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Mac-Stock festivalgoers can vote for homeless charity to benefit from music extravaganza

Posted onPosted on 17th Jan

Mac-Stock, the annual music festival that takes place at The Black Market in Warsop, is back on 28th March with a stellar line-up of indie, punk, folk, hip hop and reggae acts.

The festival, launched in 2016 by former Mansfield man Graham Parker, has shifted focus slightly in its fifth year in terms of its charitable aims.

“For the first three years we raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, then last year we split the money between Macmillan and St Luke’s Hospice in Lichfield after it took care of one of our friends over his last days.

“This year we are supporting the Samaritans and a homeless charity that will be selected by the folks attending the festival.

“We asked people to suggest homeless charities that we could donate to and the top three were put forward for people to vote on.

“Mansfield Soup Kitchen and Sutton Christian Fellowship are two local charities that people can vote for on the day, so long as they are attending the festival.”

In the four years that Mac-Stock has been running it has raised more than £10,000 for charities.

“We can only do that by putting on a great day of music. Fortunately for us, most of our acts play for expenses only as they understand what we are about,” Graham added.

“Obviously we have to strike deals with internationally-known acts like Zion Train (above) and big festival names like The Sound of the Sirens, Nick Parker and Samantics, but it is the people who buy the tickets that really make things happen,” said Graham.

Mac-Stock 5’s full line-up is Zion Train, The Sound of Sirens, Samantics, Nick Parker & Ben Wain, The Social Ignition, Solar Love Society, Muddy Summers & Dirty Field Whores, Scott Doonican, Northern Monkey, The Hurriers, Brad Dear and The March, T-Bitch, Hattie Hatstar, Pretty Babs and Ghosts of Men.

Doors open at 12 noon and music finishes at 11.45pm.

Tickets are £30, £10 and £5 with free admission for under 10s. They are available direct from the Black Market or online at