Manic Street Preachers and The Specials to headline Splendour 2019

The secret is out, Manic Street Preachers and The Specials will headline this year’s Splendour Festival. Taking place in Nottingham’s Wollaton Park on July 20th 2019, it is now the city’s premier music festival!

With the two bands owning a combined back catalogue of more than 20 UK top 10 hits, it is clear that this year’s Splendour Festival means business! With many more artists to follow, we can only presume that the day will once more celebrate the successes of Nottingham’s ever growing music and cultural scene.


“Forty more artists are expected to be announced in the coming months.”


Manic Street Preachers have been in high demand and rightly so. They have headlined Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury and T in the Park over their illustrious career. Consisting of cousins James Dean Bradfield on lead vocals and lead guitar, Sean Moore on drums and Nicky Wire on bass, the Welsh outfit are still fresh from celebrating the release of latest album Resistance Is Futile.

The Specials are of equal cultural significance. The band are no strangers to Splendour, and Nottingham as a whole. Formed in Coventry in 1977, the ska revival band are both trend setting and electrifying. This year they celebrate the release of Encore, their first new studio album with founding members in more than 38 years. 

George Akins, DHP Family owner, said: “Manic Street Preachers and The Specials are two legendary bands and have made a huge mark on the UK music scene. We’re delighted to have them both with us on the main stage at Splendour celebrating two very special anniversaries. The crowd can expect a belter set of some of their greatest hits.”



Forty more artists are expected to be announced in the coming months. The festival is diverse and cultural, with far more attractions than just the headlining acts. Splendour includes kids areas, food outlets, independent shopping and more. 

With Manic Street Preachers returning to Nottingham for the first time since 2007 and The Specials celebrating the release of a new album, it is clear that the two headlining bands set the trend for a fine festival. 

Tickets can be purchased from or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre. For more information, please visit the above website.


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