The 10th Annual Linkylea Festival will take place at Colstoun Estate near Haddington on September 5th & 6th.
The line up to celebrate the 10th year in nothing short of fantastic. More on that later, but this festival is not run so the organisers can get in and make a massive profit from themselves.
Linkylea Festival is located in a field in the heart of rural East Lothian and is a small quirky festival set up in 2006 by sisters Bonny and Flora Squair and the team of Linkylea helpers, to raise money for impoverished children in India.
The bulk of the money raised so far has gone towards the building and maintaining of Snehalaya (‘Home with Love’) an Orphanage which is situated in one of the poorest parts of India, and has more than 50 children and young adults, many of whom have learning and physical disabilities. The majority have been abandoned at railway stations or found wandering the streets of Gwalior.
As I said the line up is amazing, split into the Sarita Stage, the AMMA Dome, The Granny Radge stage and the Dance Tent, here is a bit about a few of the highlights that you should check out this year.
Finishing of a fantastic summer where the Edinburgh hip hop 4 piece played many festivals, including Glastonbury and Wickerman and won the Scottish Album of the Year (and quite bloody rightly in my opinion). You must check out this band!!
Coming from a similar mould as Young Fathers, Hector Bizerk were also nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year, for ‘Nobody Seen Nothing’. The lads from Glasgow recently shared the stage with Jurassic 5.
One of my favorites of the year (as you can probably tell by the amount of times they have featured on this blog) if there is a better live band going around Edinburgh at the minute I haven’t seen them. They have also had a very busy summer playing Billy Braggs’ Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury as well as Doune The Rabbit Hole and the Kelburn Garden Party.
Voted ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards earlier this year. If you don’t enjoy this band you should just stop listening to it. Catchy lyrics and melodies coupled with a excited energetic stage show. DO NOT MISS. You should all also wear masks.
Full Line Up
Without volunteers and the Linkylea helpers this festival and all the great causes it works for could not exist. The festival organisers are still looking for people to help ou this year. If you fancy it you can get in touch to volunteer here.
If the massive festivals like T in the Park aren’t for you, then I would highly recommend you check out some of the smaller festivals Scotland has to offer and why not start with one where you will be helping out a fantastic cause.