Splendour 2016 (Credit: Splendour Festival)

The Specials, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary, and Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers will headline the 2019 Splendour Festival in Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

February 1 marks both the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the release of their first album, ‘Encore’, in over 38 years. Politically charged lead single ‘Vote for Me’ was released in December 2018.

The Specials’ singer Neville Staple had to deal with the death of his grandson who was stabbed to death in Coventry in September 2018.

The Specials

Manic Street Preachers have also seen their share of controversy. Guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995, and was officially declared “presumed dead” in 2008. However new evidence in a book suggests the disappearance was staged by the guitarist himself.

In his youth, he expressed an interest in the idea of disappearing from society, according to Withdrawn Traces: Searching for the Truth About Richey Manic, which was written by Sarah Hawys Roberts and Leon Noakes.

Over the years, Manic Street Preachers has accumulated a long list of awards, including four BRIT awards, as well as headlining a variety of other festivals, such as Reading and Leeds.

Manic Street Preachers in Brighton 2004

Splendour festival is a one day festival that is taking place on Saturday, July 12. More artists are due to be announced.