Arcane Roots and Jamie Lenman among top picks for Hootenanny festival

Arcane Roots and Jamie Lenman among top picks for Hootenanny festival

By David Jackson

Aug 16, 2018 14:09

Arcane Roots, Jamie Lenman and Press To MECO are leading the line up at the Rocked Up Hootenanny, which heads to Rockingham Motor Speedway next month.

The one-day festival will see more than 40 acts playing across three stages at the East Midlands race track. The Hootenanny has been organised by promoters Rocked Up, who in recent years have carved out a solid reputation for bringing some of the best names in up and coming rock to stages across Northamptonshire.

We spoke to Rocked Up’s Marc Collins for a quick rundown on five acts not to miss at this year’s event.

Arcane Roots

“They’re a band we’ve been chasing down for around five years now, there’s a large group of us that hold this band close to our hearts and have done so since ‘Blood & Chemistry’ hit our lugs.  We’re over the moon to finally be able to bring them to our home town and headline our festival.”

Jamie Lenman

“To be honest we’re ecstatic to be able to roll Lenmania through Corby. His solo albums have been phenomenal and the live shows are incredible.

I’ve been lucky enough to see him a few times already this summer and I know that this is going to be a highlight for many on the day with the more-than-likely chance of hearing him rip through a few Reuben numbers too.”

Press To MECO

“There hasn’t been a week since its release that I haven’t listened to their incredible second album ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’. It truly is a modern-day classic and they perform so well live that not an ounce of what you love about it is dropped for the stage.

I was at 2000 Trees a couple of weeks ago and they had a forest full of people in the palm of their hands with their sweet harmonies. They actually headlined the first edition of the Hootenanny in 2015 that took place in a beer garden. There was fireworks during their set and everything. Corby loves PTM.”



“I’ve known a couple of the members of the band from various stints with local bands for a number of years, they moved to Leeds and created this absolute prog rock monster and I love it.

True professionals and a massive soundscape that delivers live every time, we’ve been lucky enough to have them stop by Corby a couple of times now, the last being a Download warm-up show this year. Their debut album is killer and these guys are going to climb to new heights when they drop some new material.”

Sharkteeth Grinder

Sharkteeth Grinder

“We had to add these guys to the lineup. For the last few years they’ve been the hardest working band to come from Corby and also our most dangerous export.

A case of determination and grit has hurdled them through any problems that usually arise from being in a band and trying to get yourselves out there, with them now starting to see the benefits of their go hard or go home attitude. They’re on earlier on in the day but don’t let this fool you, they’re coming for blood.”

Other acts on the bill include InMe, ACODA, Palm Reader, Veins, Wars, Bloody Knees, The Scruff and the People’s Army featuring Logic, Mic Righteous, DJ Snuff and Amy True. They will join some of the best acts from the region including King Purple, Sarpa Salpa, Monarchs, Century City and Flash Peasants.

There will also be also be skateboarding demonstrations, and all the usual food and drink stalls and entertainment you’d expect at a festival.

The Rocked Up Hootenanny is on Saturday, September 8. Usually home to the likes of the British Touring Car Championship, Rockingham Motor Speedway is easily accessible via M1 /A14 with the circuit a short taxi ride from Corby’s railway station.

Doors open at midday with music from 12.30pm. Tickets are on sale now and cost £25 for adults, £10 for under 16s, with under admission free for under eights. VIP tickets are also available for £100, which include access to a VIP suite with complementary food and drink. Parking is free.

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