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THE WONDER YEARS!!

We're stoked to announce today that The Wonder Years will be here 8th July for a special UK show, along with the excellent support line-up of Beach Slang, Muncie Girls and Dirty Nil!! Here's the official blurb: 

Following on from an incredible headline tour of the UK earlier this year, which saw them play to a sold out crowd at London’s Koko, Philadelphia’s The Wonder Years have announced two special UK shows in Nottingham and Kingston in July.

The dates are in addition to the band’s previously scheduled appearance at 2000trees Festival in Cheltenham. Beach Slang, Muncie Girls and The Dirty Nil will support at Nottingham Rock City on 8th July, with both Muncie Girls and The Dirty Nil also joining The Wonder Years for their show at Kingston’s Hippodrome on 9th July. Tickets on sale this week.

The band released their latest album, the critically acclaimed ‘No Closer To Heaven’, in 2016 to critical acclaim.

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING!

We're pleased to say that the uniquely interesting Public Service Broadcasting will be here for their UK Tour on 21st October! Tickets go on sale Thursday, why not set a handy reminder? Head to http://bit.ly/2pchP41

DOT TO DOT FEST 2ND ANNOUNCEMENT!

The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th-28th May for its 12th edition. After smashing record attendance, and marking a sell-out Manchester event in 2016, more of the same is expected for 2017, with a huge lineup of established performers and emerging artists from around the world. Dot To Dot, are delighted to reveal the second wave of artists to play this year’s festival, with more bands still to follow:

Hotly tipped four-piece THE BIG MOON open the list of new additions. Bold, articulate, and with an insatiable ear for melody, they are perfectly poised and ready for their Dot To Dot debut. With their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’, scheduled for release at the start of April through Fiction Records, we’re sure you’ll be hearing plenty about these girls over the next few months. Manchester’s own THE SLOW READERS CLUB are also set for their first Dot To Dot appearance. Currently halfway through a UK tour, with sell out shows in London and Nottingham, we can’t wait to see a series of imposing live sets at Dot To Dot by this much acclaimed band. They’ll be joined by Stockholm’s JOSEFIN ÖHRN + THE LIBERATION, whose brand of radiant psychedelia stands effortlessly apart from the increasingly staid, and often paradoxically predictable, modern take on the genre.

The second wave announcement also includes: ANNA STRAKER, ARTIFICIAL PLEASURE, ATLAS WYND, AVANTE BLACK, C. MACLEOD, CALLUM BEATTIE, CONFIDENCE MAN, ELLIE ROSE, EYRE LLEW, GOTHIC TROPIC, HANNAH GEORGAS, HOLIDAY OSCAR, HUSKY LOOPS, INDIGO LO, ISLAND, JACK LADDER, JAKL, JESSE TERRY, JORDAN ALLEN, KUDU BLUE, LITTLE CUB, LITTLE HOURS, MIYA FOLICK, MYSTIC BRAVES, PIXX, SONDRE LERCHE, SORRY and TO KILL A KING. They’ll be joining SUNDARA KARMA, AMBER RUN, THE GROWLERS, LOUIS BERRY, HONEYBLOOD, PINEGROVE, CHERRY GLAZERR, TOM GRENNAN, PICTURE THIS and lots more on this year’s Dot To Dot line-up.

Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, Courtney Barnett 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 2017 line-up. Make sure you keep checking www.dottodotfestival.co.uk for all the latest news and ticket info. Also subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep yourself in the loop for all things Dot To Dot. Tickets are priced from £12 and available now through https://www.alttickets.com/dot-to-dot-festival-tickets.

FUTURE SOUND OF NOTTINGHAM NEWS!

MUSICIANS!! How would you like to play on our hallowed stage?? Or the huge exposure of playing at Splendour Festival?? Make sure you check out the Future Sound Of Nottingham Competition, which is featured in this week's Nusic Podcast over at http://www.nusic.org.uk/wordpress/nusic-new-music-podcast-149-205-tracklisting/

SPLENDOUR FESTIVAL SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Bona fide music legends and a multi award-winning band have been announced for Splendour today, Nottingham’s fantastic all-day summer music festival held at Wollaton Park on Saturday 22 July.

Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, will generate plenty of excitement joining Kaiser Chiefs as the next act confirmed for the Main Stage. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and hit singles, including “Crashed The Wedding”, “What I Go to School For”, “You Said No”, “Who's David” and “Thunderbirds”.

Tony Hadley, frontman of 80s phenomenon Spandau Ballet, will also make his mark on the Main Stage. Formed in 1978, Spandau Ballet had multiple chart topping singles and albums all over the world, including international number one “True”. Over the years, Hadley has earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. Expect an epic set from a back catalogue of memorable Spandau Ballet hits, including their well-known song “Gold”.

Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. The “Caribbean Queen” star has sold more than 30 million records and collected a pile of gold and platinum records throughout his hugely successful career. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set.

Next up, rock band Black Grape, formed by Shaun Ryder and Paul 'Kermit' Leveridge after the demise of Happy Mondays, will be bringing their Britpop canon to Splendour. Following a UK tour to mark the 21st anniversary of chart topping debut album ‘It's Great When You're Straight… Yeah’, and a fantastic show at Rock City in December, expect a lively set of catchy pop hooks including “In the Name of the Father” and “Reverend Black Grape”.

International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers - the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the lustrous, panoramic art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to the Confetti Stage line up.

Back over on the Main Stage is British singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Her unforgettable cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's “The Power of Love” for the John Lewis Christmas TV campaign reached number one in the UK chart. In the whirlwind that followed, Aplin’s debut album ‘English Rain’ charted at number two and has since been certified gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies.

Singer-songwriter Georgie has built a strong reputation over the years in the Nottingham music scene, making her first forays at the age of 14. Two years on from her last Splendour

appearance, and after supporting Jake Bugg on a triumphant UK tour, the local star is signed to Columbia Records and working on her debut album.

The festival will once again be championing local talent by offering the opening slot of the Main Stage to the unsigned act which tops the hotly contested Future Sound of Nottingham competition.

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage will be musical duo and The Voice UK contestants, Into The Ark, who have been hotly tipped by coach Tom Jones. Further acts across the park will be announced shortly.

Over on the Funhouse Comedy Stage, acts will include: Jim Smallman, Wes Zaharuk, Jollyboat, Steve Royle, Scott Bennett and Barry Dodds.

George Akins, owner, DHP Family, said: “Feedback on the Kaiser Chiefs announcement was epic, with sales well ahead of this time last year. Once again we’re confident this line up, with a mix of music legends and mega bands, will satisfy the 20,000 strong crowd at the award-winning Splendour Festival. Get your tickets quick as we're expecting another sell out year!”

Organisers DHP Family in association with Nottingham City Council are keen to replicate the success of last year’s biggest ever Splendour - overall winner of ‘Best Festival’ (15,000-39,000) at the 2016 Live Music Business Awards, and recognised as Nottingham’s favourite family festival - which saw a sold-out 21,000 strong crowd watching headliners Jess Glynne, The Human League and UB40.

Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies are also confirmed as festival partners and will be providing invaluable technical, recording and programming support. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music

stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids' area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Kaiser Chiefs are already proving a big draw for Splendour 2017 but I’m sure this exciting and varied line-up will attract even more people. But it will be more than just a concert, as Nottingham City Council is committed to providing a great day out for all the family, with free entry for children under 11. Don’t forget, everyone who lives in the City of Nottingham is entitled to a discounted ticket.”

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the Nottingham City resident discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20.

VIP packages are also available starting from £80. Ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including access to the VIP garden; a big screen with picnic and seating area; exclusive entertainment; gourmet food and a quality choice of drinks; luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall.

Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre.

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