Big Burns Supper
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D&G musicians set to shine at Big Burns Supper 2019

Big Burns SupperDumfries will soon come alive to mark the beginning of a massive celebration for Burns Night.

Big Burns Supper will return for yet another outing, providing absolutely loads of shows and performances for the residents of Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.

The events will take place for 11 days, from Thursday 24th January to Sunday 3rd of February 2019.

Some of the high profile acts that are scheduled to appear include comedians Ed Byrne and Hardeep Singh Kohli, musicians KT Tunstall, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Peatbog Faeries and Frank Turner, as well as the return of home-grown cabaret show, Le Haggis.

The festival has been a long-time supporter of local music, providing them with a platform to perform to the thousands of people who come through the doors. This year the line up is positively overflowing with local talent.

For anyone who hasn’t been to a Big Burns Supper before and isn’t sure what to expect, the festival takes the form of a small man-made village situated on the Whitesands, close to the High Street of the town. This Spiegeltent Village is where the main gigs are hosted. Within this there is the very impressive Spiegeltent itself (with a capacity of 800), as well as the Container Theatre and the Festival Hub.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner

In addition to the events at the village, a wide range of films, live music performances, magic, storytelling, talks and theatre will be hosted in other areas around the town too. Venues include the nearby Coach & Horses pub and the Robert Burns Centre Museum and Film Theatre, as well as Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries Museum, the Theatre Royal, and Moat Brae.

Some of the events are also held a little further outside of Dumfries at Ellisland Farm, the former family home of Robert Burns.

This year, the region’s musical talent will mostly be appearing in the Festival Hub within the Spiegeltent Village and at Fringe events at the Coach and Horses. And the good news is, they’re mostly all free!

We thought it might be useful to give you a daily run down of where you can watch local acts during the festival. Please note that this list focuses on local acts only, and you can view the full list of Big Burns Supper events here.

Thursday 24th January

YouthBeatz Takeover with DJ Rankin, DJ Cammy, DJ Bad Boy, Gary McF and DJ Zitkus
7pm session for under 18s NOW SOLD OUT
10pm session for over 18s – limited tickets left (Free)

Friday 25th January
Festival Hub

6pm – The Mind Sweepers (Free)
7pm –
Strumsum Trio (Free)

Coach & Horses

9pm – The Daisy Room and The Cherry Pinks (Free)

Saturday 26th January

1am – Ibiza Live (£7.50)

Festival Hub

12noon – Liv McDougall (Free)
1pm – Paul Winter (Free)
5pm – The Cherry Pinks (Free)
6pm – Redfish (Free)
7pm – Stoney Broke (Free)
11.30pm – The Lutras (Free)

Coach & Horses

2pm – Kirsty & Lauren (Free)
8.30pm – Strumsum Rhythm & Blues Band (Free)

Sunday 27th January
Festival Hub

12pm – John and Rona Carson (Free)
1pm – Kasama (Free)
2pm – Stoney Broke (Free)
4.15pm – Neil Davidson (Free)
5.30pm – Mark It Zero (Free)
6.45pm – Ben P Stubbs (Free)
7.45 – Brothers to Dance (Free)
9pm – Chasin’ The Train (Free)
10.15pm – Daz McCormick (Free)

Coach & Horses

3pm – Tombstone Jack (Free)

Tuesday 29th January 

7pm – Open House with Dumfries Community Choir (Free)

Ellisland Farm

7.30pm – Claire Hastings with Jenn Butterworth (£15)

Friday 1st February
Festival Hub

12pm – Hugh Taylor & Moria McCrossan
1pm – Willow Doherty
2pm – Ken Meek
3pm – Kate Kyle
4pm – Elia Davidson
5pm – Nae Banter
6pm – Nithville
7pm – David Henderson of Heart of Rust (Free)
8pm – Lewis Fergusson
9pm – Monkey Shoulder
10.30pm – Daddy Naggins
11.30pm – No Soap, No Radio
12.30am – Jamie Henderson & Diane Little Moss


Coach & Horses

8.30pm – The Castle Band (Free)

Saturday 2nd February

1am – Double Down Disco (Free)

Festival Hub

12noon – Alana Currie (Free)
2pm – Samba Sisters (Free)
3pm – Bob Hollis (Free)
5pm – Strumsum Rhythm & Blues Band (Free)
6pm – Dumfries Swing Band (Free)
7pm – The Tones (Free)

8pm – Velvet Ratio (Free)
8.45pm – DJ set by Russell Stephen (Free)

Coach & Horses

3pm – Not Guilty: Big Burns Supper Jukebox (Free)
8pm – Folksville (Free)

Sunday 3rd February

From 12noon – Sunday Session featuring Alabama 3, The Troggs, The Complete Stone Roses, Vishten, Manran, Abba Revival, Turbyne, Daddy Naggins, The Black Guards, Tiderays, Holy Moly and The Crackers, LOKA, and MustangZ Trio. (£32.50/£12.50)

Festival Hub

6pm – Redfish (Free)

Coach & Horses

From 2pm – Acoustic Afternoon in aid of Soul Soup with Stoney Broke/Fairfarren/Ra/Kate Kyle/Anon/Graham Simms/Old Friends/Paul Winter (Free)

Please note that this line-up with timings is subject to change. Keep an eye on the Big Burns Supper Facebook page just in case there are any last minute amendments. 

With such a full programme, there are so many opportunities to head along and support our local musicians! In the meantime, check out the highlights from last year’s festival below:


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