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Sell-out crowd enjoys 'best ever' Splendour Festival

BBC Blast Introducing reporter Tom Whiter
By Tom Whiter
Blast reporter, BBC Nottingham

Crowd at Splendour Festival, Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday, 24 July 2010
There were five stages, including one for comedy, at the Splendour Festival

Fourteen thousand music lovers turned out for Nottingham's biggest annual music festival, Splendour, at Wollaton Park on Saturday, 24 July 2010.

It was the biggest crowd in the event's four-year history and was described as the 'best ever' by organisers.

Pet Shop Boys headlined the main stage with an impressive stage show, complete with 250 cardboard boxes and glitter cannons showering sparkling confetti.

Nottingham acts also shone. Singer-songwriter and producer Ronika opened proceedings on the main stage, whilst Liam Bailey, Fists and Nina Smith all drew large crowds on the other stages.

There were only 500 tickets left on the door in the morning and, with the sunny weather holding out for most of the day, by the time the main acts made it on stage the venue was at full capacity.

'It was splendid'

The bands themselves were delighted with the crowd response, and enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere.

"It was splendid," said Noisettes' lead singer Shingai Shoniwa.

"What's amazing is the diversity of the crowd. You see a lot of people singing along, and you think, 'how do you know our songs?' It's brilliant to pick up new fans along the way, of all shapes and sizes."

"We've kind of rinsed out our bank accounts for the stage show, but its worth the effort," added guitarist Dan Smith, talking about the range of pyrotechnics the band brought with them.

But their set seemed modest in comparison to the Pet Shop Boys, who dazzled a jubilant crowd with a visual feast that included fortresses, skyscrapers and larger-than-life Rubik's Cubes.

They had fans singing along to classics Go West and Always on my Mind, and their encore of West End Girls ended the night and the festival in style.

Event organiser Stephen Barker was pleased with the changes made to the festival this year. "I think the addition of the Rightfield Stage has been fantastic," he said. "Being able to go from one stage to the other is great."

'We were flabbergasted'

The stage gave some of Nottingham's local acts the chance to play in front of a larger crowd.

Noisettes play Splendour Festival, Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday, 24 July 2010

"We walked out and were flabbergasted about how many people there were," said Alex Noble, lead singer of Frontiers. "But we really got into it and played one of the best gigs we've done all year."

Fresh from making waves at Glastonbury, West Bridgford's Dog is Dead also drew a large crowd.

"It's brilliant to play a hometown festival. We love this place," said lead singer and bassist, Rob Milton.

Stephen Barker, Nottingham City Council's Director of Communications, said he is already looking forward to doing it all again for Splendour 2011.

"Let's make it bigger and better every year", he said.

If you have a music story you want covered, email me, tom.whiter@bbc.co.uk

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