Per­form­ers an’ a’ that at Burns fes­ti­val

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - Sharon Lip­trott

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. big­burnssup­ or by call­ing 01387 271820.

Head­liner Dougie Ma­cLean Count­down Launch of the Big Burns Sup­per Fes­ti­val

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