Manic Street Preachers and The Specials to headline Splendour 2019

The Manic Street Preachers have headlined several festivals including Glastonbury. (Photo: Alex Lake) .

Manic Street Preachers and The Specials will headline this year’s Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.

Both will top the bill at the event on Satuday, July 20, organisers DHP Family announced.

The two bands have a back catalogue featuring more than 20 UK top 10 hits combined, including If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next and The Masses Against The Classes from Manic Street Preachers and Too Much Too Young and the legendary Ghost Town from The Specials.

Manic Street Preachers consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield on lead vocals and lead guitar, Sean Moore on drums and Nicky Wire on bass.

The band’s illustrious career has seen them headline several other festivals including Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park, and V Festival.

Their accolades include 11 NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards.

Splendour 2018 drew more than 25,000 people to Wollaton Park.

As well as their Triple Platinum album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, the band have had 13 UK top 10 albums, including Everything Must Go and their latest album Resistance Is Futile. This will be the band’s first Nottingham appearance since a 2007 Rock City show.

The Specials return to Splendour hot on the heels of a special 40th anniversary tour celebrating their formation and the two-tone label.

Formed in Coventry in 1977, the trend-starting ska revival band hit the British music scene hard.

In the UK their debut single Gangsters shot to number six and every subsequent single was a top 10 hit, including two number one hits – Too Much Too Young and the much loved Ghost Town, which won ‘Single of the Year 1981’ in NME, Melody Maker and Sounds.

Encore is the band’s first new studio album in more than 38 years, due for release in February, and produced by founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter.

The Specials.

George Akins, DHP Family owner, said: “Manic Street Preachers and The Specials are two legendary bands and have made a huge mark on the UK music scene.

“We’re delighted to have them both with us on the main stage at Splendour celebrating two very special anniversaries. The crowd can expect a belter set of some of their greatest hits.”

Both acts are the first of more than 40 due to be announced to perform at Nottinghamshire’s biggest outdoor music event at Wollaton Park, with many more artists, comedians and entertainers to be revealed in the coming months.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities at Nottingham City Council said: “Splendour has been a part of Nottingham’s events calendar for over 10 years now, which is a real testament to its popularity with both locals and visitors alike. This year’s festival promises to be another great day out for all the family.”

Once again, Nottingham city residents will be entitled to £10 off tickets.

Children under 11 are 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 the Splendour website or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre. To claim Nottingham City resident discount, a copy of your council tax bill is required.

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