June 2024


Sun shone for a fantastic day of music and Selkirk RFC was rocking to the sound of local bands.

The first ever Harris Fest was full of local talent from the Borders with headline act Haiver blowing away the audience with a pounding performance.

The family-friendly festival, inspired by the Harris Trust school initiative SPaRKs, gave the chance for budding youngsters to show off their skills.

Selkirk based Dere Street was fronted by Erin Highton who herself leads projects for the Harris Trust. Hawick’s Devin Casson wowed the crowd. Other delights were Fire in the Middle (Duns), Blacktooth (Edinburgh/Hawick), Leatherette (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Pat and Andy (Lilliesleaf duo) and 3 out of 4 (Earlston).

Billy Kennedy “it was a great pleasure and honour to be involved not only in performing but also in organising the first-ever Harris Fest. You never know what to expect when putting on shows these days, but this event surpassed all expectations. If it continues to be an annual event, I can only see it growing from strength to strength. It was such a lovely family-friendly day out, and everyone involved in ​the festival did an incredible job. Events like this truly showcase the strength of a community”