Banchory boys set to rock

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A band comprising Banchory Academy pupils will be joining one of the UK’s biggest soul stars and long-established Scottish acts in the line-up at the most eagerly-anticipated North-east music event of the year, Fyvie Live 2011.

S5 pupils Dominic Adams, Eddie Hessell, Cameron Gibb and Jack Croal formed the band ‘The Targets’ two years ago and will be sharing the stage with the likes of Beverley Knight and Capercaillie when they perform at the open-air music concert, in aid of Aberdeen-based charity Friends of ANCHOR, on Saturday, 13th August.

With just over a month until the big day, The Targets are in the midst of a busy rehearsal schedule preparing to play in front of a crowd of over 5,000 concert-goers in celebration of the 800th birthday of one of Scotland’s most treasured historical landmarks, Fyvie Castle.

The Targets rose from two very different influences – pop and heavy metal – to form a more eclectic rock-based band. With their variety of music obsessions, from bands like Foo Fighters to The Beatles, The Targets set is sure to offer a unique collection of songs to entertain the crowds.

Cameron Gibb, drummer of the band, commented: “This is by far the biggest audience any of us have performed in front of. We were all ecstatic when we were told the news that we’d be part of Fyvie Live. As a band, we are really passionate about music and we can’t wait to show people of the North-east what The Targets has to offer!”

Set to be one of the biggest local music events this year, Fyvie Live 2011, will see thousands of people picnicking on the lawn of Fyvie Castle whilst they soak up the atmosphere of the top-quality entertainment on offer. Another Banchory teenager, Mellissa Allan, will be performing on the Fyvie Live stage as well as up-and-coming star Carrie Mac, who has performed with the likes of JLS, Alesha Dixon and Olly Murs.

All the profits from the event will go directly to local charity, Friends of ANCHOR, which directly supports cancer patients treated at the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen’s Royal Infirmary. With the charity’s administration and running costs fully covered by sponsorship from local company, Balmoral Group, every penny of the profits raised from Fyvie Live 2011 will go directly to the cause.

Sarah-Jane Milne, PR & Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR, commented; “We are really looking forward to hosting Fyvie Live 2011 at such a historical time in Fyvie Castle’s lifetime. As well as having big names, like Beverley Knight and Capercaillie, we are delighted that budding local acts like The Targets are involved in the concert line-up. Fyvie Live is a unique fundraising event that will not only celebrate the treasured landmark’s special birthday but will also act as a celebration of the abundance of musical talent we have here in the North-east.”

In addition to the musical entertainment planned for the event, there will also be many popular, local arts, crafts and confectionary businesses hosting stalls at the event for concert-goers to browse throughout the day.

Top-quality food and drinks outlets will also be on offer as well as entertainment for children including face painting and a treasure hunt.

The event will come to a close with a spectacular fireworks finale, promising to make Fyvie Live 2011 a night to remember.

Tickets are selling fast, so to secure a place at one of the biggest birthday celebrations this year visit www.fyvie-live.co.uk. Online advance booking discounts apply with adult tickets priced at £25.50, £14 for concessions and £68 for a family of four. Children under five go free.

For more information about Friends of ANCHOR visit www.friendsofanchor.org.