Guest column - Author Ian Rankin on connecting with inner Michael Eavis to book bands for the Aberfeldy Festival
Scottish art, literature, food and music event, the Aberfeldy Festival, returns later this week (2-3 November). In a bit of a coup the music section of the festival has been programmed by author Ian Rankin. In a guest column he talks us through the local Scottish talent he's picked to play.
I've been asked to let you know how I came to choose the bands playing at this year's Aberfeldy Festival. The Scottish music scene has seldom been as vibrant and interesting and I was keen to let people hear as many cracking bands and performers as possible.
I've always been a fan of King Creosote and the whole Fence Collective ethos (and output), so it is great that so many Fence acts agreed to come to Aberfeldy this year.
Having been to the Homegame festival, I see Aberfeldy as having the same vibe - intimate performances and a really good time had by all. In fact, I saw Phantom Band blow the roof off at Homegame one year, and they'll be bringing that energy to Aberfeldy.
Star Wheel Press's first album was one of my favourite records of 2011, possibly just beaten by Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells, so its a real thrill that they'll be playing on the Friday.
At last year's inaugural festival we had three acts either night; this year there'll be five. Something for everyone, in a nice venue in a beautiful part of the country. And did I mention the whisky...?
For full details, including the full line-up and ticket availability, head to Aberfeldyfestival.co.uk.
11:01 AM | 30/10/2012
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