Visitors to a popular north-east music festival will give their verdict on the performers from the benches of its new venue – an old sheriff court.
A day of sessions will be held at the former Stonehaven Sheriff Court building as part of the town’s 31st annual folk festival on Saturday.
Organisers have also joined forces with the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) south community forum to make the event booze-free.
It is the fourth year the two organisations have laid on alcohol-free sessions to allow people to enjoy the festival atmosphere away from any licenced premises.
Folk festival chairman Charlie West said he was excited to host musicians at the old law courts.
He said: “We do have some artists and bands who want to play in an alcohol-free environment and it was ADP who had contacted ourselves about doing the alcohol-free event around four years ago and it grew from that.
“ADP has put a lot of effort into it to make it a very family-friendly day.
“We were using the beach pavilion but that has been taken over by the Men’s Shed and it wasn’t available. It was ADP who came up with the idea of using the old court building.
“None of us have used it before so it will certainly be an interesting place to play. We were intrigued to give it a try.”
Bryan Duncan, co-chairman of the ADP south community forum, said: “We were looking for different venues and I believe we are one of the first people to have book the old court building.
“We try to promote alcohol-free events and we are really excited for this one.
“Stonehaven Folk Festival organisers have been brilliant with us.
“Initially our event was part of a fringe event at the festival but because it has been well attended and there was positive feedback we are now part of the main programme.”
After closing in 2014 the former sheriff court building was taken over by the Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) and reopened earlier this year as a community hub.
Thousands are expected to descend on the seaside town this weekend for the four-day festival, that ends on Sunday.
Popular events include the the famous World Paper ’n’ Comb Championships and the aqua ceilidh on Sunday at the outdoor pool.