New upcoming band An Empire Will Fall released their album and showcased some impressive material at The Maze, with support from four other bands, and it was definitely a good night out. There was a lot of amazing, fresh new artists on tonight has each of them had their own fresh, full-on energetic sound. It was a great night to see new guitarists, drummer and singers live in front of venue, and after listening to all five bands play Nottingham once again proves it’s a hotspot for the freshest music. An amazing atmosphere of excitement was felt by all as Great White, We are Tyrants, Famous for Nothing got into party spirit and Empire got in on the moshing action with the crowd and you definitely smell both the sweat and adrenaline. One of the highlights, apart from seeing a whole room of people get excited for five new bands was the lead singer of Left with Regret passing the mic round and getting into one-to-one sing-a-longs with the crowd. Definitely a great night for new the undiscovered bands of Nottingham.
Yesterday Nottingham played host to the annual Macmillan music festival that took place in many venues, and from what I saw it was enormous. Started up in 2010 Macmillan Fest is a music event that helps raise money for the Macmillan charity and has been going strong ever since. The Rescue Rooms, Rock City, Stealth, Spanky Van Dykes and the Red Rooms played host to 37 bands, both up-coming and mainstream such as Adelphia and Bleed From Within. I pretty much spent most of the day going back and forth from venue to venue seeing the many live bands in action which included a couple whom I’d seen before from previous gigs; a couple of these were Teenage Cancer Casket and Rik Gilbert formerly of Goodnight Astronaut, now Adelphia.
Other bands I managed to see during the day were Human Teeth, Anave, The Great White and The Inside is Live at Stealth, all of whom were fantastic. I caught a glimpse of acoustics performers As December Falls and Kaizen and I got to see further acts including Cabin Boy Jumped Ship and Famous for Nothing that have got to be amongst some of the most energetic bands I’ve seen live. Heading over to Spanky Van Dykes venue I saw performances by These Skies and Enormity Falls who were electrifying and bumped into three of the guys from Teenage Cancer Casket along the way. As my time at the event came to an end I went out of my way to see Scottish Rockers Bleed From Within before I left and it was definitely worth it as they were amazing and got the crowd completely hyped. And believe me I could smell not just the sweat but could also sense the adrenalin in the room and feel large amounts of bass.