MV winter festival postponed

Stephen Barbour
Stephen Barbour

Back injury to organiser puts paid to 2014 event

The annual MV Festival which was scheduled to take place next month has been called off and rescheduled for 2015.

The winter sports event was lined up to take place for the third year in a row but now has had to be put back as organiser, Kirkcaldy man Stephen Barbour, recovers from back surgery.

He said: “It’s a pity, but I’m stressing that it’s NOT cancelled, it’s postponed.”

Stephen went for a routine back operation to remove a prolapsed disc in December but whilst recovering scar tissue left over became infected.

“I got a phone call to go for an emergency meeting. I was told that I’d have to do on a course of heavy antibiotics to try and kill the infection, or I’d have to go for another operation with which there would be the possibility of some paralysis.”

Happily the medication - “45 tablets a day!” - is working and Stephen is expected to make a full recovery, but it’s come at the expense of this year’s festival.

“Our management team said they didn’t feel that they could do everything without me so we’ve put it back, but actually it looks like it could turn out to be for the best.

“All the acts I’ve spoken to have already confirmed that they are happy to come back next year. Everyone’s been brilliant. Comedians Phil Nichol and Craig Campbell both said without hesitation that they would do it in 2015. Everyone’s been really understanding and said that my health needs to come first.”

Stephen also said that he was in positive talks with two big name Scottish companies about sponsoring the Festival as a whole - something that they’d been unable to do in the past.

“To be honest I lost so much money last year that I was considering scrapping it this year, but a major sponsor would be an enormous help.

“It’s a shame about this year but 2015 looks like it will be amazing.”

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The first MV Festival, which combines winter sports with music and comedy, took place in 2012 and was given a major boost as two of the UK’s best known comedians, Ed Byrne and Frankie Boyle travelled to the Cairngorms National Park to take part.

Last year million-selling chart toppers Toploader were one of the many musical acts appearing, with Kirkcaldy’s Slipstream being many people’s highlight.