Another year, another weekend spent cooped up in Dumfries and Galloway’s Drumlainrig’s Castle for Electric Fields festival.
Packed with a whole array of hotly tipped artists, it was an easily anticipated weekend.
Friday saw to headliners Frightened Rabbit, a favourite for many at Electric Fields. For daytime entertainment, it was Rascalton that stole the hearts of many – binging their relentless energy to the Redeemer stage.
The atmosphere was abuzz – like a bee constantly searching for its next pollen stock up, or in our case, next stage.
Kate Tempest closed day one in all its glory. Providing political and social spitfires amongst powerful renditions, her performance could only inspire.
With heavy eyes and sleepy heads, fans arose early for Saturdays line-up. First up, Medicine Men on the Tenement TV stage. An electric performance to accompany an eclectic sound. Their tracks sparked an intrigued audience to grow larger by the minute.
Once re-filling on some delicious food, it was back for Glasgow favourites, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West. Another spout of inspiring words against a backdrop of groovy guitar licks. The band were accompanied by Hannah of The Van Ts to perform a jaw-dropping set.
By now, the festival had been set with very high expectations – ones that were about to raise even further as Scotland’s favourite Fatherson set out to play main stage. Honey-eyed tracks dressed in sweeter vocals, fans refused to hold back. Screaming as loud as humanely possible, each lyric was returned even louder – echoing across the festival site.
As sunset drew closer, it became clear that it was indeed time for synth-pop band Glass Animals. A band that has held their place on the radar for quite some time, only to explode into world with exotic colours. Their set, of course, featured pineapples left, right and centre – in fact, a huge disco pineapple sat on stage to present a glorious glow. Jumping around, Glass Animals proved their energetic reputation with unbeatable dance moves. One for the books.
Lastly, Dizzee Rascal. Yes, the rapper of Bonkers, Dance Wiv Me and Hype was about to set foot on stage – but not before the audience spat out the classic “here we here we here we f*cking go” chant. A crowd so prepared to go bonkers – pun intended – that they couldn’t quite hold it in.
It was everything required to close a festival in style. Tunes that held some form of nostalgia as younger generations remembered dancing to them at school discos, or adults recalled nights out featuring the big hits; a set full of old tunes and newbies.
Electric Fields, you were everything a punter could hope for. Until next year.