Country park to host festival

Mugstock: organiser Kat Borrowdale at the site of the festival
Mugstock: organiser Kat Borrowdale at the site of the festival

Plans to hold a two-day music festival which could see more than 3,000 people flock to Mugdock Country Park have been welcomed.

MugStock will be a family friendly festival from August 9 to 10 and is a partnership between the park and not-for-profit charity organisation Sistema Scotland.

Welcoming the news Councillor Eric Gotts, chair of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee, said: “We are very pleased that the organisers have chosen the wonderful surrounds of Mugdock to host this very special event.

“It’s an exciting idea and has the potential to offer increased visitor numbers to the park, new audiences and a fresh way to enjoy one of Scotland’s finest natural attractions.”

A range of family-friendly activities are planned with organisers expecting 2,000 campers. As well as a packed bill of music and fun, it is hoped to set a record for the longest kazoo-playing conga line during the two-day event.

Kat Borrowdale, part of the event organising team, said: “We want MugStock to be about great music, but we also want to create a truly unique atmosphere which festival-goers will not experience anywhere else.

“We plan parades around the site, community groups getting involved and lots of outdoor fun, including circus and theatre performers, as well as our conga world-record attempt.

“Our aim is to help MugStock stand out in the thriving scene of Scottish festivals.”

MugStock will offer a blend of live entertainment and activities such as pond dipping, castle tours, guided walks, woodland rambles, survival, storytelling, mountain biking, willow weaving and archery.

Mugdock currently receives over 600,000 visitors a year and hopes are high that more visitors will be attracted from Glasgow, Stirling and beyond.

Alan Govan, who conceived the idea five years ago while visiting the park with his wife, added: “MugStock is a not-for-profit festival and we are all working on a voluntary basis, so our hearts are really in it.

“We want to create an event which showcases the park in its best possible light while being something special for festival-goers.”