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A Blast from the Past: Blast Off Festival Returns to Nottingham in November

The third Blast Off Festival is taking place in Nottingham from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th November this year. The vintage-themed extravaganza boasts a line-up of international acts channelling the vibes of the old times. The headliners are 60s rock ‘n’ roll icons the Pretty Things, American psychedelic rock band the Fuzztones, British garage rockers the Hipshakes and Norwegian all-girl retro group the Launderettes.


In addition to all the garage, surf, beat, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, blues, soul, psychedelic and rockabilly music, there will be film screenings, go-go dancers and a vintage-retro market selling vinyl records, lowbrow art, clothes, accessories, homeware, food and booze. Once the live acts have finished playing, an all-female DJ crew will take over and invite visitors to the dancefloor, continuing the celebration of music from the past.


One of the DJ’s performing is organizer Ana Gardalho, a.k.a. Cherry Fuzz. She specializes in 50s and 60s tunes, and she’s also a record producer. The other “DJanes” are Kitty B. Shake, Liz Lava, Mette Mermaid, Sister Suave, Omega Von Vega, Tracey Screamcheese and Leah Thorpe.

The festival is happening at two different locations in central Nottingham: Rough Trade and the I Club at the Nottingham Irish Centre. The events are on from 7pm until midnight on Thursday, 8pm-4am on Friday, 8pm-6am on Saturday and from midday until 11am on Sunday. The market is taking place on Saturday between 11am and 4pm at the Nottingham Irish Centre, welcoming both festival goers and the general public.


The festival was previously organized in 2009 and 2011. This year tickets are priced as follows: £65 for three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), £35 for Friday and Saturday each if purchased separately, and £15 for Sunday only. Entry is free on Thursday for ticket holders, and the market is free for ticket holders and £2 for everyone else.

Visit Blast Off Festival’s website for more information and to buy tickets.



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