Lochmaben’s Rock The Loch Announces 2018 Line-up

From the roadside, the Crown Hotel in Lochmaben does not look at all like a venue for hosting a mini outdoor music festival.

Rock The LochGo behind the hotel, however, and you’ll find a spacious outdoor area, with a great view of the nearby Kirk Loch and the surrounding hills. It’s in this “not-quite secret beer garden” that you will find Rock The Loch.

With the mini-festival now entering it’s third year, the organisers of Rock The Loch have announced this year’s line-up, and it’s a rather eclectic one. Taking place on Saturday the 26th of May 2018, this is what the line-up looks like:

Shades Of Sax

A rather unorthodox duo of funky saxophone (or is that saxamaphone?) and Club DJ, promising to bring the sounds of Ibiza to Lochmaben. Let’s hope that’s bangin’ tunes and not the sound of drunken stag and hen parties.

Black Mango

Regrettably non-fruit based guitar-slinging 5-piece from Kirkcudbright. They’ve got a couple of good tracks up on that there Youtube, give them a listen.

Josephine & The Shades

The second band on the bill with the word “Shades” in their name – let’s hope this is an omen of good weather on the day. Classic covers from a band with a 50/50 split in the male/female ratio.


If you like blues and haven’t heard Redfish yet, what rock have you been hiding under? Mainstays of the monthly blues jam at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle, this cross-border “soul-deep rhythm & blues” outfit should go down a storm. Just don’t ask them to play some blues-rock, eh?


Despite not having the word “Shades” in their name, possibly the most “shady” band on the bill. For a time known as Mellow Bandidos, this is the original punk incarnation of the band in one of their infrequent reformations.

The Dogz

Rock’n’roll, rockabilly, psychobilly, punk – is there nothing The Dogz don’t play? Yes. Still waiting for that requested Brotherhood Of Man cover. Fantastic band and stand-up guys (and bass).

It’s a stoating day out if the weather’s good, if it’s not, there’s usually a bar in the marquee, so you can get wet inside as well as out. Wristbands are £7 each, and available from the Brig Inn, Lockerbie and The Crown Hotel, Lochmaben. Event runs from 1:30pm to 9pm and you can join the Rock The Loch Facebook event here to keep up to date with all the latest event info. 

(Thank you to Small Town Sounds contributor KR for this piece!)

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