Gig review: Haddowfest 2013

We Were Promised Jetpacks. Pic: Comp
We Were Promised Jetpacks. Pic: Comp
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THIS evening sees the return of the Capital’s biggest multi-venue music festival, Haddowfest. Back for a fourth year, it is bigger and better than ever before, running over two days instead of one.

Tonight’s headliners are The Rifles and The Holy Ghosts, while tomorrow, it’s the turn of Dry The River and We Were Promised Jetpacks to lead the way at an extended Saturday all-dayer, featuring a mix of known and up-and-coming Scottish artists.

Hamish Jolly of Haddowfest says, “We’re really looking forward to this one and have even more young Scottish up and comers. We are also thrilled to have all the others joining us for the two days. After the success of Haddow On The Fringe, we are hoping we can make this the biggest and best Haddowfest yet.”

Those others include the aforementioned headliners as well as The Nature Boys, Hagana, Death Ape Disco, The Rahs, Penny Black and Six Stories High, who this evening will play across the following venues, The Picture House, Maggie’s Chamber, Sneaky Pete’s, Cabaret Voltaire and Whistlebinkies.

Tomorrow’s line-up features, in no particular order, We Were Promised Jetpacks (pictured), Dry the River, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward, Fisher, Hector Bizerk, Brown Bear & The Bandits, OK Social Club, Arches, The Birthday Suit, Young Kato, The Merrylees, The10:04’s, Jon-Paul Palombo, The Litigators, Blindfolds, The Phantoms, Darc, Steve Heron, Casual Sex, Echo Arcadia, The Last Battle, Misty Miller, Donnie Willow , Sunset Abbey and Jack Rowberry.

Adam Thompson of We Were Promised Jetpacks says, “We were really happy to be asked to play Haddowfest again. This will be our last show in Edinburgh for a while, as we will be concentrating on writing and recording our third album. Hope to see you there.”

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Haddowfest 2013, tonight and tomorrow, various times and venues, £15-£18.50,