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The  line-up announcement for the final Firefest will take place on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24TH on ARFM RADIO (www.arfm.co.uk) on the Steve Price Rock Show starting at 6pm GMT (7pm CET/1pm EST/10am West Coast). Running for a massive 4 hours plus, listen in as the line-up is revealed band by band with guest interviews from all of the bands playing the show as well as, of course, plenty of music. As this is the final Firefest, the interest level in the show has been nothing short of phenomenal so far. All VIP packages and VIP tickets are SOLD OUT and with 400 weekend tickets already sold without a single band being announced, there will be less than 1000 tickets for each day available to purchase.

Tickets can be purchased in a number of ways and full ticketing details are available on the Firefest web site www.firefestofficial.com. We are not going to give away any clues at this point, only we fell it is one of the strongest line ups Firefest has ever assembled and there IS something for every fan that calls themselves a fan of hard rock, melodic hard rock and of course AOR. There is absolutely no doubt that this show will sell out well in advance and it is advisable that if you intend to come along to get your tickets to the show as soon as possible.

There will be a little added extra for all those that have bought tickets through blind faith – the first 250 of that bought tickets (including sponsors and VIPs) will all be attending a very special acoustic evening on Saturday October 25th – something which no-one will want to miss as it will be a very special performance by … well,  we are not saying until Sunday. And for the first 250 people that purchase tickets after the line-up is announced we again have something a little special in store for you on FRIDAY October 24th – another (different) acoustic show … well, two actually, by … well, again we’re keeping that under wraps until Sunday! Fancy a sing-along – then this is right up your street, we guarantee it.  

Drop by our Facebook page Firefest Official Group – the natives are a real nice bunch – and of course remember, this coming Saturday Nov 23rd on the Steve Price Rock Show will be the final 3 unsigned bands all vying to open FIREFEST 2014 – every vote counts and you can vote on our Facebook page. After all, the winners will be playing for YOU.

Cheers – The Crew 

FIREFEST Unsigned bands : Winner opens Firefest 2014

We have had an absolutely phenomenal response - yes seriously - with well over 30 bands entering. Reducing that number to just 6 bands was impossible considering the extremely high standard of all the bands, so we have decided that we will increase the initial number of bands to TEN. The first 5 bands will be played on the Steve Price Rock Show on ARFM this Saturday, November 16th and the second 5 bands will be played on Sunday November 17th. The top THREE will go forward to the final on Saturday November 23rd - and the winner will be announced in early December. The winner of course will open FIREFEST 2014. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU LISTEN IN AND CAST YOUR VOTE - it's vitally important as essentially the winner will be playing for YOU on Oct 24th 2014. Don't leave it to others to vote - Please make sure that you have YOUR SAY - and also help give a young band a chance to play in front of the BEST audience in the world. Full details of how and where to vote posted shortly - but be sure to tune into WWW.ARFM.CO.UK on Saturday and Sunday November 16th and 17th - the Steve Price Rock Show - 6pm to 9pm (GMT), 7pm to 10pm (CET). Here's YOUR chance to pick a band for the final line up!

Cast Your Vote HERE: http://bit.ly/1aTWajy

Premier Inn 2014 Bookings

Folks, if you are thinking of booking into the Premier Inn for Firefest 2014, please do so by clicking here:


We've sorted out a deal where a percentage of your booking goes straight to the Firefest band kitty!


The Firefest Crew 

UNSIGNED Competition

As the last Firefest beckons, we have looked back over the years with a huge sense of pride and achievement. We were wondering what we could do just to make that last Firefest a little bit special considering we had to sadly refuse a LOT of bands the opportunity to play the show due to the fact that we simply could not fit everybody in. During a discussion with some of the bands, we were remembering the “good old days” – touring the toilets of the world and of course the good old “buy on” – basically where bands pay to be part of a particular tour – just to get the opportunity to play in front of a decent crowd, a practice that Firefest has never agreed with.

Bearing that in mind, Firefest is going to make the dream come true for ONE UNSIGNED UK melodic hard rock/AOR band by offering them the chance to OPEN the FIREFEST 2014 show. This is our way of helping out the up and coming bands that are struggling to get out there and play live in front of a dedicated audience. The criteria?

1. The band must be un signed to any record company

2. The band must be available to play on October 24th 2014

3. Musically the band MUST fit the melodic hard rock/AOR format of Firefest

4. The band must be UK based

So how does it work? We want you to send us your EPKs or demos, including a full band biography, before Thursday November 14th. The Firefest team will listen to everything we receive and we will select 6 bands to be considered.

Having selected the final 6 bands, each band will be featured on the Steve Price Rock Show on www.arfm.co.uk broadcasting on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm to 9pm GMT.

The first three bands will be featured on Saturday November 16th and the second three bands will be featured on Sunday November 17th

This will be a public vote – bands of course are free to garner as much support as they can – details of how and where to vote will follow shortly – please check on www.firefestofficial.com and Firefest Official Group on Facebook for the details.

Once all 6 bands have been featured, the top three bands with the most votes will go forward to the final vote .The remaining three bands will be featured on the Steve Price rock show on Saturday November 23rd and bands can once again garner all the support they wish – but final voting closes on Monday November 25th – after which the band with the most votes will open the FIREFEST 2014 show in front of, hopefully, a full house at Rock City.

We would encourage EVERYONE to vote, especially Firefest patrons, as essentially the winner will be playing in front of YOU. We hope this opportunity to open the FINAL FIREFEST will help an unsigned band to establish a foothold, however small, in the live arena and most of all an opportunity to rock in front of a dedicated melodic hard rock audience.

Please submit all Electronic Press Kits/mp3s to firefest@hotmail.com with “UNSIGNED” CLEARLY MARKED IN THE HEADING – otherwise it will not be read.

Good luck to all the unsigned bands out there, we look forward to welcoming one of you to FIREFEST 2104 as an artist.

The Crew

Important Ticketing Details for Firefest 2014

OCTOBER  24th, 25th and 26th  2014
Rock City, Nottingham U.K. 

are priced as follows:

Friday £42
Saturday £59
Sunday £59

Full weekend ticket £160 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


We will only be accepting the following methods of payment for tickets:

Personal Cheque
Postal Order
International Bank Draft
Credit Card Cheque
Cash via registered post (at senders own risk)

All Payments should be made payable to ‘Bruce Mee’

And sent to:
Bruce Mee
c/o Fireworks Magazine
10 Dunnock Close

In addition to paying by the methods mentioned , you can now also pay by Bank/Wire transfer


Payments Details :
Bank: Santander
44 Merrion St, Leeds, LS2 8AL
Acc holder: Bruce L. Mee
Acc Number: 38779383
Sort Code: 72-50-06
International Banking number: GB24ABBY09013638779383

Once completed, please Email your full postal address to: fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com

Tickets will be despatched within 40 days of payment being cleared.
If you have not received your tickets within the 40 days, please contact us at fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com with your name, address, date of payment and payment type.

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Something we have always been asked over the years is “Where are the bands staying?” to which we usually answer “Mansfield”. It has become apparent over the last number of years that a LOT of people like to hang out with bands and the crew – hey, why wouldn’t people want to do that? That sounds like a great party! And it always is.

For 2014 we are going to try and make it the best experience possible for many of you that travel from far and wide to rock with us at Firefest. We are going to offer you the chance to party with everyone during the 2014 show weekend: bands, crew and whoever else might show up – who knows? Well, we do but that would spoil the fun. The Ultimate VIP package is designed especially for you.

So what does it entail?

THE DATES: OCTOBER 24th, 25th, 26th 2014

includes 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the official festival hotel, the 4 star Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, including breakfast each morning. It entitles you access to the main bar which is off limits to everyone except residents, as well as all the facilities the hotel has to offer – and as the hotel will be fully occupied by Firefest there is absolutely no chance of either booking it for the same timeframe, or even getting in, as entry will be strictly for residents only. The hotel is superbly positioned with the centre of Nottingham just a short 5 minute walk away, and a mere 200 yards from Rock City – the ultimate in comfort and accessibility.

The Ultimate VIP Package is designed to get you up close to the action, with your VIP ticket to all three days included. This will permit you access to the VIP area (the balcony) in Rock City where you never know who you might bump into. It does not entitle you to a personal meet and greet but it gives you the comfort of the spacious balcony and bars from which to gain a vantage point to watch the action on stage.
The Ultimate VIP Package combines your accommodation and your show tickets with VIP access into one, allowing you to experience Firefest on a level which will make the 2014 finale something to remember.

There are a strictly limited number of these packages available due to the amount of rooms available in the festival hotel; that number is 50
The hotel accommodation is provided on a bed and breakfast basis for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and all rooms are Double bedrooms only. That is one double bed per room which is primarily suited to couples – but if a couple of guys or girls don’t mind sharing, we don’t mind.

THE PRICE: for 2 people, one room for 3 nights, 2 VIP tickets to the shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is: £770
IF you require Thursday night as an additional night, we will be happy to discuss this with you and make the appropriate arrangements with you.

BOOKING: 50% deposit is required on booking (£385) and ALL balance payments are due by March 1st 2014. Deposits are NON REFUNDABLE and late payments (after March 1st 2014) will mean automatic cancellation of your booking. Please make a note of the date.

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Thanks – see you in Rocktober for the Final Fling !

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