I was about to say that we’re getting towards the end of the festival season, but to be honest, there are probably quite a few more. Doune the Rabbit Hole will however be the last one I’m attending (lottery win notwithstanding), so fortunately it’s a good one.
From 22nd-25th August at Cardross Estate – near Port of Menteith in Stirlingshire, the fourth incarnation of the festopens up on Thursday evening with headliners Orkestra Del Sol plus Garden of Elks, Honey & the Herbs and Fast Camels, before three full days of music – Friday has Alasdair Roberts & Friends, Gallon Drunk, Rick Redbeard, Paws, Herman Dune’s Stanley Brinks, Meursault, and Miaoux Miaoux.
Saturday is a bit of a bumper indie feast with Clinic, The Pastels, Robyn Hitchcock, Panda Su, The Monochrome Set, Washington Irving, and John Knox Sex Club.
And on Sunday it’s Venetian Snares, Randolphʼs Leap, Rachel Sermanni, Samba Sene & Diwan, and Jo Mango.
Tickets are available from the festival website at www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk.
Speaking of festivals, Edinburgh’s still in full swing – with musical shows ranging from Pumajaw (Summerhall, all the way till the weekend) to Dean Friedman (Apex Hotel, Tues – Sat). There’s also The Pictish Trail with Monoganon at the Liquid Room, plus Malcolm Middleton at Henry’s, and Editors at the Picturehouse – all on Saturday.
Rewind to Wednesday in Glasgow – Franz Ferdinand hit the comeback trail in the run-up to their new album launch. They’re at the QMU on Wednesday. Penguins Kill Polar Bears are at Flat 0/1, same city, same night.
On Friday 23rd at the Glad Cafe, A New International play their first show under that name, with Haiku Salut and Ally Kerr. The headliners were formerly known as epic popsters The Starlets, and are soon to start recording new material with Richard Hawley producer Colin Elliot. (The band also play an Edinburgh set at Lach’s Antihoot on 3rd September.
On Saturday 24th at The Tunnels in Aberdeen, Found in duo mode (Lomond Campbell & River of Slime, as Tommy Perman is on hiatus). Guests include Anak Anak – Anneke Kampmann, one half of Chemikal labelmates Conquering Animal Sound, plus, Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut. Tickets here.
Finally, back to the weekend in the capital, where Edinburgh singer/songwriter Kim Edgar will be performing in Stockbridge Parish Church at 8 pm on Saturday 24th.