Music lovers get set to go Doune the Rabbit Hole

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The Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival is set to bring international talent to Stirlingshire.

Located at Cardross Estate, near Stirling, the estival takes place on the weekend of August 22nd-25.

With more than 200 acts on the bill, including bands from the USA and Japan, it promises to rival larger festivals for entertainment value.

There will be seven stages of music and spoken word, as well as a cinema and workshops across the weekend, there will be something to spark the interest of festival goers of all ages.

The musical line-up includes Glasgow indie-pop mavericks The Pastels, cult songwriter Robyn Hitchcock and brooding blues band Gallon Drunk (featuring former members of Nick Caveʼs band The Bad Seeds).

Modern Scottish folk is represented by Alasdair Roberts & Friends who headline on Friday night, while psychedelic rock quartet Clinic headline on Saturday. Carrbridge singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni will serenade festival-goers on the Sunday evening.

Also joining the bill are cult electronic artist Venetian Snares from Canada; Samba Sene & Diwan from Senegal; experimental outfit Zs from New York City and Japanese punks Bo Ningen.

Younger visitors will be well provided for with childrenʼs activities and workshops including Scottish Ceilidh Dancing, tales of International Adventures on a Bicycle, Tribal Drumming and Exploring ‘The Rabbit Hole’ – a space where junior revellers can engage with the sights, smells and sounds of the country and be free to play and learn in a safe environment. Thereʼs even a family-friendly camp site too!

Festival director Jamie Murray said: “The aim of the festival is to bring the best up and coming musical talent to our doorsteps whilst sharing some of Scotlandʼs great talent too.”

Doune The Rabbit Hole is also committed to reducing the overall carbon footprint of the event by encouraging festival goers to use GoCarShare to organise lifts and fill up vehicles used to travel to the site.

Happy Bus will also be running shuttle services from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling and Falkirk.

Tickets are reasonably priced at only £88 which includes camping for the whole weekend.

Children under 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets are available from the festival website www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk and from Europa Music (Friarʼs Street, Stirling), The Cross Keys in Kippen and The Red Lion in Doune.