BiG Ds Thoughts On Rockin For The Children 2016

Now in it’s sixth year and still going strong Rockin For The Children 2016 will, again, take place at The Maze, Nottingham over the May Day bank Holiday weekend, this year it falls so that the festival starts on the last day of April. With tickets for this popular annual event now having sold out here’s what organiser BiG D has to say: –


Sometimes you just have to sit back and go WOW, with the Festival now onto number 6 we could never believe back in August 2011 we would ever get this far. This year will be our second SOLD OUT event which is outstanding and really humbling and also a massive honour to have so many fantastic supporters coming back year after year.

2016 has brought many changes for the NLC Festival, we are now proud and privileged to have ORANGE AMPLIFIERS as our Main Sponsor and also Named on our festival, there are very few people in the UK who can say that. 2016 has brought about a full new branding of the event with CAPTAIN NOIZE making a Super hero appearance in helping us raise awareness for Autism and Child Abuse and with an Orange and Black theme for the weekend we know The Maze in Nottingham will be awash with colour.

Over the years we have done Festival CDs, Festival T Shirts and Festival Beer but this year we can honestly say the Beer we will have on Sale is ours, designed by our competition winners and myself we will have not one but two unique Ales on sale with profits from one going in to the Charity pot. Along with Lanyards, T Shirts, Comics, yes Captain Noize limited edition Comic in full colour DC style!!

2016 also saw the release of a brand new Charity Single NO NEED TO HIDE recorded exclusively for the Festival and NLC by the amazing Defy All Reason, the guys gave up their time and money to write, record and mix the single to help us raise much needed funds for Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse UK and our very own NLC for Autistic Children Project. Please go and help us by downloading the track via I Tunes or Amazon.

WE have a line up in 2016 that any event would kill for and every band as always have given us their support freely which we are eternally grateful for and one which has continued into 2017, Yes 2017 is well into planning with many bands confirmed already and venue booked. We shall be announcing some of the Bands on the 2017 event at this years RFTC event, we will also be selling a limited edition ticket for 2017 only over the weekend this year, it will be a LOYALTY Ticket for all you guys who come on a regular basis and will be held at £14 for a weekend pass.

Normally at this point 4 weeks before the event I am pushing tickets etc but it is strange to sit here knowing that we will have yet another Full Venue, with ALL T Shirts Pre Sold, ALL Lanyards Pre Sold and we just await the weekends mayhem.

We here at NLC are the lucky and fortunate ones knowing we have the support behind us, you guys, the supporters, the bands, the sponsors are the real heroes and we shall do everything we can to make the event one you will never forget.. YOU ARE THE FESTIVAL.. THANK YOU and see you all very soon.

iG D ( Dave)


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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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