A decade of Rock the Rovers comes to an end


Music fans turned out in support of a number of local good causes on Sunday for the 10th Rock the Rovers event.

Twelve acts - bands and solo artists - took to two stages at Kitty’s and Kandy in Hunter Street to entertain the crowds in aid of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal, Kirkcaldy YMCA, Down’s Syndrome Scotland, Maggie’s Fife, McCrae’s Battalion Trust, Love Oliver and Raith Rovers.

Organisers said this week that Sunday’s event had raised around £2500.

Gavin Quinn, organiser, told the Press: “ We had a decent day on Sunday.

“Although it was not as busy as I had hoped for we still managed to raise about £2500 towards the six charities and Raith Rovers.

“If you add the money raised from the other two events we’ve held this year - the Scottish night in June and the dinner in July - then that’s over £5000 raised from the three events.

“These events were organised to celebrate 10 years of Rock the Rovers, which has raised almost £60,000 in that time for many good causes and the football club.

“Those who did come along enjoyed the gig and every one of the acts that played were brilliant.”

Among the acts playing on Sunday were Gavin Patrick, Charles Wood, Steph, Slipstream, State of Emergency, Joe’s Band, Cousin Ken’s Nephews, Bad Boogaloo, Garrison, The Blind Lights, Janey Kirk and The Cavaliers.

Gavin continued: “I would like to thank all the sponsors, Gary and Kenny from Joe’s Band who set up and worked on the PA all day, staff and management at Kitty’s, all the bands and soloists (who were brilliant), Alex Condie and Dave Wann who introduced acts on stage and all the lads from Fife’s Finest, who were the crew for the day.

“I would also like to thank everyone who attended the Scottish night and the dinner which were fantastic events.

“I would like to also thank the acts and guest speakers at these events.

“I would finally like to thank every single person who has supported Rock the Rovers over the last 10 years by turning up every year to see some fantastic bands/solo acts.

“Without all this support it would not have been possible to put on this gig year in year out which isn’t too bad considering it was meant to be a one off to help save Raith Rovers in 2005.”

Gavin told the Press that there won’t be a Rock the Rovers event next year as he’s taking a break from organising it and thinking about the way forward.

He added: “It may come back in two years, but we shall see.”