Riverside Park will rock to Big name act

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It is an event that aims to put the Borders on the musical map – and with a line-up that includes Scottish legends Big Country, Riverside Rock just might.

The event is ready to rock Jedburgh’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 21, with a big top-style music arena that will unite Big Country with local favourites Scocha and a host of others.

And the entertainment doesn’t stop there, there’s also a fairground for the young and young at heart, giving the event a real family feel.

You might think that an event of such scale, with around 5,000 expected to attend, would require a cast of thousands to help organise it, but in fact, it has been brought to life by a committee of just five, three of whom have been juggling their time with their full-time jobs.

Allan Fraser, Alistair Campbell, Craig Douglas, Ross Murrow and Peter White are Riverside Rock’s very own fantastic five and Peter said the ambition for the event to be a top-notch day out for everyone across the Borders to enjoy was there from the start.

He told us: “It was at the AGM of Jed-Forest Rugby Club last year that we first had the idea. We wanted to do a fundraiser for groups in the town and to be honest ,yes we did think quite big.

“Myself and Peter travelled all over the country getting advice from organisers of other events. None of us have any experience of the music industry or event management other than the odd town hall- size event.

“So we had zero expertise in that department basically.”

But whether it was beginners’ luck or a strong work ethic, the lads quickly got the ball rolling successfully and now posters are up all over the region counting down to the big event.

And just like the scale of the event, Allan said that they had grand ideas when it came to the line-up.

“He explained: “To attract the side of crowd we want to attract we knew we needed a big name. I’ve always been a massive fan of Big Country, as have many others. Unfortunately the great Stuart Adamson is no longer with us, but the rest of the original lineup are back touring and we’ve done well to get them as they are heading out on a European tour.

“And Scocha, of course, are fantastic and hugely popular, as are The Joe Mangels.

“We’ve also got Scooty & the Skyhooks who are a great band from up north and have worked with the likes of Runrig, Texas and Jools Holland.”

Completing the line-up are The Slammin Sam Band, James Gooch, Dark Horse, Stevie T Band and James McHugh.”

It’s now just two months until Riverside Park will come alive to the sounds of the confirmed acts and although Allan admitted the planning side of things has not always been smooth sailing but said everything was looking good.

He added: “We’ve pushed the boat out slightly as it’s our inaugural festival, but we wanted to do something that would draw a lot of people in.

“I can’t stress enough that this isn’t just an event for Jedburgh – it’s for everyone.

“As well as raising money for local organisations, we’ll also be donating money to Cash 4 Kids. I want to say thank you to Jed-Forest RFC , Radio Borders, our generous local sponsors and partners, and Olympus Marquees in Berwick for the big top.

“We’re hoping for good weather but we all know that in the Borders that’s by no means a given!”