A YOUNG Ellon musician, who celebrates his 21st birthday today, is preparing to battle it out for a place at Fyvie Live 2012.
Jake Coghill is an up-and-coming solo artist and one of eight finalists who will perform live at the AECC on Sunday in front of a panel of judges.
Jake, who started performing in 2005, has played numerous gigs across Aberdeenshire, giving him the confidence to enter the Battle for Fyvie, which will be his biggest achievement to date. Proceeds from the August event will go to North-east cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR.
He said: “Finding out I had been chosen to play at the Battle for Fyvie in the same week as turning 21 has been really exciting for me.
“Hopefully I can impress the judges, whilst having fun and also raising money for the charity.”
If Jake successfully wins the coveted ‘Battle for Fyvie Top Performer’ position he will go on to play live in front of a 6,500-strong crowd on the lawns of Fyvie Castle on Saturday, August 4.
Sarah-Jane Milne, the charity’s PR and fundraising manager, said; “We are absolutely delighted that Jake is one of the eight finalists selected to perform in front of our Battle for Fyvie judging panel.
“His passion for music really came across on his audition so I am excited to see him perform live.”
Among those appearing at Fyvie Live are Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scots group Braebach and Scots cover band the Bogus Brothers.
Last year more than £70,000 was raised from the event and this year Fyvie Live hopes to bring in more than £100,000 for Friends of ANCHOR.
The organisation is committed to offering the best possible care, treatment and support for cancer patients attending the ANCHOR Unit in Aberdeen, through and after their diagnosis.