Festival causing a Big Stooshie in Leven!

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FOLLOWING on from the successful Rock The Regent festival held in May this year, Leven Community Cinema is to host another day of live music to raise funds for both itself and a for a nationwide charity project.

The Commercial Road cinema and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, a long-standing charity providing help and support for Britain’s armed forces and their families, will receive a total of 20 per cent of profits from ticket sales from the event, which is being held on September 10.

Organised by Big Stooshie Productions, the company aims to raise over £100,000 between now and May 2012 by hosting concerts throughout Fife and in Edinburgh and Dundee.

The remaining funds will be used to raise awareness and fund a further event - the Big Stooshie Music Festival, to be held at The Howe Country Centre, Giffordtown, in May 2012, which will in turn raise more money for local and national charities.

Featuring nine live bands and performers, The Regent event will feature popular bands from local surroundings and further afield.

Acts confirmed are The Catch 22s, State Of Emergency, Patrol, RPG, Homesick Aldo, So4, Urgency UK, Kwak and, just announced, a special appearance from Dundee band The Cundeez.

Kicking off at 3pm and running until midnight, organisers expect an audience of up to 500 people.

Jim Russell, managing director of Big Stooshie Productions, is delighted to have secured the Leven venue.

He said: “The Leven community has a long history of supporting live music in the area.

“The Regent Cinema is one of the best venues for live music in this area.

“I am confident that the audience is going to enjoy a very unique event.

“To ensure the bands that are performing look and sound amazing, we are providing impressive sound and lighting equipment, which will be perfectly suited to the large auditorium at The Regent.”

Charles Ellis, of The Regent, is thrilled the Big Stooshie event is giving the Leven cinema an even greater opportunity to become established as a multi-use facility for community and corporate events.

He told the Mail: “Being involved at this early stage is a great opportunity for The Regent to raise public awareness of what a unique and adaptable building we have here in the centre of Leven.

“Although our core operations will always be as a community-based cinema, we are very keen to investigate opportunities to promote The Regent as a multi-functional venue. With the additional funds raised, we can enjoy a stable financial future and also make investment in the building and equipment so we can continue to support and serve the local community.”

Tickets for the Big Stooshie at The Regent Cinema are available at the Commercial Road venue or from any of the participating bands.

Further information is available at www.facebook.com/TheBigStooshie and anyone wishing to get involved should email jim@bigstooshie.com