What a weekend that was!! Where do we start. We have so many people to thank and are so overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of nice things people have had to say to us about MPF. The UK DIY punk community is stronger than ever and to see so many great bands and so many good friends in this old grey city is too special for words. Your support is the main thing that keeps this event growing so please keep coming back and partying with us, it’s a pleasure to be involved in this scene.
Yet again the bands that played were incredible from start to finish. We think it was our most ambitious and varied line up so far. We had some of our all-time favourites playing, some of the best current UK bands as well as some insane reunion sets from some not-quite forgotten gems. How the bloody hell do we top that next year? We will definitely try don’t worry.
Firstly we wanted to say a monumental thank you to Kaz and Chris Hinsley. They give us so much of their time and their commitment to help make it a success that we aren’t sure we can ever thank them enough. We’d also like to say a big thank you to our stage managers who exceeded all expectation and were militant in their organisation at each venue. They played a massive part in keeping everything on time and running smoothly. Our team of volunteers at the wristband exchange, the band areas and everywhere else that we needed them were on top form yet again, huge thank you for giving us some of your time!
Each venue made everything as easy as they could for us and we couldn’t be happier with how our change in venues worked out this year. Big thank you to Danny and everyone at The Bread Shed, Paul, Frankie, Ade and the staff at Gorilla, Ainars and his team of metalheads at Rebellion, Andrew and his team at Black Dog / Underdog, Dan and the great staff at Font Bar and Damo and the very helpful staff at Thirsty Scholar / Zombie Shack.
Our festival food was provided once again by Teatime Collective, who still make our favourite vegan food in Manchester. Thank you to Catherine and her team for being on hand to stuff us with a great selection of scran. The Thursday night band food was provided by the enigma that is Alex Gamberro, thank you for doing such a good job of that.
Our cinema in Font Bar was organised by Cubes and David from Under The Pavement, thanks again for taking that on. This year we also added a comedy stage, organised by Red and Dead Cat Comedy. The feedback we had about that was excellent, we can’t wait to see how that can grow next year.
The filming we did was again organised by Start A Riot who do a great job for us every year. They have a logistical nightmare to work with but they always pull it off so massive thank you to Jamie, Harriet and the rest of the crew. Another big thank you to Shout Louder, Colin’s Punk Rock World, MPRV News and all publications, press and photographers that covered the event before and during. It means a lot that you show such an interest in what we do.
It was great to work with Signature Brew again who seem to take a pleasure in lubing us and the bands up with their great selection of beer. Hope everyone enjoyed their Lightyear influenced can of ‘Blindside’. You can still purchase it online if you liked it!
We’d also like to publicly thank Dan Hope for his driving duties all weekend and the wonderful Millie Cordingley for dealing with a constant headache from us and our design needs.
Last but not least, thank you so so much to everyone that attended. This event is nothing without your sweat and cheers.
We still have some merch left from this year. Please head to our webstore to pick up a t-shirt if you miss out at the festival LINK.
We know that we always have room for improvement. Every year we ask for your feedback and take it in to account when planning MPF. We hope that you notice the changes we make. Please take 5 minutes to complete this year’s survey: HERE
We will pick someone at random to win a pair of tickets to MPF2019 as a thank you!
We’ll be back!