by ZAK SLOMAN
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Derby Alt Fest will be returning for a second time to one of the city’s premier music venues, The Hairy Dog, on September 30.
Second time around, it promises to be bigger and better, with the addition of a second stage, meaning you can see a lot more talented metal bands from the local area and beyond.
Scottish post-hardcore outfit To Kill Achilles will be travelling down to the East Midlands to headline, and another band who will be gracing the place with their heavy rock are Derby’s own This.Is.Hate, who have also had a hand in organising this year’s festival.
Their vocalist Liam Barlow told me more about what to expect on the day:
How did the initial idea for the Derby Alt Fest come about?
Well, it actually came about last year when me and my band were trying to organise a release show for our debut EP. We had the venue locked in, and we just kept booking more bands and before we knew it, we had a full line-up, so we gave it a name, Alt Fest, and it just escalated from there, really.
When did you start planning for this year’s event?
As soon as last year’s had finished, I knew what I wanted to do it again this year, I just needed someone else on board to help me this time with the organising and running of the event, so I asked Nathan from Lost Imperium Promotions.
How will the second festival be different from the first?
The major difference is having two stages this year, and a bigger range of bands in the mix, with having more help organising it, we’ve managed to construct a fully solid line-up that spreads out over the different stages.
It will be bigger and better this year, plus we’ve got a few surprises hidden away too.
Which bands playing are worth checking out the most?
All of them! (laughs) To Kill Achilles are travelling a long way to be with us on the day, so make sure you catch them headlining.
Alongside that, I’d say definitely check out Raised By Owls and Hung Daddy, they both played Bloodstock this summer, and also put on a hell of a show.
What are your plans for the future of the Derby Alt Fest?
To expand further into Derby. Hopefully, we can look to emulate the great inner city festivals in the future, it would take more planning and agreements between myself and the venue, but it’s something I’m already looking at.
DERBY ALT FEST 2.0 WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE HAIRY DOG, DERBY, ON SEPTEMBER 30. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR £10 FROM www.lostimperium.bigcartel.com