Jake Bugg to headline the Splendour festival
Nottingham's chart-topping musician, Jake Bugg, will become the first homegrown act to headline a mainstream festival.
The 18-year-old from Clifton, who reached No. 1 with his self-titled debut album in October, will top the bill at the Splendour festival at Wollaton Park on Saturday, July 20.
Said Jake: "It's hard to believe I was playing the courtyard stage two years ago. It'll be my biggest crowd to date."
"I just hope that everypone who goes to watch me has a good time. That's more important than anything."
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Splendour is now in its sixth year. George Akins, chairman of the DHP Group which organises the festival with Nottingham City Council, said: "It will be the biggest headline show by a Nottingham artist ever. It's really exciting seeing him grow from playing the courtyard stage two years ago to the main stage last year and now headlining.
"And with the No. 1 album, the Brit Award nomination... the stars are aligned for Jake and Nottingham."
Others confirmed for Splendour include Maximo Park, Squeeze and KT Tunstall. More artists will be announced over the coming weeks.
Tickets will go on sale next Friday, February 22.
The news was announced at Rock City, where tonight Jake will be playing a sell-out show, the first Nottingham artist to do so at the venue.
Wollaton's BAFTA winning actress Vicky McClure has tweeted that she'll be at the show. She appeared in his video for Two Fingers.
Said Jake: "There will be a lot of people coming tonight who I know so it'll be a mad hometown gig."And he plans to party afterwards, the first time on this tour, which ends on his 19th birthday on February 28."It's a long tour so I have to look after my voice. It's quite weird playing these big shows with 2000 people going mad then after that I stick the kettle on and have a cup of tea."
He added: "But tonight is a different matter because I have a day off tomorrow. So it's going to be one of them."
See more from Jake in tomorrow's Nottingham Post