Splendour, Nottingham's annual family friendly music festival, returns for its 8th year at Wollaton Park held on Saturday 18th July.
The Specials headline, with James, Bananarama, The Twang, Ferocious Dog, Jess Glynne, Indiana, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run, To Kill A King, Iris Gold, Keto, The Swiines, Georgie, Joy Mumford, Eyre Llew, Hhymn, Jamie Lawson, Molly and Jack, RJMarks, Daudi Matsiko, and Cedric Peters.
At the bottom of the courtyard, the Funhouse Comedy stage compered by Andy Robinson will once again be entertaining the crowds throughout the day and into the evening with Ian D Montfort, Christian Reilly, Ellie Taylor, John Robertson, and Jollyboat.
The entertainment doesn't stop away from the main stages with loads for children on offer including fairground rides, and a free kids area hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops and shows, crazy inflatables, giant bubbles and Big Bear's Big Balloon Disco.
Festival gates open at 12noon with first bands scheduled for 1pm. Festival goers are advised to get there early to avoid queues and to remember that searches are in operation to prevent alcohol being bought onto the site.
Tickets are priced at £44.
Local music competition
The Future Sound of Nottingham (FSN) will give one lucky local, unsigned act the opportunity to perform the opening slot on the main stage at the festival on Saturday, 18 July.
Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, the festival has grown to become one of the region's biggest music events, attracting around 20,000 people of all ages.
Family friendly entertainment includes circus cabaret and samba drumming to magic and vaudeville, plus the Fun Police, out in force to make sure all are enjoying themselves responsibly. With megaphones, banner and cordons, the 'officers' will be creating silly scenarios of safety and generally being a delightful nuisance. Created especially for Splendour by Nonsuch Theatre, the roaming performers will be part of the fringe walkabout. Also new this year are DIY Poets, a Nottingham based poetry collective, the full kazoo orchestra brought by the DH Lawrence and the Vaudeville Skiffle Show. The fringe stage will have lots going on throughout the day including Notts Circus, Swing Nouveau, and Inspector Hemslo.
New for kids this year is the mini big top hosted by Big Top Mania, featuring circus skills workshops including low tightrope wire, hula-hooping, diablos, juggling & unicycles. They’ll be bringing giant bubbles and crazy inflatables along too, as well as closing proceedings in the Children’s Area with Big Bear’s Big Balloon Disco.
Area Inbetween will be offering exciting workshops for young people. Alongside LP record painting on Dizzy The Bike, face painting, and recycled materials workshops, there will be games and chill-out space for socialising and hanging out, including Giant Jenga, Ten Pin Bowling and Twister. All activities are free except for a spin on Dizzy charged at 50p per vinyl.
Splendour feature three live music stages, a comedy stage, special entertainment for children, bars, food stalls, fairground rides, kids are and more. There's no camping - the deer won't have it.
More information will be here when available.
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