Scotland’s favourite boutique festival Kelburn Garden Party just dropped its first lineup
announcement for 2020, with Max Cooper (Live AV), Andrew Weatherall, Henge, Free Love, The Peatbog Faeries and The Ragga Twins all due to join the bill. Known for its sprawling fairy tale setting – complete with a castle covered in technicolour mural art and an ancient luxuriant glen – the festival’s organisers have handpicked another high-quality and eclectic line-up to complement their multisensory weekender.
Tucked away beside Kelburn Castle, the futuristic Landing Stage will cement its reputation as an exciting and unique stage for electronic music. Max Cooper brings his critically acclaimed live audio/visual project Yearning for the Infinite – an expansive rendering of our data driven world that last year saw a stint in The Barbican – while the festival’s bass heads are catered to by drum n’ bass legend DJ Aphrodite and 140BPM staples 24 Hour Garage Girls , while cult producer Andrew Weatherall will close the stage.
Scotland’s homegrown talent is championed by synth pop duo Free Love , Celtic fusion darlings The Peatbog Faeries , and the nation’s favourite part-time band- elected by BBC 4 in 2016 – the ska outfit Bombskare, fresh jazz-fusioneers Coro Alto and fast-rising rockers Miracle Glass Company . Scottish culture magazine and festival partner The Skinny are back this year with a packed menu of local talent, the first names including Free Love,Edwin Organ, Squiggles, Slime City, Swim School and Moonsoup.
Building on the festival’s ongoing commitment to exposing its attendees to groundbreaking music around the world, Kelburn invites back DJ Kampire , one of East Africa’s leading musical exports and a key figure in Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective, while also presenting a set from West African inspired group Onipa ,who release their debut album on the acclaimed Strut label this year.
Other highlights announced today in the wave wave of acts include Manchester’s alien invaders Henge (widely regarded as one of the most exciting live bands on the circuit), revered poet and rapper Dizraeli brings his new Unmaster project, and top disco selector and Lumberjacks in Hell mainstay, and Marcel Vogel will light up the Viewpoint Stage.
The full list of the first wave of acts is: Max Cooper (Live AV), Andrew Weatherall, Henge, Peatbog Faeries, DJ Kampire, DJ Aphrodite, Free Love, Marcel Vogel, Dizraeli, The Ragga Twins with DJ Krucial, Bombskare, The Freestylers, The Fontanas, 24 Hour Garage Girls, Onipa, Ida, Kitti, Fat Suit, Miracle Glass Company, Melisa Kelly & The Smokin’ Crows, Walk n Skank, Squiggles, Lezzer Quest, Corto.Alto, Swim School, Andrea Montalto, Maranta, Slime City, DJ Dribbler, The Moods, Red Hot Rhythm Makers, Samedia Shebeen, Grrrl Crush, Edwin Organ, Moonsoup, The Positive Experience, Main Ingredient.