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Nottingham’s Biggest Music Festival Delights Again

Splendour Festival - 22nd July 2017

Danny North

It can be rare to find a festival that is suitable for the whole family, but Nottingham’s Splendour manages it every year. With the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Billy Ocean, Tony Hadley and Gabrielle Aplin on the bill, you’ll probably now understand why this music festival has become ever so popular year by year. And not only that, it is based in the grounds of Wollaton Hall, a picturesque park that has deer roaming around (though these are kept far away during this event).

Last year with Jess Glynne headlining, 21,000 people broke the record of attendees creating a completely sold-out event. This July, the Kaiser Chiefs will take to the Main Stage as headliners hopefully performing songs such as I predict a Riot and Ruby.

“Kaiser Chiefs are already proving a big draw for Splendour 2017 but I’m sure this exciting and varied line-up will attract even more people,” said Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture. “But it will be more than just a concert, as Nottingham City Council is committed to providing a great day out for all the family, with free entry for children under 11. Don’t forget, everyone who lives in the City of Nottingham is entitled to a discounted ticket.”

George Akins, owner, DHP Family added:

“Feedback on the Kaiser Chiefs announcement was epic, with sales well ahead of this time last year. Once again we’re confident this line up, with a mix of music legends and mega bands, will satisfy the 20,000 strong crowd at the award-winning Splendour Festival. Get your tickets quick as we’re expecting another sell out year!”

Double Brit Award winners and noughties generation come-backs, Busted, join the Kaiser Chiefs on the Main Stage with their fun pop rock. They sold-out a show back in February at Nottingham’s well-known club, Rock City, so no doubt they’re going to be one hell of an attraction!

Frontman of 80s group Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, will be singing a bunch of their hits. This will be great for those who fancy a bit of nostalgic music, as well as those who are fans of 80s pop.

Other musicians to take to the stages are Billy Ocean, Black Grape, British Sea Power, Gabrielle Aplin, and local lass, Georgie. Don’t think just because this 16-year-old is local she hasn’t got the same talent as the established artists. Currently signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album, she has also supported Jake Bugg, another local, on his UK tour.

Punk band Buzzcocks have been added to the line-up fresh off their global 40th anniversary tour.

“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,” said George Akins. “[They] 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.”

The Acoustic Stage will feature The Voice UK duo, Into The Ark, whilst the Funhouse Comedy Stage features Jim Smallman, Wes Zaharuk, Jollyboat, Steve Royle, Scott Bennett and Barry Dodds.

Once again, Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have partnered up with the festival to provide technical, recording and programming support.

Children under 11 will be admitted free and discounts are available 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.

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

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