Doune The Rabbit Hole music festival 2011

Polar Bear, The Vaselines and Zoey Van Goey set for rural Scottish festival

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Doune The Rabbit Hole music festival 2011

Family-friendly festival Doune The Rabbit Hole makes a welcome return next month with a plethora of live acts including recently annouced headliners Polar Bear, The Vaselines and Zoey Van Goey. Situated at Old Newton, near the village of Doune, Stirling, this is the festival's second outing, which this year takes place between 10-12 June.

Following the success of last year’s album, Peepers, avant-garde, Mercury-nominated act Polar Bear will be headlining the Friday night. It was their mixture of jazz, electronica with drum and bass and funk in their crossover second album, Held on the Tips of Fingers that led them to fame in 2005. Joining them at the festival will be Glasgow-based band Zoey Van Goey, fresh off their support slot for Belle and Sebastian. Other highlights include Alasdair Roberts, RM Hubbert, Trembling Bells, Conquering Animal Sound and Remember Remember.

There is also a good cause benefiting from the festival, as director Jamie Murray explains, "Money raised from our Doune The Rabbit Hole events will go towards funding new workshops and classes which will teach young, disadvantaged people how to play an instrument, write, paint or do something creative."

Other acts appearing include The Vaselines, who appear on Saturday, along with one of Glasgow’s most-loved long-standing indie acts BMX Bandits. Mike Heron, known for his work with The Incredible String Band, will be finishing things off on the Sunday night, but not before James Yorkston, musician affiliated with the Fence Collective, presents readings from his book, It’s Lovely to be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent.

If you like your live music with a healthy dose of politics, philosophy and literature, then look out for a talk by human rights campaigner Craig Murray. while Professor Grahame Smith will be discussing Charles Dickens and Scotland. There will be comedy provided by the likes of Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister and to give you even further entertainment, there will be DJs, children’s theatre, art workshops, poetry, craft stalls and more.

Weekend tickets start at £58 for an adult and day tickets are £32 with free admission for the under 10s. Keep an eye out for a series of taster gigs during the coming weeks featuring bands from the bill, in venues across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dumfries and Dunblane.

Doune The Rabbit Hole, 10-12 June 2011, Doune, Stirling

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