Notts man arranges music festival in memory of his dad

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A Nottinghamshire man who has pledged to raise £100 for every year his dad lived before dying of cancer has booked 18 musical acts, including international ska specialists the Neville Staple Band to play a two-day music festival in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in Warsop this March.

Mac-Stock is the brain child of Graham Parker from Mansfield and takes place at The Black Market in Warsop on the March 25 and 26.

Graham, who also lost his sister to cancer, explained: “Our family was fortunate enough to get a lot of support from Macmillan nurses while my dad was battling with cancer.

“Without their support and care I’m not sure how we would have coped at times.

“They are incredible and deserve all the support we can offer.

“I’m hopeful that Mac-Stock will take me over the £6,400 I aim to raise in memory of my dad and my sister.

“It would be great to see The Black Market full of people enjoying themselves watching the great acts we have lined up while raising funds to support Macmillan.”

Graham, who now lives in Sheffield, has been amazed at the support he has received from bands and musicians he knows and those he has recently met.

He said: “Everyone knows someone who has or has had cancer, it’s a vile disease and people have responded accordingly to my call for help – I can’t thank them enough.

“I’ve been bowled over by the generosity of people which has allowed me to keep the ticket prices really low at just £15 for the whole weekend, with under-17s getting in free with a full paying adult.

“Everyone knows Neville from his days with The Specials, and he will be playing a load of those popular hits.

“We have festival favourites like Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Doozer McDooze and 3 Eyed Fox playing but we also have a raft of up and coming indie, pop, folk and acoustic guitarists playing that are travelling from as far Kent, Somerset, Berkshire and Hampshire to play for free in support of Macmillan.”

For the full line up and ticket information visit www.facebook.com/macstock2016.