Eden Festival to launch new arena for 2017

This year’s Eden Festival has secured funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, through the National Events Programme for an exciting new development, which will also celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Eden Festival has been awarded £12,500 towards the creation of ‘The Great Mountain Stage’, which will showcase established and up and coming Scottish artists performing an array of trad, folk, Celtic music. The National Events Programme supports public facing events which take place out with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, driving domestic tourism and promoting the regions of Scotland.

The Great Mountain Stage will be part of the new arena at Eden Festival called the “The Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ which will also host The Mott n Fiddle Inn (real Ale and Cider bar) and a Japanese Tea House where you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

Founder and Head of Production Adam Curtis said: “We are extremely pleased and grateful that EventScotland have supported the festival in its development and incorporation of its heritage. With the funding we will be constructing 'The Great Mountain Stage' which is modelled on the Motte of Urr in the Haugh of Urr (Dumfries & Galloway) where I grew up. The design will feature a mountain with a stage built into it, framed with huge fire breathing towers, will year on year host a fantastic selection of traditional Scottish musicians from folk, classical, Celtic and acoustic. There will also be a large ceilidh on the Sunday.”

More details and an online picture book of the creation of 'The Great Mountain Stage' will be released in the following weeks.

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting ‘The Great Mountain Stage’ at this year’s Eden Festival thanks to funding from our National Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and the 2017 line-up is testament to that fact, celebrating the best of Scottish traditional music talent in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”

Eden Festival’s The Great Mountain Stage will host international and Scottish acts including:

AGNES OBEL / RORY MCLEOD / THE CHAIR / SKETCH / GAVIN MARWICK’S JOURNEYMAN PROJECT / TALISK / MOISHE’S BAGEL / THE POOZIES / SALTFISHFORTY / WHIRLIGIG

CERA IMPALA AND THE NEW PROHIBITION / MACMASTER/HAY / GREG LAWSON AND PETE GARNETT / SNUFF BOX / JENN BUTTERWORTH AND LAURA-BETH SALTER

BREEZY LEE/ STRING QUARTET WITH RUTH MORRIS, GAVIN MARWICK, WENDY STEWART AND STUART MACPHERSON / PLATFORM FOR PERFORMANCE WITH LOCAL BANDS AND STUDENTS FROM THE GLASGOW CONSERVATOIRE

AGNES OBEL

Denmark’s Agnes Obel is an award winning musician with two platinum selling albums under her belt and about to achieve her third with her recently released album ‘Citizens of Glass’. She is a top five artist in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as having two singles in the UK album charts. One of the most exciting and current acts that Eden Festival has hosted, she will be bringing her female classically trained band; expect keys, cello’s, drums and clarinets, and Agnes Obel’s stunning vocals.

RORY MCLEOD

Rory Mcleod, a one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. Playing a whole host of instruments including a harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea and djembe.

THE CHAIR

The Chair, an energetic 8 piece strong band from Orkney, winners of the Scottish Folk band of the year 2008. Expect to hear the fiddle, accordion and lots of percussion.

THE SKETCH

Leading the way in a new wave of Celtic-based dancefloor sounds is Sketch, they will be bringing the ceilidh to Eden Festival.  Their singer Maeve Mackinnon has twice been nominated for Gaelic Singer Of The Year at The Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

Eden Festival’s playlist also includes; hip hop, dance, RnB, acoustic, soul, funk, dubstep, disco, dancehall, electronica, ska, pop, African dance, jungle, Balkan beat, drum & bass and Celtic music, playing together side by side. More acts will be announced shortly!

Eden Festival, Scotland’s second largest music festival of 2017 will be returning to the Raehills Meadows of Dumfries and Galloway on June 8 -11th for its 9th year,

Tier 1 and 2 tickets have now sold out. Tier 3 tickets cost £109 for an adult, £85 for a teenager and under 12’s get in free! (Must be accompanied by an adult) For more information visit the website www.edenfestival.co.uk

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