Splendour 2016 lineup confirmed

One of the biggest artists of the past 12 months, Grammy award winner and Brit nominated pop sensation Jess Glynne is to headline Splendour on 23 July 2016.   

The booking comes on the back of an amazing year for the artist after her debut album –  ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ – made her the biggest selling debut artist of the year. The album features her five number one singles including smash hit ‘Hold My Hand’ and its equally successful follow up ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, along with the recent single ‘Take Me Home’, the official song for Children in Need. 

Jess is the first solo female artist to headline Splendour since Kate Nash took to the main stage in the first year of thefestival in 2008. 

The singer, 26, has already equalled the record for the most number one singles by a British female solo artist — five —  and has now announced a brand new single from the album, ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’, due for release on 26 February via Atlantic. 

The Human League and UB40 – two legendary bands with an outstanding back catalogue stretching back more than 40 years – join the bill on the main stage headlined by one of the hottest artists of the moment Jess Glynne, the Grammy award winner with an unbelievable 5 UK Number 1 singles from her chart topping debut album.

Another British singer with a debut number 1 album, Jamie Lawson is next on the bill with Turin Brakes, Jeremy Loops and local Nottingham artist Ady Suleiman also announced for the main stage. Suleiman has been earmarked as one to watch, his timelessly classic yet fresh sound has garnered him a broad range of influential fans from both sides of the Atlantic. The festival will once again be championing local talent by offering the opening slot of the main stage to the winner of the hotly contested Future Sound of Nottingham battle of the bands competition.

Across the park, multi-million selling megaband The Darkness will headline the Confetti stage along with The Fratellis, The Rifles, Stiff Little Fingers, Louis Berry, These Your Children and Eyre Llew.

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms stage will be British folk singer Will Varley, who has recently sold out The Bodega and supported Frank Turner at Rock City, followed by Brad Dear, Tom McCartney, Bru-C, Ellie Keegan, Josh Wheatley, Raphael Blake and Lowrie.


Over on the Funhouse Comedy stage, acts will include: John Ryan, Patrick Monahan, Ivan Brackenbury, El Baldiniho, Tom Binns, Vince Atta.  


Formed in Sheffield in the late 1970s The Human League evolved into one of the seminal 80s electro pop bands. The band sold more than 20 million records and their classic pop masterpiece ‘Don’t You Want Me’ was a number one hit around the world.


Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and achieve sales of over 100 million records. Led by Robin Campbell and Duncan Campbell on vocals, UB40 play Splendour for the first time following a sell-out show at Rock City in 2014.


British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson is quickly making his mark on the music industry, as the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran’s record label, Gingerbread Man Records. In the whirlwind that followed, Jamie toured with Ed across the world and supported One Direction on their final full UK arena tour. His self-titled album reached #1 in the UK and has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide.


After a fantastic sell out show at Rock City in December, three-times Brit award winners The Darkness will be bringing some glam rock to the Confetti stage. Revellers can expect a high-energy set, full of remarkably catchy material, and unapologetic worship of old-school rock & roll including their classic “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”.


Scottish rockers The Fratellis will bring their turbo charged indie guitar tunes including top 10 hit singles "Chelsea Dagger" and "Whistle For The Choir".


2015 saw indie band The Rifles mark the ten year anniversary of their debut album ‘No Love Lost’ with four triumphant sold out Electric Ballroom shows in London and 2016 will see the release of their 5th album.


Punk rock stalwarts Stiff Little Fingers take to the stage before hotly tipped Liverpool-born singer-songwriter Louis Berry will take things in a soulful direction with his gritty rock 'n' roll with soul. Louis has won praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, John Kennedy at Radio X and Zane Lowe.


The Specials, Samba and Skiffle – what to expect at Splendour 2015 this Saturday

This Saturday 18th of July, Wollaton hall (of Batman fame) opens its park doors to festival goers for the annual Splendour festival. Splendour will be bursting with all sorts of family friendly entertainment this weekend including circus cabaret, samba drumming, magic and vaudeville. 

All of the set times have now been announced which you can catch at the bottom of this article and on their website. The festival opens at 11.30am with the music kicking off on the Acoustic Stage at 12pm and on the main stage with Future Sound of Nottingham winners Suspect Alibi at 12.30pm.

Splendour's official radio partner GEM 106 is bringing its award winning breakfast show Sam & Amy to soak up the atmosphere and do a special show live from Splendour between 2pm and 6pm. Listen in, to catch all the latest gossip. They'll have a free photobooth to capture lots of fun on the day, and a chill out area. 

Festival-goers will be kept on their toes by 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.

The Nottingham School of Samba will be taking their beats around the Wollaton Park site with drumming performances of Brazilian songs in the styles of Afro-Brasil, samba reggae and Rio samba sure to get the party started. 

Also new this year are DIY Poets, a Nottingham based poetry collective who will be bringing their dynamic brand of performance poetry to the Splendour setting for the first time. And for something completely different, check out the full kazoo orchestra brought by the DH Lawrence and the Vaudeville Skiffle Show.

As well as more walkabout entertainments this year, the fringe stage will have lots going on throughout the day. The showstopping Notts Circus will once again be thrilling the audience throughout the afternoon with three dazzling mini-cabaret performances, complete with aerial acts on its impressive eight metre rig. Marvel at the acrobatics, and enjoy free-play activities including diabolo, stilt walking, juggling and more between shows.

Swing dancers will be encouraging everyone to get involved as Swing Nouveau play modern songs performed in a retro style while detective of magic Inspector Hemslo will be discovering the most intimate secrets of those he meets.

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.

Tickets for Splendour start at just £22 To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go towww.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @splendourfest

Set Times
21:00 – 22:30         THE SPECIALS     
19:15 – 20:15         JAMES 
17:45 – 18:45         LAWSON
16:30 – 17:15         INDIANA 
15:30 – 16:00         ROOTS MANUVA 
14:30 – 15:00         AMBER RUN 
13:30 – 14:00         TO KILL A KING 

12:30 – 13:00         SUSPECT ALIBI 

19:45 – 21:00         BANANARAMA
18:15 – 19:15         THE TWANG 
17:15 – 17:45         FEROCIOUS DOG 
16:00 – 16:30         IRIS GOLD 
15:00 – 15:30         KETO 
14:00 – 14:30         THE SWIINES 
13:00 – 13:30         GEORGIE 

20:30 – 21:00         HHYMN
19:30 – 20:00         JOY MUMFORD 
18:30 – 19:00         EYRE LLEW 
17:30 – 18:00         PIERCE BROTHERS 
16:30 – 17:00         JAMIE LAWSON 
15:30 – 16:00         MARTIN LUKE BROWN 
14:30 – 15:00         DAUDI MATSIKO 
13:30 – 14:00         MOLLY AND JACK 
12:45 – 13:15         RJMARKS 
12:00 – 12:30         CEDRIC PETERS 

18:00 – 18:30         JOLLYBOAT 
17:00 – 17:30         JOHN ROBERTSON
16:00 – 16:30         ELLIE TAYLOR 
15:00 – 15:30         CHRISTIAN REILLY 
14:00 – 14:30         IAN D. MONTFORT

17:15 – 17:45         DANIEL DORE.. MAGICIAN 
16:00 – 16:30         DIY POETS PRESENT.. SPLENDID POETRY 
15:00 – 15:30         SWING NOUVEAU
13:00 – 13:30         SWING NOUVEAU
12:00 – 12:30         NOTTINGHAM SCHOOL OF SAMBA

James and Bananarama added to Splendour Festival lineup

Continuing the strong line up on the main stage as special guests are the legendary James, perhaps best known for anthemic hits such as ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’ and ‘Laid’. With all seven band members coming back to reform in 2007, the Manchester band released their 13th studio album La Petite Mort last year to critical acclaim and showed the unique James magic is still firmly in place with engaging powerful songs that demand to be heard live.

One of the best all female pop bands of all time, Bananarama joins the bill for Splendour headlining the Confetti Stage.  The band already share history with The Specials lead singer Terry Hall who tracked the girls down to perform with Fun Boy Three, the trio he formed with two other bandmates, for the single 'It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It'.  Will Splendour see the girls join Terry and co on stage?

With 32 Top 40 UK hits, they went on to support everyone from Iggy Pop to Paul Weller. For the next ten years the girls were everywhere and so were their hits, all penned by the girls themselves. As their biography says 'Bananarama were not a manufactured band but three friends who came from the London Club scene with a Punk attitude and were always in control of their own destiny.'

Singer of the moment Jess Glynne, best known for featuring on Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be', which made number one in the UK and can also be heard on the current M&S food advertising campaign, as well as debut single, 'Right Here', will be bringing her distinctive voice to the main stage.

With their latest single Roads out in May and an eagerly anticipated album due out later this year, pop rockers Lawson will have plenty of fresh material to excite the crowd alongside songs from their debut album Chapman Square and their six top 20 hit singles including Juliet and When She Was Mine. Joining them on the main stage and described as ‘the voice of urban Britain’ by The Times, MOBO award winner, vocalist and rapper Roots Manuva, best known for the hit single ‘Witness The Fitness’, will be bringing his UK hip hop style to Wollaton’s lush fields.

The full main stage line up is The Specials, James, Jess Glynne, Lawson, Roots Manuva, Amber Run and To Kill A King and the day will be opened by the winner of the Future Sound of Nottingham competition. 


The Specials


Jess Glynne


Roots Manuva

Amber Run        

To Kill A King

NUSIC Competition Winner



The Twang         

Ferocious Dog

Iris Gold


The Swiines



Andy Robinson (Compere)

Ian D. Montfort

Christian Reilly

Ellie Taylor

John Robertson



Joy Mumford

Eyre Llew           


Jamie Lawson

Molly and Jack


Daudi Matsiko

Cedric Peters

Full lineup announced for Splendour Festival

Already confirmed for the main stage are Dizzee Rascal, Razorlight, Katy B, Hard-Fi and Bjorn Again with alternative favourites Levellers and recently announced The Lightning Seeds confirmed for the Jagermeister stage. 


Three live music stages, a comedy stage, kids’ zone, fairground, bars, stalls, food and a fabulous setting, makes Splendour one of the regions biggest and best live music festival. 

We can now confirm the full Splendour 2012 line up as:

Main Stage:

Dizzee Rascal
Katy B
Bjorn Again
Jake Bugg

Future Sound of Nottingham competition winner (the chance for a local band to take the opening slot on the main stage – visit www.nusic.org.uk for entry details)


Jagermeister stage:

The Lightning Seeds
To Kill A King
Kappa Gamma
The Barnum Meserve

Leftlion Courtyard Stage

Natalie Duncan
Miss 600
Nina Smith
Rob Green
Saint Raymond
Opie Dieno
Josh Keogh

Comedy stage

Compere: Dave Twentyman
Vince Atta
The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue
Anil Desai
Dave Eastgate
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Nottingham singer song-writer, Jake Bugg, is the latest act confirmed to play the main stage with alternative rock band, The Lightning Seeds, confirmed to play the Jagermesiter stage, alongside folk rock band To Kill A King and psychedelic folk-pop band Vadoinmessico.

Splendour has a particularly strong local line up this year with Kappa Gamma, The Barnum Meserve, Opie Deino, Rob Green, Josh Keogh, Childhood, Saint Raymond, the yet to be announced NUSIC Future Sound of Nottingham competition winner who are all Nottingham based plus local acts returning to the Splendour stage include Jake Bugg, Ronika Natalie Duncan and Nina Smith

Tickets are on sale at www.splendourfestival.com or at the Rock City box office on Talbot Street or the Royal Centre. You can also buy tickets at any of the Nottingham City Council’s leisure centres.

Discount tickets are available for City of Nottingham residents with a valid Citycard.

Prices are:

  • £27.50 adult Citycard holders (City resident)
  • £15 11-17 year old Citycard 360 holders (City residents)
  • £27.50 11-17 year old non city resident (with an NG postcode)
  • £37.50 for standard entry
  • FREE for all children 10 years and under

Dizzie Rascal, Katy B, and Levellers set for Splendour Festival 2012

Nottingham City Council is pleased to be working again with DHP to bring Splendour back to Nottingham for a fifth year.

 Joining Dizzee Rascal on the mainstage will be BRIT award winners Razorlight and rising UK garage/dub-step starlet Katy B. Headlining the second stage at this year’s festival will be alternative favourites The Levellers. 
Splendour’s full line up across three live music stages and comedy stage will be announced soon and festival goers can expect another special day for all the family with entertainment for children, fairground rides, food and craft stalls and bars.
Once again Splendour is teaming up with NUSIC.org.uk, who helps young Nottinghamshire musicians get exposure and experience within the music industry, with a competition for a local act to take the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour. Details of how to enter will be available shortly.
Splendour saw its most successful turnout last year with capacity topping the 20,000 mark. The festival has sold out for the past three years so those wanting to get their hands on tickets are advised to buy sooner rather than later!
Tickets go on sale next week – from 1st February (Wednesday) from 9am and again there are excellent discounts for city residents with a valid Citycard.
Tickets are available online at www.splendourfestival.com or in person from the Rock City Box Office on Talbot Street or the Royal Centre Box Office. Tickets will also be going on sale at all City Council leisure centres from 1st March.

2012 ticket prices are:

£27.50 adult city residents (with a valid Citycard)

  • £15 11-17 year old city residents (with a valid Citycard 360)

  • £27.50 11-17 year old non city resident (with an NG postcode)

  • £37.50 standard entry

  • FREE for all children 10 years and under 

Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, the festival has grown to become one of the region’s biggest music events, attracting over 20,000 people of all ages.
Previous headliners to grace the stage include the Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, Calvin Harris, The Pogues, The Charlatans, Paolo Nutini and Ash.
City residents buying online will need to enter their Citycard number so have this ready.
If you are a city resident – and that means that you pay your Council Tax to Nottingham City Council – and haven’t yet got a Citycard, you can call in at the NCT travel centre on the Old Market Square with proof of address and age (for the Citycard 360). You can also get the adult card at any Council leisure centre or library.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council said: ‘Being able to bring Splendour back for a 5th year is great news for the City Council and great news for the City. It’s become one of the region’s most popular and high profile music events and attracting such a world class headline act shows that Splendour is making waves nationally and internationally. It’s a great event, in a great location, with great music, a great family feel and at a really great price. We’re really pleased to be able to work with our partners DHP to put on such a good show for Nottingham.’
George Akins Chairman of DHP said: “We are really excited about this year and feel that this is the strongest line up we’ve put together to date with even more diversity for the whole family.  We expect this year to sell out in record time.”
Mark Del, founder of NUSIC and Splendour’s main stage host said: "I'm really excited NUSIC have managed to once again secure that Splendour main stage slot for a Nottingham artist, its such an incredible opportunity, last years's Future Sound of Nottingham winners The Money are still buzzing up the walls from last year."

To keep up to date with all the latest Splendour news visit www.splendourfestival.com or like Nottingham Splendour Festival on Facebook. 

Splendour Festival Stage Times

Full stage times for all four stages and all acts have now been confirmed. They are:
Main stage
1.00 – 1.30 – The Money
2.00 – 2.30 – Sam Duckworth
3.00 – 3.30 – Justin Currie
4.00 – 4.45 – Cast
5.15 – 6.00 – Eliza Doolittle
7.00 – 8.00 – Blondie
9.00 – 10.30 – Scissor Sisters
Jagermeister stage
12.30 – 1.00 – Harleighblu
1.30 – 2.00 – Royal Gala
2.30 – 3.00 – Swimming
3.30 – 4.00 – Romance
4.45 – 5.15 – The Virgin Mary
6.00 – 6.30 – Dog is Dead
7.00 – 7.45 – The Bluetones
8.15 – 9.15 – Feeder
Courtyard stage
1.30 – 2.00 – Jake Bugg
2.30 – 3.00 – Gallery 47
3.30 – 4.00 – Luke Bingham
4.30 – 5.00 – Allie Moss
5.30 – 6.00 – Cecille Grey
6.30 – 7.15 – The Petebox
7.45 – 8.45 – Scott Matthews
The Funhouse comedy stage
Compere: Nick Page
2.00 – 2.30 – Patrick Monahan
3.00 – 3.30 – Dan Evans
4.00 – 4.30 – Roger Monkhouse
5.00 – 5.30 – Wes Zaharuk
6.00 – 6.30 – Andy White
Doors open at 12noon on Sunday 24th July. Please be aware that no alcohol should be brought on the site – searches will be carried out.
Those travelling by public transport can catch a bus leaving the Victoria Centre or Upper Parliament Street in Nottingham city centre every 15 minutes from midday. These buses, marked ‘Wollaton Park – special event’ are in addition to the normal Wollaton bound 30 service from the same stops.
Shuttle buses will be taking festival goers back into the city centre from 10.30pm onwards every few minutes.

NCT have introduced a special half price group rider ticket, at just £4 for two adults and three children for the event.

If you’re driving to the festival site, traffic signs will lead you through to the Lime Tree Avenue entrance to the Park. Car parking is priced at £5 for the day.