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Nottingham Splendour showcases local bands
Frontiers (photo by Jennifer Anne Simpson)
Frontiers have already had the experience of playing the Reading fesitval

Nottingham's biggest summer music festival is providing a springboard for local musicians.

Bands like Frontiers and Dog is Dead and singer Ronika, are all hoping to reap the benefits of appearing on stage with superstars like Pet Shop Boys.

Dean Jackson, presenter of BBC Radio Nottingham's The Beat, said: "Playing a sizeable festival on their home turf really is very special."

Splendour 2010 is held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on 24 July 2010.

The cheerleader for local talent added: "It's good that local bands are being given such a showcase.

"It would be very easy for Splendour to only go for named national bands and credit is due to the organisers for incorporating local talent.

"It is especially exciting to see three artists who have previously appeared on the Beat BBC Introducing stage at the likes of Leeds and Reading festivals as well as nearer to home at The Beat on the Beach [in Nottingham's Old Market Square] last summer."

Ronika describes her music as melodic blip death-pop

Increasing fan base

Frontiers lead guitarist Charlie Burley said: "I heard that Splendour was a huge success last year and it's the perfect opportunity for us to expand our fan base locally."

It is a view shared by bass player Jacob Austin.

"After attending Splendour in 2008 and enjoying both the acts and the atmosphere it will be a strange experience playing at the festival... but a privilege nonetheless."

Ronika will also be sharing a stage with the big names. She said: "It's great that Nottingham has it's own open air music festival and I'm really looking forward to playing it.

"I'm gonna be playing the same stage as the Pet Shop Boys which is a big deal for me as I grew up listening to them and they were a big influence, although I can't match their costume changes.

"The rest of the line-up is really ace too so I'm happy to be part of it and playing in Wollaton Park where I've spent many sunny afternoons.

"I'm also hoping to get the stuffed bear from Wollaton Hall on stage with me for a dance."

Also at Splendour will be the likes of Calvin Harris, Noisettes, Athlete and Shed Seven.

BBC presenter Dean Jackson said the Nottingham musicians should be able to mingle and chat with their better known colleagues.

"The backstage artist area is used by all musicians and it was wonderful a couple of years ago to see the likes of Nottingham band The Beatroot Kings sharing the same hospitality area as the Charlatans, Kate Nash and Ocean Colour Scene."

Splendour has been running since 2008. It has attracted artists like Paolo Nutini, Kate Nash, Madness and The Pogues and, in 2009, saw a crowd of 13,000 fans enjoy 10 hours of music at Wollaton Park.



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