Macstock To Return For Third Year
Mac-Stock, the music festival that raises cash for Macmillan Cancer Support, is back for its third year at The Black Market in Warsop in March with music acts of all styles and flavours.
Mac-Stock is the brain child of former Mansfield man, Graham Parker and takes place on the 23rd and 24th of March. Every penny raised by the festival goes to the charity and was started in memory of Graham’s dad, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010.
“Our family was fortunate enough to get a lot of support from Macmillan nurses while my dad was battling with cancer. Without their support and care I’m not sure how we would have coped at times. They are incredible and deserve all the support we can offer. We passed the initial target I set for myself in year one, but everyone enjoyed being at and supporting the festival so much we simply carried on raising more money while having a great time. The line-up for Mac-Stock 3 is quite special. We have virtually every style of music being played you can imagine, and tickets are ridiculously cheap for such an incredible array of talent,” said Graham.
Graham, who now lives in Sheffield, has been amazed at the support he has received from bands and musicians. “The support for Macmillan is incredible, but then, so many people are touched by cancer and in turn by the support they and their families get, I really should not be surprised. We have the amazing bangra/rock fusion of Kissmet with a belly dancing troupe, busking phenomena Phat Bollard, ska and hip-hop from Karl Phillips and the New Groove Rejects, punk rockers Headsticks and the amazing Acoustic Disco Set from Tarantism, which is a delight for any 80’s groovers that love to do things differently – it really is going to be an amazing weekend,” said Graham.
The full line-up for Mac-Stock is:
Friday 23rd March 6.30pm - 12.00
Tarantism Acoustic Disco - If you have ever wondered what Massive Attack, Dee-Lite, Fatboy Slim, Donna Summer, Sister Sledge, The Prodigy and Lipps Inc among many others sound like when given the Tarantism treatment then you are in for one hell of treat when Mel and Magnus weave their magic around a medley of disco anthems that will have you dancing your socks off.
Dissident Noize Factory – Hailing from Coventry – and you can tell – these five-piece have been ripping up festivals with their Balkan-indie-punk- techno-reggae mix that is fresh and infectious.
Suzy Condrad - It's not nice to draw comparisons with other artists, but if you like Funke and the Two Tone Baby, then you will love Suzy Condrad and her magical loops, mixes and musical mayhem - be prepared to dance.
Stevie, One Bloke One Mandolin - The fire and fury that is Stevie Simpson and his mandolin has been ripping up festivals and gigs to the absolute delight of audiences that appreciate his combination of American influenced folk.
The Brewer's Daughter - Rhiannon Crutchley needs no introduction to anyone that has visited any of Gail Something-Else's festival stages. Be prepared to be surprised at an artist that is not afraid to sing in her own dialect about things that matter to her. For those in the know, she is also the fiddler in Tarantism - one not to be missed.
Kate Auburn - This young lady has talent by the bucket-load with a golden voice and guitar finger picking to die for, she is destined for bigger things..
Saturday 24th March 12.am - 12.pm
Kissmet - Kissmet is a spellbinding blend of Eastern and Western music that captivates crowds all over the world. They fuse Bhangra (Punjabi folk music from India) and Rock together to create something amazing which instantly and effortlessly appeals to the masses. They tore up Bearded Theory's Woodland stage in 2017 and will do the same again at Warsop.
Balliamo Belly Dancers -This amazing troupe of belly dancers from Lichfield inspired and amazed the crowds at Bearded Theory 2017 and will no doubt do that again in March, especially when they join Kissmet on stage and lead the crowd in dancing.
Phat Bollard - The Cornish busking troubadours bring their unique blend of folk/skiffle, mayhem and occasional barking to Warsop for what is bound to be a non-stop set of bouncing, laughter and the odd political standpoint.
Karl Phillips and the Rejects - Get your dancing shoes on because this seven-piece UK ska band are red hot. They have energy and power in abundance and play infectious tunes.
Headsticks - These boys from the Potteries have built up a growing fan base in the last few years with folk who like good honest punk tunes mixed with some great reggae riffs. Fancy a revolution?
Bleeding Hearts - It's hard to believe haw long these punksters have been going, but going they are and they really do know how to put on a show.
Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores – Fronted by Gail Something Else, the four-piece all girl band play a unique melange of music that is influenced by jazz, swing, ballad and gypsy folk – this will be special.
Star Botherers - Mac-stock wouldn't be Mac-Stock without these guys. They throw everything at the kitchen sink - even the kitchen sink! We open Saturday with their skiffle, singalong, folk, punk. social commentary songs that will set the tone for the day
The Fox and The Pirate - Jonny Wallis and Brian Stone combine in this set that was last seen closing the Beautiful Days festival this year on The Bandstand. Rum, Ofsted, Polkas and tears will be in abundance.
Andy Twyman - The one-man powerhouse that you will swear is a full band on stage. Andy plays guitar, drums and a host of other instruments all at the same time - do not miss his Nelly the Elephant, it will be talked about for ages.
Amy Newton and Paul Hallam - Amy's voice and keyboard playing is a perfect match for Paul's singing and guitar. The duo play their own material that has influences from The Levellers to Fleetwood Mac and a few in between.
The Sweetchunks Band - The crazy Hampshire trio play an unusual, yet compelling amalgamation of parodic folk, rock, chap-hop and drinking anthems, fused into a Steampunk horse-carriage of farcical and anecdotal comedy. Not to be missed.
The Star Copiers - They started as a giggle for friends but have taken themselves seriously with a wide range of cover songs you will recognise - I do hear tell of an album coming out soon.
Dirty Davey - A rapidly rising star on the political music scene, Dave Savage is nothing if not in your face with outspoken solo guitar songs about life down and after the pits.
Beardy Keef's Uke Jam - Kicking off Saturday if Beardy Keith with his incredibly popular Uke Jam. Music will be provided, all you have to do is bring along your Uke to play along - mega smiles all round.
Tickets for Mac-Stock are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk type in Mac-Stock
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