Preview: Macmillan Fest – NCN/NottinghamLIVE stages – 6 September 2014

So here we are back with our second preview of this weekends ace looking Macmillan Fest event, having taken a look at the newest venue, Spanky Van Dykes, yesterday we move on to take a look at two of the Rescue Rooms stages today, including the NottinghamLIVE stage.

For those wondering we’ll be looking at the Stealth stage tomorrow and rounding up with the Rescue Rooms main stage on Thursday.

First up let’s have a look at the NCN Rocks stage, the Red Rooms stage, located upstairs in Rescue Rooms, will host performances from a selection of students currently studying New College Nottingham’s NCN Rocks course, expect to see a range of work from some of the most talented young students in the city, who knows the city’s next big star could be among this group.

The confirmed NCN Rocks performers are EVIE & GUY, DANNY & KATIE, JAMES GOOCH and SAME STREETS

Following the NCN Rocks performers there will be a double headline slot from SARAH KNIGHT & THE BLUE STONES. Performing a combination of classic rock covers such as Led Zepp, Hendrix, The Who and Frank Zappa as well as more up to date tracks from the likes of Portishead and Goldfrapp this band, fronted by Sarah Knight, have been described as providing “stunning vocals with a modern twist on the classic blues rock bands of the 70’s”.

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This year the NottinghamLIVE stage will be moving from upstairs to the bar area in Rescue Rooms where you can catch some fantastic acoustic action while grabbing a drink – the perfect chance for a bit of a chill out amid a hectic day.

Topping the bill on the acoustic stage will be THE HYPE THEORY, these London based pop-rockers are making quite the impact at the moment with numerous festival appearances and attention from the rock media. We can’t wait to see a stripped back acoustic set from this five piece on Saturday.

FALLING UP STAIRS will take to the stage just before The Hype Theory while before that Nottingham’s very own VANITY BOX will be showing off their acoustic skills.

Once described as “the best thing to come out of Nottingham since Kevin Costner’s mullet” LACEY are one of the kings of the rock scene around these parts, they’ll be stripping back there alt pop-rock sounds for us on Saturday but without losing any of the bite that have won them so many fans.

London pop singer ARTHUR WALWIN has been described by Big Cheese Magazine as “the UK’s answer to The Rocket Summer” and been played on national radio by the likes of Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw, as well as supporting the likes of Tom Odell, Rudimental and The Pigeon Detectives. Now he will be rolling up at Macmillan Fest to show everyone why he’s making such a name for himself both at home and overseas.

There’s more from Nottingham with pop-punk five piece LAYBY taking to the stage for an acoustic set, despite only getting started last year they’ve been making their mark and released their well received debut EP ‘Bombsite’ earlier this year.

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Travelling the short distance from that there Derby town are alt band GARDEN STATE, taking their name from the cult movie from Scrubs star Zach Braff (of whom they’re all fans) we’re looking forward to seeing this relatively new band. Anyone that likes Zach Braff is alright by us.

AS DECEMBER FALLS are a five piece alternative pop-punk act fronted by Bethany Curtis and featuring NottinghamLIVE favourite Ande Hunter (Hunting Helen) on lead guitar/vocals forming an exciting combination that we’re looking forward to catching on Saturday.

A CITY ALIGHT are a Nottingham duo consisting of Jessica Matthews on vocals and Liam Mcbride on guitar, performing ambient acoustic sounds and influenced by the likes of Bon Ivor and Ellie Goulding they should be idea for the early afternoon vibe of the acoustic area.

Kicking things off on the NottinghamLIVE acoustic stage will be Nottingham four piece KAIZEN, this young rock band will be starting the afternoon with a stripped back acoustic set to ease you into the day ahead.

So that wraps up day 2 of our Macmillan Fest preview, make sure you check back tomorrow when we take a look at the Stealth stage line up.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t got you ticket for this years Macmillan Fest yet you can get it here and for just £10 in advance – and it’s for a fantastic cause.

For more on Macmillan Fest 2014 check out the official Facebook page here


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