Summer Festivals 2012: Ones to watch

Summer Festivals 2012: Ones to watch

Jeff Mills

A selection of industry experts and List writers choose their musical highlights for this summer

Lanterns on the Lake

Chosen by Jonny Ensall, Editor, The List
What does that name bring to mind? Boats on the water? A night to remember? An ethereal choir of knitting together a sense of the magical past and the optimistic future? You’re spot on with this talented bunch of Bella Union-signed Geordies.
■ Belladrum, Beauly, 3 & 4 Aug.

Lord Rochester

Chosen by Vic Galloway, BBC presenter, music journalist
A raucous, tartan-clad R&B trio who love Diddley! They lay down the law with ham-bone rhythms, primitive bass and tremelo guitar on a selection of 7” vinyl singles and their excellent Hey! LP. Catch them on the Isle of Eigg and shake yo tail feather!
■ Away Game, the Isle of Eigg, 20–22 Jul.

Jeff Mills

Chosen by Henry Northmore, Clubs editor, The List
Technically one of the best DJs the world has ever seen, alternating quick cuts, scratching, multi-layered mixing usually on three decks plus CDs and FX. They don’t call him the Wizard for nothing. Perhaps an obvious choice, but the right choice.
■ RockNess, Dores, 8–10 Jun.

Three Blind Wolves

Chosen by Ally McCrae, Presenter, BBC Introducing, Radio 1
Their howling, beer-raising, fist pumping folk/americana live show is unmissable. Imagine seeing that, at dusk, on a stage in a clearing in a Highland forest, surrounded by good people and no doubt even better beer.
■ Insider Festival, Aviemore, 16 Jun.

United Fruit

Chosen by Lauren Mayberry, Around Town/LGBT editor, The List
United Fruit are great live – chest-crushingly heavy and tight as a gnat's proverbial. Festival-goers seeking the gnarlier ilk should also look out for Holy Mountain, Hey Enemy and Edinburgh’s Vasquez.
■ Wickerman, 20 & 21 Jul.

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher

Chosen by Ian Harrower, Festival producer, The Big Tent
Weaving together shifting melodies that are intelligent but still reach the heart and the head these are one of our best kept secrets – though not for much longer. Classy musicians, clever ideas and musical fusions: an electric live band that will get our festivalgoers on their feet.
■ The Big Tent, Falkland, Fife, 21–22 Jul.

Nicki Minaj

Chosen by Nicola Meighan, Music writer, The List
Hits, wigs, tits, power, the biggest balls and all the best raps: Nicki Minaj is reason alone to head to Balado this festival season. The hyper-star’s day-glo muse embraces pop, hardcore hip hop and R&B balladry, and her mantras are equally incandescent: ‘It’s Barbie, bitch!’
■ T in the Park, Balado, 8 Jul.

Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard

Chosen by Alun Woodward, Director, Chemikal Underground
Jeffrey Lewis writes really engaging, entertaining songs and it would be a treat to see him in surroundings as beautiful as Doune. All that and I can sleep in the comfort of a warm bed in my parents’ house!
■ Doune The Rabbit Hole, Doune, 24–26 Aug.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

This family-friendly favourite of the Scottish music festival scene is back with theatre and spoken word events, ceilidhs, art and craft workshops and fancy dress. This year's music line-up includes Jess Glynne, Chvrches, Elbow, Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi, Glasvegas, Richard Thompson and The Selecter.

Belladrum, Inverness

Thu 1 Aug

£16.50–£159.10 (Children £9.90–£29.70)

Fri 2 Aug

£16.50–£159.10 (Children £9.90–£29.70)

Sat 3 Aug

£16.50–£159.10 (Children £9.90–£29.70)

Doune the Rabbit Hole

A boutique music festival that produces a strong line-up of music, theatre, comedy and spoken-word performances.

Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith

Fri 19 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

Sat 20 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

Sun 21 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01877 385223

The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

T in the Park

From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moved from its longstanding Balado location to the new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. Bands appearing in 2016 include The Stone…

Big Tent

Three-day event mixing entertainment with environmentally-minded education. With creative workshops, puppet shows and storytelling for children, exhibitions, displays and debates for adults, and a festive ambience provided by world music artists, the festival will provide serious fun for all ages. This year's line-up…

The Insider Festival

A small and intimate contender on the Scottish music festival scene. Set in the gardens and woodlands of Inshriach House by Aviemore, it brings together 300 Scottish musicians to offer something special to its 1000 guests.


You know this one. Awesome line-ups and awesome location make for one of Scotland's favourite music festivals. 2013's line-up includes Example, Plan B, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Basement Jaxx, The Vaccines, Above & Beyond, Madeon, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard, Skream, Benga, Ellie Goulding, The Temper Trap, Alabama 3…

Fence Records' Away Game

Boutique Fife label Fence Records goes on its second jaunt to the Isle of Eigg, taking a few hundred lucky music fans with it. The first Away Game in 2010 was roundly accepted as being a magical event, with performances from Slow Club, Cate Le Bon, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, King Creosote, Pictish Trail and…

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