Splendour Festival

Splendour Festival’s 10th Birthday: Artists and organisers celebrate the beloved festival

A decade ago, a festival that brought local East Midland talent and acts from all across the world was born. Now they are pulling out all the stops to make their 10th Birthday their best yet.

Splendour festival is back and its celebrating a big birthday. Over the 10 years, the festival has welcomed over 300 acts  from music, comedy and art.

As the anticipation builds, Splendour has promised it’s going to be the best year yet with acts including headliner Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, The Stranglers, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and many more coming to Wollaton Park on Saturday, July 21st.

Since 2008, the festival has welcomed the likes of  Paolo Nutini, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Calvin Harris, Scissor Sisters, Dizzee Rascal and Nottingham lads Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond.

Some of this years acts have wished the Nottingham festival a Happy 10th Birthday.

Paloma Faith said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Splendour and being part of its 10th anniversary celebrations!”

ABBA tribute band, Björn Again who have played the festival before said: “Performing at Splendour in 2012 was a blast! We’re delighted to be back and join its 10th birthday celebrations alongside the great, energetic crowd.”

Finally, Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg commented: “I have 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. Congratulations on the 10th anniversary!”

Paloma Faith Splendour
Paloma Faith is headlining Splendour Festival 2018.

Splendour is Nottingham’s best family-friendly festival; children under 11 will be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham city residents.

DHP Family owner and organiser of the festival George Akins said: “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.

“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.”

Danielle Sorsby, who has worked at the festival and has watched some of the smaller acts grow said: “One of the best things about being involved with Splendour over the years is seeing how the festival has helped shape the wider Nottingham music community.

“It’s been great to be able to book acts on some of the smaller stages and then see them soon be promoted to the bigger ones and then maintain that success away from the festival.”

Tickets are priced at £53.90 and 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.

Splendour Festival 2018 line-up includes:


Paloma Faith

The Charlatans

Marc Almond

Björn Again

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Ady Suleiman

Nusic competition winner


The Stranglers



Ferocious Dog




Don’t Forget Rupert


Brian & Krysstal

Dave Twentyman

Andrew Bird

Patrick Monahan

Alan Hudson

The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue


To Kill A King

George Gadd

Soham De

Joey Costello

Re Teu

Katie Cooper

Daisy Godfrey

Ferris & Sylvester

Mollie Ralph & Chloe Rodgers


Poetry Is Dead Good

‘10 years of Splendour’ panel

One Love

Mrs Green


Nottingham School of Samba

Circus Trapeze Rig

For more information and news on the festival, make sure you follow ‘@splendourfestivalUK’ on Facebook and follow ‘@SplendourFest’ on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #SplendourFest.

By Becky Lumbard


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