biggest summer day out early.

Book your tickets for Splendour 2017 here: www.splendourfestival.com/tickets

Be the first to hear about Splendour 2017 artist announcements by registering here: www.splendourfestival.com/mailing-list