Festival winnings will bring in the cash for our local high schools

A Dumfries and Galloway music festival is promising a cash payback to each high school in the region if it wins in the upcoming UK Festival Awards

Eden Festival must now wait and see if it can walk to glory winning either Best Family Festival or Best Grassroots Festival.

And if it is successful on the night the festival will repay the community for its continued support by donating £250 to every music department in each of the 16 high schools in Dumfries and Galloway.

Eden Festival is a community-based event managed by a group of Stewartry organisers with help from over 300 people from across the region each year.

Director Meredith Langley Vine said: “We are honored to be nominated and want to extend a big thank you to all who voted, fingers crossed we will go all the way.”

“We would like to teach people from the area that are interested in getting involved, rather than hiring-in events companies. This is the fabric of Eden Festival.

“The honor of making the finals is a nod to everyone in the community that’s ever been involved.”

The finals will be held in The Roundhouse in London on 1 December and is regarded as the premiere ‘Oscars’ event for the music festival industry, attracting over 1,000 of the industry’s finest to enjoy a whole day of seminars, conferences and the much coveted awards ceremony.

Previous speakers include Michael Eavis of Glastonbury and John Giddings of the Isle of Wight Festival.

Eden Festival, coming up for its seventh year, is held on the Annadale Estate near Moffat on the 11th - 14th June 2015. A limited amount of early bird tickets have gone on sale for the 2015 festival at a discounted rate and are available at www.edenfestival.co.uk.