Doune the Rabbit Hole rides again

The Pastels
The Pastels

It’s the boutique music festival “with a twist” and this year it’s back with what promises to be its biggest and best line-up yet.

Doune the Rabbit Hole has steadily grown in popularity among music fans and musicians alike since it was first staged in 2010.

After taking place last year at Duncarron Fort in the Carron Valley, the family-friendly, not-for-profit festival has now upped sticks and moved north to a new site in Cardross Estate, near the Lake of Monteith in Stirlingshire.

Taking place from August 22-25, Doune The Rabbit Hole prides itself on being a small-scale festival where music, art, spoken word performances, workshops and activities for a family audience are the focus.

With a capacity of just 1000, the event is the smallest of its kind in Scotland and is the perfect choice for music fans who might be put off by the idea of typically-crowded festivals.

“We’re thrilled with our new location,” said festival director Jamie Murray.

“Cardross Estate is on the boundary of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It’s a beautiful site which has experience of hosting

outdoor events meaning we can make the production better than ever, suffice to say it’s a lovely flat, oak and beech-filled pasture.”

This year’s event is headlined by Clinic, the acclaimed psychedelic rock band from Liverpool.

Also on the bill are the legendary Glaswegian indie-pop group The Pastels, who released their first studio album in almost 15 years, ‘Slow Summits’, earlier this year.

Other headliners include Scottish folk-rock troubadour Alasdair Roberts & Friends, and 1960s psych-heroes July.

Up-and-coming musical talent is also given a platform to shine, with live punk favourites PAWS and charming folk-popsters Randolph’s Leap two of the must-see acts.

“We don’t book acts primarily on the basis that they will sell tickets – we book acts that create a great atmosphere and we make sure that our stages are curated in the same way,” explained Jamie.

“You’re unlikely to find any chart-topping acts like Rihanna or Mumford & Sons. Instead we have local, original and interesting music waiting to be discovered.

“We like the unconventional, the nutty and the plain weird. The same goes for our site decorations too.

“Expect to go on a voyage of discovery when you come through the gates.”

Doune the Rabbit Hole is perhaps the most ‘family-friendly’ festival in the country, offering free entry to youngsters and putting on stages filled with kids’ entertainers.

“We actively encourage you to bring youngsters along,” added Jamie.

“Under-12s get free entry and there’s loads for them to do in our kids’ area with workshops and more. There’s a wonderful family camping zone too. Importantly, the crowd that come along are very friendly folks so you can rest in the knowledge that your kids will be safe as houses.

“We’re very proud to have been named in various publications as among the best of the family-friendly festivals in the UK.”

For more details on ticket prices and travel information, visit www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk.