How many Nottingham music festivals can you fit in a can of Heinz Spaghetti? The answer is obviously as many as you want to. Nottingham is one of the UK's most central music scenes thanks to its towering plethora of internal venues and extraordinarily beautified external arenas and return to nature.
But what about the big ones? Well there's and then there is and there's erm... let's start with the Splendour Festival with Splendour In Nottingham. Situated at Wollaton Hall, Wollaton and going live every year in the Summer months. Splendour is a festival which brings Nottingham a one day event which combines music and laughter at one venue.
In recent years Dizzee Rascal, Scissor Sisters and The Lightning Seeds have performed across two stages with up and coming comedians Andy White and Paddy Lennox performing on the Funhouse Comedy stage. The festival also hosts cultural activities and dance elements with world music also featured.
Fancy a day at the races but want to see circus acts also? Enter the weird and wacky world of the Amazement festival which plays out at the Nottingham Race Course in Colwick Park in early September each year.
Run over two days, you can get to see up to sixty bands playing live, from heavy metal to gothic, pop to dance, all of which are up and coming bands seeking out the limelight and a continuance of their professional career in front of a frenzied and responsive audience. Alongside the bands you will find circus acts, body piercing, food stalls and a comedy stage.
The range of festivals, like many across the UK are all encompassing. Many festival goers don't just wish to see the acts and artists they hear on the radio or are bombarded with on the television. They wish to hear new and trend setting music, encounter alternative music scenes as well as the pop culture they have been used to.
Festivals in Nottingham are also great for other activities also. Learn about the arts and take part, watch comedy acts and enjoy face painting, body piercing or take part in group games and sleep over for the night at the on site camp.
Festivals are on one hand a release of natural energies by both performer and festival goer but also on the other, a professional gathering where artists can engage with their public and visa versa and get a feel for what works and what doesn't on a live stage. Nottingham is one of the best creative environments with the biggest range of venues to achieve those exact ideals.