Borderers will be rockin’ to the shang-a-lang sound of the music

No matter how popular the musical artists of today are, they are quite a long way off reproducing the avid, sometimes hysterical following enjoyed by those in the 70s and 80s.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 12:08 pm
Les McKeown will be looking to rekindle Rollermania at Edge Fest. Photo: Colin Hattersley.

Take the Bay City Rollers. It seemed in the 70s as if wearing a tartan scarf or just sewing a tartan patch onto a pair of jeans was just as important as breathing.

The boys, with their fresh faces and family-friendly style of pop, with songs such as Shang-a-lang and Bye Bye Baby, captured whatever it was teens of the time needed.

And, like the Beatles before them, they even had a mania named after them. You don’t get that from Ed Sheeran.

Billy Ocean is heading to Lilliardsedge. Photo: Stephen Flourie.

It’s not something you can outgrow, either. So, you can expect Rollermanics to head to Lilliardsedge Park, near Jedburgh, in their thousands this July, as the band’s singer’s group – The Legendary Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers – headline a new one-day musical festival on Saturday, July 4, Edge Fest, along with international star Billy Ocean (Caribbean Queen, Suddenly) and home-grown megastar Lulu (Shout, Boom Bang-a-Bang).

The holiday park’s Stuart Macdonald told us: “For a business with over 45 years in the leisure industry, it has been a new adventure with over 12 months in the making and we are excited to now be able to share it with everyone.

“It is part of a series of substantial investments we are making to the park and to tourism in the Borders, following our most recent £2.5m investment to our hot tub hire lodge fleet and over 50 new holiday home pitches, contributing approximately £5m to the local economy each year.

“Lilliardsedge has always been well supported by the local area and authorities, this is what allows us to continue to expand and offer new attractions and facilities for everyone to enjoy.”

Shout it from the rooftops: Lulu is coming to the Borders for Edge Fest. Photo: Ian Allington.

And there’s no worries about the traditional Scottish weather.

Stuart said: “The festival willl take place under the cover of a state-of-the-art big top tent.

“There will be a food market, bursting with a variety of artisan food traders as well as a fully licenced bar serving our exclusive Edge Fest Lager and much more.

There’s more special guests on the music front as well.

How about X-Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald, indie pop-rock covers band The Someones, X-Factor star Gregor Coleman and Electric 80s.

There’s also a carnival and concession stands at the event, spanning across 35 acres against the backdrop of the Cheviot Hills.

It’s set to be one of the biggest music events to be held in the Borders, allowing fans to relive some of the biggest hits of the 80s.

Parking and camping will also be available, with general admission gates opening at 3pm.

Tickets (£45, £30 for 7-12-year-olds) are on sale now from edge-fest.co.uk

Updates and more information are also available on social media platforms.