Bannockburn Live promises to be a celebration of both historic and contemporary Scotland
Karine Polwart, Roddy Woomble, Rachel Sermanni, Dougie MacLean and Julie Fowlis among the highlights
It's been a rough few months for Bannockburn Live. The festival was announced last year as a three-day celebration to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, and it's a key event in the Homecoming 2014 calendar. But since then, organisational problems and poor ticket sales have forced it to cancel its third day and its capacity has been slashed from 45,000 to just 15,000 people across the weekend.
Add to that the awkward – and, some accuse, political – scheduling of Armed Forces Day commemorations in nearby Stirling on the same weekend, and the festival's outlook is decidedly less rosy than it was 12 months ago.
Still, Bannockburn Live – now held over two days and organised by Visit Scotland – has put together an impressive lineup that's got plenty to keep families, food lovers and music fans entertained. Based around the Bannockburn Monument and new visitor centre, there'll be battle re-enactments and a Clan and Family Village where families from around the world can come together to learn about their Scottish ancestry.
The Land of Food and Drink strand will showcase the best of Scottish produce, while the Storyville Stage will host singer-songwriters Karine Polwart, Roddy Woomble and Rachel Sermanni. But for many the main draw will be Bannockburn Live's Music Arena, whose lineup includes ‘Caledonia’ writer Dougie MacLean, King Creosote, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire and Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, who recorded and produced music for Pixar's Brave.
'I am looking forward to attending the festival and sharing the stage with some of the finest Scottish musicians and singers,' says Fowlis, who will headline the Music Arena on Sunday. 'The festival has promised to be a celebration of both historic and contemporary Scotland, and I am therefore delighted to have been invited to perform as part of this flagship event, in a historic year for Scotland.'
Bannockburn, Sat 28–Sun 29 Jun.