Whilst we’re getting things ready for this year’s event, here’s a run-down of the great stuff that happened last year.
Lau (called ‘the best live band in the country’ by The Guardian), Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan, and Radio 1 darlings WHITE headline our main stage, while on Sunday night Ricky Ross and Emma Pollock lead a Scottish songwriters’ special in aid of Gorbals music charity Givin’ It Laldie. From punk-pop and the best new Scottish rock and hip hop, through African beats to gorgeous soaring folk, trad and Gaelic song, we’ll get you up and dancing.
WITH: Lau, C Duncan, WHITE, Ricky Ross, Emma Pollock, Pronto Mama, The Spook School, The Van T’s, The Ha Orchestra,The Little Kicks, Bdy_Prts, Olympic Swimmers, Brass Aye?, Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells, Declan Welsh, Louie Bhoy, Rab Noakes, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, Rory Butler, Ewan Macintyre, LaKyoto, Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, The Daddy Naggins, Josephine Sillars, Reverieme, Black Doves, St Martiins, Home$lice, Big Hogg, The Micro Band, Dancing on Tables.
Writers, politicians, activists and artists getting to grips with the state of the world. Our panels and debates take on topics including Brexit, the refugee crisis, Northern Ireland, the justice system, indigenous resistance, minority languages and the housing crisis. And there’s a second chance to hear Professor Alison Phipps ’ inaugural speech as the first UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts.
WITH: Andy Wightman MSP, Lesley Riddoch, The Sunday Herald Big Debate, Duncan Morrow, David Greig, Alison Phipps, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Eilidh Whiteford MP, Sally Foster-Fulton, Ross Greer MSP, Padraig O Tuama, Ariel Killick.
Booker Prize-winner James Kelman heads up the literary programme, with readings from his new novel The Dirt Road, exploring Americana and roots through the eyes of a Scottish exile and accompanied by live music from his family band, The Dirt Roadsters. Helen Sedgwick, novelist and physicist, discusses her hugely-acclaimed, metaphysical puzzle box debut, The Comet Seekers, described as “an exquisitely layered, thrilling novel” by The New York Times. Tawona Sithole will lead a late-night poetry event with Seeds of Thought, Mara Menzies brings the world to Perthshire through the power of storytelling, and there’s Shetlandic poetry from Christine De Luca and Christie Williamson.
Award-winning dance artist Claire Cunningham brings her solo show Guide Gods, Noyam African Dance Institute present a one-off International Premiere of a new piece of dance (their only European date); lovely theatre piece O Is For Hoolet investigates Scots and English; there’s globally-inspired storytelling from Mara Menzies, Shetlandic poetry from Christine De Luca and Christie Williamson, slam from Sam Small, late night rhymes with Seeds of Thought, silent fun from the Creative Martyrs and awe-inspiring flips and turns from Adventure Circus.
“Scotland’s most family-friendly music festival.” – The Herald
Small people will love our biggest programme ever. Enchanting puppet shows from Little Fawn Caravan Theatre, toe-tapping songs and stories from Fischy Music and Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook, magical acrobatics in the tree tops with Whispering Woods, children’s yoga with Tatty Bumpkin, riotous street theatre from SURGE, an all-ages ceilidh with the Homecoming String Band, workshops in everything from dance to Gaelic poetry, and don’t forget the fuzzy pals of the petting zoo!
A packed film programme curated by Africa in Motion, opportunities for Gaelic foraging, Shetlandic translation, workshops, a gospel choir, den making, crafts, dance classes, yoga, an open fire and a hang-out space for young people.