Stranraer’s Park Fest set for another packed year
Now in its ninth year, this year’s Park Fest in Agnew Park will feature acts from all over the UK and beyond.
The mini-festival now boasts two stages, with the recent introduction of an acoustic stage. It was created nine years ago to raise much needed funds for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Crucially, it has raised over £52,000 for the charity to date.
Kicking off on the 17th of August with Park Fest Friday, the evening is organised and run solely by a talented group of local young people who have put together a programme of talented solo artists and bands that are both local and from further afield.
Acts will include local songstresses Rachel & Tia, Ayr based band Fuzion, Austin Miller & Band, and Dumfries’s Kate Kyle. Headliners Bad Boy Boogie are described by Park Fest organisers as a ‘definite get up and dance to band’.
Covering all musical genres
Following on from what will surely be a busy Friday evening, the festival tent will open at 12noon on Saturday 18th of August. Ali Donowho and Lee Medd will act as comperes for the day.
Music will start with the Stranraer Guitar Club Babes who range from ages eight to twelve. Next up is the Strumsum Blues Band who will be getting audiences warmed up for X Factor winner Ben Haenow (and his brother Alex). Ben will be making a very much requested return after headlining the festival two years ago.
Also on the line up are Electric Velvet (a Wigtownshire-based covers band boasting some of the regions finest musicians), Irish favourites The Late Twos, and Glasgow-based Patersani.
The event covers all genres of music, so expect to see appearances from the Dalrymple Ukelele Orchestra and the Phearon Scottish Country Dancers too.
American headliners, acoustic music and a wee surprise!
The evening programme will include Rhythm in Shoes, and The Strangers. The headliner will be The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, who will be coming all the way from Indiana in the USA. Finally, The Dangleberries will end the night in what has become a true Park Fest tradition.
The acoustic stage boasts the likes of Glasgow’s Aiden Smith, Calum Linehan, Check the Diary, Jennifer McMaster, M.A.D, Olivia Douglas and The Twa Eans. In addition, a wee unannounced surprise might even be on the cards too!
Park Fest takes place in Agnew Park in Stranraer on the 17th and 18th of August 2018. Tickets cost £7 for the Friday evening, or £20 for the full two days. Check out the Park Fest Facebook page for more details.