Festival Preview: Electric Fields

electric fieldsElectric Fields 2016

26th – 27th August – Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire

Words: Gary Feeney

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electric fieldsDespite Scotland’s thriving live music scene, it would be fair to see that it’s under-served on the festival front with only T In The Park and Belladrum in the way of medium-to-major sized events on the calendar this year and so the announcement that Electric Fields was expanding to a two-day event was very welcome indeed following two previous one day editions.

Set in the picturesque grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire, the last two years have saw the likes of Fatherson, Honeyblood and King Creosote perform at the festival, providing the platform for this year’s expansion to two days for the first time and befitting of that increase, Electric Fields have pulled together a stellar line-up of ranging from bands yet to release their debut albums to seasoned festival favourites in a move which should see the event cement its place in the festival calendar.

Pitched as a family festival, Electric Fields promises an array of activities and attractions available on top of the live music including children’s play areas, a fairground and the now obligatory beer festival for the adults…although one suspects that a few of the latter group may end up indulging in the face-painting for the youngsters after a few tipples. And why not? Everybody loves some glitter and cat whiskers.

Ones To Watch

FRIDAY

Tuff Love

I’ve only really began to listen to the Glaswegian duo over the last few weeks, but in that short time I’ve become hooked on their blend of fuzzy guitars, melancholic vocals and dreamy harmonies. Armed with their debut album Resort (well, sort of: it’s actually a collection of their three E.Ps, with the songs dating as far back as 2012), Tuff Love are the perfect band for those sunny early afternoon slots to relax with a cold drink and enjoy a fine slice of summery guitar pop.

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Listen to Crocodile here:

Hot Vestry

Despite only having one 4 track E.P – the excellent A Scene In Between from 2015 – this quartet from Macclesfield are hard to pin down. A mixture of guitars, synths, strange rhythms and electro beats, the band have developed a quite unusual sound which they chose to call “Bleichpop” (a suitably esoteric term), Hot Vestry have toured extensively over the last couple of years and are sure to be one to watch.

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Listen to Parallel To Tomorrow here:

Emma Pollock

Formerly the lead singer and driving force behind the Delgado’s who formed way back in 1995, Emma is actually one of the veterans on the bill, but with experience comes knowledge: Pollock’s latest album, In Search of Harperfield is a masterful release with her haunting vocals complimenting complex musical arrangements, showcasing an exceptional talent that should be high up on those “must-see” lists for the weekend.

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Listen to Don’t Make Me Wait here:

SATURDAY

The Van T’s

One of the finest acts in and around Glasgow at the moment, the four-piece have just released their second E.P., A Coming Of Age and are sure to be a highlight of the weekend with their energetic and unique sound – with splashes of surf-pop, shoegaze, grunge and a lot more, the Van T’s offer up a fun, frenetic live show that promises to be a hit with any festival crowd.

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Listen to 35mm here:

Teen Canteen

Like their fellow Glaswegians Tuff Love, Teen Canteen are purveyors of summery pop music perfect for a sunny afternoon shuffle at a festival, but in a markedly different way: an all-girl group (a detail which isn’t actually always relevant, but is here…), the four-piece offer a blend of sugar-sweet harmonies, infectious melodies and sheer, irresistible, charm. Personally, I don’t think there’s much better than female-fronted pop music when it’s done well and if you’re of a similar persuasion, then Teen Canteen are just the band for you.

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Listen to Higher Than The Sun here:

White

Despite not even having an E.P. to their name yet, White are quite simply one of the finest bands around at the moment and if you haven’t heard them yet, then this is your chance to catch something very special indeed. Backed by a stream of magnificent singles, it seems that they get better with each one, but White’s live show is another step up again from those formidable releases – if you only see one band at Electric Fields, make sure it’s White. You will not be disappointed.

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Listen to I Liked You Better When You Needed Me here:

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