Splendour Festival

Delayed council tender process forces Splendour Festival to take break in 2024

DHP Family, the organiser of Splendour Festival, has announced that the festival will be taking a break in 2024.

Last May, Nottingham City Council initiated a festival tender process for Wollaton Park, the location for the two-day event. DHP Family says that the tender process has encountered numerous delays.

A statement on the Splendour Festival website read: “Delivering a high-profile event like Splendour requires more than a year’s worth of planning, and these delays mean we have not been left with enough time to put on the festival.

“We know many of you will be sad to hear this news, but rest assured, we are working hard to bring Splendour back to Nottingham in 2025.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: “Since its inception in 2008, the festival has grown to become one of the best-loved in the country. We, therefore, completely understand why people will be disappointed that it won’t take place in 2024.

“We said last year that under the council’s new commercial strategy, the event fell into a category where a formal tender process was needed. This was to protect the authority legally, financially and to ensure the festival was achieving best value for the council and the residents of Nottingham.

“The procurement process is complex and has taken longer than we would have liked – this has made the viability of delivering a festival in 2024 very difficult. However, we remain optimistic that we will be able to secure an event for future years and hope to announce plans regarding this in the coming months.”