Though bad weather usually curses outdoor events in Nottingham, summer finally decided to show its face on 23rd July and it has to of been one of the hottest days the city has had.
Once again, Wollaton Park played home to Splendour and it's perhaps not somewhere you would expect a festival to lie as it's a massive stately home where Deer freely roam the grounds, luckily the Deer don't seem to mind sharing the grounds for one day!
Splendour Festival is a very family friendly / orientated event that not only brings family and friends together but propels the younger generation onto the music scene and hopefully inspiring some to become budding new musicians.
Nottingham's very own three-piece Eyre Llew kicked off proceedings with their gorgeous sounding post-rock and it should be noted that it's only a year since the band played their first live show, onwards and upwards and flying the flag for Nottingham music.
2016 sees the return of Turin Breaks who have released a new album, they delighted the crowd with a beautiful melodic set and their 2003 Single 'Painkiller' just seemed so fitting and calm in sunshine of Wollaton Park.
If you wanted a bit of fun then hopefully you got over to The Confetti Stage to view the spectacle that is The Darkness. The rockers always delivery an energetic and flamboyant set and this gig was no different - leaving their hit single 'I believe In A Thing Called Love' until last, keeps up that unpredictability status about them. One mention has to be the lovely Jump Suit!!!
Although looking a little older, UB40 came on and gave the crowed some apt music to go with the sunshine. Their 1983 cover of Neil Diamond's song 'Red Red Wine' and 1986 single 'Rat In Mi Kitchen' both made for perfect dad dancing in the sun.
The Human League put on an impressive show opening with 'Mirror Man,' and 'Electric Dreams' The Sheffield outfit showing that they still have what it takes and reminded fans of what a great back catalogue they really have. Naturally The Human League finishes their set off with...
... 'Don't You Want Me'
Jess Glynne the headline act came to perform after having to pull out last year through illness, the fiery haired lady delivers a perfect pop set.
Wollaton Park's Splendour has got to be up there as one of the best 1 Day Festivals in the UK, bringing current pop and mixing up with local bands, 90's and 80's favourite bands, next year is certainly going to be a tough act to follow.
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