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I was thoroughly looking forward to my first festival experience, and Electric Fields did not disappoint. Founded by Alex Roberts, the festival is now in its second year, attracting musicians from all over the country, including a whole host of local talent bringing them to the Drumlanrig Estate near Thornhill in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway countryside.
The weather, having been pretty ropey during the week, didn’t let us down and the sun shone all day with only a few clouds breaking up the almost wall-to-wall blue skies. The small clouds certainly did nothing to dampen the crowds’ spirits.
Randolph’s Leap, an Indie band from Glasgow took to the Arc and Carse stage in the early afternoon; whilst the crowds were still gathering at this point everyone seemed to enjoy their lively set.
One particular highlight that I had been looking forward to was Pronto Mama; another Glaswegian band who entertained the crowd with their catchy songs. I first came across this talented group in 2013 when they supported Jamie Cullum at the Hydro. Once again, they managed to keep an energetic audience thoroughly entertained.
As the day wore on and much food was eaten I wandered over to the ‘To Lose La Trek’ stage where Lewis Capaldi was playing to an audience in awe of his raw talent. The young singer/songwriter from West Lothian had a fantastic sound, a bit like a young Paolo Nutini; one to watch I think…
The crowds were building up when local favourite Cammy Black took to the ‘To Lose La Trek’ stage with his band. Despite suffering with a sore throat, the ever-professional Cammy battled on, the raspy vocals actually adding a new layer to his music!
After all the excitement throughout the day my personal highlight was when Edinburgh-based Victorian Trout Conspiracy took to the stage. Admittedly, I was initially merely intrigued by their unusual name, but after hearing the intro to their first song my intrigue turned into shear admiration for such unapologetic musical talent. The eight-piece band have a unique sound, a blend of ska, rock and pop and they certainly know how to entertain the crowds.
It certainly looked like a fantastic day was had by all, certainly the festival-goers I caught up with agreed with me. Bring on Electric Fields 2016!