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 or like 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