Outwith Festival Launches on Tuesday 3 September

On Tuesday 3 September Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival launches six days of music, film, comedy, theatre, art and literature.

The music line-up includes headliners Tim Burgess, The Charlatans front man, playing a DJ set, Idlewild, Honeyblood and New York-based William McCarthy (Augustines). A £20 ticket gives access to seven town centre venues to see over 50 bands and DJs in the music line up on Saturday 7 September.

Other music events during the Festival include jazz saxophonist, Tommy Smith and James Yorkston, creator of the very successful Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer.  Scottish punk trailblazer, Fay Fife, lead singer of the legendary band, The Rezillos, is performing as The Countess of Fife.  

Chris Foote of Dunfermline Delivers which organises the Festival, in conjunction with Avocado Sweet, Fire Station Creative and Write Rammy, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming so many amazing artists and performers to Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival.”

Outwith’s 2019 literature line-up includes Kerry Hudson, who is currently making headlines and gathering a huge following on Twitter with her new book, Lowborn. David Keenan, tipped by The Scotsman as one to watch, is in conversation with Chris McQueer, who has had earned comparisons with Irvine Welsh, and was described by actor Martin Compston as ‘Charlie Brooker on Buckfast’.

Catherine Simpson will be talking about When I Had a Little Sister: The Story of a Farming Family Who Never Spoke. The Guardian described it as ‘a tormented, riveting and bleakly funny memoir’. Glasgow alt-folk musician Beerjacket (aka Peter Kelly) is also part of the literature line up along with Alan Bissett performing the hilarious More Moira Monologues.

The Dunfermline Filmhouse is popping up with William McCarthy introducing his award-winning documentary, Rise; Story of Augustines, while Beats star, Neil Leiper, is introducing the movie about the Scottish music and rave scene in the 1990s. Audiences will also be able to catch Bo Burnham’s excellent Eighth Grade.

Art includes Calum Colvin, a Scottish artist whose work often deals with issues of Scottish identity and culture will talk about some of his favourite works. Shamanic, a short free audio and visual event, with live painting by AniMotion’s Maria Rudd and live music by Fay Fife and Martin Metcalfe. Outwith Contemporaries Art Exhibition showcases young visual artists, all of whom have links to Fife.

Comedy line-up includes Fife-based Ross Leslie. And, there’s a series of events and workshops to support emerging writers including Stephen Dick’s comedy writing workshop and two events hosted by the Playwrights Studio.

Outwith is launching a brand new strand of Gaelic & Scots events with wide appeal for Gaelic Speakers and non-Gaelic Speakers alike, including an event with Dunfermline Athletic.

Outwith Festival has received funding from EventScotland, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Fife Council and Fife Events Fund. The Festival would also like to thank supporters: ONFife, Heritage Lottery Fund, Police Scotland and Fife College.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Outwith Festival through our National Events Programme for the first time. With a diverse programme featuring theatre, comedy, film, literature, art and music, there’s truly something for everyone and I have no doubt that this year’s festival will capture the imagination of visitors with some exciting international and home-grown artists on the bill. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the festival is a wonderful example of both the region and the country’s cultural offering.”

 Tickets and more information at outwithfestival.co.uk

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