SINCE its launch in 2007, Gig in the Car Park has become a staple in Fife’s music scene calendar for the first weekend in August.
Once again this year the celebration of music, featuring both local bands and those from further afield, will be taking place at the Greenside Hotel in Leslie that weekend, August 4 and 5.
Over 30 acts are preparing to play on the venue’s three stages in what organisers are billing the ‘Biggest Littlest Festival in Scotland’.
And despite the not very summer like weather we’ve been having in recent weeks, this is one festival that will be going ahead come rain or shine as all three stages are undercover - the venue inside the hotel, a marquee in the car park and the bar area doubles up an an acoustic stage.
Raegan Gallagher, from the Greenside, told the Press: “More or less everything is in place and we’re waiting for the week prior to get the site set up.
“Everything is pretty much ready to go.
“I’m hoping the weather will be okay.
“We’ve been alright in the past, but with stages inside and outside in the marquee the weather doesn’t really affect people that much.
“But the one thing I can guarantee is there will be no mud!
“This will be the sixth event and it still holds true to the original reason why I started it up, to highlight what local bands have done in the last year.
“Whether that’s a brand new band or an experienced one on the cusp of something, it doesn’t matter.
“Essentially there’s 14 or 15 acts each day, and it’s fair to say there’s going to be a lot going on.
“All the stages run one after the other so you’re not going to miss anything and you’ll get the chance to see everybody.
“It’s looking like there’s more of a strong local line up this year, with one or two acts from outside, such as Mark Morris, Davey Horne and OK Social Club.
“There’s tons of really good bands on the bill, with every band having its pluses.
“There’s a various mix of sounds, from one end of the spectrum to the other.
“There’s always a good atmosphere.”
Perhaps one of the bigger names appearing this year is former lead singer of the Bluetones, Mark Morris, who will be performing an acoustic set on the Saturday.
Glenrothes band Tango in the Attic will headline the festival on the Saturday night.
Raegan continued: “Tango in the Attic are doing well and that’s why they are headlining on the Saturday.
“They have done T in the Park; they have got a new album and played South by Southwest earlier this year.
“They have future plans in the next few months to go out and do bigger tours, nationally and internationally.
“It’s always been a local band doing well who headline on the Saturday.
“In the past we’ve had the likes of Sergeant and the Draymin.
“Then on the Sunday night we’ll have Them Beatles closing for the second year.
“It’s going to be a great weekend, I’m looking forward to it.”
>> Tickets for Gig in the Car Park are available in advance, priced £15, from www.wegottickets.com or £20 on the door on the day.