We think this year's Young Guns Night has an astounding amount of talent & diversity.Young Guns Night!
There ain't no party like an S Club party! Brilliant line-up for Saturday night!Saturday Lineup
Last year's Young Guns Night had an astounding amount of talent & diversity.
A trio of cousins, Rachel Reid (14), Shannon Reid (15) and Jocelyn Rennie (16). All students at Stranraer Academy, they started playing acoustic guitar at the Stranraer Guitar Club a few years back. As an ensemble with the club and with solo performances they have played at many venues, including supporting Donnie Monro at the Ryan Centre. However earlier this year they were asked to perform as a support act at the Grapes for Daniel Meade, and so Third Fret was born.
Is a singer-songwriter from Glasgow. With his unique voice and upbeat self-penned folk-rock songs he has amassed a wide and active fan base which he can proudly say includes sixties icon Donovan. This Hurdy Gurdy Man recently said of the eighteen-year-old musician, " ...he has what I had at his age, the hunger to communicate." With such endorsements it's no surprise then that Murdo has been adding to his ever growing fan base - over 5,000 Twitter followers - with a slew of gigs. From an impromptu slot with Glen Hansard at The Old Fruitmarket to supporting X-Factor star Nicky McDonald, Murdo has been fervently honing his live skills and performance since the age of eleven. Now currently writing new material - following up 2014's single 'Better Than Me'.
A seven piece band, all local to Stranraer, put together to support 'Raintown' - part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival held in May earlier this year, where, they were very well received. With a mix of country and contemporary covers, definitely not to be missed. Michaela Tenant - Vocals and Guitar - Jocelyn Rennie - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar; Ronan McMurtrie - Lead Guitar; Lewis MacLeod - Guitar; Darren McDowall - Bass; Kirsty McColm - Fiddle; Alex Black-Drums.
What About Wolves are a five piece indie rock band from Dumfries. The members (aged 17-19) enjoy a variety of different genres and styles, meaning their material not only incorporates aspects of the indie/ alternative rock genre, but also other outside influences such as blues, psychedelic rock and pop. This is true in their repertoire of covers as well as their own original material. Since forming, the band have released an EP, a single, and most recently 'Below The Waterline' - their debut album, released in December 2014.
Eight piece rock 'n' roll collective drawing its members from Scotland, Finland & England. Think early 'Rolling Stones' meet 'Catfish & The Bottlemen' and you might have some idea of where they're coming from. The promoter at King Tut's in Glasgow likened their show to the Stones' 'Exile on Main St.' He loved them so much he booked them 3 times in 2014. They've supported the Buzzcocks, Happy Mondays, Toploader & McFly and recently headlined the famous Dublin Castle in Camden. The band are now chatting with Dave Robinson, founder of Stiff Records and former President of Island Records.
(Formerly Rock Lobsters) Kyle Anderson-Vocals; Ronan McMurtrie-Guitar, Lewis MacLeod - Guitar; Darren McDowall- Bass, Jocob Robertson-Drums. First appeared at last year's Young Guns, and have gone from strength to strength, with various gigs, most notably the Hogmanay Hoolie in the Centre of Stranraer! Although known mostly for playing covers, they have started working on their own material.
Is only 16 yet she has performed on many stages throughout the region and beyond, either singing, dancing, or acting. A young lady who obviously thoroughly enjoys performing, and is at home on the stage. Singing mainly covers, however Danielle has also started to write her own material.
Returning to Park Fest after a few years break are Michael JED Molyneux & Derek DEK Laburn. A much loved local duo with wide and varied tastes. Stating their style as "Classic Rock Unplugged" These guys are deinately crowd pleasers and sure to have you swaying in your seats, singing along or dancing with your friends. Ged sings and plays acoustic guitar, cajon and harmonica. Derek Plays acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, plus a bit of backing vocals. Ged & Dek have been playing in bands since God was a boy!
Shannon Reid & Kathleen McClenaghan, are two young ladies who have been friends for almost all of their 15 years. Shannon on acoustic guitar has been playing for a few years now, starting off at the guitar club, and also a member of Third Fret, has played many venues, Kathleen, has a wonderful voice, a member of the Stranraer Drama Club has been in many roles on stage.
Stranraer's newest band, Angela Whitelaw, lead vocals and guitar, Callum Black, guitar and vocals, George Kennedy Bass, Ronan McMurtie, guitar and Alex Black on drums. All members have been playing around Stranraer in various guises either solo or in bands such as Southbound and Whits Happenin!. Playing covers ranging from Bob Dylan to Snow Patrol and the Rolling Stones, they are also working on their own material.
Are a folk/rock band based in Galloway. They have been together for 5 years, mainly playing in the Galloway area, though they have also undertaken a tour down the east coast of Scotland and Glasgow, and played in Hull and Northumberland. With two albums in, The Razorbills continue to impress critics in the UK press: Roots magazine : "The Razorbills are quirky and brassy enough to stand on their own. Idiosyncrasy a go go"; The Razorbills have featured on 6music's The Freak Zone and Radio Scotland's Referendum Today programmes in 2014, and released a track with psych-folk legend Shelagh Macdonald. Their sound is slightly harder-edged with the addition of electric mando-cello to the line-up, but the roots of the music will remain a blend of folk and classy pop/rock.
Aura consists of two lively, young girls, Jana McCarthy and Eimear Dynes from the little town of Portaferry in the North of Ireland. The name 'Aura' signifies the distinct atmosphere these girls create with their ability to acoustically cover contemporary country, pop and traditional Irish music with their own unique style. Starting off singing at weddings and in local Portaferry bars, the girls have progressed to entertaining in the city clubs of Belfast. Influenced from a young age by artists such as Carrie Underwood, The Dixie Chicks, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran and many more.
Back by extremely popular demand after being a huge success last year at Young Guns night. These guys were a hit with the girls and are expected to be even more popular this year! Sticks And Stones are driven by Aiden Halliday's acoustic guitar, with two quality henchmen in Angus Bruce (keyboards) & Pete Wall (electric guitar) combining to produce a high energy, engrossing, original sound. Aiden's fearless vocals hint at Springsteen, Morrison and much more, as he sings across tune, melody and genres with a passion and conviction that belies his age...while he also plays guitar and plays a bass drum at his feet.
Park Fest fans will be familiar with Scott Wallace, front man for the Ruckstars, well with West Coast Road he has found a family of musicians who compliment his vocals and feeling. The core of the band is completed by accomplished musician CJ Squires on keys and the backbone of the group, drummer Derek "Stubby" Connell. The band are currently recording their first EP and hope to release early 2016, their lead song "Stutter" having already had some national airplay and acclamation. Glasgow based the band formed in 2013... Since their inception, guitarist and principle songwriter Jon Divers has been hard at work penning his own brand of emotional ballads and catchy songs. Helped by Scott they have written a host of tracks just waiting to be released to the mainstream.
Entertainment will be provided by the brass band and Loch Ryan Pipe Band.
From Bathgate, and genre described as pop/rock alternative, members: Vocals/Guitar: Andrew Nagle Bass: Raymond Kaczmarek Drums: Martin Walker Keyboards: James McKay say their beginning is as honest as their music - met at high school and played together until the age of 22. Then went their own separate ways but eventually found each other again in 2014. Five minutes into the first jam and they just knew they had to fulfil their dreams of releasing great music, playing awesome live gigs. Fast forward to today and the lads debut EP 'Feel' has been featured in Kerrang Magazine, video premiered on Classic Rock Magazine, Radio spins on a weekly basis and just announced as one of XFM's break out tracks.
The Late Twos are a 5 piece indie pop/rock band with a unique sound, charisma and impressive following in their hometown of Belfast. As well as playing in Belfast regularly the band are often on tour playing in venues such as the O2 Academy and The Cavern, Liverpool; supporting bands such as The Twang and more recently PEACE. The Late Twos have received airtime on an array of UK & Irish radio stations including BBC Radio 1, and their track 'Modette to Ladette' was played on Channel 4's Hollyoaks. We are delighted they are returning to play Park Fest after last years superb appearance at Young Guns!
This Glasgow based 4-piece burst onto the scene with their infectious indie riffs, big guitar driven melodies, and anthemia sounds. Since Kelvin's launch in February the band have won over fans and critics at an exciting pace with their powerhouse live set and energetic performances. The tremors from Kelvin's initial impact were felt as far as London peaking the interest of Grammy award winning producer Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, The Charlatans). The band have been working closely with Jim over recent months recording their debut singles. Kelvin are now fresh off the back of an Irish tour, their debut single is set for release in August 2015, have played T in The Park's Breakout Stage, and sold out King Tuts!
Well this year we thought for our headliner - lets go POP!! So S Club's Jo, Bradley & Tina, are performing the best of S Club 7's hits, everyone of all ages knows these songs. tracks such as Bring It All Back, Never Had A Dream, Don't Stop Movin, Reach, Have You Ever. S Club7 were formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame starring in their own BBC TV series. In their 5 years together, they had 4 UK No.1's , A No.1 Album and a string of hits throughout Europe, including a top-10 single in USA, Asia, Latin America and Asia - selling over 10 million albums worldwide. And won 2 BRIT Awards. After a 5 year split, in 2008 Jo, Bradley & Paul reunited and performed as S Club, however in 2014, the full 7 reunited for BBC Children in Need. Followed by a reunion arena tour in May earlier this year. There Ain't No Party Like an S Club Party. But we all know you can't beat a Park Fest Party either - so lets show em!
The Dangleberries are a pipe rock band like no other, consisting of vocals, guitars, drums and of course bagpipes! The Band's rousing performances deliver a mixture of their own material, both songs and instrumentals in addition to well-known covers. They have been performing at festivals and the like for over 13 years, Highlights include main stage performances at The Wickerman, Belladrum Tartan Hearts and Loopallu. The Band has evolved organically over the years as can be heard from their first two albums, The third, and entirely studio recorded, album was released in July 2013. "Plugged iN" reflecting a transition from acoustic to electronic bagpipes. What a way to finish Park Fest 2015!!
It's hard to believe, but Park Fest 2015 will be our 6th Music Festival! And hopefully, fingers crossed this year will be our best yet.
In the past we've battled torrential rain & floods, basked in sunshine, been shivering with the cold, experienced unbelievable stress, there's been tantrums, tears and huffs, apologies and makeups, but..it's all been worth it.
The only festival of its kind in the west of our region, we may not be as big of some of our counterparts, but like the slogan says, we are "the little festival with a BIG heart".
An incredible voluntary team of people give a lot of time and energy; the Park Fest Team & Lifeboat Crew in months of planning, the amazing hostesses of the greenroom, stewards, stage crew, the crew bar staff, runners, photographers, cleaners and general helpers and of course the musicians and performers - their hard work, time and support can never be rewarded enough. I have said this before, and sorry if I'm being repetitive, but the support we receive from the community, whether it be services in kind, sponsors, advertisers, advisors, media, really is invaluable, and our gratitude feels inadequate. Our reward is not just the amount of funds we raise but for the audience to have a great time, and put 'Stranboogie' on the map! Something that made me smile lately was hearing musicians say 'playing the Park Fest stage feels like an achievement'!
And of course we mustn't forget why we do this, for our lifeboat and station, a vital lifesaving service. Since our 1st Fest in 2010 we have raised in total approx. £35,000 - wow! And THANK YOU!!!
To finish, perhaps I should mention Antony Simpson, Senior Helmsman, who earlier this year received his medal for 20 years dedicated service to the RNLI. Antony received this unceremoniously, no official press shot, no glory story - as he is shy?!? Anyway - congratulations, well deserved! There are others within the station who have received medals in the last few years, but if I were to mention eg Terry, Operations Manager, or Trevor, Station Manager they would never forgive me - oops! Anyways, on behalf of the team, crew & station - ENJOY!
Park Fest Chairperson
A music festival, a large marquee which is ticketed, a licensed bar and live music all day!! Nowhere else could you get so much great live music for so little a cost, in fact if you buy your ticket before hand it is less than £2 per band!!
In Agnew Park itself, there are many other attractions going on, craft stalls, fun fair, face painting, tattoos, bottle stalls, bouncy castle, pony rides, the marine lake with its pirate ship and boats, pedal carts, pipe bands, cheerleaders, lots more and of course Stormy Stan will be wandering around joining in the fun, in fact it is a great day out for any family, with the beautiful setting of Agnew Park itself on the shores of Loch Ryan and its views; what more could you ask for?
Well next to Agnew Park is the Stranraer Inshore Lifeboat Station, the RNLI relies totally on volunteers, fundraising and donations from the public to provide this vital life saving service.
Tickets can be reserved by calling the number below or by leaving a message on our Facebook page. Purchase your tickets before 22nd August 2015 and save £2.50 per ticket!
Tickets available from:
Brushtrokes, George Street, Stranraer
Simpsons the Bakers, Stranraer & Newton Stewart
The Sumgglers Cove, Portpatrick
Stranraer Lifeboat Station
Mandy Green - Event Organiser
Mary Irving - Secretary
Kim Hollis - Treasurer
Trevor Harrison - Station Chairman
David Packer - Crew & Committee
Callum Black - Committee
Ross Alexander - Stage Manager & Committee
Neil Forsyth - Committee
Keith Hollis - Site Manager
Steve Stringer - Crew & Committee.