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“…In consideration to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, new for this year festival, is the introduction of a payment plan ticket option, offering ticket buyers a flexible option to split the cost of their ticket between now and July…” Councillor Kotsnis.

By Peter Makossah

East Midland’s biggest annual music shindig, Splendour Festival has announced an exciting list of big-name headliners for the show scheduled for July amid concerns of the rising cost of living across families in the region and the country as a whole.

However, with the cost of living climbing higher and reaching for the rooftops, the organisers, The Nottingham City Council, have this year introduced an affordable payment plan ticket option, offering ticket buyers a flexible option to split the cost of their ticket into more manageable monthly instalments between now and the event in July.

Also, to make sure families from across the East Midlands can enjoy Splendour together, a new 11–17-year-old youth ticket has also been introduced, while children aged 10 and under can attend for free with an accompanying adult.

Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great that Splendour is returning to Nottingham this July for its 15th year, following the huge success of last year.

“We are proud that Wollaton Park will once again host Nottinghamshire’s leading music festival for two days, giving local artists and musicians the chance to perform alongside internationally renowned acts. This year’s line-up looks set to be one of the best yet.”

Councillor Kotsnis said this year’s Splendour Music Festival has considered the fact that the cost of living has skyrocketed and therefore has devised a payment plan to allow families to be able to attend the festival.

“In consideration to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, new for this year festival, is the introduction of a payment plan ticket option, offering ticket buyers a flexible option to split the cost of their ticket between now and July,” said Councillor Kotsnis.

Two top celebrated UK music icons have been announced as headliners for the Nottingham’s 15th birthday edition of Splendour music festival.

Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds are a couple of the biggest acts to ever headline the East Midlands’ signature summer music festival taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July.

Joining the headliners in Wollaton Park will be The Kooks, Rudimental, Sugababes, Sam Ryder, Confidence Man and Altered Images, with further acts to be added across all five stages for the epic weekender. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 3 February.

Madness is one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s two-tone revival, known for their “nutty sound”, blending ska rhythms with catchy melodies and a showman’s sense of humour.

During the 80s, the band’s songs spent a total of 214 weeks on the UK Singles Charts, with 15 tracks reaching the UK Top Ten, making them one of the most popular bands in Britain at the time.

Ever since their 2009 Splendour headliner slot, Madness has been a fan favourite and the most requested act by the festival crowd.

With their superlative back catalogue including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘House of Fun’, ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Our House’, they are a dead cert to get the crowd jumping along to their two-tone beat.

Top-notch songwriter and singing sensation, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds first emerged in 2011 with their eponymous album released in October that year.

The album went double platinum in the UK, platinum in Ireland and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

This show is part of an extended run of open-air summer shows that will follow the release of Gallagher’s much anticipated new album ‘Council Skies’ released on 2 June.

Will be there: Noel Gallagher

The album features recently released ‘Pretty Boy’ and the brand-new single ‘Easy Now.’ Noel’s continued success with the High-Flying Birds cements his position as one of the most gifted, successful, and enduring songwriters to come out of the British music scene in the last 50 years.

Indie rock band The Kooks broke into the musical mainstream with their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ (2006), which went on to achieve quadruple platinum status in the UK within a year, overseas in the form of a platinum certification in Australia and two times platinum in Ireland.

Almost two decades since forming, The Kooks continue to experience career highs and are sure to have everyone singing along to hits such as ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ and ‘Naive’.

Rudimental is one of the UK’s most successful dance acts of the last decade. Multiple chart entries, two number one albums, three number one singles, five billion streams, four albums, world tours, platinum-selling singles plus a plethora of awards have cemented their position as trailblazers with a formidable reputation for producing hit records.

The headlining Madness

Sugababes will also be making their Splendour debut.

The pop superstars are one of the most successful British girl bands of the 21st century with six number one singles including the perfect pop tracks ‘Round Round’, ‘Freak Like Me’ and ‘Push The Button’, millions of global sales and several multi-platinum albums.

Fast forward two decades, the original line-up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy are back in full force and becoming the talk of the summer festival scene.

Sam Ryder has quickly become a household name after his Eurovision success and following his incredible run with ‘Space Man’ and the Eurovision Song Contest, bagging the highest charting UK Eurovision entry in 26 years, his single is one of the biggest selling singles of 2022.

Ryder is also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2023 Brit Awards, becoming the first Eurovision act to be selected in this category.

Indie electro pop act, Confidence Man will fire up the party vibes.

The Brisbane band is unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now, with their performances custom designed to make the crowd dance and lose their cool.

Formed in 2016, they have already played at some of the biggest festivals in the world.

Scottish post-punk band Altered Images quickly found success in the early 80s, achieving worldwide fame selling millions of records, which topped the charts in several countries.

They recorded three Top 10 Albums and had six UK Top 40 hits, including ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘I Could Be Happy’, and ‘Don’t Talk to Me About Love’.

Singer Clare Grogan will also be familiar to many from the Scottish coming of age film, Gregory’s Girl.

Tickets for Splendour Festival 2023 go on sale at 10am on Friday 3 February, with an exclusive early bird price for weekend tickets priced at £92 for adults.

Nottingham City residents weekend tickets are priced at £82.80 while accompanied children aged 10 and undergo will gain entry for free.

Day tickets are also available, along with VIP tickets.

Splendour Festival is Nottinghamshire’s biggest festival.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, in Nottingham, attendees can enjoy five stages of music that spans all genres; from fast-rising stars to world-class performers, and musical icons, Splendour line-ups are always a wonderful mix of acts that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Alongside a buffet of all genres of music, there will comedy, a funfair, a silent disco, independent market stalls, an array of gourmet food and drink, a dedicated kids’ area, and fringe activities.

The Splendour Music Festival in Nottingham at Wollaton Hall park last year

Splendour in Nottingham – more commonly known as Splendour or Splendour Festival – is an annual one-day music festival held in Nottingham, England since 2008.

Organised by Nottingham City Council and DHP Concerts, the event is held within Wollaton Park, to the west of Nottingham City Centre.

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