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.
Crowds gathered at the basement of Rock City for the launch of Patriot Rebel’s new LP launch and there was plenty to enjoy as four other bands helped celebrate the launch.
Parasight kicked off the night some top quality rock which was worthy of rock greatest themselves, it was that good and drew a large crowd. You could practically sense the adrenaline rush after a few minutes, and Desensitised, first female duo of the night and these were two girls who defiantly had something to shout about kept everything going. With plenty of material about beer, rubbish boyfriends and weekday antics along with lots of laughs these two are a definitely ones to watch in the future were the local music concerned. Keeping with female leads You Want Fox were the first all-female trio whose oozed adrenaline and bass
Eva Plays Dead kept everything going and took things straight into the crowd and their female lead even serenaded one lucky punter in the process, and the bassist kept the stage antics going with a riff on a speaker. By the end of the night Patriot Rebel owned the stage and ended night the only way it was meant to be: with full-on rock, and adrenaline fuelled mayhem. This was a night full of fresh original material, and these are five guys who have relentlessly proved there worth in the local music scene.
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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.