Monday, 18 August 2014

Doune The Rabbit Hole - Preview

Doune The Rabbit hole returns for another bout of independent and alternative music over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August.  Now into it's fourth year on the Scottish festival circuit, the festival has grown a reputation for offering up an eclectic mix of music, arts and breathtaking scenary.

Scottish Fiction have had a great time at the festival over the last three years, and we are pleased to say we'll be there again this year to cover the goings on.  The line-up this year is as packed and diverse as always, so while there'll be plently to suit everyone, we've picked out a few of our tips should you be heading to the Cardross Estate next weekend.

The festival kicks off on Friday, with Hector Bizerk the standout highlight.  2014 has been a stellar year for Louie, Audrey, Fraser and Jen, playing incredible shows at Belladrum and GoNorth, supporting Public Enemy and seeing their album Noboby Seen Nothing  on the shortlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Awards.  The good times keep on coming, and the band have a new EP, The Fish That Never Swam  out next month which they will support with the now annual Hectember Weekend.  Catch them play Doune The Rabbit Hole to find out why they danewhattheywant.

Into Saturday and there is an array of talent to choose from.  Fresh from playing with RM Hubbert in Rutherglen a few days back, Richard Dawson offers a great choice for those who love some stripped back acoustic guitar playing.  If you are looking for a trippy, mind expanding way to spend your Saturday, then pop along for Grumbling Fur's set, where I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.  SambaYaBamba are always up for a party, as are local ska legends The Amphetameanies.  Towards the business end of the line-up for Saturday and PAWS return to Doune for another evening of high octane, no regrets, garage-rock fun.  Pulling on tracks from their amazing sophmore album Youth Culture Forever  and mixing them with the classics from debut Cokefloat!  don't miss one of the best live acts about.  Rounding off our tips for Saturday are electro-wizards Errors with whom you can bring in the wee hours and dance like there's no tomorrow.

Except their is a tomorrow and it brings with it sets from Blochestra and Let's Talk About Space to get things going.  Both acts offer something slighty different, with Blochestra packing the stage with an ensemble of musicians and Let's Talk About Space brining knowledge and science along with melodies and harmonies.  Elsewhere are The Yawns with their summery shoegaze tinged rock, Woodenbox playing tracks from their forthcoming album Foreign Organ  which should be out sometime in November, and one man extravaganza Adam Stafford who'll be looping and jamming with his usual enthusiasm and vigour.  Top of the shop though is SAY Award winner RM Hubbert, who always plays a blinder.  His blend of meloncholic guitar picking and healing music is the perfect end to a Sunday packed full of great music.

Tickets for the festival can still be purchased in advance online saving you some money.  For full prices and to buy tickets head here.

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