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‘Buzzing’ from Keith Friendly Fest

By Alistair Whitfield

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Keith Friendly Fest was back with a vengeance at the weekend – and 800 folk thoroughly enjoyed the party.

1990s chart toppers N-Trance at Keith Friendly Fest.
1990s chart toppers N-Trance at Keith Friendly Fest.

It might have been cold, miserable and bucketing it down outside last Saturday, but it was a totally different story inside the giant marquee set up at Kynoch Park football ground.

The music festival was headlined by 1990’s chart toppers N-Trance, best known for their iconic single Set You Free.

Added to that were Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Little Mix and The Killers tribute acts.

In addition, a second acoustic stage was set up inside the Maroons’ social club to feature loads of local acts including Sons O’ The Soil and Johnny Sheep and the Coupit Ewes.

Promotor Russell Aitchison pronounced himself “buzzing” about how well the day had gone.

He said: “There’s a real enthusiasm for live music in Keith. People love being able to see acts performing on their own doorsteps.

“And I know the acts themselves really enjoyed playing to such an appreciative crowd.

“Our Dolly Parson was treated like a real celebrity, while the N-Trance singer – (what a voice, by the way) – didn’t want to leave the stage.

“Some of them were wondering beforehand about what sort of reception they’d get in a little town in the north of Scotland. Well, the answer was an amazing reception.”

Keith Friendly Fest was founded by Russell in 2018, but later saw a four-year hiatus gap due to the pandemic. However, he states that the momentum is rising.

He added: “There’s a real buzz starting to build behind Keith Friendly Fest now. We’ll definitely be holding it again next year, no question.

“There’s a lot of work involved in putting together a music festival like this. So to see everything come together so well, and everyone having such a great time, is really satisfying

“Last year Keith Friendly Fest was held on what was probably the hottest day of the year. So there was quite a contrast this time round, but it really didn’t matter at all. It was a brilliant event.”

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