Festival Fever

Festival Fever

Allan Radcliffe reports on the latest Scottish summer festivals’ announcements

Early Bird tickets still available for The Outsider
The Outsider, the newest addition to Scotland’s festivals calendar, is a must for culture lovers hoping to escape the city this summer. The three-day event, part of the Highland 2007 celebrations, takes place over the Midsummer Weekend (Friday 22-Sunday 24 June) at Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms. The confirmed main stage headliners are KT Tunstall (Saturday) and Crowded House (Sunday), playing their first Scottish show since reforming, as well as King Creosote, Salsa Celtica and DJ Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly and comedians such as Craig Hill (pictured), with further acts still to be announced.

The festival also features a strong focus on the surrounding landscape, offering a number of activities such as the Merida Outsider Mountain Bike Event and Britain’s Most Beautiful Run, a 12km trail for runners of all abilities, as well as wildlife watching, Canadian canoeing and rock climbing.

Discounted ‘Early Bird’ tickets are currently available from the festival’s website. Weekend tickets covering all three days can be bought for £50, Friday night tickets are £15 and Saturday or Sunday only tickets are £25. However, these discounts are only on offer until Saturday 31 March, after which prices will rise to £65 (three day pass), £20 (Friday night), and £25 for each weekend date. www.outsiderfestival.co.uk

Line-up announced for Connect
Also part of Highland 2007, the eagerly anticipated Connect festival has unveiled its impressive inaugural line-up. Set in the beautiful surrounds of Inverary Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne, the event is organised by DF Concerts, the organisers of T in the Park, though aimed at a more mature audience.

The three-day musical beano kicks off in style on Friday 31 August with a performance by The Beastie Boys, while legendary Glasgow rockers Primal Scream take over headline duties on the Saturday, giving way to Icelandic icon Björk on Sunday. The Jesus and Mary Chain will be playing their first gig in Scotland in nearly 20 years along with CSS on the Friday, while legendary post-punks The Only Ones, LCD Soundsystem, Idlewild, King Creosote and Tilly and the Wall will also be appearing.

Further acts will be announced over the coming months. Tickets are already available at www.connectmusicfestival.com or on 0870 169 0100.

First acts confirmed for T on the Fringe
Grammy-winning rockers, Foo Fighters, and Leeds five-piece, Kaiser Chiefs, are the first bands to be unveiled for the seventh T on the Fringe. Dave Grohl’s band will play Meadowbank Stadium on Tuesday 21 August while the Chiefs take to the stage on Friday 24 August. And the good news doesn’t end there, as promoter Dave Corbet says: ‘We’ve got some more really exciting news for what will be the best T on the Fringe yet.’ Tickets are available from www.tonthefringe.com or through the 24-hour ticket hotline on 0870 169 0100.

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