The Scene: No shortage of old friends at No-Fest III

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Diehards of the Stamford and Peterborough music scene will come together for almost 12 hours of music as No-Fest moves to a new venue.

A packed line-up of more than a dozen bands will play everything from punk to acoustic folk to screamo post rock from 2.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at Mama Liz’s in Stamford.



The festival was the brainchild of the group of punks and promoters known as No Gods, No Managers, who have been treating fans to the region’s best bands for more than a decade.

One of that group, Neil “Jordy” Jobson, said the concept behind No-Fest came from a mutual love of playing and listening to live music.

He added: “It’s all the bands we have ever played with or who have helped us out.

“This year we brought it to Stamford. The venues in Peterborough seem to have closed down so we decided to have a big day in Stamford, just like the good old days.”

The festival features a mix of local artists and a few more far-flung friends. Jordy’s own band, A Great Notion, bring an updated line-up and a new plugged-in sound.

Stamford’s own Andrew Cream, fresh from the release of his new EP Adapt and Adjust, is one for fans of Billy Bragg as he pours thoughtful lyrics over acoustic folk-punk.

Peterborough punks The Deadites have recorded some long-awaited material and are one of several bands releasing new records on the day.

Fans of a story or two should make sure to catch Ducking Punches, whose frontman Dan Allen will tell tales to melt your heart.

Tim Vantol, Holland’s answer to Frank Turner, stops off in Stamford as part of his summer tour.

Norfolk punks Vanilla Pod bring 18 years of experience to the festival and guarantee to get everyone jumping.

And that’s without mentioning The Living Daylights, Without Fire, Joe William Davis, Dear America, There Are Ghosts, Shankland, Tower of Cows and Wisecrack.

Doors open at 2pm and music lasts all night. Tickets cost £7 from We Got Tickets or £8 on the door.

The Scene is open to any band, artist or performer wanting to promote a show. To be in it contact reporter Alex Moore on 01780 750441, e-mail or tweet @Mercury_Alex.