We think this year's Young Guns Night has an astounding amount of talent & diversity.Young Guns Night!
13 different acts will grace the stage and it promises to be a very 'Specials' night indeed!Saturday Lineup
Last year's Young Guns Night had an astounding amount of talent & diversity.
Ignite the Sky first appeared as 16/17 year olds - they just get better and more professional, with an EP launch and gig dates, proud to say they hail from 'oor toon'.
Red Retro Pilot are an indie 4 piece from Edinburgh but they include one of Stranraer's finest young guitar players; Fraser McMillan.
Sticks & Stones, a trio from Dumfries, have graced several festival stages this summer, signed to Distilled Records and an album launch this year - one to watch out for!
The Late Twos, indie rock 5 piece from Belfast have already been played on Radio 1, and various other stations, and have played gigs around the UK including London.
Linda-Louise & Ellie (Drowning in Sound), as a duo, won a prize for a song they wrote in 2013, colourful to watch and listen to.
The Rock Lobsters, a very new young band, formed especially for Park Fest, our youngest 'rockers'!
Our festival opener! Where would Stranraer be without the Elastics. Aptly named as their membership can expand and change at the drop of a hat...they have encouraged and helped many a young musician. Members are Alex Black, drums, cowbell; Ian McGhie, guitar, vocals, mandolin; Quinten Greenall, guitar, vocals, bass; Stevie McNeill; keyboards, vocal, guitar; Nish Walker.
Michala's style is based around country and rock music. Her main influences are Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash as she really admires their song writing talents, something she hopes to do in the future.
She has played the guitar for almost four years and is pretty much self taught. She is one to watch and you will definitely enjoy hearing this young lady singing.
Cammy and his band have gone from strength to strength. Their new Working Hands EP recorded in a live setting was released in March 2015, and since the band has appeared at the ABC in Glasgow had a hugely successful headline show at King Tut's. Cammy Black - Vocals & Guitar. Russ McKenzie - Guitars & Backing Vocals. Aymer Nelson - Bass & Backing Vocals. Bryan Williamson - Keyboards. Fergus Henderson - Drums
Lucy has been singing for quite a long time. She was part of NYCoS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) as a child and a few years ago she was accepted into National Girls Training Choir and attended a course that lasted a week, with classical music every day. She has been playing guitar for a couple of years and her inspiration for that was her dad because he plays so well himself. Lucy is set to be one to remember. Make sure you catch her performance.
Under their banner 'Forward with Scotland's Past', Battlefield Band have been a bedrock of talent over four decades, and continue to lead the way for Scotland with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Scotland's great flagship band are the musicians that others measure themselves against. Founded by a group of friends in 1969 and named after the 'Battlefield' area of Glasgow, the band have now been touring & performing throughout the world for over 40years, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia, & New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East & Canada, as well as more than 60 cities annually in the United States.
Robyn needs no introduction as back in Feb this year, our local lass really put Stranraer on the map and making us all proud by winning the BBC Radio Scotland's Young Tad Musician of The Year, and since she hasn't stopped performing on TV, Radio, festivals & more recently at the Commonwealth Games. She will be joined om stage by her friend Hajime whom she met at Limerick University, a brilliant young guitarist from Japan, and there maybe other guests too!!
From Kirkcudbright, members are Richie Hamilton (originally Stranraer) - Guitar/Vocals, John Traynor - Bass, Bruce McKenzie - Guitar/Vocals, Chris Henry - Drums. How would they describe themselves: "Genre acoustic-led, with rocky stuff. But not acoustic rock. Folky, but not folk. We mostly sound like Scruffy Buzzards".
Dobro, banjo, guitar player and vocalist Nathon Jones and vocalist Rhona Norris, from Minnigaff, perform a range of original, traditional and contemporary songs drawing on many influences from traditional Irish and Scottish music to Americana and bluegrass. Nathon and Rhona are also directors and organisers of the Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival held in July every year and they are very much looking forward to performing at Park Fest this year!
Don't let the name fool you..a great reputation is had by these lads, and familiar faces they are. They have been rockin' Stranraer for quite some time now! They cover the rock "classics" including songs from the likes of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Whitesnake and others, as well as various power-ballads and more recent material. Made up of Ross Alexander, Eric Gray, Ged Molyneux, Gary Anderson, Murray McKie and Derek Laburn, they have a wealth of experience, and more guitars than you can shake a stick at. This band will soon get you on your feet with your hands in the air!
Entertainment will be provided Off-Stage.
MPH Neil Forsyth, Guitar & Vocals, Gary Anderson, Keys/Vocals, combine with The Gooseberries, Steven Steele, Bass, and Euan Alexander on Drums who gaining a reputation for the best rhythm section in town! With rockin ballads and tunes, try remaining in your seat!! And...just for Park Fest, as we like to be a little different - a guest artiste will join them on stage. Rania Savvidi, who with her band Vynilicious has played round Europe, specialising in pop. Rania (yes Greek) is proba- bly more widely known as one of Sranraer's finest dentists! finally getting to share the Park Fest Stage.
Formed in mid 2000's, the Yahs are now one Dumfries & Galloway's foremost bands – with a string of sell-out gigs and appearances at The Eden Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Comlongon Rocks and The Big Burns Supper, where they were voted best live act. The have released an Album 'All We are' band member Ali Paxton will be know to many in Stranraer...well those who take guitar lessons through the school!
Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented. From the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials & FunBoy3 in the late 70's and 80's to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 90's up to the present day. Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band at venues and festival appearances worldwide. 2013 saw the return of Neville Staple, 'The Original Rudeboy' with extensive touring of the UK including many festivals. Expect to hear some of Neville's own material as well as some classic hits in the mix.
Rugby legend John Beattie and his trusty Ruckers...back in 2010 they helped us kick off our first Park Fest and we can think of no other band that can rock and party the tent at the end on the day as well as these guys - with Scott and Andrea's vocals, the prowess of seasoned musicians such as Graham and Stuart - get yourself ready to ROCK!!
Park Fest 2015 is our 6th festival, hard to believe! Since its invention in 2010 it has become one of Stranraer's most popular annual live music and entertainment events.
It is an event created to not only raise funds for the RNLI but to raise the profile of the Stranraer Lifeboat, give our community an event that could involve all, of all ages, and we hope this has been achieved.
Park Fest is run solely by volunteers - the RNLI's Stranraer fund raising branch (Park Fest Team), the Stranraer Station and Lifeboat Crew. Our heartfelt thanks goes to all who have helped in any way whatsoever, whether it be by donating, sponsoring, giving their time and skills or providing a service and equipment - but of course, mostly YOU, who come along spend your money.
Please enjoy Park Fest 2015, we hope we have given something to suit all tastes...so buy a few drinks from the crew at the bar, relax, dance and enjoy the ride!
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 £3.00 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.