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Uxfest
Location(s) Fountains Mill, Uxbridge, England
Islington Academy, London, England
Years active 1997 - 2006
Founded by
Date(s) August
Genre(s) heavy metal,
Website www.uxfest.org*
*no longer operational

The Uxfest was a festival than was held in Uxbridge, England from 1997 to 2004 and then in Islington, London, England in 2006. It was a charity festival run by the local youth community for which the bands received no payment for performing. Notable bands who played at the Uxfest include Lostprophets, Raging Speedhorn, Stampin' Ground and Knuckledust.

HistoryEdit

The first Uxfest took place in 1997 following in the Fountain’s Mill Youth Club tradition of yearly festivals supported by the Council and run by the Youth Club. The central idea was to have a scheme run “For young people, by young people”. Organised and run by a team of Fountains Mill members together with youth workers, the Mill manager and a small council budget, these previous Festivals provided work experience, opportunities and entertainment for everyone, and were always a good laugh, Uxfest followed with the same idea.

Uxfest was born in 1997 at Fountain’s Mill by a team of heavy metal fans - Paul, Rob, Steve, Sarah and Russell. They were all enthusiastic and willing to work and they created the blueprint for what the Uxfest became. In 1997 all proceeds from the event went to the Hillingdon Aids Response Trust.

Festivals run from Fountain's Mill were always charity events, as a condition of the entertainment license. The budget being so small, they never really had money to pay bands, and although in the first year The Blood Divine were paid some whacking great amount like £600, no band was ever paid thereafter, apart from a contribution to travel expenses. The rule of No Payment and £50 maximum expenses was instated in 1998 by Sarah Jackson and Talita Jenman who thereafter took over the running and organisation of Uxfest. Otherwise, as was found in 1997 very little money was made for charity (£490).

As government policy changed, funding changed and so did funding categories. Uxfest was funded as a festival, then as a Summer project, then, when the council money fell through, as a training scheme funded by the Big Lottery.[1]

In 2005 the festival was postponed due to Hillingdon council renovation work at the Fountain's Mill site. The plan was always to run the festival again from 2006 at the same, renovated, venue. However the obstacles in running Uxfest from Fountains Mill grew insurmountable and so the decision was taken to move the festival into central London. At this point festival organisers saw the costs of running the festival mount up. Previously they had enjoyed their own venue, so insurance, meetings, lightbulbs, maintenance, etc. was always covered. Now these were additional costs to factor into running the festival from a new location. The Islington Academy was chosen as the venue with a limited set of 21 bands over two stages. The spirit of the festival was kept alive with several key principles, two stages, young people volunteers, bands playing for free, making money for charity.

The 2006 event was a success at the new venue although it made a lot less money for charity than the previous Uxfest it was still profitable for the chosen charities. The plan was to continue at the new venue for 2007 however in the wake of the success of more commercially orientated festivals, like Download and the dwindling funding from local government and other sources the decision was made not to stage the event in 2007.[2]

At present it is unclear if the festival will ever return. Especially in the format it originated in.

Festival Line UpsEdit

1997Edit

The Blood Divine, Medulla Nocte, Scarabaeus, Hatred, Sanctum, Epitome, Shrike, Singuia, T.B.A.C., Gromoxin 100, Suffering, Baby Eater, Godzilla.

1998Edit

Knuckledust, King Prawn, Stampin' Ground, Cynical Smile, Dog Toffee, Speedurchin, Jnr. Loaded, Deadbolt, Lozt Prophetz, Medulla Nocte, Epitome, Snub, T.B.A.C, Sick on the Bus, Evil Knevil, Touchdown, 3rd Stone, Diatribe, Spin Pit, Singuia, Suffering, Fatal Reality, Cachorro, Method of Murder, Dust to Dust, Needlebliss, Animated Sand Castles, H Breed.

note: this was an early appearance by the band Lostprophets before they changed the spelling of their name to how they are known today.

1999Edit

Assert, Imbalace, Capdown, Entwined, In Dying Grace, Labrat, 17 Stitches, The Enchanted, Miocene, Otherwise, Loztprophetz, Vanilla Pod, Set Against, T.B.A.C., Special Move, Brutal Deluxe, Doku Dango, Cowpunche, Sloth, Frowser, Singuia, 7 Air, Samkdaddi, Inimenter, Ligature, Morose, Bloodstream.

note: the band Lostprophets had changed their name since their appearance at the festival the previous year, but still not changed the spelling of their name to how they are known today.

2000Edit

King Prawn, Raging Speedhorn, Medulla Nocte, Capdown, Miocene (band), Brutal Deluxe, Sanctum, Vacant Stare, Kane, BDF, PDHM, Latch, Anal Beard, Redhed, Lowlife, Vicious Rumours, Lightyear, Captain Everything, 7 Air, Sikth, Dash-k, A-Ko, Ja Crew, Cowpuncher, Inner Rage, Descent, Systemised, Razor Wire, Solace Denied.

Note: Lostprophets (now spelling their name as they are known today) were booked for the festival but did not make it after their van broke down on the way.

2001Edit

Lostprophets, Brutal Deluxe, Onedice, PDHM, Lightyear, Jesse James, Sanctum, Evil Knievel, Autonomy, BDF, MTA, Silent Season, Anal Beard, Glueball, Sikth, MTN, Inner Rage, Descent, Shellshock, Whizzwood, Torna-k, A-Ko, Thirty Seconds Til Armageddon, Fruit Tree, Kaowin, Razorwire, Pensilnek, Miss:spelt Yoof, Pan-k

2002Edit

Vacant Stare, Sikth, Sanctum, Torna-K, Number One Son, PDHM, Labrat, Stoopi, Palehorse, Tribute to Nothing, Area 54, thisGIRL, -16-, A-ko, Fony, 50 Caliber, Subvert, Whitmore, Shellshock, Twofold, Twoday Rule, Anal Beard, K-Line, <209>, Zero Cipher, Rejects, Supertrix, Something in the Water, Left Side Brain, Fog Donkey, Blind To The Fact, Gorilla Monsoon.

2003Edit

Sikth, PDHM, Electric Eel Shock, Aconite Thrill, Johnny Truant, JOR, The Blueprint, Hiding With Girls, Frowser, Twoday Rule, 17 Stitches, Ako, Kenisia, Project Abner, SiZE, Beecher, Lamb Quartet, Dopamine, Joski, coMA Kai, Needleye, Blind Eye Policy, Fog Donkey, Fourway Kill, My Pet Junkie, The Mirrormen, Severed State, Planet of Women, One Man Down, Lost for Words.[3]

2004Edit

The 2004 festival took place at Fountain's Mill on August 4, 2004.

Outdoor Stage Indoor Stage

Stampin' Ground
My Deaf Audio
Aconite Thrill
Hiding Place
<209>
HFM
Hitechjet
Left Side Brain
Mumrah
coMa Kai
Blind Eye Policy
Unsing Hero
Hacksaw

Knuckledust
Eden Maine
Decimate
JOR
Burning Skies
Head On
Zero Cipher
Days of Grace
No Warning Shot
Sada
Exhibit A
Enemy Within
Without Cause
Cry Debris

[4]

2005Edit

Canceled due to venue referbishment.

2006Edit

The 2006 festival took place at Islington Academy on August 6, 2006.

Mill Stage Main Stage

Murder One
Fireapple Red
B Movie Heroe
Architects
The Blackout
Mumrah
Inner rage
OutCryFire
Sylosis
No Warning Shot

Skindred
Biomechanical
King Size Blues
Exit Ten
Engel
Head On
PDHM
Forever Never
Eths
Shellshock
Profane

Notes: Captain Everything were originally booked to play, but replaced on the bill by The Blackout.[5]

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