Story behind Big Stooshie music festival

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The organisers of this year’s Big Stooshie charity music festival in north east Fife have told the story of how their ambitious project came together.

Held at the Howe of Fife Country Centre from May 4-6, the event will feature a host of top acts and is set to attract around 12,000 revellers.

Bands performing over the three days include indie legends James, and it is hoped the festival will raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes and SSAFA Forces Help.

The trio behind the Big Stooshie — Jim Russell, Ewan Muir and Vonnie Carstairs — have known each other since school and are all based in or around Auchtermuchty.

For a number of years Jim and Ewan had been organising live music events locally, including a number of successful charity events which were well supported by the community.

They were approached last spring by Vonnie, who hoped to organise a fund-raiser for her favourite charity, SSAFA Forces Help.

The idea grew arms and legs, eventually developing into the concept of the Big Stooshie festival.

Since then the team have been scaling the logsitical and financial mountain of putting on a big music event.

But with the help of some skilled volunteers and in partnership with local business the Howe Country Centre near Giffordtown — owned by Charlie and Jill Wilson — things look to be well on course.

Last autumn the Big Stooshie received a boost when the renowned armed forces charity Help for Heroes came on board, offering the event its official backing, and in December the addition of James as show closers gave the line-up some real star power.

James will be joined over the weekend by over 50 acts including The Damned, The Hoosiers, From The Jam, The Boomtown Rats (Russell & Crowe), The Complete Stone Roses and The Dykeenies.

n Tickets for the Big Stooshie are available online at or directly from the Howe Country Centre.