Festival stage set for Hootenany gig

AN all-star line-up has been revealed for this year’s Summer Festival special ‘Hootenany’ concert.

The event, which marks the opening day of this year’s Festival, will feature three stages.

Local band Duke Street will play on one stage, while the Joe Mangels (featuring Chappy from Scocha) will take the spotlight on the other.

The two headline bands will be joined on the night by a variety of performers, including two members of the Stevie T Band, Graeme Tinlin, Joanne McLean, Liam Berridge and sisters Sarah and Hannah Adams.

There are also a few other unconfirmed acts.

The Indoor Bowling Club will provide a bar, with open plan seating giving the gig a relaxed, spacious environment.

Raymond Wood, Summer Festival chairman, said: “The event is being staged to promote the arena for future public events and has been made possible by a grant from the Common Good Fund, funding from the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust and a donation from the Summer Festival committee.”

This will be the first time the area has been used for anything other than bowls in many years.

The funding will see protective carpeting laid over the bowls surface which means the hall can be used for a myriad of activities throughout the summer months, while the bowlers are outdoors.

Mr Wood added: “Regular bookings of the arena would help shape the long term future of the leisure complex, a future which was in doubt until last month.”

The ‘Hootenany’ will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 and are available at Dobbie & Michie, Think Fitness, Brydon’s Cafe, from Summer Festival committee members or at the door on the night.

For more information on this year’s festival check out www.hawicksummerfestival.com.

Tickets for all the Summer Festival events will be on sale at Sainsbury’s on August 6 between 10am and 4pm.