Splendour chance for six music acts

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Splendour, the major summer music all-dayer is just a few weeks away, and the battle to open the event in front of 20,000 people at Wollaton Park on Saturday, July 19, has stepped up a gear.

The six final acts are now preparing to win over the Future Sound of Nottingham top music industry judges and a live audience when they take to the Rock City main stage on Sunday, June 22.

Following the largest public vote ever, the top five acts join ambient alt-rock band Field Studies, who got straight through to the final as the winners of round one.

For the first time, three solo artists have made the final. 20-year-old singer songwriter Oscar Speed came through with the biggest share of the public vote with his funky disco-influenced soul-pop; 18-year-old indie folk singer Josh Wheatley was a close second with his beautiful voice and soft sweet acoustic melodies, while soulful songstress Joy Mumford used her stunning voice to great effect to deliver her catchy soul-folk.

Completing the line-up are the guitar-based pop rock of The Rascels evoking the spirit of summer, and alternative rock band Crosa Rosa delivering grungy alt-rock with loads of distortion. With half of the vote being decided by the public on the night, fans are being urged to make their voices heard at the Rock City final, a free event open to 14+ with no ticket required.

Tickets for Splendour start at £15 and can be purchased online at www.splendourfestival.com or in person from various venues including Rock City box office.