Doune The Rabbit Hole 2015 Preview

Copy of logo2015-01They say size isn’t everything. And that’s particularly true of Doune The Rabbit Hole, who’s 1,000 capacity probably makes it one of the smallest music festivals on the calendar. Set in the idyllic Cardross Estate from 21 to 23 August, Doune The Rabbit Hole is a family (and dog!) friendly event which is a world away from the hustle and hassle of larger festivals I could mention.

Now in it’s sixth year, festival organisers have once again pulled together a richly diverse lineup of artists and bands from home and abroad. And here lies one of the great joys of this festival – you know that regardless of what day(s) you go, you’re going to have the opportunity to see many great artists and bands for the first time. So while there are a few familiar names on this years’ lineup, there are lots of new names too. And that’s a good thing!



Here’s a taste of what to expect:  DEERHOOF– Influential San Franciscan Indie Band SHOOGLENIFTY– 6 Piece “Acid-Croft” Celtic Fusion Band THEM BEATLES– Scotland’s top take on the Fab Four THE PHANTOM BAND– “One of Britain’s most inventive bands” (Uncut) FATHERSON– Melodic Indie Anthems THE JOHN LANGAN BAND– Traditional Scottish styles with some added punk flair KIRAN LEONARD– Unique Oldham musician beloved of BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley COSMIC DEAD– Sprawling riffage and dark psych-rock THE EX– Unique veteran experimental Dutch band EARL GATESHEAD– Legendary Trojan Soundsystem selector with dub, reggae and great vibes STANLEY ODD– Alternative Scottish hip-hop troupe PAWS– Joyfully Noisy Glasgow punk trio TREMBLING BELLS– Folk-rock stalwarts of the DtRH lineup return with a new album (and hopefully their capes!) TANTZ– High energy Klezmer band with 1S8C7688dub, hip-hop and Balkan beats TRASH KIT– Post-punk trio featuring ex-member of Electralane Ros Murray KING CAPISCE– A mix of jazz, ambient & post-rock sounds JOHN KNOX SEX CLUB– Bombastic post-folk-rock outfit from Glasgow PLANK– Experimental Prog-Rock GOLDEN TEACHER– Wild and original grooves from a dance-inflicted collaborative project C DUNCAN– Glasgow composer whose emotive music conjures soundtracks and drama

Apart from the music, there are a wide range of activities and workshops to keep the whole family busy. I particularly like the sound of Beardy Weardy’s DIY Resplendant Adornments, where you can make your own festival outfit from recycled materials. You can also learn circus skills, get your face painted and drink beer. What’s not to like about that!

So, tickets are available HERE and if this year’s festival is even half as good as last year, it’ll be a belter! See you there!!!