Only a few days now before the magnificent love-fest that is Eden Festival takes place down Raehills Meadows, near Moffat way, in which the Mumble Team will be reviewing their first festival of the year. Eden is a great starter, hosting an electric mix of sounds and environments, from auld eclectic drinkin’ dens, to psychedelic tropical dance tents, to circus styled brass and ska cocktail bars, to Indian wedding marquees filled with hammocks and bath tubs. Stages & tents include;
The Devorgilla Open Air Stage, it’s mighty hand built tortoise shell body hosts the festivals headline acts, including The Cat Empire, Ms. Dynamite and Grand master Flash.
Next up the Furry Chillum Cocktail Bar, immerse yourself in the enticing, warm and exotic atmosphere, while lending your ear to acoustic, brass, swing and ska, plus a heavy smattering of the bizarre. It’s cabaret time!
Then the Ghilli Du Dance Emporium, a colourful melting pot of everything from Drum ‘n’ Bass to Soca, back to Bassline and Breakbeat and over to Electro and Techno and anything in between – there will be something to suit any dance fan. Hear from Khan and Neek, Sam Binga and Father Funk.
Rabbie’s Tavern will provide an auld Scottish bar to drink the local hooch with live bands playing celtic, roots, rockabilly, bone shakin blues and anything else that makes you stomp your foot, and hoist yer tankards. Rabbies Tavern will also have a traditional Scottish ceilidh each night and The Wee Tim-Rous Stage by the side.
Beyond the winding tunnel lays a florescent utopia, Voltans Psychadelic Temple; melting, merging, dripping, like a lucid lysergic vision from behind closed eyelids. Stretch your head back and the see the luminescent projections finely mapped across stages atmosphere, with spectrums of colour and light bouncing off aerial installations.
Tune in and drop out – The Vishnu lounge provides a taste of paradise on the fringes of Eden, a place to chill out and swing in the hammocks, lounge in the bath tub and soak up some ambient audio treats to a nice hot cup of chai.
Come get fit at the Cycle powered Reggae Stage. Providing music and entertainment with a Dub / Reggae theme – with Bands, DJ’s and MC’s from around the country.
Keeping it real for all those sinners out there, Barry Band Wagon is on hand, aboard a travelling stage in some ill fitting dress to provide some sing-a-long music for those that would tap their toe to anything really.
The Nude is Good Stage -Take a wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of The Nude is Good Stage nestled down in the valley outside the festival. There are some brave bands down there and a relaxing sauna to detox and leave your worries behind.
The Shellycoat Kids Tent offers sustainable, environmentally friendly, arts, crafts, performance, forest skills and play, free of charge for all children, in a pleasant and natural setting. It consists of a decorated craft and performance marquee, a little ones yurt, outside space, and a forest skill’s area under the oak tree.
Join the Circus Shenannigans with Spinning Jenny and her team, to delve into her box of tricks. Learn to juggle, hoola hoop, stilt walk, spin a plate and more…
Melodrome Theatre, live theatrical perfomances, comedy, impromptu music and all sorts of quirky entertainment.
And finally, the Lost Disco a flaming outdoor dance parlour, playing host to some of the finest funky djs and label parties. When the old wooden door swings open at mid night every night its your time to enter the arena and set fazers to stunning! Looks like a real good do!