Cash bonus for young Buckie musicians from Love Punch

Mind Gone Blind played the Buckie festival.

An experimental music festival in Buckie has been hailed as a success with two local groups sharing in a £2400 bonus raised by the event.

The Love Punch Live festival at Buckie’s Fishermen’s Hall on Friday and Saturday evening attracted hundreds of fans from throughout the area.

They were treated to a line-up of musicians from the immediate area as well as several from around Moray. Inspired by Lossiemouth’s ‘Wall of Rock’ annual open-air festival, the event was organised by Dave Simpson, Daniel Henderson and Daniel Edwards, who had also been involved in the Lossiemouth event.

Featuring a full-laser light show that the organisers said “dazzled the crowd in a way never before seen in Buckie’, local bands playing at the event included Checkered Sky, Sons of the Soil, Mind Gone Blind and The Unofficial.

The two local groups that will benefit from funding from the event are the Buckie Youth Music Group and Another Music Project. The cash will be used to help in the creation of a recording studio at Buckie High School.

Daniel Edwards said that the event was an experiment to see if it would work in Buckie – and was delighted that it paid off. He said: “I don’t think people appreciate just how high the standards is among the local bands.

“There is so much young talent in Moray right now – the kids at Another Music Project have been using largely the same equipment for seven or eight years now so it will be nice to get some new kit.”

Daniel is also hoping that the organisers will be able to run SQA courses at Buckie High School to allow local people to gain proper qualifications in mixing and making music.

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