Nottingham’s Splendour Festival is turning 10-years-old this month with a cracker of a line-up. Paloma Faith headlines the plethora of excellent talent that takes over the grounds of Wollaton Park on Saturday 21st July. It includes The Charlatans (who performed at the very first Splendour), Marc Almond, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Nina Smith, The Stranglers, and Embrace. This might sound like a difficult line-up to top, but the festival has hosted more than 300 acts since its birth back in 2008 when it was a two-day event. Pet Shop Boys, scissor Sisters, Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne and Dizzy rascal are just a handful of names that have graced the stage.
“Ten years ago Nottingham City Council and DHP decided to start a festival for the people of Nottingham, an event to showcase some of our talented local musicians and bring some of the world’s best talent to the area,” said George Akins aka ‘Mr Splendour’ and DHP Family owner. “Since then the festival has doubled in size, and we now welcome close to 30,000 attendees to Wollaton Hall & Deer Park.
“Splendour has become a staple on the Nottingham event calendar, and I’m extremely proud to continue working on an event that means so much for Nottingham music.”
The festival was something Nottingham needed, with Thirsty Media noting in 2008 that the line-up was local-heavy proving that there is plenty of talent right on their doorstep. The city is known for its buzzing music scene and thriving venues, so it only seemed right that the next step was to bring back having a huge family event outside the front door of Wollaton Hall, something that the area hadn’t seen in six years.
Last year saw a 25,000 sold-out audience enjoying the Kaiser Chiefs in the rain. With the festival’s 10th anniversary in a matter of weeks, the excitement is beginning to build up.
“I’m really looking forward to performing at Splendour,” Paloma Faith said. “And being part of its 10th anniversary celebrations!”
Plenty of past performers want to wish Splendour a happy birthday, with Jake Bugg saying he has many “great memories of Splendour. I had been a few times as a music fan and then I was invited to play at the festival in the early days of my career, so to headline it in my home town remains a career highlight for me.”
Taking place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 21 July, Splendour is Nottingham’s best family-friendly festival; children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham city residents. Including booking fees, a standard ticket is £53.90, coming down to £42.90 when the discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham city residents aged 11-17 are £22. 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 City Resident Discount in person you will need a copy of your council tax bill.