A 20,000 strong crowd bathed itself in sunshine and sound as Splendour Festival celebrated its 10th birthday in tremendous fashion. With Paloma Faith headlining to rapturous support and alternative acts such as The Charlatans and Peace bringing an influx of guitar based sound, we can only be even more excited for yet another decade of Nottingham’s favourite festival!
Wollaton Park is THE perfect festival space, its idyllic background was even further complimented by the sunny summer afternoon. The combination of glitter and excitement was something quite special, the Nottingham crowd truly delivered. With fairground rides, child friendly spaces, fringe entertainment and a comedy stage too, there really was something for everyone.
Paloma Faith headlined as part of a string of UK festival dates, she too shared the festivals birthday, serenaded by band and crowd alike. The good vibes, which were growing throughout the day, grew intense as tracks suck as ‘Picking Up The Pieces,’ ‘Changing, and ‘Crybaby’ wowed the park. Finishing with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This,’ the Hackney born singer clearly brought something special to the celebratory festival.
Eudaemonia, of course, turned its attention to the more alternative bands. The Charlatans, who just the previous night played Spain’s Benicassim festival, brought their 90s sound to Nottingham. Their 2018 has been somewhat of a resurgence, with the ever inspiring, always on the ball Tim Burgess taking the lead once more. Marc Almond too created the perfect festival vibe, his cover of Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ was nothing short of impressive.
“Nottingham once more provided the backbone of artists proving again and again that the city’s music scene is well and truly ALIVE”
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Bjorn Again brought an upbeat blend of pop, sequins and all. No artist brought more positivity than Peace. Their latest album Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll may one day soundtrack a revolution, or at least 2018’s summer of love.
Nottingham once more provided the backbone of artists proving again and again that the city’s music scene is well and truly ALIVE. Highlights came from Nina Smith, Ady Suleiman and competition winners The Dandylions. Ashfields too brought something quite special, they as a band are impressive and destined to the top. Tracks such as ‘Is It Alright Now?’ and ‘We Don’t Talk’ are atmospheric, these boys are gonna dominate the city’s music scene for quite a while!
10 years in and Splendour is still going strong, we cannot wait to see what the next decade has to offer for the Wollaton Park based festival!
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