Electric Fields surpassed all my expectations of a small festival. Located in the beautiful grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries, the weekend of brilliant music was enhanced by the natural beauty surrounding us. The festival site is easy to access from Glasgow and Edinburgh, but also from England.

The Friday saw fab bands such as British Sea Power on the main stage, as well as Aussie band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who played on the Tenement TV Discover stage. This was doubtlessly a favourite of the festival goers all weekend, with the tent being full for every act playing. The Redeemer stage saw hotly-tipped band Rascalton. Headlining the main stage on Friday was Scotland’s own Frightened Rabbit, who lit up the stage and left everyone gagging for Saturday.

Saturday did not disappoint; I kicked the day off with Glaswegian Declan Welsh and the Decadent West, who had the TTV Discover stage packed out. This was a highlight of the festival, with the political pop getting people grooving. Whilst eating lunch I saw the slightly odd Whyte Horse Experience on the main stage, before moving on to see electro-pop Scot Edwin Organ and his band. They played on the BBC Stage (the Redeemer Stage on Friday). Fatherson then graced the festival with melodic guitar and heartfelt vocals on the main stage before passing over to highly anticipated Glass Animals. Amazingly dramatic and oh-so-energetic, the indie-rock band captivated those watching and drew people in from the campsite. The iconic Jesus and Mary Chain drew a large crowd, but there was no chemistry between the members on stage and it felt stale, and bored the crowd to some extent. Dizzee Rascal closed the main stage, and threw himself into his performance, with music and lights easily reaching the campsite. The TTV Discover Stage was still going strong however, with Arab Strap performing their last gig for a while.

Overall, Electric Fields has been the highlight of the summer for us, and next year’s festival could be hard pushed to top it… With the super-friendly staff and volunteers, the outstanding organisation and the stellar line-up, Electric Fields 2018 is not one to miss!

Words and Photo: Isis Pealing