Bayview is on the Agenda for music festival

Lee Murray at Bayview (picture by George McLuskie)
Lee Murray at Bayview (picture by George McLuskie)

HOTEL and pub boss Lee Murray has pledged to bring Agenda Rocks back in its full live musical glory to Levenmouth next year.

The Flood Inns entertainment chief is looking at Bayview stadium as the venue for a proper outdoor musical spectacular in the summer of 2014.

Mr Murray, also East Fife FC’s new managing director, said time would be taken over the planning and preparation in the hope of delivering a top-class event – for which there would hopefully be a big-name headline attraction.

Mr Murray’s intentions followed the controversial call-off of last Saturday’s scheduled Agenda Rocks event, which was to have taken place at Brannigan’s.

Advance complaints about noise nuisance led to Fife Council licensing officials scuppering the event, which caused a storm of controversy.

Mr Murray said he could not risk losing the venue’s licence by defying any kind of ban – but he hit out at the apparent rigidity of the rules.

Strong criticism was also aimed by residents and music fans on the Mail’s Facebook page over the decision.

Many felt the town needed events like it to build its identity, and it was a kick in the teeth to many who had given up a lot of time to help organise it, for the good of the area.

Despite Saturday’s show being intended as a family occasion, with an acoustic presentation in the garden at Brannigan’s, and due for an early-evening finish, it was still scrapped.

Instead, an acoustic line-up of musicians performed indoors in the afternoon at Mcphail’s pub in North Street.

Agenda Rocks had been blighted in the past by compaints and call-offs and Mr Murray said there seemed to be no “happy medium” over considering both sides of the argument once concerns had been raised.

There was a strong desire to stage attractions like it and those involved wanted to put on a great weekend show , he added.

“The licensing standards officers are doing their jobs but the bottom line is there seems to be no middle ground,” said Mr Murray. “The problem is, we just cannot take the chance of losing our licence on any premises.

“I can half understand the complaints and am sympathetic to residents but the people round here need this entertainment.”