Pitmedden festival aims to strike right note

The Pitmedden Music Festival 2014 was launched on Tuesday at Pitmedden Garden.
The Pitmedden Music Festival 2014 was launched on Tuesday at Pitmedden Garden.
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A music festival geared for all the family will take place this summer at picturesque Pitmedden Garden.

The leading Aberdeenshire visitor attraction will host Pitmedden Music Festival 2014 on June 6 and 7.

Organisers are promising music for all tastes and hope the varied mix will draw large numbers from the local community and beyond.

The festival, which runs on a Friday and Saturday and is organised by volunteers, is similar to one held in 2012.

It has been boosted by funding and sponsorship of £13,500 with support from various organisations, including Udny Community Trust and Aberdeenshire Council.

Musical acts for the not-for-profit event will range from street drummers to string orchestras.

The programme of entertainment will feature something for everyone - including food stalls, local beers and for the younger festival-goers, everything from magicians to bouncy castles.

Tickets are going on sale with entry starting at £5 for adults and free for children.

Festival director Angie Stemp said at Tuesday’s launch at Pitmedden Garden : “We have a great selection of music, I’m really excited about the line-up.

“There is a mix of everything from rock bands to jazz to soul to folk music. We don’t want to be exclusive to any type music, and invite everyone to come along and enjoy it.

“We want it to be very family-orientated and to really bring the community together and from further afield as well.”

Susan Burgess, the National Trust for Scotland’s property manager, added: “We are really thrilled that Pitmedden Music Festival is taking place again this year in the beautiful setting of Pitmedden Garden.

“It will be a wonderful event for the whole family, bringing the community together for a fun-filled weekend.”

Local councillor Paul Johnston said the idea of the festival started off as a celebration due to the community involvement with the wind turbine and Udny Community Trust.

He added: “The aim is to grow the festival to really get everybody to come together from the surrounding area for what is a community music festival.

“It’s not like a big festival, it’s for people to get a little taster of all kinds of music, in other words something for everyone.

“The idea is get everyone to enjoy and relax. Other communities can see the success that we had here and are becoming involved and we want that to flow out and for them to celebrate with us.”

The entertainment kicks off on Friday at 7pm with an evening of foot-stomping music.

The night starts with ‘Trig Bag’ a magically musical Shetland Duo. The Black Isle Rock Orchestra then takes to stage to raise the roof with rock covers by the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon and Lady Gaga.

Saturday sees a day and night of entertainment for all.

The day starts at 11am with a full programme of free children’s entertainment and music acts in a marquee and within the grounds of Pitmedden Garden.

On Saturday evening the main acts are Dallahan, who will ‘create a high energy atmosphere through their interpretation of both traditional and contemporary Irish music’ and the Silver City Soul Revue, a nine-piece band bringing ‘all the usual soul favourites such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder’.

Tickets will start at £5 – for Saturday day tickets - and there will be no charge for any of the children’s activities.

For information, including where to buy tickets, visit www.pitmeddenmusicfestival.com or ww.facebook.com/pitmeddenmusicfestival