Splendour – A Celebration that Befits the Name

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Well it’s festival time again! A time when thousands of music lovers gather in a field to hear their favourite tunes live, where bum-bags, wellies and multi-coloured outfits are seen as a fashion necessity, where that cringe-worthy phrase ‘yolo’ is muttered half a million times, and where there is really only one important question be asked; where to this year? Well look no further, Splendour holds all the answers! A festival that transcends age groups and Facebook profiles; with much to offer irrespective of whether you’re single, in relationship, or have a family in tow; and if ‘it’s complicated’ then that’s more to the better, as it will provide you with the perfect means to get away from the doldrums that come with the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

The annual one-day extravaganza has grown in popularity year on year since being formed in 2008; so much so that it is now seen to be Nottingham’s largest outdoor music event. One that promoter ‘DHP Family’, alongside Nottingham city council and Creative Technologies College ‘Confetti’ work hard on to provide the perfect eclectic mix of long-loved heritage performers and new-age contemporary pop artists; attracting such prominent acts as Calvin Harris, Happy Mondays, Dizzee Rascal, Pet Shop Boys and Scouting for Girls to the stunning Wollaton Hall grounds in recent years. Furthermore, the magnificent set of views that can be found in and around setting are a treat for anyone’s camera phone!


On the 18th of July, the 20,000 Splendour capacity will yet again be bombarded with a multitude of top musicians that include To Kill a King, Lawson and Jess Glynne alongside old favourites The Specials and Bananarama; and that’s just the music! Be sure to check out the Funhouse comedy stage and prepare to laugh out loud at a variety of different comedy stylings; including psychic comedian Tom Binns (or alter-ego Ian D Montfort), Aussie improviser John Robertson, musical comedian Christian Reilly and the presenter of the BBC3 dating show ‘snog, marry, avoid’ (a game many of you guys will no doubt be familiar with), Ellie Taylor. There are also a number of stalls and bars on site all willing and able to lighten y our pockets of some of that hard earned cash; whilst the funfair and kid’s area are sure to occupy the adolescents in your party (and the children too!).

For those party animals that are still going past the 11:30 close, the venue is but a fifteen minute taxi ride from the town centre, where a host of bars and clubs will be waiting to take you in with open arms; such as that of Yates’s, BZR Bar and the nations favourite Australasian-themed bar/club ‘Walkabout’, just to name a few. There are also plenty of hotel options for those travelling from afar, so it would be a shame (some might say a crime) to not make a night of it!


If you like what you read, check out all the ticket options at http://www.splendourfestival.c om/tickets/ and choose the one that suits your wants, needs and budget. If you’re a resident, why not get yourself a free City Card and enjoy some fantastic discounts! 



By Calum Dewsbury