Doune the Rabbit Hole has announced new dates and a revised lineup for its 2021 incarnation.
Following its 2020 postponement, the four-day event, taking place at Cardross Estate near the Lake of Mentieth in Stirlingshire, has moved from its previous July slot to Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August.
Post-Covid, the lineup has also changed from that of the delayed 2020 version with Dizzee Rascal, Sleaford Mods, Camera Obscura and Teenage Fanclub now headlining.
Other big names on the bill include 10cc, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience ft Al McKay, and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
Sadly absent from the roster are original bill-toppers Belle and Sebastian, Mclusky, and Pussy Riot, who were announced back in December 2019, while Public Enemy, John Cale, and Bill Bailey, who joined the lineup in March 2020, are also unable to make the revised dates.
However, Honeyblood, Bis, BC Camplight, The Pastels, The Bluebells, Buzzcocks, Tide Lines, and Stanley Odd are among the acts previously listed who will grace the event’s stages this year.
Peggy Seeger, Eddi Reader, Nadia Rose, Utah Saints, Goat Girl, Peatbog Faeries, The Rezillos, Elephant Sessions, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Nubiyan Twist, Girl Ray, Free Love, Snapped Ankles, Tim Burgess (DJ), Rachel Sermanni, Sacred Paws, Bombskare, The Skints, The Golden Filter, Peaness, Ill considered, Town of Cats, Hen Ogledd, The Moods, and Kubitaru are among the other confirmed bookings, with, the organisers say, many more still to come.
Festival director Jamie Murray said: “Audiences will note changes to this year’s lineup. We have worked incredibly hard to secure some truly fantastic new acts and headliners. Some previously booked acts could not make the new dates, including, to our great sadness, our 2020 headliners Belle & Sebastian and John Cale though both acts have confirmed that they will be performing with us in 2022!”
“We believe we’ve curated an epic lineup for 2021 in their absence, but if you wish you can still roll your ticket over to 2022, just as you will be able to if you aren’t able to make the new August dates. We are sorry to those who were desperate to see the acts that were set to perform, but we hope you agree we’ve more than made up for this with this new line up.”
“Unfortunately, the UK government has yet to back an insurance scheme for events and has not published any official guidelines for how live events will be required to operate in the wake of Covid-19, but these are expected to be provided by mid June following their test events. Our change in date from July to August is to allow time for an insurance scheme to be drawn up and for the guidelines to be published so we have time to incorporate them into our festival planning, something we are able to do at shorter notice than other much larger festivals.”
In the event that the festival has to postpone to 2022, audiences will be given the option to rollover tickets to July or August 2022, whichever is confirmed.