|LATEST NEWS: AUTUMN BEER FESTIVAL takes place Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October. Look out for news of the beers, music, food and ciders that will be available.
BANDSTAND BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL Finalist in "Scottish Festival of the Year 2016" in Scottish Hospitality Awards. The winner was "T in the Park" so it's a great accolade for our little festival to be a finalist. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
REVIEW OF BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 (8 - 16 APRIL 2016)
Nairn’s 8th annual Bandstand Beer and Music Festival was our most successful ever and we acheived a Finalist from Scottish Hospitality Awards - festival of the year 2016 (T in the Park won the award - so we feel delighted to come a close second to that amazing festival!) For Programme Click here
The Bandstand festival is the largest independent beer and music festival in Scotland. The popular 9 day event attracted around 4000 visitors from all over the UK. This year, for the first time, we were located over two sites - the Bandstand Bar (CAMRA Badenoch & Strathspey Pub of the Year 2016) and the Havelock Bar. This meant we had space for even more beer, food and activities.
An extraordinary range of 200 ales, ciders and craft beers from over 50 breweries Click here. meant there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Beers from our local breweries were popular as always (e.g. Cairngorm, Cromarty, Windswept, Wooha). And visitors especially appreciated the opportunity to try English beers rarely available in the Highlands. (e.g. Robinson’s Brewery, Hartlepool, Bridgehouse Brewery, Oxenhope near Bradford; Cloudwater Brewery, Manchester; Titanic Beers, Stoke on Trent; Slaters, Suffolk).
Ciders proved popular ( 6 Scottish and 7 English) particularly, the unusual Rhubarb, Raspberry and Ginger flavours.
The festival included 15 music events from rock and pop to Celtic and jazz. Nairn Pipe Band marched and played to an appreciative audience.
The music finale headlined by “mystery guest” Justin Currie (former lead singer of chart-topping band Del Amitri) went down a storm! Justin was joined by the extraodinarily talented Allan "Bert" Bertram, Nico Bruce, Andy May, Jim McDermott and Stuart Nisbett whose career credits are simply too long to list here. We were so priveledged to have these wonderful musicians play for us.
Food stalls, BBQ and Hog Roast proved popular. The Cheese & Beer Tasting Evening hosted by Connage Highland Dairy, Ardersier was sold out. And the Whisky Tasting hosted by Glen Ord Distillery also sold out. This was so successful that we plan to hold more regular whisky tasting events.
Festival has raised £10,000 for local charities. Charitable fund raising has always been a feature of our festival. We don't charge an entry fee, so helping us support local charities is all we ask of visitors.This year the festival raised over £1900 from our charity stall, raffle and pub quiz. Fund raising is to benefit Nairn Pipe Band, Nairn Highland Games and MFR Cash for Kids. We are so grateful to all the suppliers and individuals who contributed so generously. We would particularly like to thank Norman Sinclair or Sinclair Breweries for sponsoring our commemorative glass and for help with the festival.
Overall, the most successful, lively and exciting festival so far. Dates for next year’s festival will be announced shortly.
See you at the next festival!
Gordon and Morag Holding
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Colin Clyne - Americana, Celtic, folk and pop influences
Dave Levon - Pop, rock, swing, funk, soul - something for everyone
Davy Cowan - Johnny Cash to Tom Russell. Mellow to edgy acoustic.
Derek Smith Duo - Derek Smith, Richard Price. Foot-tapping acoustic blues
Echo Park - Mark Farquhar, Steven Farquhar. Laid back rock & pop
Edgar Road - Mark Conti, Michael Byiers, Simon Watterson, Allan Hall, Magdalena Wellenger. Alternative rock band from Elgin
EZRA - Fraser Goodall, Alan Stirling, Michael McEntee, Michael Margetson. Multi-genre covers, dancing shoes required!
Lisa T - Singer songwriter, talented vocalist. American country
MAKADIN - Gordon Ritchie, Davy Glen. Foot-stomping Scottish folk
Nairn Pipe Band - formed 2003
Ryan Morcombe - Scottish folk singer-songwriter, and blues artist.
Scone Fairies - Bob Massie, Jonathan Hill, Scottish traditional music
The Rogues - David Heaney, Ruairidh Maclean, Calum Macrae, Norman Maclean Irish folk music, rebel rock.
Finale Band: Nico Bruce, Bert Bertram, Justin Currie Andy May, Jim Mcdermott and Stuart Nisbett