MARK RONSON, RUDIMENTAL, THE FRATELLIS, THE CHARLATANS AND MANY MORE TOP THE BILL AT FIRST EVER DUNDEE CARNIVAL 56 FESTIVAL
Fans at the new Dundee Carnival 56 festival have been impressed by the incredible performances by headline acts The Fratelli’s, Mark Ronson, The Charlatans and Rudimental along with many others throughout a fun-filled weekend creating an incredible and unforgettable atmosphere and setting a great mark for a new Scottish festival.
At the Jam Live stage fans were thrilled as The Cliftons opened for the day. The Cliftons are a Scottish alternative/indie rock band, formed in 2013 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The band has performed at a few festivals already this year and are also to perform a few gigs with The Sherlocks later this year. Their performance was fantastic and being an opening act for one of the stages was an amazing opportunity that they took advantage of.
The Kashmir Crows performed on the Saturday after winning their chance to perform on the main stage “Mardi Grass”. They are Dundee’s new up and coming band formed together at the beginning of 2016. Kashmir Crows' is a mixture of genres merge together to create an original, distinctive and expressive sound. Kashmir Crows have already made a dent in the Scottish music scene and are now performing to bigger crowds.
Clearly enjoying the festival vibes, throughout the day Sinderins, Vans T’s and the Prides performed. The members of Sinderins first jammed together in the spirited and convivial atmosphere of Thomson’s pub, Dundee. Sinderins have gone from performing informally to regularly selling out 400-seat venues around Scotland, meaning their performance at Carnival 56 was a fantastic, relaxed, and well-constructed. They projected an amazing atmosphere throughout their set, which was required in the midst of a crazy, fun filled festival.
Van T’s also performed on the first day of the festival. The Van T’s have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radios. This acclaim has spread with their music played on France and the US radios. They have performed at a few popular festivals across the UK so of course were more than happy to show their true love from music at Carnival 56.
As expected the Prides brought an amazing set to Carnival 56. They are a Scottish indie band formed in Glasgow in 2014 and made up of Stewart Brock and Callum Wiseman. The Prides are back on the road with many new songs, some of which they played at the new festival. The atmosphere was exactly what you expect at a festival. Watching them perform on stage was fascinating. They were alive and energetic, resulting in their performance being full of passion.
The Fratelli’s were one of the headlining acts on the Saturday night. They are a Scottish rock band from Glasgow, formed in 2005. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli, bass guitarist Barry Fratelli, and drummer and backing vocalist Mince Fratelli. A few singles they performed "Chelsea Dagger" and "Whistle For The Choir" had both been top ten hits in the UK charts. Their performance was true to them as they are used to performing to enormous crowds and of course Dundee did not let them down.
Closing the night was the English musician Mark Ronson. He performed all his famous hits to the Dundee crowd and also brought on Kyle Falconer to perform with him. Kyle Falconer is a local Dundonian musician, best known as the lead vocalist of The View. Bringing on a local artist was great for the festival as it represented the festivals aims, mixing International and Local performers. Ronson performed some amazing mixes to the Dundee crowd which was a great end to the first day. Mark Ronson also paid tribute to his late friend Amy Winehouse and performed songs they created together, which had the crows singing along to.
On the Sunday the festival was in full swing with many Scots returning for another great day.
Be Charlotte is a well-known local Dundonian performer. She is all about having good vibes and manages to capture the essence of modern day catchy pop. The pastel haired performer had a set on the main stage throughout the day. Charlotte wore a unique sparkly drape which complimented her strong energetic personality, her outfit was designed by Hayley Scanlan, a local Dundonian designer. The teenager is a delightful breath of fresh air carving out soulful moments and never wavers in her momentum. You can catch her on tour in the next few months.
The festival had a lot of Indi bands and one of the being the headlining act The Charlatans. The band had only been released to perform at the festival under two weeks prior to the event. With only two weeks to plan a set they were well prepared. Their set was flawless and clearly, they were more than happy to take over for Clean Bandit. The performed a lot of well-known songs which the crowd was very pleased with.
Rudimental closed the weekend on the main stage. By the time they performed the sun had set, allowing the stage lights to dazzle the eager crowd. They performed many of their great hits throughout the night which left the crowd stunned. The band brought spirit and fun to the stage as they ran around, inviting the crow to clap and sing. It was a great way to end the festival creating the perfect atmosphere and leaving everyone in brilliant mood. As Rudimental performed the other tents still had lots going on. All these other stages and tents meant everyone was always surrounded by outstanding performances the whole weekend.