Battling it out for Fyvie Live 2012

Heartland: Belting out big cover hits is their specialiity. Graeme, Jon, Jennifer and Mark all hail from the Inverurie area. Picture: Susann Brown
Heartland: Belting out big cover hits is their specialiity. Graeme, Jon, Jennifer and Mark all hail from the Inverurie area. Picture: Susann Brown

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre was abuzz with anticipation after four solo artists and four bands performed a set for a chance of performing to 6,000 people on the stage of Fyvie Live in September.

It was a difficult choice for the judges who took a long time to select the winners after stellar performances by all the acts.

Star in the making: Stephen Innes performed at Battle for Fyvie performed while the judging was taking place

Star in the making: Stephen Innes performed at Battle for Fyvie performed while the judging was taking place

Young Inverurie singer/song writer, Stephen Innes (17), gave a confident performance for the audience during the judging process and included one of his own songs, ‘Shot in the Heart Again’ which he debuted at the previous night’s Emmerdale event.

Stephen said: “I really enjoyed performing and I enjoyed watching all the other acts.”

Having recently been to Abbey Road Studios to cut his own disc, he added: “Abbey Road was amazing - there was Beatles memorabilia all over the walls and because it was the Jubilee weekend Bank Holiday, we were given a tour of all the studios. My dad got to play the big piano, which was incredible.”

Speaking about ‘Shot in the Heart Again’ he said: “They produced it exactly as I imagined it should be and they seemed to be really impressed with my song. I did have a big role in the process and they gave me a lot of good advice.

“Now I need to keep going and do more.”

Local band, Heartland, belted out their songs, Fever, Proud Mary, and the Adele number, Rolling in the Deep to an enthusiastic crowd, but ultimately it was Aberdeen Indy band Cats in Capes that were the winners of the Fyvie slot.

Solo artist Craig Souter’s trip from Edinburgh that morning proved worthwhile after his brilliant performance of Bohemian Rhapsody was selected to go forward. The standard of all the acts, they said was “phenominal”.