Party in the Park set to take place this weekend

Festival Organiser Chris Stirk, Hoodoo Zephyr's Freak and Aberdeen Cyrenians' Depute Chief Executive Scott Baxter
Festival Organiser Chris Stirk, Hoodoo Zephyr's Freak and Aberdeen Cyrenians' Depute Chief Executive Scott Baxter

Stonehaven’s popular family music festival is all geared up for this weekend and hopes to help a local homeless charity in the process.

Party in the Park takes place at Mineralwell Park this Sunday July 26 with profits from the day, which is organised by music shop Ma Simpson’s, going to Aberdeen Cyrenians.

This week we spoke to event organiser Chris Stirk, Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Depute Chief Executive Scott Baxter, and Hoodoo Zephyr’s ‘Freak’ - real name Eric.

Hoodoo Zephyr’s song, written by Freak, is one of the reasons that Party in the Park is working with Aberdeen Cyrenian’s.

Freak, who is taking part in his third Party in the Park, said: “I was homeless in the 80s and I was having to sleep in a caravan with no electricity and no water and I wrote a song about it and we recorded it when the band heard it. Chrissy heard it and it’s good to know the song has done some good and good has come from it.”

The day will be filled with live music, various food stalls and children’s entertainment including Dino Boogie and Sharky Shark.

Party in the Park has run for several years in Stonehaven raising money for charity and being a family friendly festival.

Organiser Chris Stirk said: “I was struggling to pick a charity as you know we do it for different charities each year and when I heard the song it was around the same time as the articles appeared about Cyrenian’s troubles and it just made perfect sense.”

A vital service provided by Aberdeen Cyrenians received a much-needed reprieve last week, allowing the charity to extend its service provision. The Advice, Information & Support Drop In service, which is provided five days per week, had faced an uncertain future due to recent funding cuts.

Organisers have come up with a unique entrance price as they have asked festival goers to bring a packet or tin of food that will go to the Trussell Trust’s Aberdeenshire South Foodbank. Old mobile phones can also be donated this year which will go to Cyrenian’s who also work with victims of domestic abuse.

Scott Baxter said: “It’s been great to be involved with Party in the Park this year. We have an affinity for Stonehaven as they’ve been good to us and we have volunteers from there. Stonehaven knows more than most what is is like to be comfortable one minute and then have nothing with the floods.”

A number of tickets for the festival have already been snapped up by locals, with every performer, including local bands TOTICO, Hoodoo Zephyr and singer songwriter Craig John Davidson, agreeing to play for free in support of the good causes.

Also gracing the stage over the course of the day will be Sam Geddes and Lewis Fraser, the Callum Cruickshank band, Leighann Esslemont and band, Emerald Sundays, Jamie Rodden, Nigel Don MSP and children’s favourite Sharky Sharky.

For more information you can check the festival’s dedicated facebook page. Tickets £7, concession £3 plus a pack or tin of food. Tickets are available from Ma Simpson’s music shop, 26B Evan Street, Stonehaven or online.

Dogs are allowed in the venue but must be taken outside to do their business. Use of the bouncy castles are free.