Band secures Splendour slot

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This year’s Future Sound of Nottingham search for the best local unsigned music talent to open Splendour festival on July 18 has come to a thrilling end with a high energy performance in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Rock City.

More than 700 turned out to see indie five-piece Suspect Alibi put on an epic show in front of a panel of judges made up of industry professionals.

Fresh from their Future Sound of Nottingham winning set, Suspect Alibi said: “The FSN final was ridiculous. We’ve been buying tickets for gigs at Rock City since we were old enough, but never did we think we’d get to play on the same stage as all our favourite artists. The whole experience was amazing. Hanging around backstage was the most nervous we’ve been, knowing what a great platform for us it was.

“The audience responded really well to our songs and we’re just so grateful for the opportunity. It’s testament to the work Nusic has put in to the Nottingham scene that there was such a good turnout, and the atmosphere was great. Also, the standard of the other artists was so high. They were incredible, any of them could have won and all five I’m sure will be on big festival stages in the future.”

Suspect Alibi will now join Splendour’s impressive roster of local talent, with debuts from The Swiines, Eyre Llew, Daudi Matsiko, Molly & Jack, RJMarks and Cedric Peters at the festival, at Wollaton Park on July 18. As well as a strong showing on the Acoustic Rooms stage, local musicians Ferocious Dog, Keto, Georgie and last year’s FSN winner, Joy Mumford, will take to the stage.

Also added to the Splendour bill are Pierce Brothers, and multi-instrumentalists Jack and Pat.

The new additions join the bill headlined by two-tone legends The Specials, indie rockers James and Bananarama with support from chart-topper Jess Glynne, pop rockers Lawson, MOBO award-winning rapper Roots Manuva and bands To Kill a King and Amber Run.

Tickets for Splendour start at just £20. To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com