URN’s Splendour Festival Review 2016

26th July 2016

Last Saturday saw the return of Splendour Festival to Wollaton Park, and while most students were back home, URN were sent back up to Nottingham to see what was going on. The festival spanned over 10 hours, but we didn’t want to miss anything, so raced up the M1 to catch Eyre Llew open up the Confetti Stage. Having previously only seen them at indoor venues, where their sound envelopes and surrounds you, rolling into every corner of the room, I was interested to see how they sounded on an open-air stage. But lying on the grass bathed in sunshine, listening to one of my favourite bands, it transpired, was actually pretty good. Their new single Vorfreude made an appearance as well, which was a real treat since the Nottingham trio rarely perform their singles live. Lead singer Sam closed the performance by handing out free copies of the single to members of the crowd. I didn’t get one though. I’ve already got three copies.


After Eyre Llew we went meandering around the site, checking out the various stalls dotted about. This ranged from food to face-paint; which led to amusing sights later on as drunk parents stumbled about the park sporting glittery Queen Elsas on their cheeks. For us though, the stall of most importance was the Real Ale Tent. We felt it was our duty as journalists to sample what they had on offer.


We emerged in time to catch UB40’s set. There were no stands selling red wine, but I suppose it’s not absolutely necessary in order to enjoy a rousing rendition of Red Red Wine. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and based off a distinct and unique smell filling the air, some people seemed to really enjoy it…


After the set, a quick race over to the Confetti Stage was in order to catch The Fratellis, whose energetic rock was quite a change in tone from UB40, as evidenced by the pockets of mosh-pits popping up amongst the crowd. Here I am getting particularly over-enthused by Chelsea Dagger:


We managed to have a quick word with Jon Fratelli, where we tried our best not to ask about Chelsea Dagger. We did not succeed, going a record-breaking zero questions before asking about it: https://audioboom.com/boos/4858572-urn-talks-to-the-fratellis


We then raced back towards the Main Stage for The Human League, who had a crowd littered with dedicated fans. One fan in particular was so keen to be in a good position for the performance, he refused to move out of the way so we could enter the Press Area.


The crowd at The Human League’s set were easily impressed, as seen above.


In what was becoming a recurring theme of the day, we raced over to The Confetti Stage to find The Darkness in full swing. Even bigger mosh-pits greeted us, and at this stage we were pretty jolly and joined in with gusto, which led to my phone being lost to the crowd on a number of occasions. Miraculously it survived the set as front-man Justin Hawkins closed the Confetti Stage in style, firing off the timeless I Believe In A Thing Called Love to the delighted swarm in front of him.


Covered in sweat, we traipsed across the park for the final time for a bit of Jess Glynne to finish off the day. It was an exhausting day filled with an exhaustive list of talent, and I’d be very surprised if anyone in attendance didn’t get exactly what they’d come for.


– J. Perkins