The Charlatans, Wild Beasts and more set for Electric Fields 2016

Posted on 11 March 2016
By Khyle Deen
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Electric Fields, Scotland’s most exciting new music festival, is proud to announce that THE CHARLATANS will join PRIMAL SCREAM as headliners for 2016, with over 40 more artists added to the lineup.

Returning to the stunning grounds of the 17th Century Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, Electric Fields expands to two full days for the first time in 2016, offering festival goers even more incredible music and time to enjoy the intimate, community feel that the festival has become known for.

The Charlatans have been amongst the UK’s best-loved bands for over 25 years and their latest album ‘Modern Nature’ was one of the most celebrated of 2015. Their transcendent brand of indie rock has brought them a longevity and timelessness which few bands achieve and their huge catalogue of classic anthems makes them the perfect Electric Fields headliner.

Electric Fields co-founder Nick Roberts said:

“We’re delighted to welcome another of the biggest bands in the country, The Charlatans, to headline alongside Primal Scream at Electric Fields. They have such an incredible body of work, including one of my favourite albums of last year, Modern Nature. We’ve been working hard on creating an incredible lineup, with a whole host of amazing artists from all over the world as well as some of the finest local acts around. We’re looking forward to the most exciting and diverse Electric Fields yet!”


Joining The Charlatans and the previously announced Primal Scream, Public Service Broadcasting and The Twilight Sad on the Main Stage will be a stellar lineup from across the musical spectrum.

Alt-rock maestros Wild Beasts; Heart-stopping; former Beta Band singer Steve Mason, whose gloriously mellifluous third solo album Meet The Humans has just been released; hip-hop trailblazers and forefathers of the entire genre Sugarhill Gang (need we say more than ‘Rappers Delight’?); Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan; on-the-rise euphoric synth-poppers Sundara Karma; Glasgow’s ever-inventive indie favourites Admiral Fallow; thrilling John O’ Groats sextet and NME tips Neon Waltz; the frankly astonishing Glasgow funk / indie collective Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5 (they have to be seen to be believed); local Dumfries favourites Sean Vs The Robots; and hotly tipped, reverb-soaked ‘90s dream’ The Van Ts.


The Electric Fields second stage is no less exciting, with Model Aeroplanes already revealed and these mighty additions to the bill today:

Malian exiles Songhoy Blues, who are currently denied the freedom to make music in their homeland but are tearing it up everywhere else; noise-pop indie favourites The Go Team; pulsating turntablist DJ Yoda; Reggae, dub and punk legend Don Letts; Bill Ryder-Jones, whose current album ‘West Kirby Country Primary’ was hailed by Mojo as one of the Top 10 albums of 2015; fuzzed up Glaswegian grunge-pop teasers Tuff Love; Baby Strange and their stomping, no-nonsense garage onslaught; the schizophrenic, stylish drama of WHITE; the wonderful and continuously evolving Emma Pollock; irresistible East Kilbride indie-rock four piece The Lapelles; Dumfries ‘Scot-Psych’ stalwarts Barstow Bats; mysterious newcomers Onr; Newcastle buzz-band Lisbon; 16 year-old Dumfries discovery MØGEN, whose debut track Anchor is very special indeed; singer-songwriter duo Benedict Salter and Kitty Hall aka Elara Caluna; Fuzzkill Records’ Vic Galloway-tipped garage rock noise merchants Sweaty Palms; critically acclaimed Dundee synth-folk-hip-hop singer Be Charlotte; and 2015 Scottish Alternative Music Award ‘Best Newcomer’ winners Bella and the Bear.


Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s will bring some of the most exciting names in electronic music to their own stage at Electric Fields this year. Joining the previously announced Erol Alkan and Joy Orbison will be:

London ‘synth noir’ specialists Factory Floor; eclectic latino-to-hip-hop DJ Eclair Fifi; hit Glasgow producer / DJ Denis Sulta & Dixon Avenue Basement Jams;
Sneaky’s residents Wasabi Disco, Teesh, Juice, Soul Jam, Witness and Hector’s House. The stage will also feature the best local Dumfriesshire talent in the shape of Jamie Roy, plus the Social Club and Deep Fried Soul collectives.


As well as fronting our headliners The Charlatans, Tim Burgess brings his den of surprise and discovery, the Tim Peaks stage, to Electric Fields for the first time. Paddy Considine’s Riding The Low will be joined by Horsebeach, Teen Canteen, Yucatan, Documenta, Blueprint Blue, Hot Vestry and Mark W Georgsson with DJ sets from Tim Burgess himself, Howling Rhythm DJs and Everything Flows DJs. Revellers can immerse themselves in the Bowie Disco and style it out with the Northern Soul Dance Class.

With the expansion to two days, Electric Fields has added Boutique Camping and a dedicated Family Camping area to the weekend’s options. The Real Ale tent, high quality world cuisine, lots of activities and games for kids and many more surprises will all add up to a unique experience for festival lovers of all ages.

“In a gorgeous setting, with brilliant weather, a tremendous crowd and a never-ending well of brilliant music, Electric Fields has absolutely nailed everything that a festival should be.”
Tenement TV

“..Electric Fields feels like a community event: bands watching bands, the boundary blurred between performer and audience, full of family, support and respect.”
The Skinny

“..charm and scenery by the bucket load….. a welcome breath of fresh air
for those who want to immerse themselves in the music”
Far Out magazine

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