The Vaccines, Everything Everything, DYLAN, The Coral, Jake Shears and Inspiral Carpets lead the bumper wave of artists added to the Splendour bill for 22-23 July 2023.
With early bird tickets being snapped up in a few hours after the first announcement, which revealed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Madness as headliners for the 15th birthday edition, the festival is set to be one of the biggest weekends of the summer.
Joining Madness, Rudimental and Sugababes on Saturday main stage will be Everything Everything, Venbee, James Marriott and Girlband.
The Vaccines headline the Confetti Stage on Saturday along with The Coral, Cian Ducrot and Betty Boo, as well as Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell’s new band Jealous Nostril.
On Sunday, DYLAN and Vicky McClure and Our Dementia Choir join Noel Gallagher, The Kooks and Confidence Man on the Main Stage, with The Royston Club and The Chase opening. Jake Shears and Inspiral Carpets join headliner Sam Ryder and Altered Images on the Confetti Stage.
Also added to the bill are a host of rising national acts and local favourites on the Courtyard Stage each day, including Nottingham band Divorce who are tipped as ones to watch.
DHP’s Director of Live Anton Lockwood said: “By expanding across two days and securing our legendary headliners Madness and Noel Gallagher, we had a unique opportunity to book amazing new talent and contemporary acts such as DYLAN, Venbee, Cian Ducrot and lots more. We’ve added a host of viral chart topping acts who are making waves on Radio 1 this year to give a fresh perspective to the bill, in addition to all the iconic and classic festival acts for which Splendour is known.”
With a fierce live reputation forged through arena-filling headline shows and unforgettable slots at festivals including Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds, The Vaccines are the Confetti Stage headliners on Saturday. Selling more than two million records worldwide, they have cemented their position as torch-carriers for British guitar music in the modern era.
One of the most relatable and sharp songwriters coming up right now, DYLAN is having a breakthrough moment and recently sold out Rescue Rooms earlier this year fresh from UK support slots with Yungblud, Bastille and Ed Sheeran. Her sound has developed into big pop hooks driven by crunchy guitars, dissecting her life and loves into incisive, memorable lyrics.
Since their debut EP release in 2001, The Coral have sold over a million UK albums, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and have had five albums in the UK Top Ten and eight Top 40 singles including the hits ‘Dreaming Of You’, ‘Pass It On’ and ‘In The Morning’.
Over on Confetti stage on the Sunday, Jake Shears is back at Splendour for the first time since he sold out the festival as the frontman for Scissors Sisters in 2011. With a career spanning multi-million global album sales, Brits, Ivor Novellos and Grammy award nominations, he will return to Wollaton Park with the joyous high-energy music for which he is known.
Manchester’s Everything Everything are known for their eclectic style and have been widely critically acclaimed with multiple nods for the Mercury Music Prize and Ivor Novello Awards. Their 6th album Raw Data Feel features songs forged from the desire to experiment, and is the sound of a band entering a new phase of discovery after more than a decade of restless creativity.
Inspiral Carpets return to the live circuit for the first time since 2015, after they went on a hiatus following the death of their drummer Craig Gill. A vital component of the infamous ‘Madchester’ movement, Inspiral Carpets formed in Oldham in 1980. Known for hit singles such as ‘This Is How It Feels’, ‘Saturn 5’ and ‘She Comes in the Fall’, they remain much-loved not only in Manchester but across the UK. Their live shows are set to be celebratory, giving fans a chance to sing along to their favourite hits and commemorate the life of Craig.
Venbee is a 22-year-old rising artist and songwriter who’s having a breakout moment with her drum and bass tinged songs. Her quick ascent to viraldom started with her debut track ‘Low Down’ last year. A dark pop song tackling the subject of depression, it topped Spotify’s Viral chart, while Radio 1 made the song its Introducing: Track of The Week. Her following track ‘Messy In Heaven’ has spent 25 weeks in the chart, peaking at number three.
Last year, Our Dementia Choir led by Vicky McClure and special guest Tom Grennan provided one of the most heartwarming moments when they sang in front of their biggest audience to date at Splendour. Back once again, Vicky’s choir of people living with dementia in her hometown of Nottingham are showing that music can have a positive impact on their lives and they can still achieve something truly remarkable.
Irish singer-songwriter Cian Ducrot is a classically trained musician who’s fragile, heart-wrenching ballad ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ is shaping up to be one of 2023’s biggest songs. Following ‘All For You’, the song that has cemented his status as one of music’s most vital songwriting talents, Cian also recently sold out Rescue Rooms.
Nineties icon Betty Boo is back. With hip hop tinged pop bangers in her back catalogue, the pocket sized rapper first came to mainstream prominence thanks to a collaboration with The Beatmasters on the song ‘Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance (To That Music You’re Playing)’. Now she’s back with a new album picking up where she left off three decades ago.
Brighton’s James Marriott will make a welcome return after selling out his Metronome show in a day. Tackling heartbreak, sexuality, love and his creative identity on social media in his debut EP, he has amassed millions of followers who tune in every day for his music, comedy and relatable personality.
The Royston Club are a four piece band of friends from Wrexham who are making a name for themselves with their emphatic and electrifying live shows, winning fans with their bouncy, uplifting brand of indie rock.
Formed in Nottingham in April 2022, Girlband are a BBC Introducing favourite channelling the likes of Khruangbin, Wet leg, Lost Bitchos and Big Moon with a no nonsense attitude and killer songs.
Bringing a sound that is both uniquely British and undeniably infectious, The Chase pay tribute to their Notts council estate roots and multicultural background and deliver a theatrical live show full of showmanship.
The Confetti Stage at Splendour is in partnership with Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, a leading provider of creative industry education.
Craig Chettle MBE, Chief Executive Confetti, said: “We’re thrilled to once again have Confetti artists join the festival line-up alongside legends like Noel Gallagher and Madness! Acts include student band Luna & The Lime Slices who won our recent Battle of the Bands in front of a sell-out crowd at Metronome for a coveted spot on the Confetti stage.
“It will be incredible seeing them perform, alongside our other talented Confetti acts: Courtney Mark, Airport Dad, Lyvia and Cam Mannix, who’s flying high off the back of recording this year’s Confetti/Denizen single with producer Mikko Gordon (Arcade Fire, The Smile, Gaz Coombes). We’re all about making sure students get the best chances to ‘Do It For Real’ and where better to learn than on stage at Splendour in front of thousands!”
New this year is the payment plan, available across all ticket types to allow ticket buyers to split the cost across monthly instalments right up until the festival. The new youth tickets for 11-17 year olds also offer great value for money. Children aged 10 and under can still attend for free with an accompanying adult.
Splendour tickets are priced at Adult Weekend £102; Adult Day £61; Youth Weekend £67; Youth Day £41 with discounts across all ticket types for city residents. Head to splendourfestival.com to find out more including the VIP tickets on offer.
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