Pitmedden Music Festival this summer

Pitmedden Music Festival is taking place next month.
Pitmedden Music Festival is taking place next month.

The grounds of a stunning Aberdeenshire attraction will be transformed into a vibrant music festival for all the family this summer.

Pitmedden Music Festival 2016 at the National Trust for Scotland’s beautiful Pitmedden Garden is aiming to appeal to everyone from the very young to the very old.

With entry starting at just £7 for adults, and free for all children under 12, organisers plan to fill the grounds with of revellers from the local community and beyond.

They will be enthralled by an eclectic mix of music acts ranging from silver bands to string orchestras to full-on Celtic rock.

There will be food, a stocked Beer Tent, bouncy castles, Beat the Goalie with Formartine United F.C. and a host of other enticing entertainment from music workshops to puppet shows will appeal to younger festivalgoers.

Angie Stemp, festival director, said: “We have had very successful Festivals over the last few years, and had over 1,800 people enjoying music over the weekends. We have a another great programme of music and entertainment planned this year with something for everyone. I can’t wait for the gates to open.”

The festival, which runs from Friday, June 3, to Saturday, June 4, will offer a great value weekend out for all the family.

The most adventurous visitors will be able to camp overnight in a field close to Pitmedden Garden, which in summer are resplendent with thousands of colourful bedding plants.

Susan Burgess, Property Manager at the National Trust for Scotland, said: “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.”

The fun kicks off on Friday, June 3, at 6pm with an evening of foot stomping music. It all starts with country music from Colin Clyne, rock and pop covers from Voodoo Vibe and the evening ends with the fun-filled Oxbow Lake Band.

Saturday sees a day and night of entertainment for all. The day starts at midday with a full programme of free children’s entertainment and wonderful music acts in a marquee and within the grounds of Pitmedden Garden. The day kicks off with a bang to the volume of the ‘Druminaboot’ an African drum group, and the day continues with a variety of performers both in the Main Marquee and within the grounds of Pitmedden Garden.

On Saturday evening the fun continues with a family ceilidh, followed by the award winning Bon Accord Silver Band, and ending with ‘Gleadhraih’, an Angus Celtic Rock band with electric guitars and bagpipes that will be heard for miles around.

The festival, which is being entirely organised by volunteer members of the local community and is a registered charity, has been made possible through grants from local organisations, and sponsorship including the Udny Community Wind Turbine and Apache.

Tickets will start at £7 – for Saturday day tickets - and there will be no charge for any of the children’s activities including bouncy castles. Tickets are available locally and from Aberdeen Box Office.

For information, including where to buy tickets, visit: www.pitmeddenmusic.com or www.facebook.com/pitmeddenmusicfestival, or email: pitmeddenmusic@gmail.com