Falkirk’s Vibration Festival wins top leisure award

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Falkirk’s Vibration Festival, which only launched earlier this year, has won a top leisure award.

The event scooped the coveted Best Outdoor Festival title at the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards (SOLA), held in Glasgow.

Now in its fourth year, SOLA celebrates and rewards the very best in the outdoor and leisure industry across Scotland.

The family-friendly event, which will return for a second year next May at Callendar Park, is run by brothers David Ure (39) from Larbert and Andy Ure (35), from Falkirk.

Andrew said he and David felt “extremely proud”.

“We were up against some serious competition for Best Outdoor Festival and being brand new to the festival scene we knew it might be a tough ask.

“We sat with fingers and toes crossed hoping they would call out Vibration Festival. When they actually did we couldn’t believe it – we’re so proud.”

Andrew said he believes Vibration won because of the way it was organised.

“It was a year one festival and it wasn’t an easy event to put on by any means but it ran extremely smoothly and was a very safe and well thought out, organised event.

“We made sure we had the best sound and production, top international acts, superb health and safety and security companies on board.

“Exit and entry was also smooth, the bars ran well and everyone just really enjoyed themselves.

Last year top bands at Vibration included Feeder, The Coral, Alabama 3 and Stevie McCrorie.

Plans are now in motion to make the second Vibration Festival in 2020 even bigger and better.

“I can’t say too much about band names at the moment but I can say that a lot of hard work is going on behind the scenes to make next year’s event a huge success.

“We’ve added a DJ tent and an acoustic stage and momentum is definitely building online. There’s a real buzz about the event and excitement about what’s to come and it’s certainly got the town talking and we’ve had so many positive comments.

“I think people now realise what Vibration is all about. It was never going to be T in the Park and we didn’t want it to be.

“It’s a fun, safe, family friendly event, a community event that we want to build and grow but for it to become sustainable we need the community to get behind it too and that’s definitely happening.

“And with the right support we can bring even bigger bands in. We want Vibration to be something that the community of Falkirk can have for the next 20 years.

“David and I both have young kids and in 15/20 years time we want them to be coming with their pals to Vibration.”

The Ure brothers have applied for financial backing from EventScotland and say they hope local authority funding can also be secured in the future.

“We’re also keen for local businesses to support the event by way of sponsorship or other opportunities, details of which can be found on the event’s website,” said Andrew.

Vibration Festival has also been nominated for two National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) awards.

Winners will be revealed at a special ceremony in Bath on November 27.

For more information on Vibration Festival and to buy Super Early Bird tickets visit: www.vibrationfestival.com