Performers an’ a’ that at Burns festival
A bumper line-up of more than 200 events has been unveiled for the biggest Dumfries’ Big Burns Supper so far.
Executive producer Graham Main and council leader Elaine Murray began the countdown to the January festival of music, theatre, comedy and culture on Tuesday.
The festival team will move into a new pop-up venue on the Whitesands on Wednesday.
Mr Main said: “This is the most ambitious festival in our seven years. Our 2018 programme is about experiencing something different.”
Electro-instrumentalists Public Service Broadcasting will play their first Spiegeltent show and the Bay City Rollers are to make a triumphant return, headlining the new Tartan Sunday Sessions – described as a “festival within a festival”.
They will play alongside Dumfries and Galloway’s ONR and the Dangleberries as well as a Jamaican dub outfit Jamaica Sings Robert Burns offering festival-goers an all-in-one ticket to close the festival in a 13-hour extravaganza.
They add to a line-up which includes Bill Bailey, Donovan, Camille O’Sullivan, Badly Drawn Boy, We Banjo 3, Eddi Reader, Dougie MacLean and Dumfries’ Le Haggis.
Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 will raise the roof as they play a post-Le Haggis late-night special on Saturday, January 27.
Marcel Lucont is added to the new comedy strand, alongside a host of acts who will play in venues ranging from the Spiegeltent to the Theatre Royal and the new Container Theatre.
The family programme includes new children’s theatre, as well as the return of the Roller Disco, including sessions just for the under-fives.
Saxophonist and composer Brian Molley will present his quartet in the Spiegeltent as part of a weekend programme which includes Soul Nation Choir and Dougie McLean.
Emily Smith and Robyn Stapleton will join a host of local acts broadcast to the world in the festival’s Burns Night Live show which is beamed across the globe.
A new Free Fringe will run daily, featuring more than 100 acts including a showcase of the region’s talented school pupils, as well as local favourites Ward & Watson, LOKA, Stoney Broke and Scott Maxwell.
The inaugural Dumfries Fringe will include up to 60 shows at venues including Gracefield, the Burns Centre, the Theatre Royal, the Coach and Horses and The Stove.
The D-Lux Festival of Light makes a return with a bigger programme of installations and events beaming across the night sky.
The festival also presents a range of new experiences including a ballroom dancing masterclass and free cooking demonstrations in the hub. The festival is also launching its first digital channel via Facebook Live. Tickets for all events in the festival, which runs from January 19 to 28, can be bought through the festival website www. bigburnssupper.com or by calling 01387 271820.
Headliner Dougie MacLean Countdown Launch of the Big Burns Supper Festival