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Friday, August 22, 2014

Ska Legend Neville Staple to headline Park Fest

From Sid Ambrose

Stranraer will be treated to a rare performance this Saturday night from Ska legend Neville Staple, the former Specials frontman has been booked to headline Park Fest which takes place in the town’s Agnew Park.

The booking has been made possible with financial assistance from Stranraer Town Centre Regeneration Through the Arts Commission.

Sid Ambrose who manages the commission on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts and Dumfries and Galloway Council explained” l was approached by Park Fest organiser Mandy Greene and asked if l could help to secure a headline act to lift the profile of the event, we were able to combine budgets and identified the Neville Staple Band as an act who would be a high profile headliner.”

When asked her opinion on the booking  Mandy Greene replied ” After talking to Sid about getting a ska band for the Park Fest stage,  we are  more than chuffed to have the daddy of ska himself, Neville Staple and his band perform  in Stranraer, l am really  looking forward to seeing their set which will have the whole field bouncing.”

Neville Staple has enjoyed 35 years of playing distinctive Jamaican style Ska music to audiences at festivals and gigs around the world. His well-documented career includes involvement with The Specials, FunBoy3 and the special beat. Described as “The Original Rudeboy” Neville continues to win over audiences whenever his band performs. Park Fest attendees can expect a not to be missed performance from Neville and his band.

Catching up with the star performer himself he said this about his imminent appearance “I’m really looking forward to coming up to Stranraer. It looks like a great place. We'll be taking a 12-14 hour round trip by road to be there, so I'll be expecting fans to share some energy, with some dancing and singing along to my new tracks and some classic tunes too."

Now in its 5th year Park Fest has become one of the most popular annual events in Stranraer. It is described by Mandy Green as “A pocket sized musical festival which is a fundraiser for the RNLI and also aims to raise the profile of Stranraer Lifeboat. Staffed entirely by volunteers, Park Fest is a relaxed two day smorgasbord of local and international musical excellence. From local traditional music star Robyn Stapelton to the skanking four four beat of Neville Staple, Park Fest put the e into eclectic and is as good an excuse as any to don your grooviest party pants and head to the toon."

Park Fest kicks off tonight at 7.00 pm with the Young Guns stage which aims to promote local talent, Saturday sees a diverse line up appear from 12 noon till late. Tickets are £18 for adults and can either be purchased on the door or by visiting the Park Fest website here

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