• STV
  • MySTV

Student turns uni project into two-day music festival

James Lafferty, 37, created Forth Festival as part of his course at Perth College UHI.

Determined: James Lafferty hopes the festival will turn into an annual event.
Determined: James Lafferty hopes the festival will turn into an annual event. Dreadnought PR

A university student is to stage a major two-day music event later this year.

Forth Festival is the brainchild of James Lafferty, who is in the final year of his music business honours course at Perth College UHI.

The 37-year-old was to stage an event as part of his degree, and so he took aim at the boutique festival market.

Headlined by former The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie, the inaugural event is expected to attract thousands of music fans to Stirling this May.

Lafftery, from Stirling, said: "I started work on Forthside back in August and it's been pretty much non-stop since then. It initially was part of my course, but now it's just grown arms and legs.

"When you look at how it is progressed already, you can tell there is a desire for something like this in what is T in the Park country.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself; there is still a lot of work to be done before this year's Forthside can even go ahead.

"But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't keen to see this go off every year. It would be such a big draw for the area and I'm positive we'll be able to expand and attract some more big hitters down the line."

Also signed on is Mark Morriss from the Bluetones, as well as singer-songwriter Pete MacLeod, and Blondie tribute act Dirty Harry.

Lafferty's own band Stop the Clocks - an Oasis tribute act - will also play a set, along with Ocean Colour Scheme and a host of others.

Lafferty added: "For me this is something that is needed for central Scotland; it would serve as a pretty massive shake-up of the local scene and could encourage more youngsters to pick up an instrument and give it a go.

"If there could be any kind of legacy for Forthside it would be that there should be no barrier to music - whether you want to play for yourself, perform for others or just go along and enjoy the sounds.

"I'm hoping the communities in the area will rally behind it and make it a major part of the annual events calendar around here."

Forthside Festival will take place on May 3 and 4. Tickets are on sale now.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.