So what do you do when you have some of the best young talent that Scotland has to offer? You suspend a first class laser lighting show above them, and put a massive sound system in front of them! Place microphones in front of the mouths and guitar amps! You set a class A road crew to lend support and make sure everything runs smoothly!
But what's most astonishing is the level of support we've had from everyone... the community of Lossiemouth and Moray as a whole, the support of local businesses prepared to give something back to the community, the willingness of the residents around Station Park to have a music festival on what's essentially a residential area - RIGHT ON THEIR DOORSTEP! But what's absolutely undeniable is the thirst that young people have to make music, share music and consume music under the glorious sunshine Lossie often has to offer as summer says it's last goodbyes and autumn begins to creep in.
The Wall of Rock is something special, it's something enjoyed thoroughly and loved by everyone that contributes in some way or other... from putting up posters, to managing the sound desk, to loading and unloading the truck, tuning up every individual string, or bouncing up and down in the darkness to every single note! You have to see it, to understand it...
So what's in it for you? For £10 you will get a downloadable copy of all the live sets from every band that performs at The Wall of Rock. That's approximately 15 hours of music. For £20 you'll get all that plus a copy of The Wall of Rock Movie when it's complete in January 2016. For £25 you'll get all that plus 15 hours of all the video footage, including the sets of every act that performs over the weekend!
And shouldn't we mention that coming to the festival itself is actually free? You are more than welcome to join us on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th at Station Park in Lossiemouth!
If you're wondering how your money will be spent, that's quite simple. To make the event happen we have some fairly basic costs:
1. A Public Entertainment Licence from The Moray Council
2. Public Liability Insurance as a requirement for the Entertainment Licence
3. First Aid Cover, also a requirement for the Entertainment Licence
4. Posters and advertising materials
5. Hire of the sound and lighting equipment for the weekend
6. Transportation costs such as lorry hire, diesel and getting borrowed equipment from place to place.
7. We also have some funding in place from local businesses and grant funders to make the festival happen.
We also have a very committed line up of young local musicians from in and around the Moray area. Everyone performing on either the Main Stage or the Acoustic Tent is between the ages of 10 and 30 years old, providing an opportunity that most young people wouldn't get anywhere else. Acts include:
Friday night: The Unofficial, Checkered Sky, Peruvia, Magilvry, DJ Niamh Duncan and DJ Jack Duncan
Saturday afternoon on the Main Stage: 3 Days Apart, Esplanade, Rabbit Punch, Civil Punk, Wasted Jazz, Guys at the Hotdog Stand, Moray Concert Brass, Christy Row, Rising Tide.
Saturday afternoon in the Acoustic Tent: Joe Fox, Sam and Kyle, Christopher Anderson, Stewart McLeod, Margaret Finlayson, The Fox Gloves, Gregor Lawson, No Rest For the Wicked, Owen Clark, Wave and I.
Saturday night: DJ Kavari, Chasing Tasko, Milk Interference, The Scenix, DJ Dangerous Dave and DJ Tom Wiltshire.
The festival is ready to go! All the artists are primed and ready! The technical team is on the case! We have fifty adult volunteers waiting in the wings to make sure every one is save, and additionally we will have support from Police Scotland, Moray Councils Youth Workers and Youth Justice departments. At this stage, it's all about securing some monies to make everyone's enthusiasm into a reality!
With 600 people attending on Facebook (as from 12th July 2015), do you really want to miss out?
Risks and challenges
Our main risk is of course the weather. How can we deny that mother nature hasn't tried her hardest to throw a spanner in the works in previous events? Despite her best attempts in 2014 the show went on, despite glorious sunshine, heavy rain showers, blocked drains and even hail stones?! It didn't stop us and it didn't stop you either! If of course the rain is driving horizontally then of course we may cancel the event in the days leading up depending on the forecast. But we haven't had to yet, as 75% of the time we have been drowning in Lossie sunshine!
If we suffer any setbacks that mean we are unable to deliver our promise of a great free event in 2015 and all the audio and video recordings that come with it, we will make sure that you get what you ordered for the 2016 event. If you know The Wall of Rock well enough, you'll know that we love to deliver our promises!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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