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Keith Friendly Fest big success

By Jonathan Clark

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Keith's Friendly Fest was a "big success" after 900 concert-goers packed two stages at Kynoch Park at the weekend.

The Carloways entertaining the crowd.
The Carloways entertaining the crowd.

Festival organiser Russell Aitchison was delighted was delighted with the turnout and atmosphere and is now looking to build on that next year.

Speaking to the Northern Scot, he said: "There was a good turnout, good numbers and the event ran really smoothly.

"It was a lot better than we could have expected. The festival definitely went up a level this year."

Two stages were set-up, more than the one from last year, with mainly local bands on one stage and bigger acts on the other stage. Both stages were packed out with fans - despite the poor weather.

"Two full stages is unbelievable for a place the size of Keith - so that was brilliant," Russell added. "A lot of people said it couldn't happen but we have proved these kind of festivals can happen in the north. I think it's great for the area and hopefully we can continue to build on it."

Abba tribute act Abba A Rival attracted a big crowd, with DJ Mauro Picotto and tribute acts to bands Happy Mondays and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds also attracting a lot of interest.

How, then, does the festival step up next year?

"It's a tough one," Russell admitted. "The atmosphere was really good and the crowd really embraced the acts.

"But you always take notes and see what worked and what didn't work so we will go away and try to make this even better - if not then as good again."

Russell thanked Keith Football Club, who allowed the use of Kynoch Park, for all of their help in organising the festival - and thanked the big crowd for enjoying themselves regardless of the weather.

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