Perth Festival Line-Up Announced

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46th Perth Festival of the Arts

15th-27th May 2017

Perth Festival of Arts 2011There are jazz festivals, festivals for rock, folk and classical music but very few festivals which cover all these genres. Perth Festival of the Arts certainly does this again with this year’s programme featuring  such well known names as Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Jools Holland, Marcus Brigstocke, Justin Currie and The View. There is a full scale opera, Pucinni’s Tosca, a world-class choir, Tenebrae and the might of the imposing Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.  Free concerts and exhibitions also feature, and as well as a performance of HMS Pinafore, where audience members are the chorus and can even dress up.]

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Recent headliners at the Festival have included Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall and Calvin Harris. This year Dundee’s The View headline at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 20th May. Scottish singer songwriter Justin Currie, the voice of Delamitri, will also play the hall, as will Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Chris Difford. Their Perth Festival performances have been so well received that they are spoken of as “our resident house band”. Martin Taylor and Alison Burns perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in a new Festival venue, The Loft in South Street.

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Justin Currie

A Scottish triple bill of The Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni and Adam Holmes and the Embers will surely be a highlight of this year’s event. ‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. The exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance ensemble. More exciting shows include Children’s Classic Concerts and Scottish Opera’s visiting opera roadshow.

Young musicians are nurtured by the Festival and there are daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools, a recital by Helena Kay, originally from Perth showcases her skills on the saxophone and a performance by Perth Youth Orchestra.  There are many free events, including the popular ArTay marquee, packed full of the best of contemporary Scottish Art and lots of local exhibitions.

The Festival, founded in 1972, and now 46 years young, is one of Scotland’s oldest continuously running arts events.  The Festival is a registered charity. Over the years it has grown from its classical and opera roots to embrace a wide range of art forms. Tickets will go on sale on the 27th March. Friends of the Festival can book from 20th March. More information on each of the shows is available at www.perthfestival.co.uk

 

An Interview with Adam Curtis

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THE MUMBLE : Hi Adam, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?

ADAM : Hello! I was born in Laurencekirk up in Aberdeenshire, but moved to the Haugh of Urr in Galloway when I was 4 – so mostly Gallovidian but with a soft spot for AFC and big Duncan Shearer! I moved down to the North West of England to help fund my festival organising habit in 2011 and now stay in the shelf above Ramsbottom, also known as Upper Ramsbottom which is of much hilarity to my pals being an Aberdonian an all! Eyeing a move back to the Haugh and Galloway in the next couple of years as I have a wee one on the way (due at Eden Festival as it happens) and you canny beat Galloway life.

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THE MUMBLE : Eden Festival is your baby, are you surprised by its success, or do you feel it as the fulfillment of a vision?

ADAM : Eden started as a zone at the Wickerman 15/16 years ago, but we are still quite a long way off what we want to do with Eden – about half way – so were still battling every year just to keep it alive and keep it traversing to the point we are aiming for. There is an element of developing the design of Eden Festival to match the site – so there are areas we want to incorporate that are very interesting and will help develop the sense of adventure at the event. One way we are going about doing the festival is to hand-build it as a team of voluntary locals, this allows us to allocate a build budget every year for build items that are then there permanently, year on year, meaning we can grow the design of the festival without the festival becoming a hire of the shelf job. Will we ever get there and will we be content when we do – who knows – but its a thrilling ride!

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images.jpgTHE MUMBLE :  Concerning your relationship with the Wicker Man Festival, there was a schism of the ways. There’s no Wickerman this year, do you feel that you are now the flagbearers for the Galloway festival scene?

ADAM : Not really – I’ve never put a relation between size and quality or reputation. I am sad to see Wickerman go as I was the Chairman of the group, Stewartry Music Initiative, that started the festival in 2002, and I hope there is still life in the embers yet… but the Galloway festival scene is great as a patchwork of events that operate independently and stand proudly without a flagbearer. I think its important we stand together on some issues though, now and over the coming years as Police Scotland threatens to stamp out festivals both large and small.

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THE MUMBLE : What does Adam Curtis like to do when he’s not organising kick-ass festivals?

ADAM : As little as possible with as much alcohol as possible! Well that’s not all true – we’ve got a few exciting projects in the pipeline for when I get back to Galloway – we want to start a vintage pub tour, starting and finishing at the brewery in Castle Douglas – to help keep the pubs alive and deliver Galloway ale around Galloway. There is also a new project coming on called Dance Hall Productions, in which we want to deliver ceilidhs and barn dances around Galloways venues. Me and my pals Monk and Big Dave like a wee adventure every 3 or 4 years – we’ve been over Europe a couple of times on our bikes for charity and are now looking to kayak the length of Croatia through its 1000s of islands.

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THE MUMBLE : Last year Eden was at capacity, will you be expanding it to create more spaces?

ADAM : We had been looking to cap the capacity this year at 8000 again but due to soaring agency and operating costs we are forced to increase our capacity this year to 9000 to ensure our survival. Although we had 8000 in attendance last year, only 4000 were paying adults or teens – the rest are Under 12s (800 free) or crew and artists (3200). We are hoping this figure will hit 5000 paying this year. An increase in capacity does come with good news though as this year we are introducing an exciting new arena – The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This will play host to our biggest stage build yet – The Great Mountain Stage – as well as the Mott n Fiddle Inn, with some river views and Japanese Tea Houses dotted around.

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THE MUMBLE : Also last year, the police were heavy-handed to say the least – has there been any effort made to address that situation for 2017?

ADAM :  We work round the clock, out with our day jobs as much as we can, to address the policing issue that is sweeping Galloway. That comes at a major cost with lawyers, safety officers, advisors, security specialists etc. There is a belief within D&G police that extra police officers means a better well-managed event. As we observed last year it does not and has led to a diminished view of the police presence at the event which was until last year quite harmonious. We are doing everything we can though and hope to get the levels this year back to those previously enjoyed at Eden.

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THE MUMBLE : What are your thought’s on this year’s line-up – who are the stand-out acts for yourself?

ADAM : We have really gone for it this year with the line up and I’m very excited about seeing them (although I never get to!). A bit of a weak at the knees act is Agnes Obel – im a massive fan and she is just breaking through with several platinum selling albums to her name – definitely one to watch for the future. Also its amazing to get acts like Cat Power, 2ManyDJs and Gogol Bordello performing in Dumfries and Galloway and I’m sure Boney M are going to be a funky Sunday headliner on the main stage, after the Colonel has been on with the gang.

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THE MUMBLE :  Can you tell us more about Eden in Croatia

ADAM : We’re due a new project after our 9th year of Eden Festival, as well as 15 years of free parties, Castle Parties, Pickled in the Paddocks and the youth project Varanasi Nights. So we decided to set sail to Croatia! I got in tow with the fella who used to programme Electric Elephant at the Tisno site in Croatia and set about organising a Balearic House style festival with a big slice of Eden Festival in the programming. We are calling Edens new sister festival – The Lost Disco – based on the Lost Disco at Eden Festival which has become our most popular stage.

Held on the 17th – 21st August there will be 4 stages, along with 2 boat parties per day (with dj, dance floor and cocktail bar) over 5 days of partying on the shores of the glimmering Adriatic Sea. Everyone heading out and staying in villa’s in the town only 10mins walk from site or simply staying on site in the campsite and apartments. We’ve also arranged buses to go adventuring over the Alps for those who dont want to fly – were going en mass. There’s enough energy going round about the Croatia party just now to power Scotland and we cant wait to get out there! Check out www.thelostdisco.co.uk for more info (sorry about yon shameless plug right there!)

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An Interview with Louise Hare

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THE MUMBLE : Hi Louise, so you’re all set up for 2017. Its the Audio Soup Equinox party in a couple of weeks & the third venue in as many years – what’s the back-story?
LOUISE : Last year, the Biscuit Factory didn’t quite fit with our vibe, so this year we’re going to somewhere that we love and that love us, Studio 2 just4 💜 It’s our 7th year doing Audio Soup Equinox party. We’re really happy to be doing it at Studio 24 for the first time. Our usual mix of bands and Djs that people know and love. This gig helps us raise funds for the big festival on July 21st in the Scottish Borders. The Correspondents are back with us and headlining Equinox, along with Samson Sounds and Yoko Pono. It’s an 11 hour long event starting at 4pm. Folks should get down early and catch the wonder that is Becci Wallace and beautiful singer songwriter from Glasgow.

THE MUMBLE : This is your 7th equinox in a row, what is the reasoning behind an early Audio Soup
LOUISE : It’s to bring home the light

THE MUMBLE : That’s too hippy an answer, Louise
LOUISE : I know lol

THE MUMBLE : Expand please
LOUISE : Its an excuse to get a massive soundsystem out (Electrikal) and celebrate winter being over. It also let us get local bands and djs playing.

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THE MUMBLE : Is everything settled up at Cranshaws for this summer’s main event
LOUISE : All set for Cranshaws this year, no problems there. Line up is going to be released a couple weeks after Equinox

THE MUMBLE : What other festivals do you like to get out to during the summer
LOUISE : Knock. As long as I don’t miss Knock 🙂 We’re also doing a 12-hour Woodland Dance with three stages, including Mungos HiFi and Electrikal sound system at Vogrie park in 29th April. So looking forward to that too

THE MUMBLE : What is it about running Audio Soup that keeps you coming back & on it every year
LOUISE : It’s just what we do. So much good music and talent to get involved with. Also in this part of Scotland we are the only three-day festival.

THE MUMBLE : What does Louise Hare like to do when she’s not organising kick-ass events
LOUISE : I’m with my kids, studying nursing and going to my pals kick ass gigs.

Knockengorroch : Early Confirmations 2017

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is the seminal outdoor roots music festival in Scotland. Located deep in the Southern Uplands in a river valley on Knockengorroch farm.  As well as music, cabaret, spoken word, comedy and dance all take place across five venues, from the mighty open air stage, turf roofed and built from locally sourced timber, to a Berber tent, to the Celtic Longhouse venue, a willow wattled re-creation of an iron age dwelling.  This year the World Ceilidh is being spotlighted and celebrated as one of Visit Scotland’s partners in its programme for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  As well as music the festival features a sauna, dedicated children’s activities, workshops in arts, crafts,  heritage and environmental subjects, fire shows, flash mobs, real ales, ‘knocktails’ and food stalls. All this and much, much more. The acts represent music from Scotland and across the world with a strong emphasis on traditional  music both ancient and contemporary. Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, Scotland’s only international traditional and roots dance music festival  releases the first names in its line-up for 2017!

The Mouse Outfit – A nine piece hip-hop band from Manchester with live brass with driving beats and  explosive energy. Dubbed ‘the closest thing to a UK hip hop super group’.

Molotov Jukebox – Fronted by the charismatic Natalia Tena of Game of Thrones fame, this six-piece, self dubbed ‘gyp-step’, play a combination of gypsy, ska, funk, dubstep, dlamenco, house, electro, pop,  reggae, and soul.


La Dame Blanche – An explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, the Cuban singer,  flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and  compelling sound which summons the spirits.

Mungos Hi Fi Sound System – Undisputed international leaders in reggae dub music Mungos’ sound  system presides over the Shieling Dance Tent all weekend.

Zion Train UK dub music pioneers. Their vast array of music from the last 25 years still sounds fresh to  today’s discerning ears.

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Ed Solo with partner Deekline will mash up the dancefloor with some banging drum n bass and all types  more bass besides.

RURA – Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, RURA are “one of the most  exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines).

Scott Wood Band Vvirtuoso Scots trad players who combine innovation with high energy performances.

Pronto Mama – ‘A past post-modern bug-eyed beatnik group from Glasgow’ featuring horns and soulful  song writing with a quality Glaswegian accent.

Baghdaddies – No stranger to Knockengorroch meadow the Baghdaddies bring strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and humour.

Tantz – ‘Power klezmer’ with dub, hip hop and Balkan beats.

Esperanza – One of Glasgow’s hardest working ska bands, famed for their live shows, bringing a jumping, superskanking party noise to any gig.

Sheelanagig – Intricate, groove heavy arrangements of original and traditional tunes drawing influence  from the folk music of Europe and beyond.

Neck – London Irish punk Ceilidh band for those who like their music ‘down to earth’ and from the streets.

The Inexplicables – Unique & unexpected, live dance music from the roots of Bristol.

Indigo Velvet – Young, tropical pop quartet from Edinburgh are new on the scene but swiftly getting
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Awry – If ever you wanted to freak -dance with wild abandon to a bagpipe and fiddle -driven band who have forge -fire for blood and soil between their toes. … Providers of the now infamous Knockengorroch  Sunday ceilidh.

Mambo Jambo – Fantastic duo who play a wide-ranging mix of acoustic roots, world styles & original music, on over 10 different instruments.

May Day Festival Announced

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Phase 4 events presents May-Day Festival!

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Introducing May-Day Festival… A monster of a day of music for your diaries on Sunday 30th April 2017! Phase 4 events are hard at work organizing Fife’s newest festival. Set to take place at Glenrothes Airport, around 1500 people are hoped to attend. The line-up will feature a wide range of music from International acts, local bands and djs over the day. One of the airport hangers will be taken over to offer an amazing line up of dance acts. The boutique festival will also offer a spectacular array of food vendors, entertainment stalls and a fun fair.

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Festival organiser Jason Frew told the Mumble: “May-Day Festival is set to be a really spectacular addition to the national festival calendar. Taking place each year on the May bank holiday weekend it will bring big acts and new talent from across the world to Fife Airport! We are delighted that Fife Council has awarded £5,000 towards supporting the first May-Day Festival. It will help to support our sensational plans to introduce this new festival, bringingtogether several events from across Scotland in to one huge one here in Fife.”

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The Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Community Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Linda Erskine, added “As a new initiative to Fife, the Council is delighted to be supporting this exciting new festival through the Strategic Events Investment Programme. The unique setting of Fife Airport and the exciting programme of this boutique festival will certainly attract significant attention from music lovers. The Council estimates the spend generated by those audiences attending in its first year will contribute around £185,000 for the local economy. We are also confident that as this festival develops, it will indeed become a permanent fixture in Scotland’s calendar of signature events.”

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Bob Gamory of Fife Airport said “Fife Airport are delighted to be able to host Fife’s and indeed Scotland’s newest music festival May-day in partnership with Jason, his team at Phase 4 and Fife Council. We expect that the festival will really take-off in 2017 with some high flying acts destined to grace the various stages.”

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Chair of Fife Council’s Glenrothes Area Committee, Cllr Bill Brown, commented: “I’m delighted that this new event in Scotland’s calendar will be staged in Glenrothes. The Airportis a really versatile location and it will be very interesting to see the events on the airfield, in the aircraft hangers and under cover. The Festival will also be offering up a pop-up shopping village and caterers that reflect the best of local produce. I am pleased that the organisers plan to source as much of the infrastructure, supplies and services from the immediate locality as possible which will certainly provide a boost for local businesses. Everything from fencing to recycling is available in Fife and partly why they chose this particular site. This new event will also help achieve our aims of creating an environment that is welcoming to visitors and offer new social and cultural activity.”

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You can buy tickets online at www.maydayfestival.co.uk or from online ticket vendors Skiddle, Ticket Web, Ticket Scotland and Eventbright. Early birds are priced at £25, with no booking fee. Hurry if you want to bag yourself a bargain; tickets will go up to full price soon (£32 standard and £45 for VIP).

Eden’s Lost Disco hits Croatia

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Eden Festival launches new sister festival in Croatia

If you needed another reason to party in Croatia, here it is, Scotland’s second largest festival has just announced they are starting a sister festival in Tisno.

Eden Festivals, most popular stage The Lost Disco is flying the nest and landing in The Garden Tisno, one of Europe’s most breathtaking festival locations, for a sun soaked European festival adventure.

Eden Festival Co-Founder and Director Adam Curtis said “We are really excited to be taking a slice of Eden Festival abroad to Croatia. There’s a real sense of buzz happening and with the current collapse of Scottish festivals due to over policing and its associated costs, it’s a nice break away from the bureaucracy to more liberal pastures. I think more Scottish events organisers may be looking to do similar adventures in the future.”

The Lost Disco, will be hosting 4 stages of uplifting music, featuring some of Scotland’s finest acts. There will be boat parties twice a day across the sun kissed Adriatic. You can enjoy, funk, soul, Balearic house, disco and party beats till 6am and rejuvenate in the sunrise sessions, all by the sea, and situated minutes away from the picturesque town of Tisno with its fantastic restaurants and wineries. This summers adventure begins here!

The Lost Disco launches from the 17th – 20th August 2017, with tickets starting from £99 and for the first month there is a special offer: purchase three tickets and get the fourth one free! Co Director Meredith Langley Vine added: “Timing couldn’t be better for the launch of The Lost Disco with Ryanair announcing new direct flights from Glasgow to  Zadar (only 1 hour from the festival site). There’s already a flurry of flights being booked up and buss convoys scheduling a two day road trip from Glasgow to Tisno over the Alps! Planning for this years summer adventure is well truly underway and we can’t wait to get out there!”

If you want to dance in the sun and have a taste of Eden abroad then visit www.TheLostDisco.co.uk for more information.

 

Electric Fields 2016

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Aug 26-27

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Electric F,ields has grown legs. Arriving at the new press tent Hil Laverick and myself were greeted by Jenn Nimmo-Smith , who is looking forward to a well earned rest after her efforts as Press manager both here and at T in the Park this year. Straight up we dived into the crowds asking what had been their favourite acts this weekend…. The Charlatans, Public Service Broadcasting, White, Baby Strange, Steve Mason, Bowie & Prince disco with DJ Bear who was, “so charismatic” according to Jules, happy to share her experience of the festival so far.

 

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We had missed Teen Canteen – they were leaving the Tim Peaks stage as we arrived but lead vocalist Carla let us photograph her out the back.Their sold out before it ‘s even been  released limited edition album Say It All With A Kiss has artwork by Ross Sinclair (Reader in Contemporary Art Practice in the School of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art ) Reminiscent (but decidedly different) of Glasgow 80s band Strawberry Switchblade you can catch them at Glasgow’s Mono on 8th September supported by BooHooHoo and Stephen Solo.

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Riding The Low were up next and their set could’ve done with a bigger stage to accommodate the energy of actor/singer Paddy Considine who was struggling for leg room. His powerful voice relayed offerings from album ‘What Happened to the Get to Know ‘Ya?’ (2013)’ and ‘ They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts’. Considine is best known for his role as Simon Ross; Guardian Newspaper Reporter fighting to stay alive because of the classified information he has in Oscar winning movie The Bourne Ultimatum. His killer quote in the movie is

“My source told me it all started with you. He said that you were square one, the dirty little secret… He said he knows who you are!”

You may prefer his non fiction quote

“If I ever become a celebrity, I’ll f*cking disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day Lewis.”

Everything Everything exploded on to The Main stage all synchronized in their thematic grey attire which was theatrically incongruous (in a good way, like their comically mental videos) to their intense stage presence. Influenced by Nirvana, Radiohead and The Beatles at times I was catching overtones of what could be mistaken for Ugandan traditional music mixed in their highly eclectic synth pop rock style. Lead vocalist Jonathan Higgs delivered Distant Past’s visceral self-excoriating lyrics to the packed crowd

Drag my tongue across the sand

So happy just to crawl across the land

Soon I’ll be the best around

I’m gonna keep my plunder underground

Hard flesh cold against the rain

Dust billowing around my brazen brain

Saw off all my stinking limbs

Blood dripping down my sunken money chin

Higgs and former guitarist/vocalist  Alex Niven formed Everything Everything in 2006 and around that time Niven described their naming of the band as follows:

 The idea as I saw it was to try to take contemporary R&B pop music and fashion a vaguely Futurist project out of it, and between the two of us we chose the name Everything Everything, a détournement of sorts of an over-saturated media culture into something idealistic and expansive

 More maximalist than minimalist they were a highlight and primed the crowd well for the anticipated return of Primal Scream. Bobby Gillespie was on top form playing tracks Tripping on your love from their recent album ‘Chaosmosis’ along with crowd-pleasers Accelerator and Moving On Up.

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Missing last years highlight Hector Bizerk if you are a fan their last ever gig before they officially break up is at Glasgow School of Art on October 14th with finale tickets only £12. As was the case last year at Electric Fields the food was cheap and high quality…thanks for the smiles and free ice cream lovely lady at Galloway Ice cream stall and hope to see this festival blossom again next year. Big thanks to Paul  Whiteley for sharing his photography.

Reviewer Clare Crines

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