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Preview: Electric Fields Festival

In the idyllic setting of a big old castle, surrounded by our country folk and the great bands that Scotland has to offer, Electric Fields Festival will be coming to Dumfries for the first time with the backdrop of Drumlanrig Castle this weekend.

Co-founders Chay Woodman and Alex Roberts have combined their gig promoting and event organising talents to create a festival with some of the most exciting bands Scotland has to offer. Intending to lure music fans a little off the beaten track to Dumfries, they’ve got a pretty special line-up planned and it’s worth getting excited about.

The effortlessly charming Honeyblood will be performing after their debut album release in July. The band are rock and roll duo Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar from Glasgow and they released their album via FatCat Records, the Brighton based label who are proving skilled at grabbing a bit of Scottish talent.

Honeyblood know how to write an anthem and a crowd shouting their Super Rat lyrics “I will hate you forever, you really do disgust me” should be a wondrous sight to behold.

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Another Glasgow based ‘up-and-comer’ in attendance will be Prides. Having built a momentum of shows in the past year, Stewart Brock, Callum Wiseman and Lewis Gardiner will be keeping it up with Electric Fields, and this performance is one to look out for.

Hopefully they’ll be showing off their successful releases of the last year, ‘The Seeds You Sow’, ‘I Should Know You Better’ and their very own chant-friendly festival tune ‘Messiah’.

We Were Promised Jetpacks will be performing as Electric Fields’ special guest having released their first album way back in 2009.  Now working on their third studio record, also with FatCat Records, we can hope for some old classics as well as some new material from Edinburgh’s indie pop punk heroes Adam Thompson, Michael Palmer, Sean Smith, Stuart McGachan and Darren Lackie.

Other big acts to watch out for on the line-up include Stanley Odd, Fatherson, The LaFontaines, Miaoux Miaoux and United Fruit.

Getting from Edinburgh or Glasgow to the site should be easy with regular public transport so there’s no excuse for city dwellers. Camping tickets are sold out as there were limited spaces available but not to worry as it really is a one-day event, and set to be a good one at that.

Sylvie Metcalfe