A string of promising young Perth bands impressed a 700-strong audience at the third Craigie Hillfest.
They joined seasoned veterans, including the reformed Rude Boys – a ska band who reformed for the weekend gig after a 35-year break – and the Red Pine Timber Company, at the event staged in the car park at Craigie Hill Golf Club.
Kilmac was delighted to sponsor the festival to toast our 15th anniversary and employees and partners enjoyed the final gathering in what has been a summer of festivals in the Fair City.
“We were delighted to support the Hillfest and luckily the weather was kind to us all, with the sun shining between two days of solid rain,” said group director Athole McDonald.
“It was great to see the event profiling so many young musicians, along with the more familiar names.
“As a company, we are always keen on helping youngsters progress.”
Organiser and Craigie Hill steward Pauline Harrier paid tribute to the Kilmac team who helped make the festival so successful.
“The sponsorship from Kilmac and other local businesses was fabulous and we are grateful to the company employees who provided a helping hand before and after the festival,” she said.
Stuart “Sparky” Campbell-Clark, lead vocalist with the Rude Boys, said: “It was an emotional evening for us.
“The audience reaction was incredible and made all those months of rehearsals worth it.
“It went better than we could ever have hoped and the feedback has been superb.”
He also welcomed the backing from Kilmac for an event which showcased a wide range of emerging bands.
“It was amazing to see teenage bands like Longstay and The Sandemans being so confident and composed on stage,” said Sparky.
“There’s an amazing amount of talent in the area and I’m sure that has a lot to do with the Rockschool at the UHI, Clearwater Studios and the D-I-Y Rockshop.”