by ZAK SLOMAN
Next Saturday, the centre of Nottingham’s rock scene will be taken over by the Macmillan Fest, an all-day festival which is now in its eighth year.
It promises to be bigger and better than before, with over 60 bands and artists, including The Treatment and Hacktivist, confirmed, playing across seven stages, all to raise awareness and money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
One of the many people working very hard to make sure everything will run smoothly, and confident of adding to the £21,000 raised since 2010, is one of the festival’s founders, Kris Davis, who went into more detail about what will surely be a fantastic day.
How did you first come up with the idea for Macmillan Fest?
When I was 16 years old, my tutor at the time was diagnosed with a brain tumour. At that time, my classmates and myself were cretins. I’m not sure how he dealt with us! After discovering his diagnosis, I felt quite bad, and heard that Macmillan Cancer Support had helped him.
Being in a band playing drums at the time and starting to find my love for live music already, myself and a friend thought it’d be great to do a benefit gig to raise money for Macmillan as a way of saying thank you. After that year, it went down so well, I thought i’d make it a regular thing.
The year after, I did Macmillan Fest in a pub called The Central. After that, we moved to our current home of Rock City & Rescue Rooms, where we have had the pleasure of helping hundreds / thousands of people pay their gratitude to Macmillan and the work they do.
It’s the people’s stories and experiences that makes us continue this festival and wanting to better it year on year.
When did you start planning for this year’s festival?
Around last December / January. For next year, however, I have already had a couple of artists confirmed.
Which bands/artists playing are you personally looking forward to seeing?
After the hype surrounding them, I am personally looking forward to seeing Hacktivist, especially after coming off two dates with Korn in London!
Others I’m looking forward to seeing are: Black Ink, The Dandylions, Anticlone, Holding Absence, Wearing Scars and Anavae!
Music isn’t the only thing going on at the festival this year. Tell me about the other stuff that’s happening.
We have head shaves taking place, photo booths, free drinks (but go visit our kind sponsors in Fireball sooner rather than later), waxing of all areas of the body (depending on how drunk you are) and some great quality food stalls!
Will you be looking at putting on Macmillan Fests in more cities in the future?
We currently run another Macmillan Fest at the awesome Thekla in Bristol (it’s essentially a boat party!) We would love to run it elsewhere in the UK in the future, but only when the time is right.
MACMILLAN FEST 2017, IN AID OF MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT, WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE ON SEPTEMBER 2.
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE, PRICED AT £16.80, AND YOU CAN GET THEM NOW FROM www.alttickets.com/macmillan-fest-2017-tickets AS WELL AS OTHER TICKET SITES.
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YOU CAN ALSO DONATE TO MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT AT: www.macmillan.org.uk