Festival season 2k17 is on its way out, but it’s not reached the critical stage just yet. With the last round still to come as September prolongs the fun, Thornhill’s Electric Fields is an exciting addition to the Scotland sphere, returning to Drumlanrig Castle on Friday 1st September for an exciting weekend of indie, dance music and more. Boasting The Jesus and Mary Chain, Band of Horses, Dizzee Rascal and a stellar cast of Glasgow’s favourite DJs, Electric Fields has plenty to offer, so we thought we’d pick out our favourite five artists from the impressive lineup.
Sometimes what you really need is a good auld cry. One group who knows that better than most is Scotland’s own Frightened Rabbit, who deal with the real talk through their signature mix of cynical humour and bleeding heart melancholy. That might not sound like perfect festival headliner material, but when it’s as atmospheric as the music that they put out, it actually becomes rather uplifting. Life’s all about feelings, after all, and few bands match Frightened Rabbit when it comes to raw, life-affirming emotion.
Oxford’s Glass Animals make nice tunes and are fun live, so that’s a good start. Dealing in psychedelic ideas dipped in indie and embossed with pop, the four piece have two successful albums to their name, and have become festival favourites with their atmospheric live performances.
It’s often those artists that frustrate the pro-genre music classification squads that make the most interesting sounds, and Anna Meredith acts as a pretty fine example. ‘It’s alternative rock, isn’t it?’ Well, yeah, kind of. ‘It’s art pop, it’s contemporary classical. Maybe it’s electronica.’ Yes, yes, yes, but also no. Whatever it is, it’s compelling, and that should be enough. Go listen and see if you feel the need to work it out.
Surf rock tones wash over you like the sea does sand, gently moving you one way and then calmly dropping you off somewhere near where you started. Dreamy, peaceful and therapeutic, it’s the perfect music for a sunny afternoon, or even a doe-eyed day spent watching the rain. In either case, it’s hard not to enjoy the soft pastel sonic palette that Real Estate have at their disposal.
This Is The Kit
Pretty vocals and pretty guitar melodies rarely fail to make for an enchanting listen, as you’ll find upon first listen of This Is The Kit. Good folk music was made for festivals, and especially those that pop up in Scotland’s picturesque back yard.
Electric Fields gets underway at Drumlanrig Castle in Thornhill on Friday 1st September, running until Sunday 3rd September.
Photo courtesy of Electric Fields