There was a real party atmosphere recently as the inaugural Balloch - Big Music Weekend was held across five venues in the town.

Around 2,500 to 3,000 people turned out to enjoy two days of live music at the event which was headlined by local band Have Mercy Las Vegas, who had the Kerbside rocking.

The festival also featured lots of other great bands and musicians, folk sessions, the Loch Lomond Ukelele Orchestra and Singer Station with most of the events free to attend.

It was organised by Joe Quinn along with Jimmy Murray and Alex Brown from Castle Studio in order to bring a weekend of live music back to Balloch after the demise of the Loch Lomond Folk Festival, which took place annually for 14 years until 2017.

And following the resounding success of B-BMW, Joe is confident that this new festival will be back to delight music fans young and old next year.

He told the Reporter: “It was absolutely fantastic. I’ve spoken to all the businesses and they are right up for it going on again.

“There was a great party atmosphere in the town and village with everyone just having a good time.

“There were lots of kids and families in watching Singer Station, who were one of the highlights. They finished up with a rendition of the Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, which was wonderful to watch.

“The blues jam in the Tully went down a storm as well and the folk sessions had a great response.

“Everywhere was full. It’s early days but it’s looking like next year it will maybe just get a little bit bigger.

“I’d just like to thank everyone for coming and to the town and to everyone who helped out over the weekend.”

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Have Mercy Las Vegas also hailed the weekend for being a big success.

They said: Delighted to be back in Balloch. Brilliant crowd in Kerbside and by all accounts the music was top drawer throughout the day.”