Mac-Stock music festival is back for more

Kissmet, Saturday's headline act at this year's Mac-Stock music festival in Warsop next month.
Kissmet, Saturday's headline act at this year's Mac-Stock music festival in Warsop next month.

A music festival that raises money for a cancer charity is ready to take Warsop by storm again next month.

Mac-Stock, now in its third year, is the brainchild of former Mansfield man Graham Parker, who started it in memory of his dad, Roy, after he lost his battle with cancer in 2013.

Kissmet, Saturday's headline act at this year's Mac-Stock music festival in Warsop next month.

Kissmet, Saturday's headline act at this year's Mac-Stock music festival in Warsop next month.

Set to take place at the Black Market venue on High Street, the festival will again feature music styles of all styles and flavours and will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Graham, who now lives in Sheffield, said: “Our family was fortunate enough to get a lot of support from Macmillan nurses.

“Without their support and care, I’m not sure how we would have coped at times. They are incredible, and they deserve all the help we can offer.

“I managed to pass my initial fundraising target in the first year, which was £6,700, representing £100 for every year of my dad’s life. But everyone enjoyed being at, and supporting, the festival so much, therefore we simply carried on raising more money and having a great time.”

The 2018 festival opens on Friday, March 23, from 6.30 pm to 12 midnight, and continues the following day, from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Graham added: “The line-up for Mac-Stock 3 is quite special.

“We have virtually every style of music you can imagine, and tickets are ridiculously cheap for such an incredible array of talent.

“We have the amazing bangra/rock fusion of Kissmet with a belly-dancing troupe, busking phenomenon 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 will be a delight for any 80s’ groovers who love to do things differently. It really is going to be an amazing weekend.”

Graham has been astonished by the level of backing he has received from bands and musicians since Mac-Stock’s inception.

“The support for Macmillan has been incredible,” he said. “But so many people have been touched by cancer and, in turn, by the help they and their families get.”

Other names to conjure with on the bill include The Brewer’s Daughter, Dissident Noize Factory, Bleeding Hearts, The Sweetchunks and Dirty Davey. Tickets for Mac-Stock are available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk