Doune the Rabbit Hole 2019: John Grant, Battles & more

The Stirlingshire music festival reveals the first wave of performers for its 2019 edition, and includes massive international acts like John Grant, The Wailers and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as well as local heroes like Kathryn Joseph, The Skids and Free Love

Article by Jamie Dunn | 20 Feb 2019
  • John Grant live at Albert Hall, Manchester, 10 Feb

Held over three days in rural Stirlingshire, Doune the Rabbit Hole is one of Scotland’s most intimate festivals and is set to celebrate its tenth birthday edition this summer. It’s certainly marking its double digit status in style, with an eclectic and diverse line-up of both local and international acts that puts a recently announced Glasgow festival to shame.

Among the eye-catching first names announced for the 2019 edition are American singer-songwriter John Grant, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, and dub music legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. You’ll also find punk poet John Cooper Clarke on the bill alongside New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band and Dunfermline punk veterans The Skids.

The blissed-out disco of Glasgow-based duo Free Love is also coming to Doune the Rabbit Hole, as are Bob Marley’s seminal reggae band The Wailers. There’ll also be music from the Brooklyn art-rockers Battles, Bristol trio BEAK> and Glasgow singer-songwriter Heir of the Cursed, and DJ sets from Simian Mobile Disco and snooker-ledge turned DJ Steve Davis. And that’s only scratching the surface. Full list below.

“Doune the Rabbit Hole prides itself on offering a relaxing and invigorating experience for festival fans from catching bands perfect for the summer to sampling delicious locally produced food and drink, yoga workshops and a host of family activities to keep children entertained, more of which will be detailed soon,” said festival director Jamie Murray. We’re proud to continue our under 12s go free policy with weekend tickets for under 18s priced at just £30 including camping, ensuring its one of the best value festivals in the UK for families.”

First Doune the Rabbit Hole acts announced:

The Wailers // John Grant // Battles // Hot 8 Brass Band // Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry // The Skids // John Cooper Clarke // Kathryn Joseph // Simian Mobile Disco - DJ // Beak> // And So I Watch You From Afar // Shonen Knife // Mono (JP) // Bombskare // Lankum // Tom McGuire & The Brassholes // Robin Mcalpine // Beans on Toast // Will Varley // Free Love // Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (DJ set) // Fat Suit // Heir of The Cursed // Serafyn // Paws // Yama Warashi // Honey Farm // Scalping // Clara Ponsati // Glad Community Choir sing Paul Simon // Yoko Pwno // Melisa Kelly and The Smokin' Crows // The Trad Project // Chango Munks // Faith Elliott // Burd Ellen // Chuchoter // Maranta // Callum Easter // Avocet // Super Inuit // Paul Kavanah // Broken Chanter // Current Affairs // Toria Garbutt // The Banjo Lounge 4 // Awry (Psychegaelic Ceilidh) // Luna Neptune // St. Martiiins // Kaputt // Paddy Steer // Bell Lungs

Doune the Rabbit Hole, 19-21 Jul, near Lake of Mentieth, Cardross Estate, Stirling. Tickets and more info at