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Orkney Band Gnoss At ‘Fresh Ayr’ Event

Artists from Orkney will take to the stage at Fresh Ayr, the brand-new folk festival taking place in Ayr’s Rozelle Park between 11 – 13 August 2023.


Orkney’s own Gnoss will perform, with Aidan Moodie also performing as part of Mànran alongside fellow Orkney native Marcus Cordock. Orkney’s talent will join more than 25 artists on the line-up of world-class entertainment, alongside international acts, up-and-coming stars and homegrown talent.

The young quartet Gnoss will bring their energetic live show to Rozelle Park this summer. The foursome have built an invested following through their forward-thinking take on traditional music and the unique warmth of their live shows. 

Multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran have been at the heart of the Scottish traditional music scene for over a decade. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands on the road today, the seven-piece will close the event in spectacular style on the Saturday night.

The 1000-capacity event will also offer a host of family entertainment across the weekend, with art and craft stalls as well as creative, woodland and circus workshops including dream catcher making, wood whittling and juggling.

For keen learners there will be music workshops running on the Saturday and Sunday morning. All workshops are included in the price of the attendees’ ticket. 

For those looking to camp, there will be no additional cost and there will be plenty of pitches to choose from in the beautiful surroundings of Rozelle Park. Campers are not only promised a beautiful view to wake up to, but also ‘posh’ loos and showers for an elevated camping experience in the picturesque location.

The party will carry on in the evenings with ceilidhs taking place on the Friday and Saturday, with a fantastic ceilidh band keeping dancers on their feet into the night. Artisan food and drink vendors will be also on site, offering a range of delicious options to keep everyone fueled up and refreshed across the weekend.

Organisers will also put on event shuttle buses that will run hourly from Ayr town centre to the park, and back again, to ensure everyone’s journey to and from the event is as safe and stress-free as possible. 

Blair Parham, Director of Fresh Ayr Folk Fest, said:

“It is a pleasure to have acts from across Scotland and beyond, including some incredible talent from Orkney, performing at Fresh Ayr. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable weekend and we can’t wait to welcome music lovers of all ages to Rozelle Park this summer. We hope it will become a staple event in the calendar of folk fans across the country for years to come.”

Fresh Ayr Folk Fest is supported by South Ayrshire Council.

More information and tickets are available at www.freshayrfolkfest.com.

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