Two weeks to go!

At the macrobert we are all super excited, as It’s only two weeks to mFEST people! Not only are we super excited but we are extremely busy pulling together the final plans to bring Stirling its first festival programmed for and created by 12-17 year olds! mFEST runs the 30th July – 2nd August.

I am really looking forward to the festival as there is so much happening over the four days. Even though I will be working a lot of it, I hopefully will be able to fit in as many shows as possible. After going to T in the Park last weekend, it will be a nice change to go to a festival where the main focus isn’t just music. Even though music is included at mFEST, there is also drama, dance, comedy and film. So there really is an event for everyone and something is bound to tickle your fancy!

I am quite keen to go see Daniel Sloss (Friday 30th July). Sloss started doing stand up comedy when he was just 16 years old. Now 19 he is hailed as a comic prodigy and has written material for Frankie Boyle on BBC’S Mock the Week. His 2009 Edinburgh Fringe debut was a 100% sold out and he is returning to the Fringe again this year. Sloss is also currently developing a sitcom for the BBC and really seems to be an uprising star. So what better way to check him out first by attending mFEST? (Which for me is a bit closer to home than the Fringe).

My other pick for the weekend is Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra (Sunday 1st August).  Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra is an incredible 8-strong beatbox troupe. They make jaw-dropping music using nothing but their vocal cords, mixing inprovisation with intricate vocal routines. Shlomo’s solo work has earned him invitations to collaborate with some of the world’s leading artists such DJ Yoda, Bjork, Martha Wainwright, Hexstatic, Portico Quartet, Jarvis Cocker, Mad Professor. Shlomo can make magical music with his mouth, so brace yourself for an hour long voyage of lung busting acapella sound effects with the world’s biggest beatboxing troupe!

So as we pull the last minute bits and bobs together we are also praying at the macrobert that the sun shines in Stirling over mFEST making it even more of a great weekend!

For more information about mFEST or any the acts performing please call our box office on 01786 466666.


Craig Hill – guest blogger!

Craig Hill

Craig Hill

Hello McRobert Arts people! How much fun, to get to talk to you before I even arrive. What a fun month I have ahead- Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling and Kuala Lumpur! I know, shocking isn’t it? Would you believe I’m actually going to do a Burns night there- how incongruous is that? It’s obviously for ex pats( Brits who live abroad) but what an adventure. And it’s part of a 2 week trip where I then go to Singapore to do a gig lots of comedians do over there and another Burns night. I had no idea there was a Singapore St Andrews Society!

Anyway, it should be fun. A new younger comedian called Daniel Sloss is coming with me to do the gigs- you should check him out- he’s very funny and likeable and dedicated and hard working- I reckon he’s going to do very well in comedy- and he’s still only 18!

Anyway, really looking forward to coming to The Macrobert after last year’s show. I love that space, there’s something about that rounded stage that lends itself to comedy. It felt very intimate and we had great characters in the audience and that’s what makes a show for me.

So I will have to stop focusing on how to poach an egg perfectly( I’m determined to learn to cook this year- even basic stuff) and devote myself to you lot from tomorrow onwards. I’ll look through my Edinburgh Festival show script in advance, get familiar with it all again and throw it all out the window in favour of brilliant audience members, spontaneous chat and give in to truly hysterical unplanned moments- my favourite! See you all there! Craig x

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