Falkirk and the district have organized some amazing festivals over the years. Here are a few noteworthy mentions.
Shuffle Down Festival
Held on 23rd May 2015, The Suffle Down Festival at Dobbie Hall, Larbert was hailed as a roaring success. This festival aimed at raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease and aided the MND Scotland charter. It was successful in raising a decent £4827 and showcased great many bands with 2-live stages in total. Some of the other noteworthy attractions of the day included Street Food Tent, Prize Tombola, Arts & Crafts and a Vintage Vinyl Stall. The success of this event prompted the organizers to declare it as an annual event, which hopefully will soon be planned out for this year.
The Great Western Express
It was a single day event held on 23rd September 1972 to mark the town’s centenary. This was Scotland’s first ever open air rock festival. Gracing the stage were notable bands and artists including Beggars Opera, The Chris McLure Section, Steeleye Span, Status Quo, The Sleaze Band, Billy Connolly, Lindesfarne and Beck Bogart Appice.
A total of 12,000 people attended the event and the only disturbance recorded on the day was a complaint against a bloke who carried a knife. The entire event is believed to have been sponsored completely by actor Stanley Baker from “Zulu”.
GrangeMouth Rock Festival
The first time this rock festival took place was back in 1986 and it was organized by Eddie McKenzie, who at the time was just sixteen! The event spanned over two nights and had all the popular local acts. In 1987, the event migrated to the Oxgang Hotel and had even more local acts plus a few popular bands of Scotland show up. Unfortunately, the second night was not successful with violence breaking out between Lowlife and Final Solution (two local bands). The final edition of this festival happened in 1988 at the same venue but was unable to repeat it in the coming years.
In 2009, the festival returned but as a Music festival with plenty of Scottish bands and artists performing. A second festival in 2011 happened with a few notable national bands performing their gigs.