03 March 2009

Homecoming a new Scottish Festival

I am not sure how this passed me by, perhaps cause it looks like Nedfest 2009, but hey i thought it might interest someone (who wears a tracksuit and likes stabbing folk). Here's what the Irvine Herald had say about it:-
"IRVINE is to be the venue for a £2 million early summer music festival.

The town’s Beach Park beat competition from every other Scottish city to secure the two-day musical extravaganza – Homecoming At Irvine Bay 2009 on the weekend of Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3.

The festival will see around 15,000 music fans enjoy a host of rock, indie, dance and alternative acts.

Names in the frame to perform include the cream of the Scottish rock scene – The Fratellis and indie favourites, The View, who have been asked to play.

Dance fans have not been left out as world famous mixer, DJ Armin van Buuren, Radio One DJ Tim Westwood have also been signed up for the festival.

And the people behind the ambitious festival, Irvine Music Festivals Limited, say their investment in the event could boost the economy of the Irvine Bay area by £10 million with the plan being to make it an annual event.

That would see it rival T In The Park as the biggest outdoor music festival in Scotland with a campsite set up for music fans.

Stephen Tennent, who owns Irvine’s Music Festivals Limited, based in Glasgow, has been working closely with Irvine Bay Regeneration and a team of advisers, including Willie Freckleton who brought big names to the town with the Radio One roadshows, to help make it a success.

Running the show will be Grant Ruckston, who said: “Homecoming is an ambitious five-year festival programme and if you are impressed by what you see in May 2009, then we would say that this is only the beginning.

“West Central Scotland is possibly the only area in the UK that does not stage a major high-quality outdoor music festival.

“Yet smaller population areas, to the east, north and over in Northern Ireland, have managed to create, develop and sustain such festivals, bringing enormous economic advantages to each area.

“In the year of Homecoming, it is appropriate to put this right and create such a festival, with high aspirations and the full-on festival flavour, right in the middle of Burns country. We expect that Rabbie would have approved.”

Stephen Tennant added: “Irvine is head and shoulders above other sites we considered – as far as we are concerned it’s the best in the UK.

“We have been working closely with the team at the Irvine Bay Regeneration and North Ayrshire Council and Willie Freckleton to bring the best music to the festival and make it a spectacular event.

“It’s also about boosting the economy at this time when there is a lot of doom and gloom out there, already this year, Connect and Live At Loch Lomond have been cancelled.

“There’s a market out there for good music and Homecoming will be a feast of dance, indie and rock music for everyone to enjoy.”

Willie Freckleton, who was the man who brought the Radio One road shows and indie giants Oasis to the harbourside, was looking forward to Homecoming 2009.

“It’s great to see the beach park being used for such an ambitious project,” said Willie.

“I’ve always believed Irvine was a great venue and this is proof that it’s an ideal location for a big name music event.”

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, added: “We are delighted to welcome an event that will bring people, excitement and an economic boost to Irvine Bay.

“We are sure the location for the concert will provide a stunning backdrop that will be enjoyed by everyone involved.”

Think I'll be washing (what's left of) my hair that weekend


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