Joe Mangels on the bill for Jedburgh’s Riverside Rocks

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It’s an event that is aiming to put the Borders on the musical map and with a lineup that includes Scottish legends Big Country, it looks like Riverside Rock just might.

The event is ready to rock Jedburgh’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 21 with a big top style music arena that will unite Big Country with local favourites The Joe Mangels and Scocha amongst others.

And the entertainment doesn’t stop there, there’s also a fairground for the young and young at heart, giving the event a real family feel. You might think that an event of such scale, with around 5,000 expected to attend, would require a cast of thousands to help organise it but in fact it has been brought to life by a committee of just five, three of whom have been juggling their time with their full time jobs.

Allan Fraser, Alistair Campbell, Craig Douglas, Ross Murrow and Peter White are Riverside Rock’s very own fantastic five and Peter said the ambition for the event to be a top notch day out for everyone across the Borders to enjoy was there from the start.

“It was at the AGM of Jed Forest Rugby Club last year that we first had the idea. We wanted to do a fundraiser for groups in the town and to be honest yes we did think quite big.

“Myself and Peter travelled all over the country getting advice from organisers of other events.

“None of us have any experience of the music industry or event management other than the odd town hall size event.

But whether it was beginners’ luck or a strong work ethic the lads quickly got the ball rolling successfully and now posters are up all over the region counting down to the big event.

And just like the scale of the event, Allan said that they had grand ideas when it came to the lineup.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of Big Country as have many others.

“Unfortunately the great Stuart Adamson is no longer with us but the rest of the original lineup are back touring and we’ve done well to get them as they are heading out on a European tour.

“And Scocha of course are fantastic and hugely popular as are The Joe Mangels.

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