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MacMillanFest 2016 Line-up Announced

3 April 16 words: Kimberley Bond

Nottingham’s premier rock festival MacmillanFest has announced it's line-up for 2016, and this year is promised to be the biggest one yet

MacMillanFest 2016

MacMillanFest 2016


The rock festival, which first started in 2009, was launched after founder Kris Davies discovered his form tutor had cancer. Now, seven years on, the festival helps the charity to continue its work in helping support both people with the disease and their friends and relatives.

Here are just some of the big names that will be coming to Notts on Saturday 3 September:



InMe – fresh from touring with Alien Ant Farm this January, Inme will be playing on the Bodycraft stage in Rock City. In a twist from usual festival fare, Inme’s set list will be picked by their fans, so they’re guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

SikTh – Considered to be the forefathers of Djent Metal, SikTh will also be headlining the Bodycraft stage. The Watford based lads have gone from strength to strength since their reunion at Download fest in 2014, having been the opening act for Slipknot’s tour this year.

Area 11 – Nottingham’s very own Area 11 join Inme and SikTh in Rock City; the band, which draws heavily from its influences in Japanese culture, anime and video games, gained a cult following since the release of their first album ‘All Lights in the Sky’ in 2015.



Eva Plays Dead – hailed by Kerrang! magazine for their ‘monster riffs and powerful vocals’, no nonsense Eva Plays Dead play Rock City’s basement for Macmillan Fest. Expect frontwoman Tiggy Dockerty’s punky melodies in a high energy performance.

Bad Touch - Winners of the 2013 Marshall Ultimate Band Contest, the long haired lads will be bringing their unique brand of hard rock to the Rock City basement. The long-haired lads from Norwich are touring after a very successful 2015, which saw the release of their debut’ ‘Halfway Home.’

SeaFret – SeaFret garnered international attention last year when their song Oceans did the rounds on social media (picking up 500k in a week). The up and coming duo, who released their first album ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ in January, will be headlining the Rescue Rooms stage.

Suspect Alibi – Local lads Suspect Alibi will also be hitting up Rescue Rooms – the five piece, who have also played Glastonbury, have a keen reputation for consistently smashing their live performances, so they’re definitely ones to watch if you’re in the Indie crowd.



Three Girl Rhumba – Headlining our very own LeftLion stage, don’t let the name fool you – these four Nottingham lads deliver a very alternative sound. Having released their debut single ‘Minnie Driver’ on Notts’ own ‘I’m Not From London’ label, 2016 is expected to be a massive year for the group.

The Qemists – Brighton based electronica group The Qemists will be smashing Stealth for the fest. Having supported Enter Shikari and worked with the likes of Basement Jaxx and Kano, their fusion of drum and bass and rock have lead to the group having a very successful 2016; they are due to take America by storm after signing a contract with Detroit based record company FiXT Music.

Just James – Describing their vibe as ‘science-fiction rock and roll’ Just James brings a mix of hip-hop, Drum ‘n’ Bass and House to Stealth. Their single ‘Red Light Means Go’ was met with praise across the board and the six-piece always deliver a wild and energetic performance. As one critic said ‘Who needs Class-A’s when you’ve got this lot?’ Definitely not one to miss.

MacmillanFest takes place at Stealth, Rescue Rooms and Rock City on Saturday 03 September 2016.

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