It was a record breaking year at Splendour with the Wollaton Park festival site filled with a 25,000 sell out crowd turning out to see a packed line up across five stages offering music, comedy and fringe entertainment.
We’ve managed the press office at Splendour for several years now. It gets frantic but we love it of course! Who wouldn’t enjoy hanging out back stage with the big names? Carly even managed to grap a photo with Gabrielle Aplin!
It’s an incredibly busy day. After all, it’s our responsibility to keep more than 50 accredited press happy – despite what the awful British weather threw at us this year.
Throughout the day we managed a tight schedule of pre-arranged artist interviews with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Tony Hadley and Buzzcocks – to name a handful – as well as interviews with DHP Family and Nottingham City Council for both BBC East Midlands and ITV Central, who we successfully persuaded to come down to film the festival.
Our hard work developing a significant relationship with BBC Radio Nottingham and its leading music show The Beat and the regional BBC Introducing paid dividends with a fantastic OB running all day and into the night. Plus a dedicated Splendour page on BBC Music. Getting artists from three different stages on air and on time was quite a challenge and one we’re delighted to have pulled off.
Despite soggy clothes and aching feet – with more than 20,000 steps clocked on my Fitbit – the day was a huge success, with press over the moon with all our hard work:
“A massive thank you for helping me with everything on Saturday. You remained so calm under what seemed like so much pressure with everyone pulling you right, left and centre. Thank you so much!” – Jonty Bayliss, BBC Nottingham
“Liz and Carly – a big thank you for all your help and fantastic work for our Splendour outside broadcast. You’re stars!” – Dean Jackson, BBC The Beat and BBC Introducing East Midlands
Photo credits: Marcus Holdsworth Photography and Jake Haseldine.