Kelburn Garden Party 2010 (3 stars)

Kelburn Garden Party 2010

Kelburn Castle, Largs, Sat 3-Sun 4 Jul

It’s a garden party Jim, but not as we know it. Forget canapés on the lawn, straw hats and refined company – this weekend is all about waterproof trousers, bacon rolls, and neds and hippies coming together in shared appreciation of a good pounding bass beat.

Still only in its second year as a proper festival, Kelburn’s a long way from becoming commercialised or jaded, but sometimes the endearingly DIY schtick so evident in touches like the hammocks and magical fairyland stage decorations manifests itself more annoyingly as a lack of organisation: it’s fairly riling to find the band you were planning to see have already played on a different stage from the one you were expecting.

That said, the bands are great, if low-profile. It’s a diverse mix (hence the hippies and the neds, y’see) with highlights including Meursault’s epic bleep-folk, Hidden Orchestra’s double-drummer-powered funk masterpieces, Stanley Odd’s surprisingly effective Scots rap and Alex Cornish’s emotive acoustic folk and looper pedal antics. Topped off with samba bands, a fire show, a waterfall, alpacas and a selection of top DJs, you could say Kelburn is trying to be all things to all men – and not doing a bad job at all either.

Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Castle provides the fairytale setting for this eccentric music festival. The graffiti project for which Kelburn is known is just one of the items of hand-made décor, art and lighting that make the event a feast for all the senses. Six stages and various pop-up nooks host the musical programme, an eclectic mix of…