Kelburn Garden Party – Preview – 2nd/3rd July

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This weekend let’s hope it’s a scorcher in Scotland for the Kelburn Garden Party, which is fast-becoming one of the country’s favourite fixtures on its festival calendar. Billed as ‘two days of musical magic and hi-jinx in a fairytale setting’, this is one summer festival that won’t disappoint. Set in the grounds of Kelburn Castle near Largs, the event boasts cross-cutting acts across a range of genres. These range from ‘from folkies, rockers and funk brothers to clubbers, dubbers and jazzers’ we are reliably informed. The festival prides itself on being free from corporate ties. You won’t find any shameless plugging of brands here: it’s all about the music and the festival spirit. More than merely music, festival activities include workshops, acoustic sessions, poetry, walks in the glen, mystery gigs in secluded spots and performance art and theatre, all in the idyllic setting of the grounds of Kelburn Castle.

The venue is equipped with three stages and a dance tent, as well as the many hidden spaces for pop-up events and gigs. This venue has hosted two successful mini-festivals earlier this summer – The Viewpoint Sessions in June and July, both to great acclaim. The festival is an inclusive day-to-night event, and weekend tickets cost only 55+BF, including camping. Children and families are welcome (under 13’s free), and fancy dress is encouraged during the revelry. The impressive line-up favours homegrown talent, with some big names from Glasgow including Sons & Daughters, JD Twitch, Mungo’s Hifi and Jackmaster.

Kelburn’s organisers invite you to ‘So, come one and all, discover Scotland’s quirkiest, funkiest boutique festival for yourself; come dance with us,and share in our dream, built with only you in mind.’

With Thanks to Astrojazz & Kelburn Productions

Tickets are limited to just 700 this year. Outlets/prices are:
Standard: £55+BF
Day Tickets: TBC (depends on demand)

At Ticketweb:

RIPPING RECORDS, South Bridge, Edinburgh
TICKETS SCOTLAND, Rose Street, Edinburgh

RUB-A-DUB, Howard Street, Glasgow
TICKETS SCOTLAND, Argyll Street, Glasgow

Read on for the full line-up…

Viewpoint Stage
Sons & Daughters
JD Twitch (Optimo)
Quantic (DJ Set)
Hidden Orchestra
Mungo’s Hi-Fi
Horndog Brass Band
The Stagger Rats
The Black Diamond Express
Lipsync For A Lullaby
The Soul Foundation
Captain Slackship’s Mezzanine Allstars
The Gilly Flowers
Das Contras
Northern Xposure
Conscious Route Band
Departure Lounge DJs
+ More DJs

Pyramid Stage (in association with Ten Tracks)
Iona Marshall
White Heath
Frogpocket & Sindri
David Donnelly
Tall Tales (formerly The Social Services)
Nevada Base
Open Swimmer
Small Feet Little Toes
Adopted as Holograph
Earl Grey & The Loose Leaves
Lewis Gibson & The Midas Touch
The Dark Jokes
My Tiny Robots
Kung Fu Mother!
Jonnie Common
The Ideal Crash

Square Stage
Rise Kagona
The Bevvy Sisters
Tinderbox Orchestra
Donna Maciocia
Gecko 3
Baobab Gateway
The Stantons
Buick 55’s Rockabilly Band
Chris Bradley
The Skarsoles
The Edinburgh Samba School
Chanty Dyke Ceilidh Band
The Gus Ferguson Jazz Band

Other Stuff To See/Do
Friday Night Warm-up Party
Dance Tent in the Tall Trees
Secret Forest of Otherworldly Cabaret & Dreams
Session in the Formal Gardens
Late Night Jam Sessions
Poetry by the Waterfall
Workshops for Big & Little Kids
Guided Tours
Cinema & Chill Out Zone
Good Food & Drink, BBQs, Cocktail Bar
Live Art from Too Much Fun Club
Pop-up Tennis
Suitcase Theatre
Stiltwalking & Storytelling


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