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STS’s Highlights of 2018 – #2: The Festivals

Eden Festival 2018

Smiling Ivy at Eden Festival

We’re extremely lucky to live in a region like Dumfries and Galloway, which has so many amazing festivals and large music events.

Right through from charity fundraisers like Stranraer’s RNLI Park Fest to unique festivals like Knockengorroch, there’s really something for everyone. 

Eden Festival

I had a sweltering few days at Eden Festival in June. People will always remember 2018 as ’the year we had a Summer’. Regardless, much fun was had despite the high temperatures. I slept in a lovely wee yurt for the first time ever (much recommended), was very much not impressed by DJ Super Hans not showing for his set, but loved sets by Talisk, Smiling Ivy and Elephant Sessions to name but a few. As always, the paint fight on the Saturday was a highlight and I was a murky shade of red and yellow for the rest of the weekend. You can read the full review here and take a look at our photographs from the weekend here.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
The Lutras at Belladrum

The Lutras at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

In August I ventured to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival near Inverness for the first time. It was nice to be at another festival which was a lot further from home. It was also great to watch Dumfries band The Lutras perform live and see well-known Dumfries sound engineer Dave Miller work his magic at one of the stages. I’m also still totally in awe of Glasgow’s Gerry Cinnamon who I watched perform for the first time.

Electric Fields

Our newest reviewer Liam Russell ended the festival season with his review of Electric Fields, where he saw local acts Franky’s Evil Party and Ward and Watson play live, as well as Idlewild, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Leftfield. He loved the food, the drink, the music and the arena. Basically, he gave it a big thumbs up and I reckon he’ll definitely be back next year. You can read his review here.

And the others we didn’t get to, but helped promote…

A mention must go to the other large music events too, some of which we promoted quite heavily through Small Town Sounds – including the Ukulele Festival of Scotland in Dumfries, Big Burns Supper, Beltie Beer Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, YouthBeatz, Dumfries Music ConferenceGalloway Music Festival, Gatehouse’s Midsummer Music Festival, Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, plus the Firefly Music Festival, the Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival and the Folk Festival all in Moniaive. There will no doubt be a great many others I’ve not mentioned too.

Small Town Sounds had a ball at this year’s festivals – they were definitely a highlight of the year for us. 

If you’ve never been to a festival before, make it your new year’s resolution. Pick one and go along. Experience a totally different, creative, vibrant and exciting world. You won’t regret it!


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