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Hawick to host summer music festival

The festival is set to be the biggest Hawick has ever seen Credit: Heart of Hawick Music Festival

A music festival will be taking place in the Scottish Borders next month.

From Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August, the Hawickfest will include performances at the Hawick café and auditorium.

Organisers say it is the biggest music festival set to take place in the town, with over a dozen artists, including Boo Hewerdine, who has written for The Corrs and Mel C, and Dean Friedman set to perform.

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Scotland's free youth music festival returns to Dumfries

The Youth Beatz festival will return to Dumfries this year Credit: Youth Beatz

Scotland's largest free music youth event returns to Dumfries this year.

The Youth Beatz music festival attracts an audience of 12,000 people and features some of the country's most high profile artists.

Previous acts include Professor Green, Cascada, James Arthur, Amelia Lily, Tinchy Stryder, Emma's Imagination, Alexandra Burke, Chipmunk, Wagner, and N-Dubz.

This year, it will take place at Dock Park in Dumfries from 1pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, 12 August.

The festival aims to provide young people between the ages of 12 and 25, with a safe environment where they can gain information on a range of youth services available to them.

It also aims to promote skills development, build confidence and self-esteem, and foster community spirit and civic pride.

It is managed through a partnership led by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

D&G summer festivals programme launched

A launch event for the festival programme. Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway has officially launched it's summer festival programme.

The schedule gets underway with Spring Fling and the DG Arts Festival both taking place later this month.

The local council say that promoting the area's creative talent brings a significant boost to the wider local economy.

Spring Fling alone brings in around 13,000 people, 50 percent of those from outside the region.

That is good for promoting the arts in the region, but it is also fantastic for the local economy. Spring Fling alone brings in investment of around £1.5 million.

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Three festivals announced for Annandale and Eskdale

Three festivals are to take place in Annandale and Eskdale later this year, beginning next month, Dumfries and Galloway council has announced.

The Pack Up Your Troubles Festival,which will be held from 28th to 31st August, will feature a weekend of events based on World War One, to celebrate the 100th birthday of twins Gretna and Eastriggs.

The first of the three festivals will include an old-style music hall evening, a World War One tearoom, classic bus tours, concerts, cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and various community events.

The International Sheep Dog Trials 2015 will take place the following month, on 10th to 12th September, at Meikleholm Farm, between Moffat and Dumfries.

Around 10,000 people are expected to turn out to see the world's most highly skilled dogs and handlers compete for the championship titles.

The Lockerbie Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with concerts in Lockerbie, Moffat, Annan and Gretna. US jazz singer Melba Joyce and musician Stephanie Trick will appear in concerts as part of the event.

Singer Ruby Turner is also due to perform in Lockerbie and Gretna.

Singer Ruby Turner Credit: PA

“This superb cluster of festivals and events will showcase Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries and Galloway to great effect. The Council is doing all that it can to integrate the promotion of these festivals to ensure that we attract and retain visitors to our region, to enjoy our stunning countryside, inspiring heritage and the superb music and entertainment on offer. There is a real energy and exuberance about all these events that comes across so well.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

“These three fantastic and very diverse festivals highlight the incredible variety of great things to see and do within the beautiful Annandale and Eskdale area. Each of these wonderful events - which give a real flavour of the vibrancy and colour of the local culture here - provides an excellent and valuable opportunity to attract new visitors to get a taste of the amazing range of activities and attractions there are to experience and enjoy throughout Dumfries & Galloway. I hope as many people as possible, from outside of the region as well as from the local community, will make the most of the chance to be a part of these great festivals, which all look set to be unmissable dates for the diary.

– VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald

The three events are being fully backed by £45,000 of council funding as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy which will provide £750,000 funding to events projects between 2014 and 2017.

"Council funding of major events creates business and tourism benefits and these three great events provide the perfect reason for staycations this Autumn. Where else in Scotland this year can you enjoy world class jazz in such close proximity to the tranquillity and fabulous craft of international sheep dog trials? We have the Tour of Britain coming through Gretna, Eastriggs and Cannonbie on Tuesday 8 September which will be a fantastic event to experience and the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival is choc a bloc with things to see and do.”

– Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Chair of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee
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