Electric Fields is back for a third year and this time it’s bigger than ever before! Set within the idyllic grounds of stately Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland, the festival has expanded in to a two-day event for the first time and takes place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August. This now means more music, more kids entertainment, more food and drink and a lot more time to enjoy this festival in it’s unique setting within the lush Dumfies and Galloway countryside. The festival certainly wears it’s ’boutique’ label with pride and only five thousand people will be able to experience the varied musical line-up that has been imaginatively put together by the team. Headlining the event are two stalwarts of the British music scene, The Charlatans and Primal Scream. This suggests that the lineup is geared towards a predominantly ‘indie’ crowd but don’t let this fool you as there really is something for everyone. Below are five acts you really don’t want to miss.
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Willgoose Esq. and co previously appeared to reside on a shelf labelled ‘niche, concept duo’, but their 2015 album The Race for Space demonstrated an unquestionably rare ability of providing enjoyable history lessons in a key period of the 20th century in such a musically thrilling way. Cinematic and emotional throughout, the drama is enhanced with evocative visuals that should light up the amazing venue at Drumlanrig Castle on Friday night.
There is something pleasantly reassuring about Glasgow’s Tuff Love. Taking the 90s as a template, the trio have honed the fuzzy three minute pop song of this decade to perfection. The band appear to be perfectly happy to wear musical influences on their sleeve, but lead singer Julie Eisenstein has claimed in the past that they are all too young to know who others repeatedly want to compare them to. Instead of measuring them next to these band, simply enjoy the youthful exuberance of Tuff Love on Friday night.
The personality of this Scottish quintet really manifested itself on the 2015 release Tiny Rewards. Each song on this record has a very particular musical identity and we’re teased by disco tones along with more traditional folk elements to compliment the more traditional harmonies provided by Louis Abbott and Sarah Hayes. The album certainly benefitted from a more collective approach thematically and the songs possess particularly compelling narratives as a result. Always musically thrilling, Admiral Fallow are a magnetic proposal on stage and Drumlanrig is the perfect setting for the theatrical and evocative tales they tell.
This Scottish duo have supported a raft of huge artists in the past including Foo Fighters, Palma Violets, Sleigh Bells, Deap Vally, Courtney Barnett and We Were Promised Jetpacks and their new single Ready for the Magic and the forthcoming album that the song is taken from should be the launch pad for even greater things. The single rejects the lo-fi surf rock style of their 2014 release and takes on a more bolshy, punk approach full of energy and aggression. Presented live, this should be a riot!
The former Coral guitarist’s third solo album is distinctively heavier than previous releases and once again offers particularly nostalgic pleasures in it’s presentation. For fans of alternative American rock music from the likes of Sparklehorse, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement, there is much to enjoy but it’s real pleasures derive from the records lyrical fragility that enhances the musical presentation, providing real character to the grungy compositions. It’s a glorious mix of American influences blended loosely with typically downbeat British inflections that should be a real draw on Saturday night in Scotland.
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