Big in Falkirk
While Edinburgh and Glasgow’s various festivals get bigger and starrier every year and T in the Park hoovers up exclusive rights to Scottish dates on any band with even the possibility to make headlines, one not-so-little festival in the Central Belt has been quietly delivering spectacular shows since the turn of the century. What Big in Falkirk does – excellently – is tailor its crazily diverse programme (experimental street theatre, magical kids activities, good old-fashioned crowd-pleasing music acts and truly magnificent pyrotechnics) perfectly to the beauty of Callendar Park. This year, look out for skateboarding grannies, brilliant Edinburgh hip hop act Young Fathers, a Sao Paulo carnival in the Secret Garden area, ranger-guided walks and something/one called Fantastic Staccato Bananas. No, really.
Callendar Park, Falkirk, Sat 2 & Sun 3 May. See www.biginfalkirk.com