Nottingham’s Mind Fest is set to take place this Sunday, with local and national acts playing in support of mental health charity, Mind.
Mind Fest 2019, formerly known as Notts Pop Punk Fest, is an all day festival set up by JB Trent Records to raise money for mental health.
Mind is a charity that aims to support and empower anyone suffering from mental health issues. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
The live music event begins on November 10th at Albert’s and will showcase some of the best ‘underground’ talent Nottingham has to offer.
Along with providing a platform for smaller bands to gain recognition, Aaron Juska-Bowes, event manager and owner of JB Trent Records, has created Mind Fest to support more than just the local music scene.
“I wanted to create an event that stood for something”
Aaron juska-bowes, event manager
“I wanted to create an event that stood for something”, said Aaron when asked about what inspired him to set up a non-profit festival. “All of the bands we asked to play were more than happy to do so without payment, which made it a lot easier for me”.
Disaster nearly struck when headliners and Nottingham locals ‘Catch Fire’ dropped out of the festival at short notice. “Obviously that wasn’t ideal but the situation was out of their control. Luckily, due to the cause we’re supporting, finding another headliner wasn’t at all difficult”.
The new headliner ‘Bronnie’ are a female fronted pop punk band from Merseyside. The band are also ambassadors for Philadelphia-based mental health organisation Project Buddy – confirming beyond any doubt that they’re perfectly suited to headline Mind Fest.
As well as the bands who have donated their time to play the festival, generosity from local businesses hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Mind Fest team. 100 HAUS, a Nottingham based clothing brand, sponsor the festival and have had a stage named after them. Their products will also be available for purchase on the day. Nottingham Rehearsal Rooms have contributed professional gear free of charge for the day, and Nottingham Printing Ltd have donated banners and flyers.
Not only is Mind Fest a great event for a worthy cause, it’s also showcased Nottingham’s sense of community with businesses and the local music scene working together to make sure the event goes ahead.
Volunteers for front desk door staff are still required. For anyone looking to get involved, message the Mind Fest Facebook page for more information.
Mind Fest kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, November 10th. Tickets are £20. The headliner is due to finish at 10:30pm.