A LOCAL band has beaten overwhelming competition to compete for a chance to perform at Fyvie Live 2012, a major fundraising event in aid of North-east cancer charity, Friends of Anchor.
Heartland, a four-piece cover band formed in 2010, has been selected as one of the eight finalists to perform live at the AECC on Sunday (June 10) for their chance to sing on the Fyvie Live stage.
Sarah-Jane Milne, PR and Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR, explained: “We have truly been overwhelmed with the response from talented performers wishing to take part in the Battle for Fyvie. With so many talented musicians vying for a place in the competition it was a very difficult task of whittling the entries down to just eight.”
Heartland’s aim at their live shows is to bring to life some of the greatest rock and pop songs through the distinctive voice of lead vocalist Jennifer Wilson. As well as a love of performing live, the members of Heartland see stepping on the stage at Fyvie Live as a personal way of supporting the vital work that Friends of ANCHOR does.
Heartland guitarist, Mark Lenthall said: “With so much great talent in the North-east, we are delighted to have made the final. Like many others, some of our families have been affected by cancer and leukaemia, so we hope Heartland can play a part in helping Friends of ANCHOR to raise more money this year than ever before.”
Sarah-Jane Milne added: “We are absolutely delighted that Heartland is one of the eight finalists selected to perform in front of our judging panel. Although a relatively new band, they have already built up an impressive following and they seem to have a real passion and energy which I’m sure will translate into their performance.”
If Heartland successfully win the coveted ‘Battle for Fyvie Top Band’ position they will go on to perform live in front of a 6,500-strong crowd on the lawns of Fyvie Castle on Saturday, August 4.
The Battle for Fyvie winners, one solo artist and one band, will join the likes of chart-topping solo artist, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scottish Supergroup Braebach and Scotland’s top cover band, The Bogus Brothers.
Last year over £70,000 was raised from the event and this year Fyvie Live hopes to bring in over £100,000 for Friends of ANCHOR which is committed to offering the best possible care, treatment and support for cancer patients attending the ANCHOR Unit, through and after their diagnosis.
Over 6,000 people are expected to descend on the lawns of the castle which will open at 4pm to a host of entertainment and live performances. There will be lots of off-stage activity as well including face painting, a raffle, lawn games, an arts and crafts market and a high quality food quarter to keep the whole family entertained throughout the day.