Splendour Festival Preview 2017
2nd July 2017
Splendour returns to Nottingham on the 22nd of July, with a host of acts appealing to a wide-demographic. URN headed down there last year and there’s no shortage of things to do. The expanse of Wollaton Park is littered with stalls, and with four stages there’s bound to be someone you want to go and see. The Comedy Stage is always a laugh, and the Acoustic Stage has strong talent this year. Both Billie and The Sunflower Thieves are highly regarded in the Nottingham music scene and deserve a visit. Meanwhile, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the acts on the Main Stage and Confetti Stage:
Bolton-born punk rockers The Buzzcocks will definitely add some electricity to the Confetti Stage. Well worth heading over there…even if you do leave after they play Ever Fallen In Love.
Famously conservative ex-Spandau Ballet frontman heads up our list of acts unlikely to invite Jeremy Corbyn on stage to introduce them. Hadley has had an extended solo career, but you’ll most likely know him for his hits with his old band, True and Gold. Gold has been adopted as a bit of an anthem by the University of Nottingham’s sports teams, so expect any students in attendance to get stuck in to that one. However, Hadley has recently officially cut ties with Spandau Ballet, and although the band may be mentioned on the poster, he may surprise people and avoid playing any of the band’s songs.
Also on the Main Stage, it’s one half of McBusted; Busted! You’ll want to put your shame away and pretend no-one’s watching for this one because the king’s of guilty pleasures are in Nottingham. Year 3000, What I Go To School For, Crashed The Wedding, Air Hostess – all staples of Nottingham’s Ocean nightclub…what’s not to like?
Headlining the Confetti Stage is Billy Ocean, making a rare appearance in Nottingham. Mr Ocean famously has three lungs, so you can expect an energetic performance from a man in the 48th year of his musical career. I have a friend who insists that Love Really Hurts Without You is the best song of all time. I’m not wholly convinced, but I’m sure it’ll be fantastic live.
We predict an absolute riot with this year’s headliners, who offer a very different sound to last year’s equivalent Jess Glynne. They hit their heights ten years ago, but have been going strong since, releasing their 5th studio album in 2016. Rest assured though, their set will be full of their most famous tracks. Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!