Promoting music to students around the region, Freshman Guitars offer sponsorship and prize fund to community event.

Celebrating music in all forms regardless of genre, the Bathgate Music Festival offers a wide variety of live community events. Yet, the festivities start early with its yearly Battle of the Bands. Proudly sponsored by Freshman Guitars, the victorious band will find themselves well catered for when it comes to acoustic guitars and accessories.

“Supporting the Best New Music is one of our guiding principles,” says Martin Perry of Freshman Guitars. “It’s always going to be a positive thing if we can do that at the earliest stages and encourage people to get interested in songwriting and music while they are still at school. Big or small, these sort of events are exceptionally important.”

The competition is just one part of the festival’s outreach efforts, with educational events being run in nurseries, as well as primary and secondary schools. With support from Creative Scotland and Freshman Guitars, this year’s battle is shaping up to be the festival’s best.

Finals will be held on June 17th at the Bathgate Regal Theatre, with Freshman owner and designer Sean Kelly on hand as part of the judging panel. For more information on the upcoming events in the later part of this year, visit

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