We’ve had more applications to play at the Meadows this year than ever before (almost 200!) and the standard of entry has made us proud to be residents of the musically awesome wee city that is Edinburgh.
However, sadly we don’t have the time, space, or sanity to put all 200 bands on so, after many long nights of listening and debating amongst the Red Dog Music team and Meadows Festival committee, we’ve finally whittled the list down to the awesome bands and performers listed below. We’ve also managed to bag a couple of big names to add to the bill on 6th and 7th June this year.
If you applied but aren’t performing, please don’t be disheartened; some of the bands playing this year were in the same boat last year. The decision of who plays is all about mixing up genres and giving different types of act a chance to perform at what is one of Edinburgh’s most loved events. We most likely loved your music but just couldn’t find a way to slot you in.
Without further ado, we present to you, the Meadows Festival 2015 Line-up (click the headers for performer’s websites):
Multiple award-winning artist Eliza Carthy is one of the UK’s best names in folk music with a 25-year career, several best selling albums and an MBE under her belt. We’re incredibly grateful and honoured to have her perform at the Meadows Festival.
Sea Bass Kid are a multi-cultural eight piece band from Edinburgh who play an infectious mix of dancing styles, Skariachi and Spaghetti Eastern! Prepare yourself for what will guarantee you to have a proper wee boogie in the Meadows 🙂
A seven-piece variety-bucket of strings, synths, percussion and other noises, Urvanovic play catchy pop with a mixture of sweet and harsh sounds and intertwined vocals.
Big Fat Panda are one of Edinburgh’s favourite and most long-standing ska bands offering a mixture of original songs and covers inspired by a range of Jamaican musical styles and all displaying a profound knowledge of what causes a serious knees-up on the dance floor.
The Mermaids are two songwriting sisters from rural Galloway who focus on close vocal harmony, accompanied by guitar and ukulele. In their short career of two years they’ve had the privilege of touring up and down the UK. Performing at such venues as The Royal Albert Hall and The Clyde Auditorium, supporting Jools Holland, Joss Stone and many others. With one album under their belt, ‘In A Day’, The Mermaids are currently recording more material to be released later in the year.
Featuring some of Edinburgh’s best known musicians, and with a repertoire stretching from supernaturally beautiful songs to seismic mind bending jams, Miracle Glass Company represent all that’s best about cosmic rock n’ roll.
Formed 14 years ago in Edinburgh, Monosapiens use samples, rapping, and live instruments to perform a heady blend of hip hop, jazz, and funk that’s guaranteed to move you.
Well known from the Edinburgh gigging circuit, Danny’s songs combine a love of folk and a love of reggae with quirky lyrics about the places he has been and causes close to his heart. Backed by a full band, Danny’s Meadows Festival performance promises to be a rousing and foot-stomping occasion.
The Matatunes were formed in Edinburgh in 2012 when a motley crew of Iberian émigrés got together with a simple ethos: make a lot of noise and have a good time. After a year of hardcore gigging around the capital, the first few rough demos were recorded. European gigs and festivals followed and now The Matatunes are recording their debut album, set for release this summer, along with a string of gigs to promote it. With a very diverse spectrum of musical backgrounds, the band’s sound is an original raucous dancey ska/rock with punk energy and attitude.
Using exclusively acoustic instruments including fiddle, harmonium and shamanic frame drum, Portnawak & The Woo are a musical ensemble playing a unique blend of gypsy folk hop, psychedelic tribal bounce music and organic punk……with the added element of Woo!
Jemima grew up in the Scottish highlands, an atmospheric landscape which continues to help provide the bones of her music. In 2013, she was struck with an illness which brought her to the brink of death and back again. Since then she has developed into a powerful and moving singer and performer.
Bringing together young people and professionals from around the city, the Tinderbox Project is a vibrant mix of orchestras, bands, artists, voices, colours and cultures.
Loud and lively, energetic and dynamic, the Edinburgh Samba School are a colourful samba percussion and dance group who are sure to blow away the cobwebs!
One man with one guitar, Richy Neill still manages to produce an incredible mash-up of dance beats and blues rock.
A combination of ’70s Edinburgh punk veterans the Valves and The Cheetahs gives you: The Valeetahs!