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Nottingham Artists Have The Chance To Play Legendary Rock City & Splendour Main Stages

Returning for 2023, the Future Sound of Nottingham gives local musicians the opportunity to play the iconic Rock City and Splendour main stages.

This year, artists who play their own original music live and are from or living within the Greater Nottingham Urban Area can enter which includes Nottingham City, the districts of Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Gedling surrounding the city, the Nottinghamshire district of Ashfield, and the Amber Valley and Erewash districts of Derbyshire.

Eight finalists will get the chance to play the Rock City main stage on Sunday 2nd July, with the two champions going on to open Nottingham Splendour Festival (Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July) alongside Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, Rudimental and more.

Running for more than ten years, the Future Sound of Nottingham is organised by local music organisation Nusic who are dedicated to helping talented Notts musicians at the start of their career. Sadly they had to say goodbye last Summer. But thanks to support from DHP Family, the owner of Rock City and organiser of Splendour Festival, they are able to bring back this opportunity.

Sam Nahirny, Nusic, said: “We are gassed to be able to bring Nottingham artists the chance to play these legendary stages once again thanks to the heroes at Rock City & Splendour. After the incredible new artists we met during FSN last year, plus the euphoric energy of the 2022 Final, we can’t wait to see what the 2023 NG massiv has in store.”

DHP Family MD George Akins said: “We’re always keen to support local music, so it was obvious that we should step in to ensure the Future Sound of Nottingham could continue. We’re delighted to help Nusic make a return, and can’t wait to hear some new talent.”

Last year’s FSN champ ALT BLK ERA have gone on to sell out The Bodega, receive multiple BBC Radio 1 plays, plus receive international show bookings and support.

To enter, email nusic@leftlion.co.uk with ONE (!) song attached (mp3 or wav), OR one streaming link (Spotify / Soundcloud etc). Plus confirmation of your Nottinghamness (where you are from or living in NG), confirmation that you are available on Sunday 2nd July, plus Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July. You must also confirm you are available to perform live (definition: at least one live vocal and one live instrument).

All successfully received entries will be listed here – www.nusic.org.uk/fsn

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday 7th May. Finalists will be revealed on Monday 15th May.

All details and news on Finalists will be revealed via Nusic’s Instagram – @FeelTheNusic (www.instagram.com/feelthenusic) and via their website www.nusic.org.uk/fsn.

The final is a free event, and does not require a ticket to attend.


Splendour tickets are priced at Adult Weekend £102; Adult Day £61; Youth Weekend £67; Youth Day £41 with discounts across all ticket types for city residents. Head to splendourfestival.com to find out more including the VIP tickets on offer.

Stay in touch with all the festival news. Follow Splendour on social media:
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Posted on 04 May 2023

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