Thursday, 4 January 2018

DPP FESTIVAL 2018 PREVIEW - 04/01/2018

DPP FESTIVAL graces The Sitwell Tavern in Derby for the second time as it makes its return this weekend. This year, organiser Dominic Penna decided to make the festival so that it was running over the course of 2 days instead of just the one that it did last year.

Last year in June when the first ever DPP festival took place it saw JUDAS, Misfires (who since recent findings would now not be tolerated at such a place with their present line-up, DPP Festival is proud to be a harassment free festival), Adelphi, Reqs and Will Cruddace take to the stage. A pretty incredible line-up for the first year – particularly by way of bagging Leeds and Reading mainstagers (having now played Leeds mainstage twice) JUDAS.

When talking to Dominic about why it was that he created this festival, he said “The idea first came to me in late 2016 as a reaction to the lack of 14+ events in Derby. I decided to put it as a way of offering amazing local and touring acts the platform they deserve. There’s a really nice mix of locals attending and then people travelling for it, meaning all acts can reach new people and grow their audiences as well as discover some new music themselves.”

With the festival now taking place on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, there has definitely been the chance to allow even more brilliance to take to The Sitwell Tavern. Myself personally, as I now live in Derby during term time, feel this is something which the city definitely needs. With a few people (myself included) trying to boost the music scene within Derby, I feel one day it may get to where it should be but that won’t be through lack of trying which is exactly what DPP Festival is doing and shall continue to do for as long as it runs.

This is another reason as to why Dominic began this mini festival – “I feel it’s boosting the music scene by bringing bands such as No Hot Ashes and The Wholls to a city they wouldn’t normally be inclined to play. From Ayres to Reqs, there’s a lot of local talent on the undercard this time, meaning some of Derby’s amazing artists will be playing busy hometown slots. 2Q Festival was absolutely fantastic in 2016 and last year but sadly isn’t happening in Derby this time around, so it’s nice to be doing at least a little bit for the scene in the absence of a bigger festival."

With some of my favourite bands sitting up at the top of the line-up (No Hot Ashes, Carnival Club and The Wholls) this is not a festival in which I would miss – particularly due to the fact of tickets being £8 for each of the days (not including booking fee) and this being well less than what you would have to pay to see these bands individually at shows of their own.
With the Saturday now sold out, if you haven’t already bagged your ticket then you are definitely set to be missing out. HOWEVER, you will still be able to catch the likes of The Wholls and The Honeymoon Suite on the Sunday as limited tickets for said day are still available and can be purchased here or on the door (cash only) if they do not sell out prior to the day.
Doors will open at 17:30 on both days, with performances commencing at around 18:00 and a curfew of 22:00, you can check the event tomorrow to find out all the set times.
The event is one which is 14+ which means that strict ID checks will be taking place when purchasing alcohol at the bar. The bar themselves and the organiser request you refrain from bringing large bags where possible. If found bringing your own alcohol into the premises, you will not be tolerated and shall be asked to leave immediately.
The aim of DPP Festival is to provide a celebration of the very best new music by way of a top quality weekend in a lovely city, it is wanted for this festival to be safe and enjoyable for all. Issues of harassment and misogyny are sadly not going away, in the music industry or society as a whole, and so DPP Festival is very proud to support Girls Against. If anything you see or experience anything which makes you feel suspicious or uncomfortable, do not hesitate to report it at the front desk or the bar so it can be dealt with accordingly.
Other than that, if you are in attendance, I hope you have a fabulous weekend watching some of the best musicians from around the country!

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