Happy Days! Eden Festival is back this week for a tenth anniversary special. We can’t preview all of the brilliant acts & vibes that will be swirling about the site, so the Mumble have decided its best to just shine a spotlight up Bob’s Back Passage…
Its that time of year again – when Paradise hits the bonnie Raehills Meadows for a fiesta of a certain kind. Its capa di capa, Adam Curtis, is very excited indeed about the event which kicks off this Thursday. He told the Mumble;
The team behind the festival (The Grime Behind The Shine) are geared up for our biggest party yet for our 10 year anniversary. We are all out on the field this year to celebrate with the punters and there’s a crew take over in the Thunderdome stage on Sunday. There’s some fantastic new twists in the Gardens plans this year – upgrades in the woodland arena, towers at the Great Mountain Stage and the replacement and enlarging of Bobs Back Passage to be a riotous cabaret and comedy tent – many will never leave! Hilights will include Groove Armada on the main stage at midnight on Saturday, Mr Motivators annual workout and National Jon Bonjovi hour on Sunday afternoon in the Thunderdome.
Eden is vibrant bubble-machine of fun, set in the stunning Raehills Meadows & hosting 12 different stages. One of these will be Bob’s Back Passage, named after Bob Todd, Galloway’s coolest guy, & he will somehow manage to blend ‘avin a reet good time with running his ship of ‘riotous cabaret and comedy.’ Bobs Back Passage is moving to a new location within the Eden Festival site this year. It’s been stretched out into a new marque and it’s, bigger, better and bolder. Now a stand alone venue, it will feature comedy, cabaret, spoken word, game shows, karaoke, gay bingo, theatrics and a few bands and djs thrown in. There will also be a bar will be serving wines, spirits, cocktails, coffee and tea, all set in a boudoir of bewilderment. Here are some of the highlights to expect…
The Wise Goldfish – All Weekend, resident DJ
The Wise Goldfish – Resident DJ – Regular appearances over the weekend, filling the gaps, keeping us amused and generally sorting the sound!tThewisegoldfish has been DJ’ing, remixing and producing since the late 80’s. Covering a multitude of styles including house, techno, jazz, funk, blues, jungle, rock, hip-hop, new-age, ambient, trip-hop and many, many more. His sets are well known for being a psychedelic melting pot of sound, tailor made for whatever environment he finds himself in. thewisegoldfish has been active on the festival circuit for many years playing some of Britain’s finest festivals such as: Kelburn Garden Party, Mugstock, Audio Soup, Beatherder, Solfest, Eden, Holistic Ways, MAYA, Secret Garden Party and more..
Hungry For Apples – Friday 8th June 17.30hrs
Forged in the heart of north Yorkshire, “Hungry 4 Apples?” are a deliciously golden, freshly formed five piece band who take inspiration from classic rock, reggae, punk and everything else in between. Starting with hazy basement jams these boys have grown up together and experimented with their sound, their laid back vibe mixed with heartfelt lyrics, mesmerising guitar melodies and tight rhythms make this band, one to watch in the future. They are currently working on there debut EP and are beginning their journey on the Manchester live music scene. With Gigs to be announced. Keep your eyes on these boys, they are very Hungry, Are you?
The Well Happy Band – Friday 8th June – 18.30hrs
Aphrodite Belly Dance Fusion
Saturday 9th June 18.00hrs and 21.00
Aphrodite Belly Dance Fusion are a duo from Edinburgh who have been bringing a bit of sparkle to the Festival scene for over 5 years. Their fun mix of Egyptian / Tribal belly dance and Bollywood merged with grimey beats and dub will leave you shimmying. They have brought the belly dance party to the Wicker Man, Audio Soup, Doune the Rabbit Hole and are back at Eden to spread the love and glitter once again.
Imogen Stirling – Sunday 10th June 17.15
Imogen Stirling is a spoken word artist, theatre maker and musician. Coming from a musical theatre background and performing long-term as one half of duo, Wonderful Exile, Imogen writes with an inherent musicality. She has performed in a 5 star production of ‘Les Miserables’ at the Edinburgh Fringe; acted as director and playwright for political music theatre piece, ‘BodiesUponTheGears’ for which she was awarded the Alasdair Cameron Scholarship; and has worked alongside Sir Tim Rice. Following a one year music tour around mainland Europe, Imogen began performing spoken word in Berlin at the end of 2017. She has since swiftly gained recognition within the Scottish poetry scene. Her work has been featured in Tell-Tale Magazine, Fused Magazine, easyJet Traveller Magazine, LoveLike Salt anthology and The Skinny, as well as on BBC Kent and Amsterdam FM.
The Scottish Conchordia Association
Sunday 10th June 19:30
This year the Scottish Conchordia Association are bringing their debut piece of live musical theater, ALIBI, to Eden. Nelson is lost in a dead-end job in a dead-end town. Persuaded to hit the Big City by Brenda the Busker, all sorts of legal & chemical mayhem ensues. En route, Nelson might have just met the love of his life… if he could only remember her name!
Doug Segal, Sunday 10th June 16:30 / 22:30
Other Highlights include…
Simon Goulding AKA ‘Hot Sick’ has over 3,000 gigs under his belt playing to diverse crowds ranging from bars through to nightclubs, underground raves and industry award winning dance music festivals, notably Beat-Herder and SpeedQueen. Expect multiple decks, chopped up layers of fun, TV themes, tube announcements, weather reports plus glammed-up handbag and glitter fuelled fun house and disco… He likes Mojitos, Parma Violets, security that disco-dance and the crackle of the needle on a record. He dislikes poorly labelled mustard, shaving gel, fist bumps and soap operas. Hot Sick will be playing us out late Friday night around 1.30am
This psylocybin Starlet will make you trip with just one lick . With promises of laughter wonderment, arousal and confusion. So leave the pills at home because the only thing we’ll be poppin is our pussayyy This is Rhi Psycle !! And you should too.
Wes Zararuk, known to many as the ‘Prop’ man, he’s a one-man tour de force, known to combine routines with power tools, bananas and film noir. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. Don’t miss your chance to catch Wes live in the passage, Sunday 10th at 15:45pm & 21:45pm
Sam and Felix present The Dress Rehearsal, performing in Bobs Back Passage…EASY NOW…on Saturday 9th June (16:30pm & 22:30pm). A vajazzling mix of comedy, cabaret, a little magic, a little music and of-course some audience participation, you’ll not want to miss this modern day vaudeville couple live in action.
Raehills Meadows, Dumfries & Galloway
Friday Only… Adult – £69. Teen – £49
Saturday Only… Adult – £69. Teen – £49
Saturday & Sunday… Adult – £99. Teen – £74
Sunday Only… Adult – £45. Teen – £29