New Blackpool-Based 'Hang Tight Festival' Is Determined To Get People Talking About Mental Health

  • April 29th, 2019
  • Written by marcusoz

 

 

A few months ago, we had a new guest reviewer sign up to On The House called Kris Fogg. He expressed a deep love for the local music industry and had a lot of big plans to help local artists out as much as he could. So naturally, when we saw that he was putting on the first ever ‘Hang Tight’ Festival, we just had to write up a feature.

Kris has managed to pull off an absolute corker of a two-day event, headlined by SHVPES (Grant also has a reviewer account with us) and of course everyone’s festival favourite Mallory Knox! He’s also managed to bring together some of the best local talent to support these modern giants from Blackpool and the surrounding areas. It’s an incredible feat to be able to bring together this many artists and create such a solid line up from day one. We’ve included a personal letter from Kris, so you can exactly what he has planned for his first venture into this realm. Using his own personal experiences of isolation and mental illness to create an event catered towards helping those feel more included – whatever the situation. This is something we will always support and we are incredibly proud of Kris and his achievements already. The only way is up!

 


 

“Good evening

My name is Kris Fogg and I’m the owner of a newly formed company based in Blackpool called Hang Tight Promotions which I started from scratch in September 2018. I had the idea for this name when I was in hospital after having a bad breakdown and was in the worst place mentally of my life. I knew that I wasn’t the only one within the music industry that has gone through severe mental health problems and while I was laid in the hospital bed I decided that instead of giving up I really wanted to do something to help what I see as an issue that is plaguing the music industry and taking the lives of so many artists.

So as the start of a much bigger plan I have to finally shine light on this issue and get people talking instead of suffering alone, I’ve worked none stop for 8 months to put on a 2 day festival to raise money for both MIND and CALM charities to raise awareness on the impact mental health issues are having on artists from all genres and walks of life. The festival Is taking place on June 1st and 2nd at The Waterloo in Blackpool. The first day is a predominantly heavier day with some of the best metalcore/deathcore bands that the UK has to offer. With bands coming from all corners of the country to play this show and topping the bill for the first day will be…

INVISIONS – York natives and newly signed to Stay Sick Records, these guys are guaranteed to TURN UP! and bring the party vibes to the seaside. Closing the first day hot off the release of their new album ‘Greater Than’ and fresh off a huge US run of dates supporting We Came As Romans & Crown The Empire will be SHVPES

The first day will be followed by a huge afterparty hosted by the guys at the Riot Act Podcast: Mr Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman will be making sure the party can continues until 4am.

The second day is filled with the best of pop punk/rock/alternative bands with a good handful of local bands too. I really want to bring a good mix of out of town touring bands and some solid homegrown talent to give them the opportunity to showcase their music and share the stage with some genuinely big bands. So the Sunday is more hometown based bands throughout the day with two phenomenal acoustic singer-songwriters wedged in the mix with our HUGE headliner…

MALLORY KNOX – Mallory have been on the scene for years now having released 3 hugely popular albums.

Playing huge festivals worldwide including Reading & Leeds, Download festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Rock Am Ring to name a few as well as touring the globe with bands like Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Simple Plan to just name a few, I am so proud to be able to bring them to a smaller intimate venue to close the festival.

I’ve been working hard to make this festival such a big deal not only for my quaint seaside town but to raise money for both MIND and CALM charities and start the ball rolling on something to help depression and mental health issues in music. The festival is the first step to what will be an annual event, always in aid of mental health and to hopefully get something in place to musician or artist that is feeling down or depressed and feels they can’t talk about it and or get help.

We have seen it far too often recently where we have huge icons and figureheads in music such as (Chester Bennington, Keith Flint, Kyle Pavone) feel that they can’t get help or shouldn’t feel like this but more importantly they shouldn’t feel like they can’t talk out about it.

Hang Tight Promotions has just started and has fast become something I’m so passionate about and something I am so focused on when it comes to trying to make a change and shine light on a dark and horrible disease and hopefully work to get something in place. I’m not trying to change the world or whatever, but I’m am trying to get people talking about it.

If I hadn’t had the breakdown and felt like there was nothing left for me anymore hang tight festival would never have happened.”

 

Check out Hang Tights social media pages, as well as their Facebook event for the show. Make sure you grab a ticket soon via the links below because we doubt they will last very long!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hangtightpromotions
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252514825417437/
Day 1 Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hang-tight-festival-2019-tickets-52430316488?aff=eand&fbclid=IwAR1JRKpcO6UmgcU_9puIo9kmQzXj4sxZAA2XjW9z9y_CRaGM–qmwuZZDO8 
Day 2 Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hang-tight-fesival-2019-day-2-tickets-55337525027?aff=eand&fbclid=IwAR1Uoa4SEQs4DB-pQmiR7md5U0KrupAoA5HVWPH9Eobh-Hr9jVVxwWpsG_g

 

Written By: Marcus Osborne