Mugdock Park to host festival

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A new festival is aiming to get families and music lovers rocking and strolling in one of Scotland’s most stunning locations.

Mugdock Country Park has been chosen as the site for a new festival - MugStock - which aims to offer audiences a range of fantastic live music, family-friendly activities and performances in August 2015.

Organisers expect 2,000 campers to attend the inaugural event on 9-10 August.

The team behind the event was involved in The Big Concert in Raploch, the Commonwealth Youth Circus and NVA’s Speed of Light project.

As well as a packed bill of music and fun, it is hoped to set a record for longest kazoo-playing conga line during the two-day MugStock.

Kat Borrowdale, part of the event organising team, explained: “We want MugStock to be about great music, but we also want to create a truly unique atmosphere which festival-goers will not experience anywhere else.

“We plan parades around the site, community groups getting involved and lots of outdoor fun, including circus and theatre performers, as well as our conga world-record attempt.

“Our aim is to help MugStock stand out in the thriving scene of Scottish festivals.”

MugStock will offer a unique blend of live entertainment and activities such as pond dipping, castle tours, guided walks, woodland rambles, survival, storytelling, mountain biking, willow weaving and archery.

Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee is supporting the project.

Councillor Eric Gotts, chairman of the committee, said: “We are very pleased that the organisers have chosen the wonderful surrounds of Mugdock to host this very special event.

“It’s an exciting idea and has the potential to offer increased visitor numbers to the park, new audiences and a fresh way to enjoy one of Scotland’s finest natural attractions.”

Alan Govan, who conceived the idea five years ago while visiting the park with his wife, added: “MugStock is a not-for-profit festival and we are all working on a voluntary basis, so our hearts are really in it to create an event which showcases the park itself while being something special for festival-goers.”