Award Winning Festival Promoter Saves Summer with Launch of Outdoor Live Music Sessions

Arboretum Sunsets Opening Weekend: Friday 25th June/Saturday 26th June/Sunday 27th June

With the delay to the easing of restrictions putting the future of many of this year’s festivals in doubt, award-winning festival promoter DHP Family is delighted to save summer once again with the return of its innovative series of live music at an ‘outdoor pop-up venue’ in Nottingham city centre.

Arboretum Sunsets takes places in the historic Arboretum Park around the iconic bandstand building on its successful launch last summer.  More than 45 artists are already booked in to play over the series kicking off with a free opening party featuring upbeat music and DJs this Friday from 5pm, and more than eight hours of live music on Saturday from 1pm, headlined by Nottingham’s own Ferocious Dog, and another full day on Sunday from 1pm, capped off by New Model Army’s Justin Sullivan.

It comes as the 2020 Arboretum bandstand sessions were revealed to be in the running for a national Music Week Live Music Innovation Of The Year Event/Series which the industry title launched this year to reflect and celebrate the creative breakthroughs made in live events.

Ben Ryles, event booker, DHP Family said: “We launched the summer sessions as a way to celebrate and showcase all the amazing musical talent the East Midlands has to offer and to give people the opportunity to see some great live music in a safe and beautiful setting. We’re honoured our efforts have been recognised with this nomination and look forward to our second sessions launching this weekend!”

As well as the bandstand stage, the event space will feature two container bars and rotating street-food vendors. The spacious outdoor location means that all events can safely go ahead as planned, with covid safety measures in place. The site has previously hosted successful events under similar restrictions, with a fantastic turn out for Frank Turner’s two sold-out, socially distanced shows in September last year.

Turning the park into a socially-distanced event space started as an idea from DHP Family’s MD George Akins, who had seen the potential of the historic bandstand as a stage for local artists.

At the culmination of last year’s inaugural series in the new pop-up venue, George Akinssaid: “A great deal of effort went in to turning the Arboretum’s bandstand into a safe and fun environment. Creating the pop-up event space enabled us to support local musicians, connect with the local community and provide some much-needed positivity in a time where the live music industry is struggling. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Arboretum Sunsets event booker Ben Ryles states: “Now more than ever, giving people the chance to see some live music and experience some fantastic events is really important. We’re thrilled that we can go ahead with our entire summer event schedule as planned.”

Tickets available and on the gate, subject to availability.

The Event in Numbers:

25 summer dates from 25 June to 5 September

More than 19,000 tickets up for grabs

47 playing artists made up of local and national touring acts

10 yoga events

2 comedy events

2 food festivals

1 beer festival

1 cider festival

1 bingo event

1 big music quiz

1 untold orchestra Disney event

Up to 10 new jobs

50 plus staff working at each event

Opening Weekend:

  • Friday 25th June – opening party 5-9pm

live music (upbeat acts & covers) & DJs

free entry

  • Saturday 26th June – Ferocious Dog (acoustic 4-piece)

Doors -1pm

Brad Dear – 2pm

Jake Martin – 3pm

Louise Distras – 4pm

Jaz Delorean (from Tankus The Henge) – 5pm

Abdoujaparov Duo (Carter USM) – 6.15pm

Ferocious Dog – 7.30pm

  • Sunday 27th June – Justin Sullivan (New Model Army)

Doors – 1pm

Pete Jackson – 2.15pm

Jess Silk – 3.15pm

Cara Means Friend – 4.15pm

The Headsticks Two – 5.15pm

Tony Wright (Terrorvision) – 6.15pm

Justin Sullivan – 7.30pm

Curfew – 9pm

Arboretum Sunsets Full Event Schedule:

Friday 25th June – Opening Launch Party (free entry)

Saturday 26th June – Ferocious Dog (acoustic 4-piece)

Sunday 27th June – Justin Sullivan (New Model Army)

Friday 2nd July – Turin Brakes (acoustic)

Saturday 3rd July – Bingo Lingo

Sunday 4th July – Just The Tonic feat. Steve Royle & more

Friday 9th July – The Untold Orchestra – Disney: An Orchestral Rendition

Saturday 10th July – Eddi Reader 40th Anniversary Tour

Sunday 11th July – Arboretum Beer Festival

Friday 16th July – Sounds Familiar Music Quiz – Festival Special

Saturday 17th July – Grace Petrie

Sunday 18th July – Tony Hadley

Friday 30th July – Lucy Spraggan

Saturday 31st July – The Bootleg Beatles

Sunday 1st August – Nottingham Diners Club – The Street Food Social

Saturday 7th August – Beans on Toast’s Foolhardy Folk Festival

Sunday 8th August – Just The Tonic feat. Paul Sinha & more

Friday 13th August – Richard Thompson

Sunday 15th August – The Longest Johns

Sunday 22nd August – The Futureheads (Acoustic / A Cappella)

Friday 27th August – Kawala

Sunday 29th August – Nottingham Diners Club – The Street Food Social

Monday 30th August – Homegrown feat. Deco, Joel Baker, Catmilk + more tba

Saturday 4th September – A Cider Festival featuring Somerset scrumpy legends The Wurzels

Sunday 5th September – This Is The Kit New Kind Of Neighbourhood


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