Preview: Electric Fields Festival
Festival Season is one of the most exciting times of the year for music fans as well as bands and artists alike.
With events taking place up and down the country practically every weekend throughout the summer, it can be difficult to decide which festivals to attend.
The well-established festivals like Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury (albeit on hiatus this year) and V Festival see people flock in their thousands for their stellar line ups. However, it has become increasingly popular in recent years for festivals to showcase the very best up and coming bands. The BBC introducing platform has given local bands the chance to be shown on a much bigger scale.
It seems festivals are more open to giving under the radar artists their time in the spotlight, and none more so than Electric Fields.
Situated deep within the forests of Dumfries and Galloway, at the stunning Drumlanrig Castle, the family friendly festival is due to take place from 30th August until 1st September 2018. With headliners such as James, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Leftfield the headliners are a pretty impressive draw for any festival goer, however it’s the additional acts on the various days that will be sure to attract the crowds.
Thursday sees the likes of Ezra Furman, Ride and The Orielles take to the stage, as well as the official opening party.
Friday however, boasts a plethora of bands who have made the jump from local festivals to a somewhat bigger stage and rightly so. Dream Wife, Life, Rascalton and Avalanche Party (pictured above) are all set to bring their blistering sets to the crowds at Dumlanrig Castle.
With all of the above having recently played local festivals such as Middlesbrough’s Twisterella Festival, it is a welcome sight to see them all on the bill for Electric Fields.
With such a huge line up it is hard to focus on just a few of the bands and artists who will be performing over the weekend. Saturday will see the likes of Black Honey perform alongside established acts such as The Horrors, Idlewild and Public Service Broadcasting to name but a few.
In addition to the brilliant line up, the festival will be holding a tribute to Frightened Rabbit’s front man Scott Hutchinson who tragically passed away earlier this year. Scott was due to perform at the festival with his new music venture Mastersystem.
In place of their scheduled performance will be a playback of the band’s debut album ‘Dance Music’. The Friday will also see Frightened Rabbit’s album The Loneliness and The Scream being blasted from the main stage at 7:45pm.
All in all Electric Fields is the perfect festival for music goers and families alike.
Boasting something for everyone, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure the festival is a great experience from start to finish. With all that being said Electric Fields is sure to become your new favourite festival for years to come.
Electric Fields have also put together a playlist for this year’s festival that you can enjoy below: