A family-friendly music festival in memory of a much-loved Scout leader is gearing up for its fourth event.

Nigefest 2024 will take place at The Tattie Shack on Monktonhill Farm in Troon on May 18 and will raise money for Whiteleys Retreat. 

The festival was set up in 2021 in memory of Prestwick Scout leader Nigel Cochrane, who sadly passed away during the pandemic. 

The annual festival includes live bands, acoustic sets, comedy, fairground rides, face painting, food vans, assault course, a licensed bar and much more. 

Nigel’s brother-in-law Alastair Shields organises the festival, and says it has “grown arms and legs” since the first event three years ago.

He said: “Nigel did a lot with live music and recording in the area, and was involved with Prestwick Scouts as a youngster and a leader.

“He sadly passed away during the pandemic and once everything opened back up, we wanted to host a music festival to remember him.

“It has grown arms and legs since then and we are now expecting as many as 600 people at this year’s festival.

“We have stuff for kids during the day and then a host of local bands at night, who all give up their time to play.

Kids aged 14 and under go free with every adult and free buses will run from the site to Troon and Prestwick train stations.

Nigel suffered from diabetes for much of his life and all proceeds from the festival go straight to Whiteleys Retreat in Ayr.

The charity runs a farm retreat for children with life-limiting illnesses. Over £2,500 was raised for the charity during last year's festival.

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Alastair is encouraging locals to come out and support the festival, with something for everyone to enjoy.

He explained: “We’ve got a lot of stalls with local crafters and businesses, there are six bands throughout the day on two stages.

“We also have some comedy, as well as a talented DJ from Kilmarnock to round off the day, so there really is something for everyone.”

Tickets for the 2024 festival are now on sale at www.ticketebo/nigefest/2024.