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Largs did come a-Live

Published: 4 Jul 2012 09:305 comments

Drew Cochrane reckons the inaugural Largs Live festival was a big hit and is here to stay.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Largs business people who came up with a successful first-ever Largs Live Festival at very short notice.

Despite the normal miserable summer weather (no wonder I keep blogging about Western Australia) the town was buzzing over the weekend.

It was like the Greenock Fair of yore when holidaymakers were drawn to the town like moths to a light.

There were pubs which did more business at Largs Live than they do on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay combined!

The smart slogan of 20 venues, 40 bands and 60 gigs actually reached 78 gigs with some musicians moving from pub to pub, cafe to cafe. Bear in mind also that the Kelburn Garden Festival music weekend was rocking simultaneously.

I was on duty at the Eddie Reader show which was a sell-out at Barrfields theatre which is undergoing a revival with the help of a committee I'm involved with, BUG, the Barrfields Users Group.

Bars were set up in the foyer and in the auditorium itself which should be a precursor of more shows to come.

Stephen McDonald of Lounge and Room bars has already booked up the equivalent Friday and Saturday next year for headliner concerts and he expects any venues which didn't take part in Largs Live this time to sign up for the next one.

As a former organiser of Viking and Brisbane Queen Festivals I know well that the promotion and booking of attractions requires funding in place.

So the Largs Matters business group have expressed thanks to sizeable donations from North Ayrshire Council Economic Development Fund (£7,500), North Ayrshire tourism fund (£6000) and Awards for All (£10,000). I know that not only Stephen who was music co-ordinator but chairman Peter Valerio and administrator Sunil Varu are chuffed to bits about the success.

We did receive complaints about the small parade but, unfortunately, the weather prevented the giant caterpillar from being used and the stilt walkers could only join in at certain points, while questions have been asked as to why the Harley Davidson motor bikes, and a majorette group didn't show up. My own group, Largs Players, had to pull out of the procession too as the gusting wind did not allow us to manipulate our huge Comedy Theatre banner and we had visions of a few of us 'taking off' over the rooftops.

The editor soaring skywards like a latter day Peter Pan, never to be seen again? Now, there's something a lot of people would applaud....but not yet.

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