Rival music festival

The trio of bands are ready to roll.

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As the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (MOK Fest) celebrates its 25th anniversary a rival on the same weekend is trying to drum up support.

Helensburgh’s Argyll Gathering on Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20 even features some of the same acts such as Bombskare.

A MOK Fest spokesperson said: ‘We are delighted that there is another new music festival added to the Argyll events calendar.

‘It’s unfortunate that it is being held over the same weekend as MOK Fest as this may affect the long term sustainability of both events.

‘MOK Fest brings £1.98M into the local economy over the five days of the event so we would be happy to work with the Argyll Gathering organisers towards building a successful and sustainable Argyll festival trail that helps bring visitors to the area.’

On the Argyll Gathering website its organiser James Windebank said: ‘The one thing that I always wanted my hometown to have was a spectacular event that focussed on bringing people together to listen to great music, have a dram and really enjoy themselves as a community of people.’

Despite Courier requests for a further comment about the clash of dates, Mr Windebank has not replied.