Stowed Out hopes to fill free festival

Katie Forbes appears at Stowed Out on August 11
Katie Forbes appears at Stowed Out on August 11

STOW hosts its first free music festival next weekend, with a host of local acts set to entertain the village.

Among the musicians destined for Stowed Out on Saturday, August 11, are Blainslie’s Katie Forbes, the Pathhead Fiddlers, String Jam Club songwriter competition winners Torino from Galashiels and young Stow group Cortez Cortez.

Bob Strachan, the Wilsons, the Beggar Girls, Allan Marr, Rhythm Beats Workin, Zoe Bestel, Rob Nicholson, Caitha and the Shreddies are also in the line-up.

Chris Wemyss of organisers Sound Out said: “The festival is a first for Sound Out and will bring together many of the acts whose first forays on to the stage have been at Sound Out open mic nights or themed evenings in Stow Town Hall.”

Fellow Sound Out member June Tainsh added: “This is just the first step in what we see as an exciting annual event giving opportunities to new and established musicians alike and using the event as a chance to let young people get involved in the behind the scenes work involved in running the festival.”

Stowed Out starts at 2pm on the quoiting green, with a beer tent, cafe, craft stalls and various activities for children.

For further information visit Sound Out’s Facebook page, email or phone 01578 730749.

In conjunction with Stowed Out, TheSouthern is running a competition for writers under 16 years of age to submit a review of the festival. The winner will receive £25 and see the story feature on TheSouthern’s YOB page.

Submit your entries, no more than 200 words, with your name, age, address and phone number, by email to or post to Stowed Out Review Competition, The Southern Reporter, Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, August 16. Usual Southern rules apply.