Toploader to headline second MV Festival

Stephen Barbour organiser of the second MV Festival in Aviemore
Stephen Barbour organiser of the second MV Festival in Aviemore

TICKETS are selling fast for the second MV Festival, held in Aviemore but born in Kirkcaldy.

The Mountain and Valley Festival is the brainchild of Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool lifeguard Stephen Barbour, whose passion for snow sports led him to organise last year’s inaugural event which proved to be a huge success.

Combining snow sports, music and comedy, this year’s event will be even bigger with nearly 50 acts across eight venues – and includes a million-selling chart act.

And despite all the hard work that goes in to organising such a large scale event Stephen had no hesitation in putting on 2013’s festival.

“I’ve pretty much been the main organiser again this year,” he said. “It’s been easier though, logistically there’s been a lot more to take on in terms of insurance and health and safety issues. Obviously it’s taking up all my spare time!”

The headlining music act Stephen has lined up for the Saturday night are Toploader with more than two million album sales to their name.

Heading back to the Cairngorms are Kirkcaldy band Slipstream, who proved to be one of the biggest successes at 2012’s festival and this year are featuring as the house band.

Gary Fleming from the band said: “Last year was fantastic. It was really busy with big crowds. And it’s nice to take part, especially as it’s for charity.”

CHAS and Disability Snow Sports Scotland are the festival’s two named charities which received £1400 last year, a figure Stephen is hoping to top despite a struggle for funding.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a main sponsor again this year, so funding is still difficult to get,” he said. “But these are hard times financially for everyone. Despite that. ticket sales are going really well and I think the snow has helped. It’s made people think they’d maybe like to do snow sports.”

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