In Pictures: Through the archive of 10 years of Splendour Festival in Nottingham

2014 Happy Mondays

Splendour Festival 2018 is just over a month away and in its 10-year history, more than 300 acts have performed as Nottingham’s biggest festival has doubled in size.

Kate Nash and Paolo Nutini headlined the first ever Splendour Festival across two days back in 2008.

Headliners since then have included Madness, Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg and Jess Glynne.

Now, the stage is set for the 10th anniversary celebrations and headliner Paloma Faith has wished Splendour a happy birthday.

Paloma Faith will headline Splendour 2018

She said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Splendour and being part of its 10th anniversary celebrations!”

Two renowned local musicians also wish Splendour a happy anniversary.

Jake Bugg said: “I have great memories of Splendour.

“I had been a few times as a music fan and then I was invited to play at the festival in the early days of my career, so to headline it in my home town remains a career highlight for me.

“Congratulations on the 10th anniversary!”

Saint Raymond (Picture: DHP Family)

Saint Raymond said: “Happy anniversary to Splendour – a big day for Nottingham music!

“I love this festival; it was such a great experience working my way up from playing the smallest stage to getting to play the main stage and especially to a Notts crowd who are always the best!

“I can’t wait to come back and play again; here’s to another 10 years of great music at Splendour!”

Splendour Festival 2017

George Akins aka ‘Mr Splendour’ and DHP Family owner said: “Ten years ago Nottingham City Council and DHP decided to start a festival for the people of Nottingham, an event to showcase some of our talented local musicians and bring some of the world’s best talent to the area.

“That first year we had Kate Nash, Paolo Nutini, Rufus Wainwright and Ocean Colour Scene grace the stages over a two-day event, as well as The Charlatans, who we’re proud to be bringing back this year.

“Since then the festival has doubled in size, and we now welcome close to 30,000 attendees to Wollaton Hall & Deer Park.

“Splendour has become a staple on the Nottingham event calendar, and I’m extremely proud to continue working on an event that means so much for Nottingham music.

“Highlights over the past 10 years include bringing international acts to Nottingham, including Dizzee Rascal, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Madness and The Specials, as well as a cultivating homegrown talent such as Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond, who have gone on to become big successes.

“I’m excited to see where the next 10 years take us, and we’ll continue to work hard putting on a great event for the whole family.”

Splendour Festival 2017

This year’s festival takes place at Wollaton Park on Saturday July 21.

So, to get you in the mood, here are some of the best photos and the lineup poster for each of the Splendour Festivals so far…


Splendour 2008 poster
2008 Kate Nash (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)
2008 Paolo Nutini backstage (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)
2008 Rufus Wainwright (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)
2008 The Charlatans (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)


Splendour 2009 poster
2009 Madness (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)
2009 Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)


Splendour 2010 poster
2010 Pet Shop Boys (Credit: Nottingham Post / Jemma Cox)
2010 Calvin Harris (Credit: Nottingham Post / Jemma Cox)


Splendour 2011 poster
2011 Scissor Sisters (Credit: Nottingham Post / Jemma Cox)
2011 Blondie (Credit: Nottingham Post / Bob Thacker)
2011 Feeder (Credit: Nottingham Post / Jemma Cox)


Splendour 2012 poster
2012 Dizzee Rascal (Credit: Nottingham Post / Lamar Francois)


Splendour 2013 poster
2013 Jake Bugg (Credit: Nottingham Post / Mark Fear)


Splendour 2014 poster
2014 Tom O’Dell
2014 Happy Mondays
2014 Boomtown Rats
2014 Foxes


Splendour 2015 poster
2015 The Specials


Splendour 2016 poster
2016 Jess Glynne
2016 The Human League
2016 Jamie Lawson
2016 The Darkness – Justin Hawkins


Splendour 2017 poster
2017 Kaiser Chiefs (Credit: Marcus Holdsworth Photography)
2017 Busted backstage (Credit: Jake Haseldine)
2017 Tony Hadley (Credit: Jake Haseldine)
2017 Billy Ocean (Credit: Jake Haseldine)

2018 (so far)

Splendour 2018 poster
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