This year, Confetti and Nottingham Trent University students will be performing at Splendour in true ‘Do It For Real’ style. Here we take a look at what these acts have been working on during their time studying and reflect on this incredible industry opportunity that’s the highlight of the year for those involved.
Following her recent single launch on Spotify, and BBC Introducing performance at Metronome, BRIA is set to stun at the festival. Described as “having a great voice with an intimate delivery of a heartfelt song” by the single’s producer Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Madness, Nick Cave), she performs on the Confetti Stage alongside the likes of All Saints, Ash, The Rifles and more.
Ethereal vocals blended with rock and roll, Ava Saint will be one to watch this Saturday. Having performed her repertoire at Y NOT Festival, and featuring recently on BBC Introducing East Midlands, she has gone from strength to strength and this glam performance is truly unique and fresh.
Camille will be playing the Courtyard Stage at the festival. The young performer has seen great success with her debut three-track EP in Nottingham in March 2018 which was immediately championed by Mary Anne Hobbs who played the song Copenhagen on BBC6 Recommends show. After this, she made her game-changing Sunriser track of her weekend breakfast shows, describing it as “an exquisitely beautiful piece.” She also recently performed for BBC Introducing at Metronome which was a resounding success.
Emric John-Sawyer, aka Re Teu, is a young multi-instrumentalist who graduates this year from NTU, famed for his fusion of soulful vocals and gentle piano parts. On the rise since 2017, Re Teu is definitely one to watch and will be playing the Courtyard Stage at Splendour, accompanied by a band of two Confetti and two NTU students. For an insight into the cold, powerful and atmospheric sound, check out his latest track Isle of Dogs.
Velvet Blush are an all-female indie rock band made up of three BTEC Level 3 Performance and Songwriting grads. The band have recently won the prestigious Critics Choice Award at the NTU Battle of the Bands, and have their first release coming out soon. For fans of Radiohead, Courtney Barnett and Sunflower Bean, Velvet Blush are for you – described as ‘grunge soaked pop’, they’ll be performing at the Courtyard Stage.
Our behind-the-scenes student crew
Each year at Splendour, a large number of media, music and events students get involved in crewing for and filming our students’ gigs across not only the Confetti stage but throughout the festival. Students will be placed in a number of technical roles, including support across audio, lighting and visuals, as well as filming material.
We can’t wait to see the students performing at Splendour, and there’s no doubt that the festival will be fantastic exposure for the young artists – as well as great experience for the students helping crew the event. We wish them all good luck!