THEY are one of the biggest bands ever to emerge from the Borders. And they remain one of the most successful dance acts in Scotland.

However, to celebrate the relaunch of their label Epidemic Records, Hawick band QFX have announced a new 26-date tour of the UK - including a rare performance at Move Music Venue in Galashiels next month.

It is the first time the old skool ravers will have played in the Borders town for 10 years.

Producer Kirk Turnbull, founding member of QFX, told the Border Telegraph: "It should be a really bouncing night and I am really looking forward to it.

"We have been planning the Epidemic Records tour for some time and a number of people had contacted us through the website demanding we include Galashiels and we didn't want to disappoint.

"I think the last time we played there was to celebrate the switching on of the town's Christmas lights 10 years ago." The gig at Move on Friday, March 5, is set to coincide with the release of their greatest hits album next month.

'QFX Anthems - 1995-2010' will contain 22 of the band's biggest tracks including number one single Freedom, which topped the Scottish charts in the mid 1990s.

And it will be followed by the release of a new album in the summer.

Kirk said: "We felt that we wanted to close a chapter on what we've been doing before we start afresh." But he added: "I think people are really going to like the new album.

"It will contain two discs - the first will be what most people expect QFX to sound like and the second is more club orientated tracks - and include all the anthems that we have performed over the past 15 years.

"The original elements of the band are still there but there is a lot more vocals.

"I think people will be impressed by the writing and production and it will open a few eyes." It will be a rare chance to get up close and personal with the band who regularly perform in front of thousands of revellers at some of the country's biggest raves, including Fantazia and Fantasylands.

Last month QFX performed in front of around 450 revellers at the Tait Hall in Kelso. It followed a sell-out gig at the Town Hall in their home town of Hawick in December.

And the band has more gigs planned in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland over the next six months.

Kirk said: "It is a big year ahead and we have just appointed a tour manager to ensure everything goes smoothly." QFX will headline the Epidemic Records tour at Move Music Venue in Overhaugh Street, Galashiels, on Friday, March 5. Doors open at 9pm.

They will be supported by live acts Synergy, Becky Miller, Sub:System, who are all signed to Epidemic Records.

Also performing on the night are DJs Jumpstylers Rob Technic, David Moralee and Grant Lyall.

Advanced tickets are available from Move and the usual outlets priced £10.