Our 10 top tips for Eden Festival 2018

Heading to Eden Festival this weekend? We have got 10 top tips especially for you!

Eden Festival kicks off today (Thursday) and carries on right through to Sunday evening, taking place in the beautiful setting of Raehills Meadow, near Moffat. It’s one of Dumfries and Galloway’s most prominent music festivals, known not only for its attractive location and musical acts, but also for its great atmosphere and family friendliness. This year, the festival celebrates its 10th birthday and wants you to be there to celebrate with them!

Regardless of whether you are a newbie or a dedicated Edenite, we’ve got some honest top tips for you:

1.    The headliners – of course those at the top of the billing are going to get the most attention. Expect a DJ set from Groove Armada and a performance by the highly rated Submotion Orchestra on the main stage. They will both look and sound amazing, and I bet there will be fireworks at some point too. Everyone loves a firework. Well except dogs, but since it’s a pet-free site you don’t need to worry your wee heads about that issue. 

Super Hans

Super Hans

2.    The DJs – I am super excited for DJ sets from Super Hans (AKA Matt King who you will recognise from yon popular TV series that I never watched, Peep Show) as well as JFB, who I’ve already seen at Eden twice before. Love the 90s? Go watch Super Hans. Love crazy 1920’s vintage music samples mixed with Fatboy Slim and other current day legends – go see JFB. Just go see them both to cover all bases. Also, support your local DJs and head along to watch Disko Shiva and Double Down Disco who are also appearing over the weekend at The Lost Disco stage.

3.    The non-music stuff – Eden isn’t all about the music. It offers an array of spoken word performances, cabaret, games and theatre dotted across the entire site. Mr Motivator will be appearing in his regular Saturday slot on the main stage. Everyone loves Mr Motivator. Also, there will be a massive paint fight on Saturday afternoon too, which is always worth taking part in. My advice is not to stand on the sidelines and watch it, then say ‘Oh well, that was nice’. Get in amongst it! Come out looking like a Smurf! Yesssss!

4.    The healing field – there’s an entire area dedicated to making you feel better, with massages, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, osteopathy and crystal healing all on offer. Some sessions are free, and others you can pay for at a very reduced rate.

Eden 2017

Eden 2017 (Photo credit: Graham Wynne)

5.    The children’s arena – sometimes being an adult is rubbish, and trust me, when you see the what is happening in the children’s arena, it’s going to get even more rubbish. Science workshops, puppet making, games (including a giant sized kerplunk and sock wrestling!) and storytelling are just the tip of the iceberg here. I so wish I was a child again but I think we can safely say that ship has very much sailed.

6.    The smaller acts – it’s not just about the headliners. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up missing them anyway because you’ll have got distracted by one of the other stages (or maybe you’ve just got lost somewhere on the site – also me). Eden Festival is amazing at showcasing emerging talent from right across the UK. Check out Ayrshire’s Little Fire in Rabbie’s Tavern on the Friday and swoon at his gravelly voice and sentimental lyrics. Definitely make a point of going to see K.O.G. and The Zongo Brigade on the main stage for some energetic African music which will make you smile and dance even if you are feeling a bit tired or hungover. There will be a few local acts playing too – The Mind Sweepers will be playing Rabbie’s Tavern tonight (Thursday) at around 7.30pm. There will be other local acts but who they are remain a massive mystery because Eden only release the full line-up and day splits once you get there. Which makes writing this piece very difficult indeed…!

Eden Festival 20177.    The food – Eden is great for vegetarians and excellent for late night snacking. I’d comment about this further but to be honest I tend to spend the whole weekend eating vegetable noodles from the Noodle Bar. One time I was feeling a bit fragile and got a Glen Urr ice cream float though, and without that I reckon I may not have survived another day.

8.    The sunshine – unlike last year’s mudfest, this year’s festival is forecasted to have excellent weather with temps of around 19 degrees. This is positively tropical for Dumfries and Galloway. So remember your suncream, get yourself a hat and venture into the shade once in a while. And keep hydrated! There are water points all around the site.

9.    The camping – I’ve always found the camping at Eden to be quite a positive experience. The toilets aren’t too bad either, but the heat makes everything a little more…pungent, shall we say. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about that one. The campsites generally have a good atmosphere and you may end up spending most of your day just hanging out at your tent. This year I’m going down the glamping route and have hired a squrt (which is a small yurt and basically means it’s already set up for me when I arrive) which is in a separate field with excellent views, so I’m told. I feel I’ve reached the age where I can say I’m a bit too old to be hanging out in a campsite drinking all day and getting 2 hours sleep of an night, but everyone else should definitely fire on with that and tell me how it goes. (N.B. I should mention that I didn’t hire one of the furnished yurts with rugs and fairy lights and fancy beds – I’m not made of money you know!).

10.  The people – what makes Eden Festival are the people. Everyone is there to have a great time and chill out. So relax and explore! The garden of Eden awaits you.

Small Town Sounds will be on site taking photos over the weekend so do come over and say hello if you see us. We now have branded t-shirts and hoodies so look out for the logo, and keep an eye on the site next week which will feature all our pictures.

Tickets for Eden Festival are still available on the gate over the weekend. Day tickets will also be on sale. Check out the Eden Festival website here.

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