MidStock Fest Returns to Scotland’s Dalkeith

Photo courtesy of: midstockfestival.com
by Paula Smith

COUNTRY PARK 4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Many youngsters still felt the disappointment of the night before as Scouting for Girls failed to headline due to a transport breakdown. There were even rumors circulating that they would be playing today. I have to admit to feeling half hopeful that they would be. Then there is the price difference to consider. On the day it was a mere three pound as opposed to the forty something pound for the Saturday night. When asked if they felt cheated a youngster replied that the Venga Boys were great but that it would have been better with Scouting for girls also.

So the sun was shining that day and cider was in hand. After the kiddies set, which was rather funny, with hits such as ‘hokey cokey’ and ‘You cannae shove your Granny off a bus’ all that was missing was a decent band in order to soak up the County Park’s atmosphere. The back ground music playing gave a great opportunity for a glance around. Viewing as a Midlothian local the set up was not unlike a village fair or gala day. There were rides, the usual rip off prizes for the children and various ice cream vans.

Photo: Paula Smith
Photo: Paula Smith

The difference was that it was a more chilled out experience, there was laughter, children dancing while waving their ‘woman’s aid’ flags and people settling down with waterproof blankets. There were dogs, a number of mobility scooters and adequate port a loos. Everyone’s needs were met and no one was left out. Stall promoters used the opportunity for their various charities including dementia where there will be a 5k walk held in a few weeks time. There was also a science festival booklet being given out to youngsters which is held in Midlothian from 8th of October to the 22nd.

Break the Butterfly played an impressive set with their folk/rocky sound. Comparisons to The Proclaimers could be heard from the audience. Their Fife accents were part of the charm of their songs. They were promoting their debut album Chrysalis and had played the night before at King Tuts. Next up was the band November Lights. The crowd were slightly more responsive to this group. The indi/pop sound from this Ayrshire band had feet tapping.

After contemplating leaving I thought I would wait and hear the next group. I did not realize that I would be in for such a treat. Definitely Milestone are a very good Oasis tribute band. Suddenly I was transported back to my early twenties in my first flat. It was time to get in another cider and enjoy. Some of their biggest hits such as Roll with it, Definitely maybe and Sally can wait roared out at this year’s midfest. Although a bit screechy at times the front man did a great job as Liam Gallagher and they were well worth the watch.

This was my first midfest but certainly won’t be the last. I missed the headlining group but was satisfied with Definitely Milestone. A great fun filled day for all the family!

Paula Smith

Paula Smith

Writer at reviewsphere
Born in Strathclyde. Lived in Paris for ten years and fluent in French. Obtained level C1/C2 in French at the French Institute. Achieved an Honors degree in psychology through the Open University. Developmental psychology was my area of interest. Worked for two years with Barnardo’s taking care of vulnerable children. Currently work with an organization called ‘Community Links’. I visit elderly people who are isolated in the community to offer a friendly ear and some stimulation.
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