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Splendour Line-Up Just Got Bigger with Over 20 New Acts Announced

Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Saturday 20 July 2019

With excitement building and tickets selling at record speeds following the announcement of Manic Street Preachers, The Specials, Rag’n’Bone Man and All Saints for Splendour on Saturday 20 July, a great selection of new acts have today been announced for this year’s stellar line-up.

Northern Irish rock band ASH, Fine Young Cannibals’ singer Roland Gift and indie rockers The Rifles join the bill on the Confetti Stage headlined by All Saints, one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s.

Throughout their career, ASH have had 18 UK Top 40 singles to their name - including “Goldfinger” and “Oh Yeah” from their UK Number One debut album ‘1977’ - won awards for singles “Shining Light” and “Burn Baby Burn” from their certified platinum album ‘Free All Angels’, and headlined Glastonbury in 1997. Formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray, the Northern Irish rockers’ seventh studio collection, ‘Islands’, reaffirms the trio’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands.

The high, soaring voice of Roland Gift, frontman of double Brit award-winning Fine Young Cannibals, will also join the Confetti Stage line-up. The British rock band rose to fame in the mid-1980s. In 1985, their self-titled debut album featured hits “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, which topped the charts in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Following this, the 1989 album, ‘The Raw & the Cooked’, went on to top the UK and US album charts including two Billboard Hot 100 number ones “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

Crowd pleasers The Rifles are back at Splendour again this year to celebrate 10 years since their classic album ‘Great Escape’. They have even teased on their social channels that a new album is on the way - much to their fans’ delight. Fresh from the stage at Rock City in February, it will be the fourth time the indie band has appeared at the festival.

Over on the Main Stage and joining Manic Street Preachers, The Specials and Rag’n’Bone Man is X Factor winner Louisa and Mancunian alt-rock band The Slow Readers Club.

After winning the 2015 series of The X Factor, Louisa became the programme's youngest winner at the age of 17. Her solo single, “So Good”, charted in the Top 20 UK Charts and received gold certification, followed by “Best Behaviour” which certified silver. The dance single she released with British band Clean Bandit, “Tears”, also became a hit in many European countries.

Described by NME as the next northern pophouse, The Slow Readers Club have supported bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and James. The indie rockers join the Main Stage line-up at Splendour fresh from their extensive sold-out UK tour and hot on the heels of a benchmark year which saw them earn a UK Top 20 album, ‘Build A Tower’.

Another Irish rock band joining the Confetti Stage are The Coronas, whose 2009 studio album ‘Tony Was an Ex-Con’ won Best Irish Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating Snow Patrol's “Up To Now” and U2's “No Line on the Horizon”. Local East Midlands talent BRIA and Ava Saint have also been announced.

Also announced on the Main Stage is singer-songwriter Barns Courtney and local rising star Rob Green. The opportunity to open Splendour will once again be made possible by the winner of Future Sound of Nottingham, organised by Nusic.

Buckinghamshire born Barns Courtney released his first track as a solo artist, “Glitter & Gold”, in 2015. As well as reaching Number One on the UK Spotify Viral Chart and Number Two on the iTunes Alternative Chart, the single received radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk and BBC Radio 1. He has gone on to open for artists including The Who, The Libertines and Ed Sheeran, and has had his debut single streamed more than 41 million times on Spotify.

Over the years, local lad Rob Green has progressed to play the different stages at Splendour. This year will be his first time performing a slot on the Main Stage. His latest EP - ‘ROB.GREEN EP’ - debuted in the Top 40 of iTunes Album Chart in its first week, and reached number three in the iTunes RnB Chart. He has won international critical acclaim for the innovative, continuous shot music video for Blue - the EP's debut single. Rob is currently working on his debut album, which is aimed for release this year.

Across the park on the Courtyard Stage is My Pet Fauxes, Mid November, Esther Van Leuven, Megatrain, Velvet Blush, 94 Gunships, Re Teu, Camille Christel and Laurie Illingworth. Located in the Courtyard at Wollaton Park, year-after-year the stage is packed with acts that are earmarked as ones to watch.

Away from the musical talent and on the Comedy Stage is compere Andy Robinson, Suzy Bennett, Roger Monkhouse, Vince Atta, Sean Heydon and Nathan Caton.

George Akins, owner of DHP Family, organisers of Splendour, says: “The reaction to the Manic Street Preachers, The Specials, Rag’n’Bone Man and All Saints announcement was epic, with tickets selling faster than ever before. We know fans of Splendour were eager to find out the rest of the line-up and we think it won’t disappoint with something on there to please everyone in the family. It’s going to be a great day out; make sure you grab your tickets while you can.”

Hugh White, Director for Sport and Culture at Nottingham City Council, adds: “Every year, Splendour gets bigger and better – and 2019 is no exception. We’re proud to be a partner on another fantastic, family-friendly festival in Nottingham, and we can’t wait for as many people as possible to join us in July.”

The award-winning music event is Nottingham's biggest party of the summer, with a fun fair, fringe entertainment stage, kids' area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, as well as Gem’s extremely popular Weekend Anthems silent disco, back for another year.

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham City residents. Including booking fee, a standard ticket is £56.65, coming down to £45.65 when the Nottingham City discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham City residents aged 11-17 are £22. VIP packages are also available and start from £87.65 for a Nottingham City adult.

Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre. To claim Nottingham City resident discount, a copy of your council tax bill is required.

To stay in touch with festival news following Splendour on social media:

Facebook: @splendourfestivalUK

Twitter: @splendourfest

Instagram: @splendourfest #SplendourFest.

 

Line-up to date (29 March 2019):

MAIN STAGE

Manic Street Preachers

The Specials

Rag’n’bone Man

Louisa

The Slow Readers Club

Barns Courtney

Rob Green

Nusic Comp Winner

CONFETTI STAGE

All Saints

Ash

Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals)

The Rifles

The Coronas

Bria

Ava Saint

COMEDY STAGE

Andy Robinson (Compere)

Suzy Bennett

Roger Monkhouse

Vince Atta

Sean Heydon

Nathan Caton

COURTYARD STAGE

My Pet Fauxes

Mid November

Esther Van Leuven

Megatrain

Velvet Blush

94 Gunships

Re Teu

Camille Christel

Laurie Illingworth

 

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CHVRCHES at Rock City, Feb 11th 2019

Here's our review of the ace Chvrches gig on February 11th!

CHVRCHES stormed Rock City as they brought their unique slant on synth-pop to our venue last Monday.

Formed as an electro three-piece, Glasgow’s CHVRCHES are now an even bigger five piece, led by Lauren Mayberry, with Martin Doherty and Iain Cook playing the strings.

 

Chvrches opened their set with Get Out, from latest album Love Is Dead. The track was co-written by Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin whom the band credit to have helped them throughout this album. Speaking last year Mayberry said how Kurstin pushed them to “be bigger in some ways”. This track features a chorus that threw the audience into a tidal pool of electronic, synthesized melodies from the very beginning. It was paired with an intricate lightshow, and Mulberry’s electric presence on stage which allowed the crowd to enter into a trance of electronic music.

Tracks Gun and We Sink from their first album followed this energetic opener. The mixture of their new material and their old, really emphasised the band’s development.

The group flips back and introduces two of their new songs in a row, Graffiti and Graves which were also produced by Greg Kurstin.

Graffiti reminisces on a youthful love that has faded which the audience wallowed in the track’s nostalgic lyrics, Graves addresses a much bigger picture. The band, especially Mayberry, have always held strong personal political beliefs, but they were yet to reference it in their music before this track. The strong political themes that run throughout the lyrics highlights a marked change for CHVRCHES.

My favourite part during the night had to be when Doherty took over the vocals on two techno tracks, ‘God’s Plan’ (not the Drake song) and ‘Under the Tide’. I was loving Mayberry’s performance and the energy she brought to the stage but sharing the vocals and breaking it up a little was the perfect move to keep the audience engaged. In between songs, Doherty recalls how he played in Nottingham “many moons ago” as part of another band and came through to Rock City where another gig was happening. He explained how he “thought it was a million miles away from what (he) could achieve.” While they both expressed powerful presences on stage, we still saw each personality shine through in their performance with Doherty, at one point, perching himself on top of a speaker and dropping down in time with the beat.

Throughout the gig, Mayberry builds up a laid back rapport as she chats with the audience between songs. This friendly relationship makes you feel as if you’re just watching your mates on stage.

 

The band’s energy was consistent throughout this gig and was phenomenal to watch. CHVRCHES ended the gig with a cherry on top as they performed two slinky ballads including a Glaswegian rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘Never Say Die’.

Their tour continues until the end of February as they hit up Newcastle, Belfast and Dublin in the next week.

On tonight’s evidence, I can’t wait to see the band get bigger and even more extra in their lighting choices!

BEAT THE STREETS 2019!

First wave of acts announced for Beat The Streets Festival 2019!!

Charity festival Beat The Streets has today announced the first wave of artists for its 2019 edition. Amongst the 40+ acts confirmed so far is popular metal band Evil Scarecrow, as well as a former Forest and England footballer Stuart Pearce in conversation with RamAlbumClub.

Taking place on Sunday 27 January 2019, the festival spans 10+ stages in venues across the city centre. All proceeds raised from ticket sales, merchandise, and bar sales in DHP venues will be donated to Framework.

Nottingham metallers Evil Scarecrow have been captivating audiences for many years. From playing in local pubs, to holding their own on Bloodstock Festival’s main stage, the band are renowned for their epic live shows. This year saw the release of their highly anticipated 4th album, ‘Chapter IV: Antartarctica’, which they’ll be touring throughout the UK in January 2019.

Stuart Pearce is a name beloved by many a football fan. The former Forest captain is best known for his 12 years with the club and winning the League Cup twice. He also had stints with Coventry City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City, while garnering 78 caps for England and helping the international side reach the semi-finals of both the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. Pearce later went on to a career in management, looking after England’s Under 21 team and the GB football team in the London 2012 Olympics. A long-term punk fan whose favourite band is The Stranglers, Stuart will be in conversation with RamAlbumClub’s Martin Fitzgerald.

Elsewhere on the line-up is a host of up and coming local artists, showcasing the breadth of talent within the city. Rock-pop duo Brotherhood, former Future Sound of Nottingham winners, played their biggest headline show to date earlier this year with a sell-out gig at Rescue Rooms.

Alternative folk-artist Keto, a BBC 6music favourite, has played Green Man Festival and Glastonbury Festival, toured with the likes of Julia Jacklin and Low and was selected for PRS For Music’s ‘Women Make Music’ fund.

Don’t Forget Rupert have gone from strength to strength this year, playing sold-out shows in Rescue Rooms and Rough Trade, releasing their EP ‘Full Circle’ and performing sets at Splendour Festival and Tramlines.

Acts confirmed for the first announcement are: 94 Gunships // Abii // Amulet // Ben Haynes // Brotherhood // Buenos Treehouse // Bus Stop Madonnas // Caius Burns // Clonk! // Crosslight // Different Life Collective // Distant Blue // Don’t Forget Rupert // Emzae // Evil Scarecrow // Fat Digester // hashtagobi // // Keto // KOMINO // Lacey // Lois // Major Ruse // Nick Aslam // Pretty Babs // Primal // RamAlbumClub vs Stuart Pearce // Re Teu // Reflekter // Shiftwork // Sundaze // The Amber Herd // The Colliders // The DandyLions // The Fine Art Society // The Hip Priests // THE IDOLINS // The Mocking Jays // The Outriders // Tilly Greentree // Towers // WHISKY STAIN.

Beat The Streets is being delivered by DHP Family in collaboration with local organisations and music groups including I’m Not from London; Farmyard Records; Hockley Hustle, and Rough Trade. Tickets priced £6 are on sale now from www.alttickets.com and will allow access for 14+ to all participating venues. Further line-up announcements are due to follow shortly, keep an eye on the social channels for updates.

Participating venues: Rock City, The Black Cherry Lounge, Stealth, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega, Rough Trade.

FB: www.facebook.com/pg/beatthestreetsUK

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Beat_Streets_

Twitter: www.twitter.com/beat_streets_

Mailing List: http://www.dhpfamily.com/beat-the-streets-mailing-list/

NEW MUSIC: You Me At Six

NEW MUSIC: Here's a message from the You Me At Six lads!!

"Today is finally the day. Our brand new album, VI, is out now. We can't wait to come to Nottingham and play it for you! Enjoy. Josh, Max, Dan, Matt and Chris x"

Check it out: https://youmeatsix.lnk.to/VIFa

 

GIG NEWS: Kaiser Chiefs!

THE CHIEFS ARE BACK!

Kaiser Chiefs have announced they'll be heading out for a UK Tour in early 2019, along with a top-secret currently untitled new album that's in the works, their first since 2016's 'Stay Together'. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for news and new music!

GIG NEWS: Embrace!

They first took to a tiny stage in Bailiff Bridge in 1990, going through a few lineup changes and band names, before settling on Embrace in 1992. After building a strong following with well-received EPs, their debut album The Good Will Out debuted in 1998 and went in at Number 1 in the UK Album Chart...

Fast forward 21 years. Embrace are now on of the UK's most loved longstanding, alternative & emotional rock outfits, with three Number 1 albums, six Top 10 singles, sold out arena shows and over 2 million album sales. Now is the time for a 21st Birthday like no other, as we celebrate the anniversary of their much-loved debut album!

GIG NEWS: THE STRUTS!

Here to prove that 70s-era glam rock 'n roll is still the best form of entertainment, The Struts have gone from small-town UK to full scale arena-worthy LA-based rockers! Opening for The Rolling Stones has certainly helped launch them to stellar heights, but it's their glam, glitzy yet scrappy, rough around the edges sound and live show that really seals the deal. Their high-intensity, anthemic rock is bolstered by an incredible live show which will no doubt go down a storm at Rock City!

Tickets for what will be an awesome show go on sale Friday 21st September, set a reminder at http://alt.tkts.me/tl/vx9c

Rock City Golden Ticket Competition

 

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SKID ROW - POSTPONED

Please note that due to illness our Skid Row show has been postponed:

"To the SKID ROW faithful-

Due to illness to members of the band, we have to postpone the following shows: Waterfront- Norwich, England 02 Academy Bristol - Bristol, England Concorde 2 - Brighton, England Rock City - Nottingham, England VIP packages will be refunded. Tickets will be honored for rescheduled dates or refunded.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. These are doctors orders so the circumstances are out of our control . #fucktheflu #seeyousoon

Thank you all for you understanding. This has been such an amazing tour and we intend on seeing it through."

THE USED - RESCHEDULED DATE

We're pleased to say we've confirmed a rescheduled date with The Used for their postponed February show!! Original tickets are still valid, and more are available if you want to come: http://www.rock-city.co.uk/gig-guide/1335/the-used-rescheduled-date