Seafest to hit the right note at harbour extravaganza

23rd May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Some of the county’s most promising music acts are to get their chance to shine in a brand new event staged as part of HarbourFest 2012.

Seafest will kick off the maritime extravaganza which is due to take place over three days next month at Wick harbour.

The music festival, on Friday, June 15, will give local up-and-coming acts the opportunity to play in front of a live audience.

Entertainment co-ordinator Ryan Cook, founder of Wick’s Bfest and Wee-B, is the brains behind the initiative.

“It’s basically been designed as a youth music showcase to give younger bands that are still in high school the chance to show their talents in front of a live audience,” he said.

“There are a lot of younger bands on the go in the area that are quite good, but they rarely get the opportunity to show what they can do.

“That is the inspiration behind Seafest - to give up-and-coming acts a platform to play their sound in front of hundreds of people.

“If it is a success, we hope that it will be a fixture for years to come.”

Among the confirmed artists are Rowan Coghill and Mikie Henderson, from the Chicken Pickers, who will both be representing Wick High School.

Discussions are ongoing about securing two young acts from Thurso High School, although none has yet been confirmed.

It is also hoped that the Pulteneytown People’s Project will be sending a band to represent it at the festival.

The stage will be the old herring mart at the harbour.

The HarbourFest weekend was last held in 2009. Then over 30 community organisations took part, raising over £20,000, and the weekend attracted thousands of people.

It has been brought back this year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It will run from Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17, and take in the annual RNLI harbour day.

Events planned include a flotilla, crowning of the HarbourFest queen, displays, music and an evening dance.

Caithness Courier