THE finest musical talent in the North-east is set entertain thousands of visitors flocking to the Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven next week.
As well as being a three-day celebration of the craft of brewing, the Happening aims to showcase great acts from around the North-east to provide cool tunes – from funk and ska to folk and rock and even up-and-coming singer-songwriters - to go with the cold beers.
The line-up for the second Happening, which runs in the town’s Baird Park from Thursday, June 16, to Saturday, June 18, includes some fantastic acts returning and some new, exciting additions, said the festival’s production manager, Stevie Kearney.
He said: “This year’s line-up is perfect for a beer festival – people will really enjoy it without it taking over and feeling like a music festival.
“We felt the line-up worked well last year so we wanted to keep all the best bits and try and make a few tweaks here and there where we felt we could improve to create an even better atmosphere in the festival’s magnificent purpose-built marquee.”
With enthusiastic backing from the BBC’s Craig Charles and Tom Morton, The Oxbow Lake Band headline the Friday night and will play for an hour and a half, thrilling festival-goers with their blend of mod-inspired funk, soul and ska, proving a huge coup for the organisers and a definite draw for music fans.
Other new additions this year include singer-songwriter Jo McCafferty, who has previously toured with famous acts such as Midge Ure and Marillon, while Aberdeen favourites The Inevitable Teaspoons also add to the line-up.
Last year’s mix of original songs and popular covers proved a big hit and favourites such as Richard Hannay and the 39 Steps will return, along with Further On, Red Dawg and Voodoo Vibe.
The Saturday afternoon will include the return of the Aberdeen Ukes, who provided a huge range of popular songs via ukulele at the event last year.
The Happening is a not-for-profit event run by volunteers and proceeds are donated to local charities, working in Stonehaven.
Stevie said: “The musicians all play for free in order to help the causes we support and we’re hugely appreciative of their efforts.
“It really adds a lot to the event in terms of making a brilliant atmosphere and their time and energy really help this vitally important fundraising effort”.
The festival will boast 140 of the finest craft ales, real ales and Belgian beers and also street food offered by some of the finest local producers in the Northeast, and a great day is in store.