With just over a month to go until the UK's first ever Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon on Sunday, April 15, organisers have announced the line-up of bands that will be performing along the race route. Indie band Kassidy will be headlining the event's post-race concert with a host of up-and-coming bands performing at mile points along the course to keep runners entertained and energised.
Shannon Davis, Event Marketing Manager, said: "We had an overwhelming response to our call out for bands to perform at the UK's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon and we've got a great line up of performers that will keep our runners, volunteers and supporters entertained along the race route. You can expect to hear everything from hip hop and indie to reggae, rock 'n' roll and country boogie - it really will be an uplifting soundtrack to the race."
An eclectic line up of local 'up and coming' bands will be rocking out at each mile point along the route including Hitchcock Blonde, Millsyeck, Homework, The Detours, Red 2 Red, Japan Four, Cow Cow Boogie, Jacky Forty Feet, The Deadly Winters, Robbie Reay and The Killer Cats, The Asps, hip hop act and Mobo Unsung nominee Stanley Odd and American indie band Dolalay.
Davis added: "We wanted to support up and coming UK talent, therefore we have some of the best artists in the UK performing - the fusion of high energy music and running will create an electric atmosphere unlike that of any other race; and the excitement will continue when Kassidy takes the main stage at the Finish Line Festival. We're delighted to have Kassidy headlining our post-race concert - they've had an incredible two years since their introduction to the music scene in 2010 and 2012 is going to a big year for them."
Kassidy, along with all of the other upbeat and enthusiastic selected bands will have the opportunity to perform on course for thousands of runners from over 30 different countries, including countries as far as the USA, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore and South Africa to name a few. Their music will give the 20% of participants visiting from outside the UK a glimpse at true Scottish talent; and further enhance the picturesque route.
The Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon, which has been likened to a 13.1 mile block party, will enjoy a new city centre route, created in anticipation of runners travelling to the city for the first time. The race will start and finish in Holyrood Park, making a loop around the city centre. Mike James, race director of the Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon, said: "We've designed the route to show off the very best of Edinburgh - lots of our runners will be in the city for the first time and we wanted to incorporate its most scenic views."
The Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon will also support a number of charities including Action Duchenne, Alzheimer Scotland, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and The Stroke Association.
Sign up for Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon at the event website.