In a Splendour Festival first, 25,000 music lovers visited the (second year in a row) sold-out event in the grounds of Wollaton Park. They enjoyed music from live acts on the main stage, Confetti stage and acoustic stage. Other entertainment came from the fringe stage, comedy, a silent disco by GEM Radio and lots more.
There was plenty of Nottingham talent amongst those who were established globally. Future Sound of Nottingham winners, Brotherhood, opened the main stage as the hot sunshine swept over the audience who were streaming in (pretty quick too, even with the thorough security checks). Nottingham artist Georgie, who is signed to a major label, took to the stage with her guitar after their set. Already having gathered a loyal Notts fan-base, her performance went down a treat.
Other fabulous acts on the main stage and Confetti stage included Yola Carter, Will Harvey, Easy Life, Confetti’s own Josh Wheatley, and Bud (oh, what a gorgeous dress she wore)!
The rain poured by late afternoon, but that didn’t dampen any spirits. The Buzzcocks performed to an eclectic mix of ages who sang back every word. Gabrielle Aplin had the best singing voice of the day and looked cool in red trousers. Tony Hadley delighted the crowd with covers (such as David Bowie’s Life On Mars), as well as Spandau Ballet classics. British Sea Power decorated the stage with leaves (totally winners for the best stage decorations). Busted caused everyone to have nostalgic feelings creating a mass of crazy dancing folk. Black Grape fans braved the rain to see Shaun Ryder. Billy Ocean and his crew of backing singers and musicians had the smartest clothes on and rocked that stage. Then finally Ricky Wilson and the rest of the Kaiser Chiefs partied the night away on the main stage, swinging the microphone and having the best time. Rain. What rain?
We can’t wait to see what Splendour has in store next summer!
Words & photos by AJ