Tarland band head to Holyrood for final

Forgotten Drive: Playing in the finals of Holyrood Rocks at the end of October
Forgotten Drive: Playing in the finals of Holyrood Rocks at the end of October

A Tarland band have gotten to the final of a national battle of the bands style competition which aims to promote voting in young people.

Forgotten Drive won the North-East event of Holyrood Rocks at Tunnels on October 8, and are now set to compete against the winners of the other seven regional heats at Holyrood for the final on Saturday, October 31.

Bob O’Reilly-Mclean, who plays guitar and sings, said: “We sent Holyrood rocks a track a couple of months ago and they narrowed down the entrants to three. There was a singer-song writer, another band, and us.

“The competition was difficult and we’re really glad we won. We’re all really up for the final.”

On how effective Holyrood Rocks will be at engaging young people in the political process, Bob added: “I was quite into politics before, but if I wasn’t, I think it definitely would have made a difference.

“The way that our MP and MSP spoke to us when we performed before was really down to earth.”

Stuart Donaldson, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and one of the younger SNP MPs who got elected at the general election aged just 23, said: “The current political climate of Scotland has engaged a whole new generation of Scots and I was delighted to show my support. I wish the bands all the best in the future and hope that many supporters and folks who are interested can make it to Holyrood on October 31 for the event in Parliament.”

“This is a golden opportunity for folks to engage with democracy at the heart of the decision making process in Scotland. I would encourage all young people who can to attend the event, and wish Forgotten Drive all the best for the finals.”