‘Nottingham’s never been in a better place for unsigned bands’

HHsinger‘Splendour’ festival will return in July 2014. DHP family and Nottingham City Council have confirmed the festival will return to Wollaton Hall, holding the door open for new musicians.

Last year local lad Jake Bugg headlined and Splendour has reached 20,000 festival goers in previous years, this year will see three music stages, alternative entertainment such as comedy stage, children’s fun fair and market stalls. With Splendour being a family event, DHP & NCC have also created a new festival ‘No Tomorrow’ which will be an 18+ focusing more on alternative acts and new emerging talent. London Grammar have recently been announced as a headliner. Having met in halls of residence at University of Nottingham they have gone on to climb the charts. Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Eton Messy will also be headlining.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Dunkirk and Lenton Ward Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, is excited about the increasing music scene in Nottingham.
“It’s great news that our popular family festival Splendour has been confirmed and it will no doubt be bigger and better than ever before. We’re also delighted to add the No Tomorrow event to the thriving Nottingham music scene. The new festival will appeal to young people and our large student population and provide people with yet another reason to visit our city. We’re proud to work with DHP to present these two excellent events.”
These kind of events have benefits for both the City of Nottingham and Local bands themselves. ‘Hunting Helen’ are a rising band who give credit to Nottingham. Ande Hunter, Nottingham Trent University student and Hunting Helen vocalist, describes how helpful and invaluable the festivals are for undiscovered bands.

Ollie Horton, a member of local duo ‘Idle Empire’, explains what the benefits he thinks of these festivals are.
“They offer a great way for local people to see the talent of the music here, it gives them a chance to discover new talent. I think there should be more festivals like this offering us a way to share our music and get our names out there.

Personally I don’t think there is enough opportunities that I’ve heard of in Nott’s for local bands, obviously you have open mic night etc. but there are no ways to break through? I feel that there needs to be more festivals like this as they offer a great way for bands to get listened to who would otherwise find it hard to get heard”
‘The Inside Is Live’ are also a local band, members Michael, Will, Callum, Elliot and Tris, tell us how they think Nottingham music scene is very welcoming and they believe there is a lot of opportunities already out there.

“In our earlier days, we were able to get on a major televised festival through a Battle of the Bands competition which really helped the national festival scene bring out the best of Nottingham talent (Hit The Deck Festival 2013). Which included a local stage where throughout the day loads of awesome bands from Nottingham and surrounding were able to play. We’d love big festivals to offer more local stages in the future.

There’s loads of opportunities for Nottingham acts to get noticed on the local scene, and the best way to get on the bigger touring shows that come to Nottingham is to keep building your local fan base through the smaller shows. Nottingham venues are particularly good at encouraging young, local talent too!”
Recent success has come to ‘Dog Is Dead’ after playing at Splendour, Glastonbury and ‘Dot to Dot festival’, another festival hosted by DHP which is spread across Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham in May. With the wide variety of venues across Nottingham it gives many different styles of music the chance to make it big.

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