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Default UK PINFEST 2018 ? LIVE

08-24-2018 01:29 PM
We’re here at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel in the town of Daventry near Northampton in the English Midlands for the very first UK Pinfest show.

The Mercure Daventry Court HotelRegular readers may recognise this hotel from some of our previous reports, and that’s because the Mercure used to be home of the UK Pinball Party when Andrew Heighway organised it from 2010 until 2014.

After two years without a national show, Phillip Murphy stepped up with his UK Pinfest show, returning to Daventry to host it.  Now taken over by Mercure, the hotel has had an interior facelift in the lobby and some of the rooms, but the main exhibit hall is pretty much unchanged.

The hotel’s lobbyThe bar – expected home of several late nightsThe corridor to the main exhibit hallInside the main hallWhen we arrived, setting up of machines was in full flow.

Setting up a Black KnightPreparing a Tecnoforce X ForceLive streaming is set to be a big feature this weekend, with several rigs poised to broadcast games.

One of the streaming rigs on a The Shadow machineFurther into the hall, two banks of tournament machines are set up for the UK Pinball Open and UK Pinball Classic tournaments which begin at 10am on Saturday.  Further machines were going to be added to both banks later on Friday.

The UK Pinball Open machinesThe UK Pinball Classic machinesAt the back of the hall, a row of machines features the latest titles from several manufacturers, including Homepin, Team Pinball, American Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball and Stern Pinball.

Players get a sneaky game on ThunderbirdsLots of the latest gamesElsewhere in the hall, more machines were either ready for the opening or getting there.

More machines ready to goGetting a final adjustmentThere are a few stands around the outer edges of the hall.

Jim Askey’s stand with a custom Indiana Jones machineThe Scottish Pinball Association are representedThe Northern Lights Pinball crew are here tooAlthough most machines are turned off until the start of the VIP session at 7pm on Friday, a few were powered up during the set-up period.

Most machines are off, but not allSetting up even more machinesWe’ll be back later once the show has opened to the public, bringing you full coverage of the games, the tournaments, the seminars and all the happenings here in Daventry right across the weekend.

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