With a month to go until the gates open for Electric Fields, the last big party of the summer, final touches are being made for a weekend of top class music, food and entertainment coupled with an intimate, community atmosphere.
Here’s what you need to know.
Returning to the grounds of the 17th Century Drumlanrig Castle, nicknamed The Pink Palace, in Dumfries & Galloway for its fourth outing, Electric Fields offers a distinctive setting. Escape the city and pitch up your tent in the castle’s back garden. Take a break from the fun of the festival with a stroll through the woods or down by the river before heading back for some more music. The event will take place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September.
The site is around a one hour drive south of Glasgow and easily accessible from Dumfries & Sanquhar railway stations.
As well as the main campsite, there is a separate family camping field, which is cannily placed in front of Drumlanrig’s massive adventure playground.
If you want that extra level of luxury, then their boutique camping field is for you. You can sleep in the more comfort at Electric Fields and stay in a yurt, bell tent or a squrt complete with beds, rugs and lights. As well as this, new for 2017, EF welcome Tangerine Fields and their pre-pitched village. A great way if you want to turn up, have fun, and leave without ever touching a peg.
Showcasing some of the most exciting music around at the moment, Electric Fields offers festival-goers the opportunity to see up to 100 artists across four stages, as well as secret sets throughout the weekend.
Friday sees Frightened Rabbit headline their first Scottish festival, which is sure to be a triumphant close to the first day. While on Saturday, grime star Dizzee Rascal brings his MC skills to the headline slot, fresh from releasing his latest critically acclaimed album Raskit.
New for this year, EF also has stages put together by two of Scotland’s foremost authorities on new and exciting music, with the Tenement TV Discover Stage, and a new stage curated by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, both championing passionate and exciting music from around the UK and beyond.
For those electronically inclined, the Sneaky Pete’s stage line-up is led by Glasgow stalwart Jackmaster, known for his ability to traverse genres and moods in a few hours.
Food & Drink
As well as the musical lineup, Electric Fields will this year be expanding its food and drink offering.
They have teamed up with the folks behind one of Scotland’s best street food market The Pitt to bring you an awesome culinary experience at the festival. They’ll be bringing some of the best vendors in the country to set up shop in a specially curated food village.
There’s a variety of new bars on offer this year as well, with a dedicated Ale Festival (including their own brewed Electric Ale), two new cocktail bars – a pop-up from Edinburgh favourite Hoot The Redeemer and a dedicated Patron Airstream Bar. For the wine and Prosecco fans, there’s also a new wine bar, brought to the festival by Smith & Gertrude with a wide selection from around Europe to quench your thirst.
The last remaining tickets are on sale now from £100 and a limited number of day tickets are also available here.