AS thousands of festival goers prepare to descend on the stunning fields of Dumfries & Galloway this weekend, it’s fair to say that the 2017 edition of Electric Fields is building up to be its biggest and best yet. With anticipation levels flying through the roof and forecasters predicting a sunny weekend, Scotland’s fastest growing festival is most certainly the place to be this weekend for any discerning music lover.
Boasting a rich and varied line-up of international stars, homegrown talent and up and coming talent, we are delighted to be hosting our very own Tenement TV Discover Stage at this year’s festival which will feature an eclectic bunch of artists from Kate Tempest to Arab Strap to Crash Club to Temples.
Having already provided you with a full rundown of the TTV stage and the bands set to appear there across the weekend, here’s the unmissable sets that’ll be taking place across the festival at a variety of arenas around the site.
Starting off as the small bedroom project of brothers Scott and Grant Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit have grown into one of the nation’s most loved indie-rock outfits. Led by Scott’s wry and deeply engaging songwriting, the band released their fifth album Painting Of A Panic Attack in 2016; a record which instilled their deeply cathartic narratives and distinctive brand of Scottish melancholy with bigger, more refined soundscapes. Whether delivering stripped back, intimate tales of heartbreak or foot-stomping, heartfelt indie-rock anthems, Frightened Rabbit’s headline set will go down a storm in front of a sold out crowd on Friday night.
When: Main Stage, 10pm, Friday
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Post-punk trailblazers, noise-pop pioneers, the band of a generation; few artists have had the same profound effect on our culture as The Jesus and Mary Chain. They may not attract the same tabloid-baiting ruckus of their heyday, but the band have proven they remain every bit as vital following the release of Damage And Joy earlier this year, their first LP since 1998. Electric Fields will be a chance to see one of the most influential back catalogues in musical history; an opportunity to catch one of Scotland’s finest musical exports in action.
When: Main Stage, 9pm, Saturday
BAND OF HORSES
Formed in 2004 by frontman and chief songwriter Ben Bridwell, Grammy-nominated US outfit Band Of Horses are definitely one of the most established names on this year’s bill. Hailing from South Carolina, their 2016 album Why Are You OK was widely considered a return to form for the band who are known all over the world for heartfelt indie-rock anthems and stirring Americana soundscapes. A band who will appeal to all ages, their definitive track ‘The Funeral’ is sure to be a set highlight.
When: Main Stage, 8.30pm, Friday
An artist that transcends the notion of art for art’s sake and truly utilises every exhalation and utterance for a purpose, Kate Tempest is quite simply one of the most culturally important artists that Britain has to offer in the modern era. The driving force behind a varied career that has seen her become a critically acclaimed playwright, author and more, her intermingling of spoken word and hip-hop has yielded two utterly spellbinding bodies of work in 2014’s Everybody Down and last year’s Let Them Eat Chaos.
In a time of great upheaval for the world, artists that not only critique the status quo but implore their audience to become the change they wish to see in society are vital and no one is more prescient than Tempest at the moment. Expect hard-hitting instrumentals and even more ferocious proclamations from an artist that refuses to yield and has inspired droves of people since she came to prominence.
When- TTV Discover Stage: 11pm, Friday
Headliners at the very first Electric Fields back in 2014, Fatherson return to Drumlanrig Castle with two albums to their name and heaps of touring experience. One of Scotland’s best homegrown talents, the trio are adept at delivering hugely engaging and powerful festival sets full of heartfelt rockers and soaring refrains and are more than ready to take on the Main Stage alongside massive names like The Mary Chain.
When: Main Stage, 6.15pm, Saturday
Purveyors of dizzying, kaleidoscopic psychedelia that bridges the gap between the genre’s illustrious past and a mesmeric future, Temples have been thoroughly impressing ever since they first made their way on to the scene with their fantastic debut album Sun Structures in 2014. Having returned to the fray with authority on this year’s Volcano, its re-imagining of their trademark sound and tracks such as ‘Certainty’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Mirror’ and ‘Mystery Of Pop’ demonstrated that their creativity hasn’t weaned and it’ll be glorious to see them bring it to the masses.
When- TTV Discover Stage- 9 30pm, Friday
Car Seat Headrest
One of the most resolutely creative singer/songwriters that we’ve seen in the 21st Century to date, Will Toledo’s rambunctious brand of alt-rock is one that never fails to deliver. Enduring a slow but steady rise since he began to prolifically release albums via Bandcamp in 2010, the one-time bedroom project would begin to expand at a obscenely fast rate after 2015’s Teens Of Style before last year’s follow-up Teens Of Denial registered as one of the finest albums that’s been produced in recent memory. Filled with urgent guitars and thrilling yet lighthearted choruses, Car Seat Headrest are sure to incite absolute chaos when they descend upon the festival.
When- TTV Discover Stage: 8pm, Friday
A product of the UK’s ever fertile DIY scene, Glasgow-based duo Sacred Paws were thrust into the limelight earlier this summer when their debut album Strike A Match won the coveted Scottish Album of the Year award. Brimming with funky rhythms and intricately crafted indie-pop tunes, the duo are sure to attract a healthy crowd to their early slot on the Main Stage on Saturday as their reputation continues to soar.
When: Main Stage, 1.30pm, Saturday
A slacker pop project led by former Poor Things guitarist Craig Angus and featuring drummer Taylor Stewart and Catholic Action duo Jamie Dubber and Andrew McPherson, Savage Mansion craft wonderful power pop melodies through a layer of dreamy fuzz and wistful nostalgia. Set to appear alongside some of Scotland’s finest up and coming bands on the Redeemer Stage on Friday, they are sure to leave Electric Fields with a lot more converts.
When: Redeemer Stage, 4pm, Friday
Invigorating dance music that brims with the strident, self-assured swagger of indie rock at its most potent, Crash Club are the missing link between the heady days where DFA ruled the roost and the sort of arms aloft anthems that dominates main stage headline slots at events around the globe. Having compiled their ingenious electro-fuelled concoctions into their debut EP CC.101, the band have relented from the rigorous cycle of gigging that they’ve undertaken in recent years in order to head back into the studio and; judging from the reports of their recent performance at Carnival 56, they’ve continued to hone their sound whilst losing none of that spark that makes their live shows so effortlessly thrilling.
When- TTV Discover Stage: 5:45pm, Saturday
As the lead vocalist of pioneering synth-pop outfit Ladytron, Helen Marnie’s contribution to modern pop has been nothing short of illustrious since the turn of the century. After re-locating to Glasgow in 2012 in pursuit of a fresh start and creative fulfilment, the frontwoman proved her credentials as a solo artist with the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Crystal World. This year, she followed it up with the equally impressive Strange Worlds and Weird Wars; a deeply melodic and artful take on modern pop which finds her pushing boundaries while cementing her own solo identity.
When: Main Stage, 4.15pm, Friday
Inventive and biting punk rock from Manchester, the band known as PINS have continued to raise their game in recent years and the plaudits that they’ve rightfully received attest to their hard work paying off. A fixture on our collective radars for years, their transition from the sound of Girls Like Us to Wild Nights and their recent Iggy Pop-assisted EP Bad Thing has been nothing short of a pleasure to behold and their live shows are every bit as engrossing and incendiary.
When- TTV Discover Stage, 7pm, Saturday
A band who have had a seismic impact on the Glasgow music scene in recent months, it goes without saying that Rascalton have a hugely exciting future ahead of them. First thrust onto our radar when they won our competition to open Tenement Trail 2016, the band have since gone onto release one massive punk anthem after another and have signed to the impressive roster at 13 Artists. Known to incite utter chaos with each live show, the four-piece are sure to leave a lasting impression at Electric Fields when they play the Redeemer Stage this coming Friday.
When: Redeemer Stage, 5pm, Friday
LOUIE AND THE LOCHBACKS
A hugely exciting new feature coming to this year’s Electric Fields is the Neu! Reekie! Stage; a platform dedicated to spoken word. Featuring a number of big performers such as Liz Lochhead and a special solo performance from none other than Scott Hutchison, one artist you don’t want to miss is Louie and the Lochbacks. Led by the former Hector Bizerk frontman Louie, the group featuring members of Pronto Mama have won over a number of festival crowds around Scotland with their brilliant combination of deeply moving performance poetry and a capella vocals.
When: Neu! Reekie Stage, 3.40pm, Friday
AND YET IT MOVES
Abrasive, unhinged and delightfully macabre, the next evolution of Dale Barclay has arrived but And Yet It Moves’ hostile siege of your brain is just beginning. Culling aspects of post-punk, jazz-inspired improvisation and noise rock and aligning it with a succession of twisted and wildly surreal narratives that transport you on a journey that holds no place for the fainthearted, the band will preface the release of their upcoming debut album All Welcome, No Prisoners by descending upon the constrastingly tranquil surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle. For those who’ve watched either of the tracks from our recent session with the band at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s, it’s safe to say that their set is going to be a no holds barred depiction of their wonderfully anarchic agenda.
When: Redeemer Stage, 7pm