Third year for Midlothian arts festival - Midfest

Midfest 2014
Midfest 2014

Midlothian’s annual arts festival has been given the go-ahead for a third year, with councillors full of praise for the growing event.

At the recent full council meeting councillors were given a report on last year’s Midfest and the plans for this year.

The event last September included two special events at Dalkeith Country Park for the first time - music festival Grown in Scotland and a family fun day- as well as the usual week of community events.

The two new events were considered a success with 3,500 people attending the music festival, which featured Scottish acts including the View and Big Country. While 8,500 people were at the free family fun day.

The 61 community events held over a week across the county attracted 1,586 people.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said: “Since this administration started Midfest in 2013 it has been a success. It has been a tremendous thing for Midlothian and it should continue.”

The family fun day event cost the council £37,400, while the community programme had a net spend of £1,500. The music festival was run by two local businessmen.

Councillors agreed to the introduction of an entry fee for the Sunday event this year and to seek external funding.

Indicative prices are £5 for adults and £2 for concessions with family tickets £12.

This year’s festival begins on September 12, a week after the opening of the Borders Railway, which the council intends to tie-in with Midfest to promote Midlothian.