ROCK band Shed Seven have been announced as headliners for a three day extravaganza which promises to put Dunfermline on the Scottish music festival map.
The band, led by charismatic front man, Rick Witter, were among the biggest starts of the 1990s Britpop scene, alongside Oasis and Blur, and are expected to be a huge draw during Dunfermline Live.
Organisers of the three-day music festival in the Fife town are promising to unveil a series of other big name performers between now and the December event.
Dunfermline Live is being run by Dunfermline Delivers, the business-led organisation committed to finding innovative and profitable ways of promoting the commerce, heritage and lifestyle of the city.
Well-known local music promoter Calum Miller, 27, owner of Weekend Revolution, leads the Dunfermline Live committee. He previously turned the annual Fife Fest into a successful music event and has masterminded merging it with Dunfermline Live to create a single festival.
He said: “The three days of Dunfermline Live will be brilliant and the fact we’ve got Shed Seven confirmed as headliners for one of the dates will tell music lovers this is going to be something special.
“The band love Dunfermline and are delighted to be coming back. They played the Fife Fest Christmas Special two years ago. It was a magical setting in the Glen Pavilion in the heart of the Pittencrieff Park with snow all around. Rick and the lads can’t wait to play here again.
“This will be just one of the big name gigs we’ve got lined up and we expect the tickets to go pretty fast. There will definitely be something for everybody because there will be stacks of quality, free music events throughout the three days.”
Shed Seven will be playing the Glen Pavilion and around 1000 tickets, priced £20 each, will go on sale via TicketWeb from 9am on Friday, September 14.
Dozens of free events will be running alongside the ticketed gigs and up to 20 venues are expected to participate, including PJ Molloy’s, The Jam Jar, Somewhere Else, The Seven Kings and Grill48.
Calum added: “We’ve got a few other surprises up our sleeves and people are going to be pretty impressed with some of the unusual places where we’ll be laying on a live music experience.
“We are confident this is going to become a real draw on the Scottish music festival scene and will help cement Dunfermline’s reputation on the gigging and touring circuit. Six or seven years ago you couldn’t find a gig here, now the place has a buzzing music scene.
“I’m proud to have played a part in that myself through running PJ Molloy’s, but there’s also been some fantastic innovation and work by the likes of the Alhambra, the Carnegie and the Kinema Ballroom.”
Maggie Mitchell, chief executive of Dunfermline Delivers, said the event will be a huge boost to all venues involved while also benefitting the local economy, one of her main objectives in running the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) Company.
She added: “Our focus is on bringing more footfall and visitors into Dunfermline and promoting it as a fantastic place to invest, live, work and play, so that those businesses who are BID members see a real return.
“The night economy in Dunfermline is hugely important because we have so many venues in a relatively small city centre area. It means there is a very vibrant mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
“Music, gigs and concerts are increasingly important in that mix and we wholeheartedly believe Dunfermline Live will build on that. We’re delighted Shed Seven are among the first names involved.”
Last month Dunfermline Delivers unveiled its new brand, Dunfermline – connecting with you – which will now underpin all its efforts to promote the city as a business, tourism and lifestyle destination.
The organisation is still basking in the success of last month’s (August) Bruce Festival, which in its eighth year attracted visitors from all over the world, reinforcing its reputation as one of Scotland’s best free family days out.
Contact: Linsay Robertson