Facebook Slider

Festivals To Look Forward To In 2018

The recently announced welcome return of Long Division to the festival calendar (pleasingly coming back over June 1st-3rd) has prompted us to think about what other events there are to look forward to in 2018.

Having taken a year off in 2017 Rockaway Beach returns to the Bognor Regis Butlin’s over January 12-14 & features The Horrors, The Orb, Wild Beasts, Honeyblood, Alabama 3 & a host of other acts. It could be just what you need to get back into the swing of things after the Xmas excesses. Prices currently start at £79 per person for room-only accommodation for the entire three-night festival – for more details click here.

Midway through spring Hipsville returns to Margate's Dreamland on 04-06 May. We’ve not managed to attend since the first one so it’s high time we remedied that.

June will be jam packed, what with Long Division at the start, Beaches Brew back at the Hana Bi in Marina di Ravenna and Edinburgh’s Franklin Fest seeing in its fourth year from 28 to 30 June.

Staying in Scotland, August will see Doune The Rabbit Hole once again set up shop by The Lake of Menteith. This is another event where a few years have elapsed since we last attended so it’ll be interesting to see what sort of beast it’s become.

Later in the year Iceland Airwaves returns over 07-10 November for its 20th year. Earlybird tickets are already on sale for £115 or so. Further details here.

Further updates on all of the above will feature on Musos’ Guide in the months ahead & no doubt other events will take our fancy and get the attention they deserve too.


Festival Preview : Doune The Rabbit Hole


The family friendly festival Doune The Rabbit Hole is back for its seventh edition this year and taking place at the Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire from Friday August 19th to Sunday 21st 2016.

This fantastic independent Scottish music festival started in 2010 at a site near the town of Doune, followed by a move to Duncarron Fort in 2012 to finally settle at its current location at the Cardross Estate. Since its inaugural day in 2010, the festival has celebrated the very best of Scotland’s independent/DIY art scene, with the addition of a few outstanding international guests.

Over 100 acts are set to descend upon the Port of Menteith this August including the likes of MØGEN, Admiral Fallow, Treacherous Orchestra, Cate Le Bon, Emma Pollock and Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5, who blasted the stage of Liverpool Sound City 2015.

Doune The Rabbit Hole is a unique festival. Unlike festivals such a T In The Park and Glastonbury where they’ll cram in 80,000 plus people into their site, Doune has a capacity of around 1000 but this means you’re likely to meet people that you will see again throughout the weekend and make some lasting friends.

Jamie Murray, Director of Doune The Rabbit Hole Community Interest Group, said: “There is a real sense of community-spirit at Doune The Rabbit Hole and I guarantee you make friends for life.

“It is pretty rare to find an event that embraces a family-friendly culture whilst celebrating some amazing music from all genres.

“Where else would you see everyone, from toddlers to pensioners soaking up a festival atmosphere?”

Aiming to make you feel at home, organisers encourage you to bring the kids along. Under 12s get in free and there’s loads for them to do in the kid’s area with workshops and more and there’s even a family camping zone as well.

Tickets for the weekend are priced at £98 for adults and £58 for 13-15 year olds. If you can’t make it for the ‘hole’ three days, there are day tickets available. You can check these out at the festival website here.

If you aren’t able to make you own way to the festival, the hop on the Doune Bus from Stirling and Glasgow, or make you way to Stirling from Edinburgh and Perth as the organisers have subsidised the Stirling buses and timed them to train arrivals at Stirling train station. You can get more information on the website.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support Doune the Rabbit Hole in 2016 and are confident event organisers have, once again, secured a line-up that will draw attendees from all over Scotland.”

Originally published in The Clyde Insider.

Subscribe to this RSS feed