MammothFest Brighton UK 30th Sept-2nd Oct: Festival Director Interview! "We Have Had Record Sales"! (Some Stages Now Sold Out!)
|Update: Osiah Replaced Liquid Graveyard & Terraborn replaced Killer Hurts|
Mammothfest set in South East England, Brighton UK is back for its fourth event, and continues to grow bigger each year (since doing this interview earlier today weekend, stoner doom and rikstock tickets have all sold out!). Taking place from the 30th September to the 2nd October 2016 across four venues in Brighton known for its active night life and thriving music scene, Mammothfest is Brighton's only true metal festival. The different stages offer heavy weight acts such as Textures, Heart Of A Coward and Venom Inc as well as some of the finest emerging bands and local talents.
With mere days to go until this mighty festival kicks off I caught up with director and creator of Mammothfest, Steve Dickson to find out what is in store for this year's massive event...
With Mammothfest less than a week away, how excited are you to host the fourth event in Brighton?!
I have never been so buzzing for one of our MAMMOTHFEST events as I am right now. We have had record sales, most venues are near capacity and all our hard work has paid off!!!!
Following on from that, given the unfortunate demise of festivals increasing, how does it feel to be thriving and having success each year, and why do you think Mammothfest is important to the Brighton and South East England scene?
It is a sad fact that some festivals are collapsing and I fear that comes down to experience. I have made plenty of my own mistakes. Luckily for me I have been fortunate that none have been that serious and that we have learned from them so we can improve on as we progress. I think it is this growing experience and a real caution with our finances AND the fact that no one gets paid in the team so all our profits can be reinvested in to growth. That is not to say we don’t look after the team, we all have signed up to the cause for the bigger picture so we can bring even bigger bands the following year!
What are the hardest challenges you face as a festival organiser?
I think the pressure of wondering how sales will go. You put together what you think will be a great line up and hope it sells well but you never know until the weekend is over whether you will break even or profit nicely. I call it promoters nerves and believe me I have had plenty of panic attacks with worry over how we will do each year. But the people have spoken, we are almost at capacity at a number of our shows over the weekend and I think we are already financially safe so to do this on a £15000 event with advanced sales is absolutely incredible for us and is a testament to the teams hard work!!
|The Man Behind Mammothfest - Steve Dickson|
What have been some of the biggest highlights and proudest moments for you personally since the beginning of creating Mammothfest?
I think growing as an individual, overcoming many personal fears, gaining confidence, not fearing growth and the responsibility that comes with it and quite frankly having the bollox to do this every year with the pressures that comes with it. But also it’s the pleasure of booking those bands I looked up to when I was young. Onslaught (2015) and Venom, Textures, Conan and so many others in 2016 is just fab. Ye im buzzing!!!
What bands are you most looking forward to seeing on this year’s line-up? And are they any rising bands you recommend festival goers check out?
Well I must say that ALL the bands on our bill are incredible. I am not just saying this. We pride ourselves on quality so even if there are bands no one has heard of I can guarantee they will blow the roof off. I did a 30 date UK tour in 2015 to seek out the best bands I could find and there were so many I had 84 bands on the bill last year and still had over spill into this years line up because there is simply so much talent out there! As for bands I personally can not wait to see, it would have to be Textures, Venom, Heart of a Coward, Here there be monsters (we managed to get them back together for a reunion show) and well sooo many others I wont know where to be most of the weekend.
What can people attending metal heads expect from this action packed three day event?
“Fucking intense heavyweight metal” is our slogan. It is brutal metal mainly. Balls on the table, your mum probably would not like it Metal, but done so within a family community. Many new friends to be made, a great party weekend with our club night set up for our customers to party late into the night after Venom on the Sat 1st October and such a huge incredible array of bands within the back drop of beautiful Brighton and all it has to offer. It’s a unique festival and one that brings people back year after year.
Can you give us any insight into the future of the festival and your goals and expectations?
We continue to grow so while we do we will continue to bring the south coast the best metal festival we possibly can. Tell us who you want to see next year and we will try and make it happen! We are looking to develop to an outdoor festival one day so with everyone’s support in what we do, in understanding that we are not doing this for money but for our south coast metal scene to have our own metal festival, we hope everyone will come together for each other because it is together that this will happen. Sounds cheesy as fuck, I don’t care, it’s the truth, look at where Bloodstock is now. We want our own version of that bit with our own styles of music and vibe.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If anyone is interest in coming to Mammothfest, at the time of writing this there are 7 weekend tickets left, thus only 7 stoner doom tickets left (as this venue is almost at capacity) as are most now so do buy in advance for your own peace of mind and be a part of history in the making.
To get tickets and see details: http://mammothfest.bigcartel.com tickets
available on the door. PLEASE NOTE THAT WEEKEND, STONER DOOM & RIKSTOCK TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! (some walk ups may still be available) See below posters of shows that are still available, although these are also close to selling out! Update 28/9/16: New awesome discount offer on shows left, so get Textures (at The Haunt - Friday) and Venom Inc (Concorde2 - Saturday) both for £40 and/or Eastern Front (Green Door Store - Sunday) and Concorde2 ticket for £30 at link above!
|Saturday All Dayer Line-up (Please not Osiah replaces Liquid Graveyard)|
|A handy festival map!|