Young Dumfries Musician Selected to Run Music Stage at Nithraid River Festival

A young local musician has recently been selected to undertake music stage management at this year’s Nithraid River Festival on Saturday 11th August. Following a recent call out by the Stove Network, Ruari Barber-Fleming from Castle Douglas has been selected to run a small acoustic stage that is held as part of the festival to showcase up and coming talent from around the region. The previous years have included regulars from the Stove’s monthly open mic nights, Brave New Words, as well as other musicians who are based within Dumfries & Galloway.


Ruari has been involved in the Dumfries music scene for several years now, having previously played in local band ‘Gracefell’ as well as photographing live music and working with various artists around the region. He is hoping that through this opportunity he will be able to deliver something unique for the visitors to Nithraid and believes that the stage is a great platform to showcase some local talent.


Ruari commented: “The Dumfries music scene has been thriving the past few years with a gig frequency that is extremely impressive for the size of the region that it is. I feel very strongly about originality and sincerity when it comes to live performance of music, and from this I am hoping to be able to deliver just that – performances that the audience can latch on to and connect with the artist.”


The commission will provide Ruari the opportunity to work with members of the Nithraid team to gain experience of all aspects of running a music stage at a festival including programming, design/build, marketing, sound engineering and equipment hire. There will be extra opportunities to integrate and learn through this commission with support from Euan Macrory, who undertook a similar internship in 2016 and now programs events both as part of the blueprint100 Curatorial Team and other festivals such as Moniaive Folk Festival.


The Nithraid music stage will be part of the ‘Nithraid Village’ situated on the Mill Green on Saturday 11th August and will run from 12pm until 4pm. Visitors to Nithraid are also invited to join in with other activities happening in the town and around the River Nith. The Salty Coo procession will kick off the day, leaving from Fountain Square on High Street at noon and arriving at the Mill Green at approximately 12.30pm. The Nithraid Village provides a jam-packed day of family friendly activities for all ages, which includes live music, food stalls and creative workshops which include stone carving, public art, zine making, upcycling, origami, badge making and recycling.


New for 2018, Rosefield Mills will play a part in Nithraid, at 4pm Dumfries DJ duo, Double Down Disco, will be presenting their specially commissioned sonic artwork for the Mills, and visitors are invited to get down to a unique Rosefield vibration.


Then at 7pm, members of the public are invited back to the Mill Green for ‘Nithraid Nightime’ which includes music and evening entertainment, flighting competitions, Chinese Lanterns on the Nith, story-telling and campfires, films with Reel to Real and food.


For more information, including how to take part in the races (or anything else!), please visit www.thestove.org/nithraid

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