St Boswells contest gives youngsters chance to shine

Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit

St Boswells Live! is calling on young musicians of all types in the Borders who would like the opportunity to play a live stage, and win a great prize.

Saturday, April 20, sees the second outing of the annual Plug and Play event for musicians under 18 years.

The contest is open to a variety of acts including rock groups, singer-songwriters, folk duos, string quartets or anything else musical.

On the night, performers will be given a technical briefing and the running order decided. Each act in turn will then be set up and perform without any sound checks – the emphasis is on the live music, and that is what the performance will be judged on.

However, organisers have promised that its technical team will be able to help with any problems.

The judging will be carried out by a panel of locals from across the musical spectrum, and there may even be a special guest performer to play a short set during the judging process.

Keith Farnish of St Boswells Live added: “For the one winning act, there will be a cash prize to take home on the night, but for anyone aspiring to take a big step in live music, the big prize will be the chance to perform a set in support of a major act at St Boswells Live!

“Last December, Frightened Rabbit graced our stage, as have such songwriting legends as Archie Fisher and Boo Hewerdine, and we are confident of another big scoop shortly.”

If you would like to take part then contact or call 01835 822692. Entry must be in by Saturday, April 13.

All performers get in free, courtesy of the club’s regular sponsor, Lowland Financial of Galashiels. For others, tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office and on the door, priced £5, but there is a discounted price of £15 for any group of four people.

The doors of St Boswells Village Hall open at 7.30pm and audience members are reminded to bring their own refreshments.

For further information on next month’s competition, young musicians should visit visit