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Get ready to rock at Knipfest 2015

By John Lavery

Some of the crowd at Knipfest 2014 EMN-150520-111239001
Some of the crowd at Knipfest 2014 EMN-150520-111239001

A village music festival which has raised more than £100,000 for charity since its inception in 2009 is aiming to add at least another £12,000 to the coffers this year.

Knipfest 2015 will be taking place at Belvoir Cricket Club at Knipton on Saturday, June 27, from 6pm to midnight.

On stage action at Knipfest 2014 EMN-150520-110947001
On stage action at Knipfest 2014 EMN-150520-110947001

Phil Noon, of organising group The Rawhide Riders, said: “This year we have a great line up of bands from far and wide.

“Once again the money raised will go to Cancer Research, St Barnabas Hospice and Dove Hospice. Last year we raised over £12,000 and this year we hope to increase that.

“As well as a great line up of bands, there will be food stalls, real ale bar, hog roast, free car parking and a welcoming atmosphere in a tranquil setting, with Belvoir Castle as a back drop.”

Local band Hardback Fiction, whose performances have been compared as a cross between Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam, will start the programme of live music.

Humming Bird are next on the bill. They are four 14-year-old girls from London who write and perform their own songs. They were recently praised by Cherys Matthews on her radio show, for their raunchy rock style, after winning a rock band competition.

They will be followed by Lincs folk rockers, Something Nasty in the Woodshed, who have established a formidable reputation for their high octane folk rock. They are making a welcome return to Knipfest.

Keeping up the momentum, The Cherry Bombs are an edgy new girl band that describe themselves as ‘Just girls next door doing quirky pop with a cherry on top’.

Up next will be Matt Grocott and The Shrives, an exciting up and coming local band who have recently recorded in LA. They have played an extensive number of gigs and have toured the UK, releasing their first single ‘Turn Me On’, which gained mainstream music press coverage from Kerrang!, Rock Sound and NME.

Dynamite Billy then bring classic rock to the show with their rip-roaring renditions of favourite anthemic tunes, which includes blistering dual guitar solos.

Crazy Ape, long time Knipfest stalwarts and veterans of the UK circuit, provide a climax to the show. With their party atmosphere, outrageous suits and infectious melodies, they are sure to have the crowd rocking.

Tickets for Knipfest are available at various local outlets, including the Guildhall Box Office in Grantham, at £18.00. You can also buy tickets online at http://knipfest.com/#tickets for £19.00, which includes postage, or at the gate on the day for £20.00.


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