New three-day music fest will be a breath of ‘Fresh Ayr’ next summer

A new music festival is coming to Ayrshire next summer.

‘Fresh Ayr’ is a brand-new folk festival and is set to take place in Ayr’s Rozelle Park between Friday, August 11 and Sunday, August 13.

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The exciting three-day event will showcase an array of incredible live entertainment, family-friendly activities, fantastic food and drinks and top- of-the-range camping facilities.

More than 25 world-class artists will perform across the weekend.

Blair Parham, director of Fresh Ayr Folk Fest, said: “I am so excited to bring the first ever weekend folk festival to the heart of our town.

“It’s something that I have aspired to do for a long time. I am absolutely thrilled that we have managed to get this off the ground and we are able to offer the people of Ayrshire and further afield a fantastic three-day event with something for everyone to enjoy.”

The multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran will close the event on the Saturday night.

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Gary Innes, from Mànran, said: “We’re delighted to be playing the brand new and innovative Fresh Ayr.

“It will be great fun and it’s amazing that Ayr is getting its first ever weekend folk festival.”

And one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups – Blazin’ Fiddles – will bring their virtuosic roof-raising performance to Ayr next summer too.

They will close the final night of the three-day festival.

And the genre bending Talisk fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature sound.

The trio are one of the most in-demand live bands on the scene today and will bring the Friday night to a high-spirited close.

Also on board are the likes of Siobhan Miller, regarded as one of Scotland’s best trad singers, Kinnaris Quintet, while local talent will also shine at Rozelle Park next summer with Ayr’s Alistair McCulloch and his trio taking to the Fresh Ayr stage on the opening day.

Fiddle player Lauren Collier, from Irvine, will also perform alongside her band.

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Other artists confirmed are Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Papiransky – a firm favourite of KT Tunstall’s, the queen of gentle folk-Americana Edwina Hayes and global folk collective Mishra.

The 1000-capacity event will also offer a host of family entertainment across the weekend, with art and craft stalls as well as the opportunity to learn circus skills, including juggling, diablo and stilt walking.

For those looking to camp, there will be no additional cost and there will be plenty of pitches to choose from.

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.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available to buy now.

Aged 12 years and under will be able to attend the festival for free and there are discounted tickets available for 13–17-year-olds. Day tickets are available.

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

Fresh Ayr Folk Festival is supported by South Ayrshire Council.

Councillor Alec Clark said: “I’m delighted that we’re supporting this brand-new festival, it’s yet another addition to our already fantastic calendar of events for 2023.”

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