Splendour Festival Main Stage, Nottingham, 2018
Ste Knight

Splendour Festival 2017 – Nextfest Preview

Nottingham is to be set alight this Saturday, 22nd July, as Splendour Festival heads to the East Midlands city. The one-day festival is one of the best the region has to offer, with an all-star roster featuring some of the world’s biggest artists.

The festival has been running now since 2008 and celebrates its tenth festival with a huge line-up. Their first show, nine years ago, featured the likes of The Charlatans and Ocean Colour Scene, and they have continued the tradition of putting on leading acts over subsequent festivals, including Bananarama, the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and Dizzee Rascal.

This year is no different, as artists from across the rock and pop spectrum come together to give ticket-holders a festival to remember. Headlining, we have none other than expert riot-predictors, the Kaiser Chiefs. With hits spanning back over 17 years, these boys know exactly how to rock a festival crowd, with tracks including the aforementioned I Predict a RiotRuby, and Never Miss a Beat.

Also on the line-up are (almost) everyone’s favourite boy-band, Busted, who will no doubt be performing What I Go to School For, and Year 3000. The band also have a raft of new material, which will likely get an outing in-between favourites.

You can also check out a set from the MIGHTY Black Grape. The pairing of the Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder and Kermit of the Ruthless Rap Assasins has been destroying dancefloors since 1993. Having reformed in 2015, the duo are back with a brand new album Pop Voodoo. Released on July 7th, you’ll undoubtedly be able to hear tracks from this latest offering, as well as from It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah and Stupid Stupid Stupid.

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The festival wouldn’t be complete without some comedy, so they have invited Barry DoddsScott BennettSteve RoyleJollyboatWas Zaharuk, and Jim Smallman along to provide belly laughs for the entire day.

The acoustic rooms stage looks exceptional too, with the more melodic side of music represented by 9 cracking artists, including Into the ArkUnknown EraTom LumleySunflower ThievesYazmin LaceyJimi MackYoug T & BugseyLisa Hendricks, and Billie.

Also on the cards is a selection of additional activities, including an independent market stall area, so you can bag yourself some lovely hand-crafted gear, a silent disco and wind-down area provided by GEM, and a funfair and kids’ activities for the nippers to be getting on with.

Got tickets for the festival? The organisers – DHP Family in association with Nottingham City Council – have issued some invaluable advice ahead of the big day:

What’s the best way to get there?

Public transport! Catch a bus leaving from 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 9pm onwards every few minutes. Buy a return/all day ticket to speed up entry on the buses on the way home. For those travelling home by train, please check with your train operator for any engineering works affecting late night travel.

Live in Derby and coming to Splendour?
Show your Splendour ticket to the driver on any trentbarton, Kinchbus or red arrow service to get a discounted Metro ticket.

Is there parking provided?
Yes. There is parking provided on the site at £6. Entrance via Limetree Avenue off Middleton Boulevard. (Ring road).

Can I pay on the gate?
No. There will be no tickets available on the gate this year. You may still be able to grab one of the last few in advance. Check the Splendour Festival website for details.

What’s the best way to get on site quickly?

Get here nice and early. If you need to collect your tickets from the box office, it will be open from 10.30am and the main festival site opens at 11.30am. The main pedestrian entry gate is the Wollaton Road entrance. There will be an express entry lane in operation for people coming in with no bags or up to small clutch sized bags. Access to the festival may take longer than usual due to bag searches, so please do bear with us.

Don’t forget you can also enter via Lime Tree Avenue (off Middleton Boulevard) or Beeston Lodge entrance (off Derby Road A52) if you already have your ticket.

What’s the security like this year?

All bags will be searched on entry, so to minimise delays please bring only essential items with you. Please bear with us, and report anything that concerns you to a festival steward. We treat the safety of everyone coming to Splendour with the utmost importance and we’re in constant communication with the authorities and will continue to regularly review our security plans to ensure a safe day out for all.

What’s the score on food and drink?
Alcohol, glass bottles and cans are not allowed but there’s loads of choice of food and drink to buy on site. You can bring in your own picnics too but don’t bring glass and remember blankets are not allowed between the stage and mixing desk. There’s also free water available across the site.  

There are nine​ bars ​at Splendour ​this year. The Ale bar is a collaboration between Castle Rock, Blue Monkey, Shipstones and Black Iris. Tokens are £4.50 each and can be purchased from token booths on all the bars and at the entrance to the festival. But it’s not just beer! There is a Prosecco van bar. And new for this year, a cocktail cabaret bar. Soft drinks are also on offer.

Shall I bring cash?

We suggest bringing cash as many vendors may not be able to accept card payments. Stock up on your tokens early from one of the bars or the token booth on the way in. There will be ATMs on site if needed.


Check the forecast before you come and equip yourself accordingly! Here’s hoping we need suncream and hats, but if it looks showery, pack waterproofs and wellies to make sure the weather doesn’t dampen your spirits.

Festival gates open at 11:30

Set Times

Main Stage

21:00-22:30 Kaiser Chiefs

19:15-20:15 Busted

17:45-18:45 Tony Hadley

16:30-17:15 Gabrielle Aplin

15:30-16:00 Will Varley

14:30-15:00 Yola Carter

13:30-14:00 Georgie

12:30-13:00 Brotherhood

Confetti Stage

20:15-21:15 Billy Ocean

18.45-19.45 Black Grape

17:15-18:00 British Sea Power

16:00-16:45 Buzzcocks

15:00-15:30 Bud

14:00-14:30 Josh Wheatley

13:00-13:30 Easy Life

Acoustic Rooms Stage

20:30-21:00 Sunflower Thieves

19:30-20:00 Yazmin Lacey

18:30 -19:00 Into The Ark

17:30-18:00 Jimi Mack

16:30-17:00 Unknown Era

15:30-16:00 Tom Lumley

14:30-15:00 Lisa Hendricks

13:30-14:00 Young T & Bugsey

12:30-13:00 Billie

Comedy Stage

18:00-18:30 Barry Dodds

17:00-17:30 Scott Bennett

16:00-16:30 Steve Royle

15:00-15:30 Jollyboat

14:00-14:30 Wes Zaharuk

Fringe Stage

17:15-17:45 Mrs Green

16:00-16:30 Motormouf

15:00-15:30 Dance Equation

14:00-14:30 One Love

13:00-13:30 Edi Johnston

12:00-12:30 Phat Magic

Check out our Splendour festival page for more details on what is taking place this Saturday.


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