Sounds good for a rock steady future

Action from Glenfest.
Action from Glenfest.

IT sounds good for the future of Leven’s annual celebration of live music, art, craft and community diversity.

Glenfest, the regular open-air attraction staged at Letham Glen, has secured National Lottery funding, which will boost its own status and hopefully offer a helping hand to other community groups.

Organisers have won a grant of nearly £10,000 from Awards For All, with input too from Creative Scotland and others.

The money is to be spent mainly on musical equipment but the team hoped to develop the event in other ways.

The next Glenfest is being scheduled for around the first week of October and committee chairman Ross Caldwell hoped the cash announcement would give it fresh impetus.

He and his colleagues aimed to continue making Glenfest bigger and better, he said.

Items such as new amplifiers, audio equipment and public address systems could be provided to give even better quality entertainment.

The team was also hoping to become more self-sufficient and if possible, create some employment opportunities, said Ross, maybe with catering staff or events co-ordinators.

The crew was also interested in helping other groups thinking about staging galas or events of their own.

As a non-profit group, the Glenfest team could perhaps help out with low-cost PA and sound equipment, and marquees.

Other organisations, including Fife Council, MyBus, Clubs for Young People and the Sophian Events Group, have been involved in bringing Glenfest to the public.

Free and open to all, its aims were to celebrate what Leven had to offer and encourage more people to become involved with the groups on their doorstep.

Ross added it would hopefully become a platform too for social regeneration.

The most recent Glenfest spectacular took place on Easter Sunday and featured plenty for all the family, with themed atractions including egg rolling, a duck race, a woodland egg hunt and face painting.

Musically, there was a diverse blend of rock, blues, indie acoustic and psychaedelia performances.

Groups on the bill included Behind The Mask, Sandy Powell, Homesick Aldo, Magic Voodoo Lounge, Where Monsters Fear To Roam, SO4, Havana Rising, Garfunkel Klaus and the Watermelon Men, and the White Van Fugitives.

More entertainment for children has gradually been added to the programme, which has also featured home-made cards for sale, Tarot readings, tombola, inflatable slides, bouncy castles, refreshments and arts and crafts.