Saint Raymond Leads Latest Acts to Join Splendour Line-up


Local heroes and rising stars Saint Raymond and Amber Run are joined by ska legends The Beat as the latest acts confirmed for this year’s Splendour stages, the all-day summer festival which takes place at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park on Saturday 19 July.

Brit award-winner Tom Odell and party legends The Happy Mondays are headlining the main stage with the soaring anthems of Saint Raymond and the pulsing ska fusion rhythms of The Beat in close support with Scouting for Girls, Foxes and Ron Pope. The indie rock guitars of Amber Run will power up the Confetti stage as they join headliners The Boomtown Rats alongside Reverend and the Makers and The Rifles. Currently on his first UK headline tour, Nottingham-born singer songwriter Saint Raymond, aka Callum Burrows, captivated a capacity crowd just last weekend at the Dot to Dot Festival and his subtle blend of indie pop sensibilities balanced against sharp lyrics will be sure to leave the Splendour crowd swooning. The release of his latest EP ‘Ghosts’, which includes fan favourite ‘Everything She Wants’, has set him up to be one of the biggest breakthrough artists of the year with sellout shows in London and hometown venue Rescue Rooms already under his belt. Saint Raymond will be joined on the main stage by one of the biggest bands of the 2-tone movement, ska revivalists The Beat. The bands’ songs of peace, love and unity brought them a string of 80’s hits and their dynamic live show includes ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’, ‘Too Nice to Talk To’, ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You, and ‘Hands Off, She’s Mine’ as they mix pop, reggae and punk in thrilling fashion.

Claiming Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Coldplay, Bon Iver and U2 as influences, Amber Run’s dizzying guitars light up their new EP ‘Spark’. Their rousing, rock anthems will power up the crowd over at the Confetti stage as they look to build on their success on the BBC’s ‘Introducing’ stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2013.

“It’s really important to us that we put on acts that can be enjoyed by the broadest range of people which is one of the reasons why we’ve chosen to include up and coming musicians as well as those who have already experienced success. Saint Raymond looks set to become a massive star while The Beat will provide fun-loving songs in an upbeat and exciting way,” said George Akins of promoter DHP Family. With Splendour as his biggest headline performance to date, Tom Odell will aim continue his rapid rise to the top by performing tracks from his award-winning and chart-topping debut album ‘Long Way Down’, while Manchester’s The Happy Mondays will be grooving through hits including ‘Wrote for Luck’, ‘Step On’ and ‘Hallelujah’.

Nominated for four Brit awards, chart toppers Scouting for Girls have sold more than 2m records and the catchy poprockers are sure to include favourites like no.1 single ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ in their crowd pleasing set. Also on the main stage, young British singer-songwriter Laura Rose Allen, aka ‘Foxes’, is sure to play plenty of material from her just released debut album ‘Glorious’, which includes the single ‘Let’s go for tonight’, a UK top 10 hit in March. Confetti stage headliners The Boomtown Rats, featuring Bob Geldof, will run through their greatest hits, including classics such as ‘I don’t like Mondays’, while indie rockers The Rifles and Reverend and the Makers will play tracks from their latest albums alongside old favourites.

Tickets for Splendour are on sale from just £15 covering more than 30 top acts playing across three stages. DHP runs Splendour in partnership with Nottingham City Council, which operates the beautiful festival site of Wollaton Park. While its natural amphitheatre surrounds the main stage there is also plenty of parkland to roam and enjoy the festival’s alternative entertainments including the comedy stage, children’s fun fair, and dozens of market stalls.

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