THE Stevie T Band are raring to take the stage at Party on the Pitch later this month and the headliners love nothing better than performing in front of a home audience.
A crowd of thousands is expected to descend on Buccleuch Park on Saturday, August 25, for one of the must-see events on the Summer Festival programme, and the hugely popular six-piece oufit are aiming to hit the high notes when bringing the curtain down on the musical extravaganza.
Speaking to the Hawick News this week, band member Stevie Turnbull said: “To be honest, it’s difficult to put into words how much the boys are looking forward to Party on the Pitch.
“It’ll be our second time at the event and it just can’t come quick enough. We had a ball back in 2010 and I’m sure this year will be just as good if not better.
“It’s also the perfect chance for us to say thanks to our fans as we’ve built up a great following in the town and it’s all down to their support that we get the chance to play at these big events.”
The impressive line-up of music entertainment also includes local classic pop and rock band Under The Covers; Dark Horse, also from Hawick, with their own brand of rock covers; the Berwick-based Joe Mangels with their “pumped up versions of classic songs”; and making a popular return is X-Factor Boot Camp act Chris Tame.
As well as the bands, the festival committe has brought together a wide range of family-based activities and attractions, includ-ing bouncy castles, dance mats, bungee runs, sumo suits and a rodeo bull.
There will also be full bar facilities and ice cream and burger vans.
Summer Festival chairman Raymond Wood told the Hawick News this week: “It’s going to be a fun-filled day for the whole family, and hopefully we can get folk to come along with the gazebos and have a right party!”
Tickets are £7 ahead of the event and currently on sale from Teviotdale Leisure Centre, Dobbie & Michie, Think Fitness and Brydon’s Bakery.
Entry on the day is £10 for adults and £5 for high school pupils. Primary school kids will receive free admission.
n VOLUNTEER stewards and gate helpers are being sought for Party on the Pitch, and anyone interested in lending a hand, even just for two or three hours, is asked to contact festival organising secretary Graham Ford on firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Monday. Alternatively, all are welcome to a meeting on Monday at 7pm in the leisure centre bowling hall.
n THE Joe Mangels wil be playing a pre-Party on the Pitch gig at the New Delhi Bar and Restaurant, tomorrow at 2pm.
n FULL Summer Festival preview in next week’s paper.