Splendour 2018 crowned ‘best festival’ for its 10th birthday bash

Watch: Time-lapse of Splendour 2018 (Credit: (Credit www.dgtlconcepts.co.uk, song Stronger by Nina Smith)

Splendour Festival 2018 has won the crown for ‘Best Festival’ with a capacity between 15,000 and 39,999 in this year’s national industry awards organised by Live UK.

In its ninth year, the awards are designed to recognise the best promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents.

DHP Family, which runs Splendour, scooped four awards in total at the ceremony, which also included recognition for Nottingham venue Rescue Rooms.

Paloma Faith on stage at Splendour 2018 (Credit: Jake Haseldine)

Organised by live music company DHP Family, MD George Akins said: “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.

“A big thank you to everybody involved and who contributed towards this year’s award-winning event and to all the people who attended and sang their hearts out.”

Paloma Faith performing at Splendour 2018 (Credit: Jake Haseldine)

The 20,000 strong crowd bathed in glorious sunshine and enjoyed performances across three stages of entertainment, with headliner Paloma Faith sharing the festival’s birthday.

Other performances on the main stage included The Charlatans, who took to the main stage fresh from playing the Benicassim festival in Spain, Bjorn Again playing all the classic ABBA hits and Sophie Ellis-Bextor bringing disco to the festival.

On the Confetti stage, crowds enjoyed Toploader’s ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ and 90s indie band Embrace who were both before a headline set from punk-era veterans The Stranglers.

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