Splendour, the hugely popular music festival held at Wollaton Park, is to spur on local, unsigned musicians with an opportunity to open the event in front of a crowd of up to 20,000 people.
The Future Sound of Nottingham, organised through the community project NUSIC, will give one lucky act the chance to perform the opening slot of the main stage, when the festival returns on Saturday July 19th. The first round of the contest, which launched yesterday, Monday 14th April, invites local bands and artists to send in demos to be considered by an expert panel.
Entries for the first round will close on May 5 and finalists will be expected to battle it out in a showdown on the main stage at Rock City on Sunday, June 22nd, where the public and an independent panel of judges will decide the winner.
Run by DHP Family, Splendour saw a strong showing from Nottingham artists last year, including Indiana, who played her first ever public gig after entering the FSN competition in 2012. Now managed by DHP, the singer-songwriter has gone from strength to strength. On track to release her first album, she’s also been playlisted on Radio One and performed to a sell-out home crowd on Saturday April 12th at Rescue Rooms.
Mark Del, of NUSIC, says: “It’s always exciting to give an unknown musician the chance to play the main stage at Splendour. The competition is about discovering the act no-one has heard of before and every year someone brilliant comes out of nowhere. We’ve had so many success stories, when Indiana came through two years ago, no-one had ever seen her play in public and look at her now! I can’t wait to find out who it will be this year.”
Splendour recently announced headliners as no.1 artist Tom Odell and Manchester legends The Happy Mondays, who will be joined by Reverend and the Makers and the Boomtown Rats. Promoter DHP Family is promising a line up of more than 30 top acts playing across three stages with other artists to be announced in the next few weeks. The festival's fringe entertainment will also include a comedy stage, a children’s fun fair, and dozens of market stalls.
DHP Family’s George Akins added: “As well as national and international acts, Splendour celebrates the real strength and depth of the Nottingham music scene. Last year’s event, led by the phenomenal success of Jake Bugg, really proved what the city has to offer but this year’s event also promises to showcase some really exciting home grown acts. The Future Sound of Nottingham plays a huge role in supporting new artists and it provides a fantastic opportunity to play in front of thousands of people.”
NUSIC is dedicated to all things ‘Notts, Musical and New' and aims to support unsigned musicians from the county. Last year’s competition winners The Gorgeous Chans have also gone on to headline gigs, with a sell out show at Bodega already under their belts.
Tickets for Splendour are on sale now and start at just £15.
For more information on FSN, visit www.nusic.org.uk/fsn
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Now in its ninth year, Dot To Dot Festival is established as the UKs best festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. Touring Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, three of the UKs more savvy music cities, from the 24th to the 26th May, Dot To Dot’s ever eclectic line-up, crossing numerous genres is set for its biggest and best year to date.
Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood (Of DHP Group) said: ‘At Dot to Dot Festival we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best in emerging talent. 2013 is set to be no exception with Dry the River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Lucy Rose leading the charge. Stay tuned for many, many more exciting artists to be announced.’
First up for line-up announcements is Dry The River. With their critically acclaimed record ‘Shallow Bed’ the Stratford-based five-piece produced one of 2012’s greatest bodies of work and played countless sold-out gigs throughout the UK. They are set to work on their new record and will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. One of the events finest acts in 2011 makes a welcome return in the shape of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The singer-songwriter delivered one of the most intense performances in Dot to Dot history. Darling of the NME and Radio 1 Lucy Rose also joins the bill. The indie-folk starlet has wowed crowds all over with her finely crafted, emotive songs that reveal a unique talent for storytelling.
With a sold-out UK tour under their belt recently a band on everyone’s lips are The 1975. Radio 1 A-listers are riding a wave of success spear-headed by the massive single ‘Chocolate’. They are joined by the return of pop noir five-piece Chapel Club. Little Green Cars are one of the most exciting acts from the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and their live performances have drawn heavy-praise from The Guardian, NME and more. Critically acclaimed electronic, pop-funk act Wave Machines have created one of the albums of the year in debut ‘Pollen’ and are an exciting addition to the festival. London-based acid punk band Bo Ningen will also be bringing their incredible live show to the proceedings. Danish sensation MØ is certainly not to be missed. Her layered, gloomy output has had music journalists falling over themselves to sing her praises. Another hyped band on the first wave of acts is Wolf Alice, whose shoegaze inspired songs have received avid support from Huw Stephens amongst others.
Some of the other rising-stars on the bill are New York City’s best new indie band SKATERS, Irish folk-popster Gavin James, hotly-tipped post-punk act Night Engine, Finnish upstarts Satellite Stories, Marc Riley-championed indie band Teleman, brooding Bella Union-signed four-piece PINS, Californian punks The Bots alternative-indie band Story Books and folk duo Golden Fable.
Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Beach House, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT, Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, The Cribs and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2013 line-up. Make sure you keep checking the website
Tickets are now on-sale at £20
Artist of the moment Jake Bugg has been announced today as the headliner for Nottingham’s summer music festival Splendour. Fresh from playing sell out tours around the UK and gigs in Europe and America, the singer-songwriter is relishing the opportunity to play in front of a huge home crowd in Wollaton Park on July 20.
Jake said: “"It's great to be headlining Splendour in my hometown and it'll be my biggest crowd to date. It's hard to believe I was playing the courtyard stage two years ago! Thanks to everyone in Nottingham for their support.”
Excitement is already building for this year’s festival staged by music promoter DHP - working in partnership with Nottingham City Council – as the last 12 months have seen the Nottingham music scene go from strength to strength. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly once they go on sale on Feb 22.
KT Tunstall, Squeeze and Maximo Park are also in the family friendly line up, with several other up and coming local artists playing over the three stages to be announced in the coming months.
DHP and Nottingham City Council are once again teaming up with NUSIC.org.uk, which helps young Nottinghamshire musicians get exposure and experience within the music industry, with a competition for a local act to take the opening slot on the main stage at Splendour.
DHP has supported Jake over the years from his first proper gig aged just 15 to playing Splendour on the courtyard stage and an afternoon main stage slot in previous years, so this year’s festival is a great opportunity to spot the next breakthrough artist.
DHP’s George Akins said: “Jake is literally the hottest new artist in the country by a mile at the moment so it’s a real coup to have him headline the biggest gig in his home city this summer. The whole of Nottingham will be turning out in their thousands to watch the most successful musician we’ve ever had play his homecoming gig at the Splendour festival.”
Aged just 18, Jake has gone from playing an intimate gig at the Acoustic Rooms, the weekly slot for budding amateur artists at the Rescue Rooms, to becoming the first Nottingham artist to sell out the iconic Rock City with his gig tonight (Feb 15) in the space of months. Now Jake is set to bring his precocious talent to the city’s biggest stage in front of tens of thousands at the Splendour festival.
DHP’s Rescue Rooms promoter Ben Ryles remembers booking Jake for that first gig; “It was late 2009. He was 15, so I had to accompany him and make sure he didn't drink anything alcoholic! It was obvious even then that he was an incredible talent.”
Jake went straight to no1 in the album charts with his self titled debut released last year, sold out two UK tours and supported Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses. He’s playing Reading and Leeds festivals this summer and is also nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at The Brits. Jake signed to Mercury in 2011, and is described by the label as the most exciting new singer and songwriter in the UK.
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