Air-IT and MBC were delighted to sponsor and attend the live grand final of the Notts Factor 2015, an event held to celebrate and discover local music talent at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham on Sunday 4th October.

The Notts Factor 2015

Proud official sponsors of Notts Factor 2015

Notts Factor 2015

After a hugely successful inaugural event in 2012, the live music show was relaunched by organiser and founder Tony Bates, and saw previous winners OneGirlOneBoy return to the stage for a special guest performance.

Notts Factor logo

Notts Factor 2015
Hosted by Kemet FM Breakfast show host Jackie P, the event drew music acts from across the UK and saw seven finalists battle it out for one to be crowned winner.

A mix of soloists and bands, the seven final acts were:

With the chance to win our £500 sponsors cash prize, plus a host of offers for exposure and support pledged to the winner, competition for the title was fierce.

Battling it out from the off

Each act took to the stage to impress the judging panel which included some of the most notable and eminent names in Nottingham’s live entertainment and music industry, including:

  • Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse
  • Martin Valentine, owner of Nottingham based recording studios, Random Recordings
  • Steve Oliver, former NottinghamLIVE radio show host
  • Ben Hickiln, a live acoustic Guitarist and Vocalist
  • Jay McQuilkin, Air-IT / MBC guest judge.

Todd McQuilkin

Air-IT / MBC Managing Director

The winner of Notts Factor 2015

94 Gunships were announced as the eventual winners, with their track titled “Dead Bees”. Watch their official music video below:


Air-IT / MBC Managing Director, Todd McQuilkin was pleased to present the band with the £500 cash prize and congratulated them on stage.

Notts Factor 2015 winners

L-R: 4 members of 94 Gunships, Jay McQuilkin, Todd McQuilkin and Jackie P

Todd commented after the event:

We’d like to say a big well done to 94 Gunships and to the six runners-up who were all outstanding.

Our thanks also go to Tony and everyone who was involved in making the event a success and we wish all contestants the very best in their future music careers.

94 Gunships are now equipped with an array of prizes to recognise their win including a feature in the Nottingham Post EG magazine, a day in the studio with Random Recordings, a gig at The Bodgea courtesy of DHP Family, a photoshoot with award winning David Baird and a stage backdrop by Fast Graphics.

Getting involved in all things Nottingham

Todd says:

Air-IT and MBC are a great advocate and supporter of Nottingham and where possible want to help promote the city as a great place to live and work.

We’re always looking at ways to get involved in the community and like to help in any we can, so we were thrilled to be a part of the city’s biggest talent contest.

Our chance to sponsor the Notts Factor came about through business associate, Tony Bates – founder of the event and owner of Nottingham based graphic design and signs company, Fast Graphics.

Also a regular presenter on Kemet FM, Tony’s input is instrumental in making the Notts Factor a success.

Tony adds:

The idea is to celebrate what a great music city Nottingham has become.

It’s vital for us to continue to nurture new acts, hence the creation of Notts Factor, which is aimed at rooting out raw music talent.

We’re extremely pleased to report that Notts Factor is set to return in 2016 and will continue to promote the local music scene until then. You can follow developments via their @NottsFactor Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Coming soon to Nottingham

Air-IT and MBC are also looking forward to our next venture as a sponsor of the Great Notts Christmas Show taking place at Wollaton Hall throughout November and December 2015.

Watch this space to find out more soon, to keep up to date with all of our latest company news and follow us on Twitter @AirITLtd.