Locations set – time to talk travel!Donald Young
We’re getting so close to fixing down the particulars for the event! Josh and the rest of the PR team have been doing a great job getting the word around, and now its finally time for the logistics crew to get stuck in. Although we’re still in the final stages of selecting an actual pitch for the festival site, we do know that it will be located in the centre of the Cairngorms. Surrounded by mountains and trees, this will be the perfect meeting place for a potential twenty-thousand strong biker crew. Obviously getting this many people, travelling with big bikes, in and out of an extremely isolated area will be tricky.
In this article, we’re going to lay out three possible forms of transportation and how much we see these individual journeys costing. Any feedback or comments would be gratefully appreciated, especially from locals who know the area, so we can start to plan an official travel plan for our visitors from England and from the rest of the World.
For the complete CBF experience, we are recommending a full blown road trip from your door to ours here in Cairngorms. With travel time and fuel costs fully depending on how far away you are, this is a little hard to price. However, we are more than happy to inform you that the roads in Great Britain, especially in the Highlands, are stunning. Pot holes are regularly filled in, and the country as a whole is very welcoming to the biker community, meaning that any little stops you make along the way will be pleasant ones.
If you’d rather haul than ride, we understand – no judgement here. Not everyone can afford the time to drive half way around the world, not to mention the cost of fuel. Taking a flight is a more than valid option, although transporting your ride separately might set you back a few quid. Those costs aside there are some great options for Airport Parking at Edinburgh. Whilst you’re there, you may as well see the city for a couple of days and then take your time to enjoy the scenery on the ride up to the festival site.
This is the easiest, and probably most affordable, option out of the three. If you’re happy to leave your bike at home and just come to witness the mayhem, then the National Rail Network has you covered throughout the length and breadth of England and Scotland.
Ticket prices can get a little steep, but if you book far ahead and make the most of the discounts on offer you might be able to soften the damage a touch.
Aviemore is looking like the best station to hitch a ride to, however don’t go booking your tickets just yet as we’ve not quite confirmed all the details!
So there we have it, three viable travel options for you, when the time comes to get to CBF. Of course there are some alternative methods of transport that could provide a different experience. We do not recommend hitch-hiking, due to obvious safety concerns, however we are working on adding more social features to our app. This should allow you to give a fellow festival goer a ride up to the festival or even back home! More on that soon…
Head of Logistics – Cairngorms Bike Festival…
Biker Music – Not just Motorhead and Steppenwolf!Donald Young
We’re starting to make good progress on the festival! Thanks to your continued support and feedback, our CBF planning team is starting to get a clearer image of what our event will look like. Before setting a date for our monumental weekender, we want to ensure that we’re appealing to as many bikers as possible. With the addition of a Kids Zone and Family Camping Area, we have officially ratified CBF as a festival for all ages and tastes. Now we understand the kind of reveller we’ll be expecting, the fun part can begin – booking acts!
No serious bookings can be made until we have determined a date. But we can give you guys a loose idea to the amount of acts we’ll be hosting. Over two nights, we are looking to have two world class headline acts to top our main stages, one each night. Hard Rock/Metal outfits will be considered here such as Eagles of Death Metal, Machine Head or Disturbed. We’ll also be considering ‘elder statesmen’ of Rock and Blues, acts such a Neil Young and Pink Floyd would be beyond our budget, but performers such as Joe Bonamassa or The Black Keys could be potentially be tapped to headline one night.
In addition to this we would be looking to book 6-8 mid-level acts, dipping in to other genres such as Electronic Dance Music and Alternative sounds. This would serve to widen the demographics that we’re appealing to, making us more attractive to a younger audience. Lastly, CBF are aiming to book an additional 15-20 smaller acts such as touring blues acts, quality tribute acts and stand up comedians. This should provide us with a variety of genres and styles to keep you guys pleased, with the acts’ credibility as die-hard tourers and road hitters justifying their presence, regardless of genre.
Once more, if there are any suggestions you would like to make in terms of individual acts or genre, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are getting so close to confirming a date, so soon we should be able to start announcing acts!
Thanks once more!
Head of PR – Cairngorms Bike Festival…
Progress being made – plus kids ARE welcome!Donald Young
After successfully launching our online presence on both traditional platforms, such as this blog, as well as on all social media; we have received a wonderful reaction from the biker community in general. We’ve had thousands of likes, retweets and messages from people interested in our new event and it would seem that there’s one issue that most people are concerned with: children!
At the point of writing the last blog, the CBF team were still in discussion as to whether allow children on site or to solely market the festival to an adult audience. After much talking, we’ve decided to take a risk and open the doors to children of all ages. Bikers come from all walks of life, and the more generations of bikers we can cram into the festival the better. To accommodate the new demographic of festival goer that will be coming on site, we have reviewed our priorities in terms of security, entertainment and services.
It goes without saying that a festival with several licensed bars and music that runs until 4am, is a place that will need to be made safe for children. Any children brought onto site will need to be constantly accompanied by a guardian of at least 18 years of age, otherwise we will have an on-site Kids Zone, where parents can leave their children to participate in activities and events. With a variety of crafts, exercise and performance sessions scheduled; your kids can make new friends and have fun in a safe, biker themed, environment whilst you enjoy the rest of the festival. All of our youth workers and security teams will have current CRB certification, so you can feel safe leaving your kids with good people.
In addition to the precautions that we’re taking with our entertainers’ backgrounds, we will also have a dedicated team of security focusing on child safety and well being. From lost kids to crying kids, these security specialists will be solely focused on keeping all children on site safe and happy. We understand the safety of your children is paramount to you having a good time, and we believe this safety can be managed alongside a rollicking late night music festival. Children’s ticket prices will, of course, come at a reduced rate. There will also be some dedicated family camping zones for those wishing to get an early night!
As a date has yet to be set for the event; the more feedback we can get on what you guys would like out of the festival, the closer we can tailor it to what you would like when the time comes.
Keep on Ridin’!
Head of PR – Cairngorms Bike Festival…