Nottingham is known for its Universities, its association with Robin Hood and, to many, as the home of some of the country’s most famous football clubs. But the relationship between the East Midlands powerhouse and festivals is a long and storied one. How many of you know about its famous festivals of the 1970s?
The summers of the seventies will be remembered for a number of very important reasons, the prominence of the BeeGees and Stevie Wonder not least among them. But for many Notts residents, and for plenty others besides, those summers will be long associated with the incredible Nottingham Festival.
It was festival cut from a very different cloth to those many of us will have seen today. The Nottingham Festival started in 1970 and hosted a number of eclectic acts. TV, Film and Music stars played host, performed, put on shows or operated workshops. People travelled from across the country to see their favourite acts on stage or interacting with other festival goers.
Britain’s most talented artists converged to the excitement of youngsters and adults alike. There were cook-offs, jazz shows, jousting events and even a service industry themed assault course. Photographs of waiters holding trays of filled glasses and jumping over barrels can still be found by those that are keen to access an interesting peace of British festival history.
The summertime festival was so iconic in fact that when financial difficulties threatened to undermine it in the late 70s, the Department of the Environment stepped in. With Government help, the festival continued into the summer of 1983, tying the midlands city with music and festivities long after the festival’s end date.
Upcoming Nottingham Festivals
Nowadays, you’ll find Nottingham’s festivals are a little less wide-ranging – you’d be hard-pressed to find one hosting a jousting tournament – but no less entertaining. In the build-up to a summer of diverse festivals, we thought we would showcase some of the best.
Dot to Dot
For music festival fans, Nottingham’s summertime boasts some of the best. The Dot to Dot festival kicks off the summer festival season on the 24th of May and their first round of artist releases have just made waves. Dot to Dot will be headlined by the Leicestershire five-some Easy Life whose recent mixtape Spaceships has achieved critically acclaimed status.
If you’re a nineties fan, and let’s be honest a small part of each of us can’t help but be, then you might want to check out Newark Festival. Held at Riverside Park in Newark, this is a great festival for music and food lovers. The highlight looks likely to be Jo Whiley’s set of nineties Anthems, and at 15 pounds for adult entry it would be a great chance to belt out a couple of your guiltiest pleasures.
For those of you looking for something a little glitzier, Splendour Festival promises to have over 40 acts on 5 different stages. It will be hosted on the grounds of Wollaton Hall on the 18th of July and will boast a silent disco a funfair and a variety of market stalls.
Southwell Music Festival
Southwell Music Festival is the dark horse of our list. It’s got a slightly different focus, appealing to history enthusiasts and classical music fans. Set in the historic rural town of Southwell, it promises to fill your August bank holiday with a classier, more traditional sort of festival.
Last but by no means least, we want to draw attention to the Waterfront festival at Canal House. It will be hosted on Saturday the 4th of July and acts will include Do Nothing and TV Crime. Our favourite thing about the Waterfront festival is its Notts-centric focus. It’s a local festival that’s designed to showcase Nottinghamshire’s best and brightest.
So, if you want to learn anything about Notts artistry, and we strongly suggest you should, then the Waterfront festival can’t be missed. It will be 13 hours of non-stop music from 1pm that Saturday afternoon.
Coach to Nottingham
Now you’ve got your reasons to come to Nottingham, all you need is your method of travel. Travel to Nottingham has never been easier but Snap endeavours to make it even more so. We can get you from London to Nottingham in under three hours and it will be some of the comfiest three hours you’ve ever spent on a coach.
Inter-city coach travel with Snap is direct, quick, made more excitable with local stops and, as many of our customers often say, our coaches are as clean as they come. We think Nottingham is worth the visit, for its history, for its mix of proximity to and differences between London, and especially for its festivals.
So, if you want to come and check out the incredible music and arts scene that this famous city boasts then hop on a Snap coach and make your way to the east Midlands. We promise it will be worth the trip.
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