Get set for third year of Midfest

Performing at this year's Midfest family fun day at Dalkeith Country Park - Funbox
Performing at this year's Midfest family fun day at Dalkeith Country Park - Funbox

Midlothian’s Midfest festival promises to be bigger and brighter in 2015, with a colourful and entertaining programme of events announced.

Organised by Midlothian Council, the annual arts festival runs from September 4 - 13 and includes music and poetry, arts and crafts, exhibitions, heritage celebrations, story-telling walks, and fun activities for all the family.

Events are planned across the county, taking in Dalkeith, Penicuik, Bonnyrigg, Lasswade, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank, Roslin, Crichton and Middleton.

Launching this year’s programme, council leader, Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP), encouraged locals and visitors to join in with the festival fun.

She said: “Midfest celebrates the very best that Midlothian has to offer in music and entertainment, the arts, culture and local heritage.

“Last year’s events attracted enthusiastic crowds from across Midlothian and from much further afield.

“This year’s Midfest promises to be even bigger and better, showcasing an extraordinary range of local talent and providing a fun-packed week with something for everyone to enjoy.”

To coincide with the opening of the new Borders Railway, Midlothian Council has also organised four ‘Golden Ticket’ events on Saturday September 5 at Edinburgh College, Eskbank Campus; Newton Village Green, Birkenside Park, Gorebridge and at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange, where a free family fun day will be held.

This year’s Midfest once again incorporates the hugely popular Midstock music festival.

Now in its second year, Midstock is set to be bigger and better in 2015, with 11 acts headlined by the Fratellis, Fish and the Hoosiers.

The winning act from the local ‘Battle of the Bands’ final, to be held at Woodburn Miners Club on September 4, will also feature.

The picturesque Dalkeith Country Park is the setting for Midstock on Saturday 12 September, with tickets already selling fast. Buy yours at Dalkeith or Lasswade libraries or online at www.midstockfestival.com

Building on last year’s success, Midfest will close with the Midfest Family Fun Day on Sunday 13 September, also at Dalkeith Country Park. The fun day will be even livelier than last year, with more bands, stalls, activities and special guests, Funbox (brought to you by the performers and writers of the Singing Kettle).

Midfest 2015 coincides with the opening of the Borders Railway (September 6) – where trains will bring visitors into Midlothian from Edinburgh and the Borders for the first time in over 40 years – giving visitors the perfect opportunity to celebrate Midlothian’s arts, culture and heritage.