MacMillan Fest 2016@ various venues, Nottingham 3/9/16

The annual event known as MacMillan Fest returned for another year and both Rock City and Rescue Rooms played host to event this year. With 67 acts on the bill the event organisers have pulled out all the stops to make this the best event to date yet. MacMillan Fest is organised by IKE Promotions, courtesy of its head organiser, Kris Davis. The event attracts big names every year to headline its festivals.

This years’ main headlining acts consisted of Seafret and Sikth, whom individually, managed to pull full crowds on both the main stages. Headlining duo Harry Draper and Jack Sedman who make Seafret have only been on the music scene since 2014 and have been making a name for themselves since, closed the night at the Rescue Rooms. Over at the main stage at Rock City, rock metal veterans, Sikth, helped bring the night to a close.  

Other acts that appeared were High Tides, Chasing Dragons, Continents, The Mocking Jays, Inme, The Mitherhead and Black Cats & Magpies raised the roof, you could practically smell the sweat, adrenaline and energy. Returning bands were Our Saving Day and Eyre Llew. Over at the acoustics area at the main bar were Billie, Joseph Knight, Bethany Jowett and Ellie Keegan, who proved that acoustics are just as good as rock/metal bands.

Overall it was a successful day with many musicians, both local and from further afield, playing at all seven venues with plenty of food, drink and merchandise to go around, and oddly enough people willing to get their hair cut for the cause. Don’t ask.

The annual music event which takes place every year in September is to raise both awareness and money for the MacMillan Cancer charity and also helps support local artists at the same time.

 

 

 

 

  

 

An Empire Will Fall @The Maze, Nottingham 16/02/2015

An Empire Will Fall

An Empire Will Fall

Famous for Nothing

Famous for Nothing

Our Saving Day

Our Saving Day

The Great White

The Great White

We Are Tyrants

We Are Tyrants

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.

Words and photos by Adam J.Humphreys

Further photos from the night

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