Kaiser Chiefs live at Splendour Festival Nottingham, 2018
Billy Curtis

25,000 Turn Out For Record-Breaking Splendour Festival

It was a record breaking year at Splendour Festival, with a whopping 25,000 capacity crowd turning out for a full day of music, comedy and family fun at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park.

Crowds enjoyed some great new music in the sun early on as Future Sound of Nottingham winners, Brotherhood, opened the main stage before another of Nottingham’s rising stars, Georgie, took over.

Brotherhood, Splendour 2017

The afternoon featured plenty of sing-along moments courtesy of Tony Hadley, who performed a cover of Bowie’s Life On Mars along with some classic Spandau Ballet, much to the delight of the crowd.

The excitement was palpable for the Busted boys, who showcased plenty of new material in between hits such as Year 3000 and Crashed The Wedding. Over on the Confetti stage, Buzzcocks, British Sea Power and Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape had the crowd rocking for hours on end.

Busted, Splendour 2017

The evening rain showers weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of the many thousands who had gathered to sing along with Billy Ocean over on the Confetti stage. The Caribbean Queen singer delivered a typically feel good set before everyone headed to the main stage to jump around to festival headliners the Kaiser Chiefs.

Billy Ocean, Splendour 2017

Many people heeded the advice to arrive on site early to allow time for the bag checks in place. The increased security measures were well-received by festival goers and more police officers were also out and about, even spotted getting a few selfies with the crowd. The increased entry lanes – including an express lane for those with no bags – and additional security staff – meant everyone get on site quickly throughout the day.

Now the clear up is well underway with the stages and other festival infrastructure being removed over the next couple of days, ready for the site to be fully reopened later in the week. Check back in with NextFest one the next couple of weeks for details about Splendour 2018.


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