Electric Fields – Ones To Watch – 2017

Alive & Amplified pick 10 bands for you to check out at Electric Fields this weekend.

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Look 👆 honestly look 👆 how are we supposed to pick just 10 bands for you to see at Electric Fields.

It’s one of our favorite weekends of the summer. Electric Fields returns to Drumlanrig Castle this weekend with one of the best festival line-ups of the summer. We have attempted to whittle our selections down to just 5 each day. We have made it slightly easier for ourselves but picking just Scottish bands.

Friday

Frightened Rabbit – Main Stage – 22:00

Friday night’s main stage headliners Frightened Rabbit need no introduction to regular readers of this blog or listeners to the radio show. Thier latest album ‘Picture Of A Panic Attack’ was my choice of Album of 2016 and it went on to secure the overall vote. Unbelievably this is their first shot at headlining a Scottish festival. Expect hits from all 5 albums. Definitely not to be missed.

Marnie – Main Stage – 16:15

Marnie released her second solo album ‘Strange Worlds & Weird Wars’ in June and it’s become a favourite here at A&A. The ex-Ladytron singer makes amazing dark electro-pop tipping her hat to M83. However saying this the album isn’t just one genre. Marnie effortlessly switches from melodic to upbeat pop. One of my favourites ‘Electric Youth’ wouldn’t be out of place in any classic 80’s movie soundtrack.

Rascalton – Redeemer Stage – 17:00

An up and coming band from Scotland who we are yet to see live but are very much looking forward to remedying that this weekend. Rascalton remind me of early (read decent) The Strokes, and not just because they have a similarly titled track. Debut single ‘This Is It’ came out in April to massive praise across the board.  Catch Rascalton on the Redeemer Stage as these guys are future festival headliners!

Savage Mansion – Redeemer Stage – 16:00

Fuzzy Lo-Fi Dreamy Pop, how’s that for a genre? Savage Mansion is the brainchild of Craig Angus (with a little help from his friends). They released EP ‘Everyone To The Savage Mansion’ in 2016 and have returned recently with new single ‘Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours’ on Lost Map Records.

Anna Meredith – Tenement TV’s Discover Stage – 18:30

2016’s Scottish Album of the Year winner Anna Meredith will bring her amazing live show to Drumlanrig Castle this year and I for one cannot wait to see it again. ‘Varmints’ was a very worthy winner of The SAY Award in 2016 and I look forward to seeing if there is new material to be played at Electric Fields.

Saturday

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Tenement TV Discover Stage – 14:00

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West were definitely one of my highlights from this year’s Wide Days. His politically charged rock numbers instantly grab you by the balls and keep you hooked throughout. Add to that the confident swagger and snarl of frontman Declan and you’ll leave the gig desperate for more.

Sam Gellaitry – Music From The Big Pink – 20:00

Sam Gellaitry is a new one for me. I first heard his song ‘Acres’ on Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland show a couple of months back and I had to find out more. He has released a series of EP’s ‘Escapism I, II & III’ If you are into more chilled-out electro then you will love this. Definitely one for the sun going down.

Future Get Down – Music From The Big Pink – 17:00

However, if chilled Electro isn’t your thing and you want to dance then do not miss Future Get Down’s festival debut. Recent single ‘End Of The World After Party’ followed 2016’s ‘Dreamkillers’ and having seem them live a couple of times this year there is not a lack of cracking tunes. If you need a pick me up after Friday’s exploits get along to this.

Fatherson – Main Stage – 18:15

Main stage sing along anthems in abundance, Fatherson could easily be headlining the main stage at Electric Fields. 2016 saw Fatherson explode into the mainstream with second album ‘Open Book’ released to critical acclaim and longlisted for The SAY Award. Not to mention a sold-out homecoming Christmas show at Glasgow Barrowland. They have not let up in 2016, touring Europe with Augustines as well as their own headlining shows.

Skjor – Music From The Big Pink – 16:00

Edinburgh’s Skjor are one of the most exciting bands coming out of Scotland just now.  This week they have released a brand new single ‘Living Without You’ which is a follow up to the double A-side ‘Self-Control/Without Hope’ Regulars on my radio show on Radio Summerhall, they are also great live.

There you have 10 picks out of a huge and amazing line-up at Electric Fields. It truly is going to be a weekend. It’s not all about the music either. Have a look at A&A’s Essential Guide to Electric Fields to find out all about food, drink and what the kids can get up to.

See you down the front!

Electric Fields, Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, 1-2 September

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