Calderstock gear up for the big summer music festival
Calderstock kick starts the summer festival calendar next month featuring some of the best homegrown talent in Lanarkshire.
The free outdoor weekend music festival is back for a fourth year at Calderglen Country Park Courtyard on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
The free, family-friendly event features the cream of local music talent who are set to entertain festivalgoers over two afternoon sessions from noon until 5.30pm.
And with stalls, barbeque, face painting and a bouncy castle there will be something for everyone.
Frontman for ska/ reggae/punk rockers The Cherry Reds, Declan ‘Fudgie’ McFadden, said the East Kilbride band can’t wait to make their debut performance at the festival.
Declan (15), from The Murray, said: “We are all really looking forward to the gig. The line-up is fantastic this year with lots of great bands on the bill.
“We feel these kind of free family festivals are a great way for new young bands to get themselves heard, especially for a band like us who play music which is not usually listened to by a younger audience.”
The talented kids from the Village Music School will also be returning to the stage after their RockClub’s outstanding performance at last year’s event.
The band, featuring the music school’s brightest and youngest talent, has an average age of just 11, with members as young as seven.
The RockClub perform rock and pop classics and this year will be covering Oasis hit Whatever, ACDC’s Highway to Hell and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
There will also be performances by the school’s ukulele, guitar and vocal students.
The music school will be giving away vouchers for free come and try lessons.
Over the weekend donations will be collected for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, which works to transform lives in Scotland through the power of music.
Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “Now in it’s fourth year, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s live music festival, Calderstock, in partnership with EK Village Music and Hashtag Management services, has grown each year in popularity and variety.
“The festival gives local musicians, of all ages, the rare chance to showcase their talents and perform live in this iconic local venue.
“Calderstock, is an open air festival for the whole family so come along and enjoy a great day out.”
Bands set to perform on Saturday are: noon – Matt McDonagh; 12.45pm – Lisa T; 1.30pm– Sux Pastels; 2.15pm – Sons of Horatio; 3pm – The Rotors; 3.45pm – The Motifs; 4.30pm – The Lappels.
And playing on the Sunday are: noon – EK School of Rock; 1pm – Scott Abercrombie; 1.30pm –Davie Rollo & Toy Tin Soldier; 2.15pm – Skaledonia; 3pm –Dogtooth; 3.45pm – Rat Patrol; 4.30pm – The Cherry Reds.
Please note strictly no alcohol is permitted at this event.
Music therapy The festival raises funds for Nordoff Robbins charity each year
Local talent East Kilbride rockers Rat Patrol are on the bill