Hops in the Garden festival brings first silent disco to East Lothian

East Lothian’s charity music and food festival, Hops in the Garden, will return for a third year this summer with even more family entertainment, including the county’s first silent disco experience.

Taking place at Archerfield Walled Garden on Saturday 15 September, the event features a wide-ranging line up of national and local musicians, performers, and acclaimed food and drink traders.  All profits from the day will again go to support national respite centre, Leuchie House.

Fish, the world renowned singer/songwriter, and former Marillion front man, will make a special guest appearance. Taking time out from rehearsing with his band for his up and coming European tour, Fish will lend his support to the cause by singing a few songs to whet the audience's appetite for the 'Weltschmerz/ Clutching at Straws' European tour, starting at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh on 22 September and ending at the O2 Academy, Glasgow on 13 December.

He said: "As an East Lothian resident I'm aware of the wonderful work and care provided at Leuchie House. I'm pleased to be able to help out by supporting the Hops in the Garden festival and contributing to raising funds for the continued support of this admirable project. Having missed out in previous years due to touring commitments it was fortuitous that this year’s event fell in the middle of our local rehearsals and will give us an opportunity to try out a couple of songs and partake of the "hopsitality" at the same time in beautiful surroundings!"

Other bands performing on the day include The Prov Johnstone Band, The Retrophones, Cynthia Gentle and the North Berwick Pipe Band. The Retro Kids dance group will also be there to entertain the crowd with their dance moves, as well as some acoustic musicians to keep the audience singing along.

Another special feature of the day, for the first time in East Lothian, children aged 8 and over will be able to be part of the silent disco phenomenon that has taken the country by storm.  Wearing a hi-tech headset, they’ll be taken on a roaming rhythmic guided adventure along the Fairy Trail and the Willow Walk on the Archerfield Estate.  

Also involved in the festival will be a selection of the UK’s most acclaimed street food traders, serving up everything from traditional African fare to seafood delicacies to cocktails and real ales.

The festival will be rounded off by a disco and DJ set until midnight. 

Mairi O’Keefe, Chief Executive of Leuchie House said: “We’re thrilled that there will be another Hops in the Garden festival this year. It has been a huge success over the past two years, demonstrating the wide appeal of a family-friendly festival that really does offer something for everyone. The support it has generated for Leuchie House has been wonderful, both in terms of the money it has brought in and the awareness it has raised of the unique service Leuchie offers. It’s a fun and innovative way to offer support to charity and with all the added extras on this year’s line-up we know it’s going to be an event even more people will choose to support!”

Last year’s event was attended by 600 people and raised over £6000 for Leuchie House.  The festival is directed by Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh surgeon and amateur musician, Simon Paterson-Brown, who said:

“This is a great day/night out for all the family, so please come along, have a great time and contribute to such a wonderful cause.”

Hops in the Garden takes place on Saturday 15 September from 4pm to midnight.

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