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Splendour Festival - Nottingham - July 2015 Live Review

in Music Reviews on 03 August 2015

Nottingham's Splendour Festival has a popular reputation in the city as a decent family day out - weather permitting - and this year it certainly lived up to its billing. After attracting the likes of local lad Jake Bugg (who has probably graced every single venue in the city with that shrill voice of his), Happy Mondays (brilliant) and The Boomtown Rats (not so brilliant, but entertaining) last year, the one-day festival has certainly grown in appeal. This year the main attractions are nineties chart stalwarts James and the legendary Specials.

Splendour Festival - Nottingham - July 2015 Live Review

Hidden behind the pop fare was certainly some very interesting music, mainly in the courtyard near the Comedy stage away from the funfair, hotdogs, candy floss and ice creams. If the Confetti stage - named after Nottingham's media college - featured generic indie led by the likes of The Twang, the acoustic stage had a few real treats like terrific singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko (who would appeal to both soul and alternative fans equally) and Eyre Lew, with their well layered ambient guitar soundscapes.  

The sun and the crowd really came alive for James, who admitted that they had only just started playing their most popular tune 'Sit Down' again after a long period. I can understand why; it's nowhere near the best song of a great pop band who left Factory Records early in their career because they were finding their independence getting lost, so compromising with the masses doesn't tend to be a route they go down. On this occasion though, I'm glad they did. A mass sing-a-long ensues for 'Sit Down', enabling the real five-star material to come out.  

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Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Bananarama - Formed in 1982 as teenagers they came to the attention of The Specials' Terry Hall, whose band Fun Boy Three they later collaborated with on the hit "Ain't What You Do". They went on to take the world by storm, with solo hits including "Cruel Summer", "I Heard a Rumour", "Robert De Niro's Waiting", "Love In The First Degree" and" Venus" - their first US no. 1. Today they still hold the record for the world's most successful girl band with over 30 UK Top 40 hits and 40 million record sales. - Perth, United Kingdom - Saturday 25th July 2015

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Bananarama, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin - Bananarama performing live on stage at ERP Remember Cascais at Hipodromo Manuel Possolo - Cascais, Portugal - Saturday 14th June 2014

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Keren Woodward - Bananarama performing live on stage at ERP Remember Cascais in Hipodromo Manuel Possolo - Cascais, Portugal - Saturday 14th June 2014

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Bananarama - Gay Pride Birmingham 2013 - Performances - Day 1 - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom - Saturday 25th May 2013

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Keren Woodward and Bananarama - Keren Woodward, Bananarama London, United Kingdom Hit Factory Live's 'Christmas Cracker' at The O2 Arena London - Performances Friday 21st December 2012

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