Nando’s Rule The Roost: Bestival

NAN_Bestival was 2015’s final festival outing for Rule The Roost, and it’s safe to say the Isle of Wight was an Extra Hot place to sign off for the summer.

Our festival food truck kept the party well-fed across all four days, while flaming hot acts performed above. The likes of Rudimental, Hudson Mohawke, Mistajam and Slaves kept energy levels peaking, and we were even treated to a B2B masterclass with two of the biggest DJs around, Artwork and Jackmaster.

Muzi, the hotly-tipped new South African producer and one of our special guests from our Music Exchange joined the party too. He produced one of the weekend’s standout sets on the Sunday afternoon, amping up the festival crowd with his tasty melding of electronic beats and local South African flavours.

It’s been an incredible summer touring the country with #RuleTheRoost, and we’re already excited for 2016 when we’ll be back for more #NandosMusic! Big love to all our DJs and bands who performed on top of our Cock o’ Van, but especially to the thousands of revelers who joined the party and made it such an unforgettable summer!

Check out our latest serving of Fame Grilled from Bestival…

Nando’s Music Exchange: The Launch

Nandos-invite-exampleToday, a group of young, emerging musicians are joining forces with phenomenal South African DJ/producer Muzi, and chart-topping UK rapper Example, for a day of collaboration at the Roundhouse in London. The talented group will be mentored by our artists, and set the challenge to craft their own track using a mix of sounds created by Example and Muzi – inspired by their respective home countries. Plus, we’ve got a couple of very special guests dropping by…

The event marks the start of Nando’s Music Exchange, our long-term vision to uncover amazing artists from Nando’s birthplace, South Africa, and blend their skills with our homegrown heroes here in the UK.

Want to watch the day unfold? Visit

Nando’s Best of the Fest: Bestival (by Rob Da Bank)

Rob 5 Source - The Arts DeskThis weekend, Nando’s heads to Bestival, one of the hottest events in the summer and the final event of the festival calendar. Founded and curated by the one and only Rob Da Bank, Bestival is a world-famous party attracting some of the biggest stars from around the globe as well as many of the most exciting new bands and DJs out.

And if that’s not exciting enough, Rob Da Bank himself has curated a very special Bestival Playlist for us featuring 25 of the amazing acts you can expect to hear over a busy weekend. You can listen below. Here are six of the acts on the Playlist he’s especially keen for you to check.

The Jacksons

“Ever since they sent over the 90 minute set list, excitement has been building at Bestival HQ. They’re going to be playing all The Jackson 5 hits, and some of Michael’s too, so it’s going to be tune after tune, and going from them into Missy Elliot on the Main Stage on Sunday night is the perfect way to end Bestival 2015.

Mura Masa

“Ridiculously talented 19-year-old producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Guernsey in the Channel Islands who cites Hudson Mohawke, James Blake and Cashmere Cat as influences. The result is a heart-breaking mix of electronic soul and beats, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him on the Invaders stage on Saturday.”


“One of my favourite ever acts is also one of the finest live funk bands ever seen or heard, with classic tracks like ‘The Message’, Bra’, and ‘Brothers On The Slide’. The name Cymande is actually derived from a calypso word for dove, symbolising peace and love, which sums up this year’s ‘Summer Of Love’ theme perfectly!”

Jamie xx

“Jamie’s ‘In Colour’ is one of the albums of the year, if not the decade and has been the soundtrack to my summer. Tracks like ‘Loud Places’ and ‘I Know There’s Going To Be Good Times’ have become anthems in recent months across the airwaves, clubs and festivals throughout the land. Jamie has played with his band The XX at Bestival before and recently rocked Bestival Toronto with his solo live DJ set, and I can’t wait to see him play in the Big Top on Thursday.”

Four Tet

“Kieran Hebden is one of my favourite producers (check out his recently released ‘Morning / Evening’ album), and his genre bending DJ sets are the stuff of legend. So much so, we asked him to play twice this year, and he’s going to be playing the opening set on our Port stage and then closing the Bollywood tent on Friday night. Don’t miss him!”

Lion Babe

“I’ve been a fan of this US duo for a while and I’m really looking forward to their debut album which is due out later year. Their influences include Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, J Dilla and Al Green, and you can definitely hear all of them in their tracks. They’ve been described as `laser-guided neo soul’ and having already worked with Pharrell and Mark Ronson, they’re on the cusp of something very special indeed.”

At Bestival, Nando’s will be unveiling our final Rule The Roost of the summer, featuring some VERY special unannounced guests performing on top of our Cock O’ Van, helping keep the party going for the whole weekend. Our festival residencies during 2015 have featured the likes of Ella Eyre, Hannah Wants and Jackmaster playing live, so you’d be clucking mad to miss out on the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Check out these artists and more in our Bestival festival Spotify playlist below.

Join the Bestival party!

We’ve been busy Ruling the Roost this Summer, bringing our Nando’s Cock o’ Van across the UK to the nations coolest festivals with a feast of awesome #RuleTheRoost performances.

We’re closing the season at Bestival on the Isle of Wight next month, where you’ll find us firing up the grills in The Stardust Field*, serving hungry festival goers PERi-PERi goodness while Extra Hot acts showcase surprise sets on top of the Cock o‘ Van.

With flaming–hot acts including Chemical Brothers, Gorgon City, Stormzy and Alice Jemima on the line up, you won’t want to miss out on the festival fun! We’ve got x2 pairs of weekend tickets to Bestival: the Festival of Love, to give away to Nando’s fans, along with travel and PERi-PERi treats at the festival food truck. To join the party, simply answer this question in the comments box below:

What magical location is Bestival set?
• Isle of Wight
• Isle of Dogs
• Isle of Man

*Terms and Conditions apply:

1. Competition closes at 00:59 Thursday 3rd September 2015.
2. The winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 2pm on Friday 4th September 2015.
3. The prize includes a pair of weekend tickets to Bestival on Thursday 10th September – Sunday 13th September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight, UK, chicken cheques redeemable at the Nando’s Cock o’ Van at Bestival, and £100 in travel expenses.
4. The tickets include pitch space for camping.
5. Under 18’s must be accompanied by one person over 18 – ID may be required.
6. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
7. Winners that we can’t contact within 48 hours by reasonable means to send out their prize will lose their entitlement.
8. Nando’s accepts no responsibility for any damages, losses, liabilities, injuries or disappointment incurred or suffered to you or any other persons as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize.


The heat is on for our International Grillers’ Challenge

We’ve been all fired up for our Griller of the Year final this month, where our Grillers went head to head to show off their PERi-PERi skills.

It was no easy feat, we’ll tell you that! Our finalists battled through 340 restaurant heats, 33 quarter-final heats and 4 semi-finals to reach the ultimate UK final… and what a final it was!

Our Birmingham Bullring restaurant played host to our finalists and expert judges, as well as over 200 supporters. But there could be only one winner…

Let us introduce Amy from our Leamington Spa restaurant. Flames flickering, tongs in hand, Amy fearlessly grilled her way through the final to be crowned this years’ Griller of the Year.

With her top-notch technical skills and the tastiest flame-grilled chicken, Amy’s a shining example of our passion for PERi-PERi.

Runners up Bruno, from our Chichester restaurant, and Shih, from our Liverpool ONE restaurant, will join Amy and Nando’s grillers worldwide, at the International Grillers’ Challenge in Canada next month.

We wish Amy, Bruno and Shih the best of luck… we’re currently the reigning champs, so the pressure is on!


Freshers! The Nando’s Sauciety is here!

Here at Nando’s, we know going away to university can be tough…

Packing up your entire life into a suitcase and waving goodbye to your family, friends and local Nando’s is enough to pull on anyone’s heartstrings.

Well don’t you worry, because we’re here to help make the start of your university life a memorable one!

We’re heading to Freshers Fayres far and wide to spread some PERi-PERi love and fun across your University! And we’ve lined up something pretty special for Nando’s lovers old and new…

Got a Nando’s Card? Well step forward and join the Nando’s Sauciety! Just spin our mighty wheel to claim your awesome PERi-PERi reward. It really is that simple, and we’ve got tonnes of prizes to giveaway that are guaranteed to make your new flatmates green with envy!

If you don’t have a Nando’s Card and you want to get in on the Nando’s Sauciety fun (well, you’d be silly not to), you can take part in a PERinitiation! Chat to our freshers team for more info.

So take a break from all that partying studying, and come and join the Sauciety!

Check out the list below to see if we’re swinging by your University’s Freshers Week, and if not, keep an eye on our Twitter for some more chances to win!

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum spend £5/€5. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Photocopies will not be accepted. One voucher per person per day. Valid in any Nando’s restaurant. Offer expires October 25th 2015. Green Rewards exclude All Together Now and Wing Roulette; Orange Rewards exclude Chicken Thighs, Chicken Butterfly, Churrasco Thigh Burger, Butterfly Burger, Prego Steak Roll; Red Rewards exclude Double Chicken Burger/Pitta/Wrap + 1 or 2 sides. Offer can be withdrawn without notice.
*Please note if you are attending the fresher’s events in Swansea, Norwich, Aberdeen, York or Portsmouth you will have to register your Nando’s Cards to obtain the reward. The reward will expire 30 days after the Fresher’s Fayre you attended. The reward is only valid in the local restaurants nearest your fresher’s event, please check with our team at the fresher’s fayre if you are unsure which restaurants these are. Please allow 24 hours for your reward to load from the Fresher’s Fayre day you attended.

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University of Plymouth & Marjons -24/09/15
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SA2UK: Stormzy

StormzyEarlier this summer, we introduced talented DJ/producer from Nando’s birthplace, South Africa, Muzi. The young musician kicked off Nando’s Music Exchange, which will see us connect the hottest artists from South Africa with top talent hailing from the UK. Travelling over both countries, we’ll share some incredible acts inspiring the next generation on the other side of the water.

We asked Muzi to tip off a UK artist inspiring him at the moment, and he chose incredible rising grime artist, Stormzy. Muzi explains why he’s so excited by one of the UK’s hottest new MCs:

“I’ve always been attracted to the UK’s ability to come up with new genres, with artists taking their influences and interpreting them in their own unique way. This is what I’m trying to do with my music as well, which is why Stormzy is one of my favourites right now.

“I can relate to having hip-hop as your first love and reaching a point where you make music inspired by the sounds you grew up listening to but most importantly, interpreting it in your own way and adding your own twist. I love the rawness of what he does and the vibe of it, plus his energetic flows would be a perfect fit for my wild beats!”

Stormzy’s had a whirlwind 2015 already, featuring in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll shortlist tipping the biggest new acts of the year, starring on stage with Kanye West in that Brits performance, and winning Best International Act at the hugely influential BET Awards in the US. With the musician recently announcing his Live in the Flesh tour in October, we’re expecting even bigger things from Stormzy for the second half of the year.

Nando’s Hove is here!

Brighton and Hove’s third Nando’s in the city has opened, and we’ve made sure our brand new restaurant is perfect for the summer season with outside seating and Fro Yo’s on tap!

The Brighton beach inspired restaurant, located conveniently at the Goldstone Retail Park, is draped in exclusive South African artwork, unique lighting features and bespoke tables and chairs. We’ve even dedicated one of our infamous chairs to a special Nando’s fan…

We invited Jack Harper to our opening day; a Nando’s super fan and footballer who has just left Real Madrid youth team to join Brighton & Hove Albion Football club. As he’s a new resident to the city, we want to make sure Nando’s Hove is home from home, so we gave him his very own chair.
Jack Harper 1
Check out our awesome new restaurant (and see if you can find Jack’s chair!) and our Nandoca’s* will be there to give you a PERi-tastic experience!

Nando’s Best of the Fest: Camp Bestival

Our tour of the summer festivals continues this weekend when we take our Rule The Roost to the amazing Camp Bestival. We’re firing up the Cock o’ Van with enough chicken for all the family, and as always, we’ll have some very, VERY special, unannounced guests coming to play on our Extra Hot soundsystem. Come find us and join the party!

To get you all geared up for the weekend, here are five unmissable acts playing around the Camp Bestival site that we know you’re going to love:

Kiko Bun

The perfect soundtrack for a sizzling hot weekend (fingers crossed!) Kiko Bun’s irresistible reggae-tinged soul is going to sound very special at Camp Bestival. New single ‘Where I’m From’ is playing non-stop across radio and fast becoming one of the defining tracks of the year, and it’s just one of the many highlights of an amazing live show.

Kate Tempest

One of the UK’s most inspiring singer-songwriters, Kate Tempest performs with a fiery passion that’s quite incredible to witness. Emerging from London’s spoken-word scene, she’s evolved a unique sound that integrates hip-hop into her storytelling, and on-stage is where it truly comes to life. Last year’s debut album was nominated for the esteemed Mercury Music Prize and expect to hear much of it in what will be an unforgettable performance.

George The Poet

The North London rapper’s 2015 started with a major bang when he was shortlisted in the Sound Of 2015 award, where DJs, writers and other tastemakers nominate the hottest new acts for the coming year. Since then he’s risen to become one of the UK’s most popular MCs, and we can’t wait to hear him light up the Camp Bestival stage this weekend with his inspiring lyrics and unique delivery.


Ekkah’s lush pop sound is cooler than a Gelado and their show this weekend will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Their debut single ‘Last Chance To Dance’ was a regular on Radio 1 and will sound even tastier with the Camp Bestival crowd singing along. And we hear the band has just signed a major record deal so they’ll be bringing an extra dose of good vibes this weekend!

The Bohicas

Having spent some quality time wandering the many wondrous chilled out worlds of Camp Bestival, you might find yourself needing to just throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. And there won’t be many more exciting live sets this weekend than The Bohicas, whose sharp guitar pop will appeal to fans of The Strokes or Wolf Alice. Their recent single ‘Swarm’ was a Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1, and no wonder for it’s pretty much a perfect rock song to go wild to.

Check out these artists and more in our Camp Bestival festival Spotify playlist below.

Win tickets to Camp Bestival!

Nando’s has set temperatures soaring this summer with a feast of incredible Rule the Roost festival performances! We’ve been busy serving up the very best Extra Hot talent with a side order of our legendary PERi-PERi Chicken for festival-goers to enjoy.

Parklife and Lovebox saw the soulful Ella Eyre, flaming-hot Lion Babe and beat-dropping DJ Hannah Wants perform on top of our Cock o’ Van, but we’re not done just yet. We’re heading back to Camp Bestival in Dorset for more fun and we want you to join us!

To win one a family ticket to the epic and wild Camp Bestival plus a Nando’s feast from our festival food truck, simply pop your answer to the following question in the comment box below:

What PERi-PERi sauce is not in our restaurants?
1) Wild Herb
2) Honey and Mustard
3) Extra Hot

*Terms and Conditions apply:
1. Competition closes at 0:00 on Monday 27th July 2015.
2. The winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 2pm on 27th July 2015.
3. The prize includes a family ticket (two adults and two children under the age of 10) to Camp Bestival on July 30th, August 1st and August 2nd 2015 at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, UK and a £50 gift card redeemable at Nando’s restaurants nationwide.
4. Please note that accommodation and/or travel costs are the responsibility of the winner and not offered as part of the competition prize.
5. Under 18’s must be accompanied by one person over 18 – ID may be required.
6. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
7. Winners that we can’t contact within 48 hours by reasonable means to send out their prize will lose their entitlement.
8. Nando’s accepts no responsibility for any damage, lose, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered to you or any other person’s as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize.