Killin lines up the best and new for three-day-festival

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Cosy up for an intimate but lively afternoon of Open Stage music as part of Killin Festival’s three-day bash, coming soon.

As well as a line-up of fresh talent battling it out for a main stage slot at next year’s festival, the weekend, which kicks off on Friday June 14, will also be welcoming headliners Trail West, Elephant Sessions and Siobhan Miller.

This year will see different genres taking to the stage, including soul-funk phenomenon Tom McGuire and the Brassholes and indie band The 101, say organisers.

Tickets for the weekend are disappearing fast but some are still available for anyone quick off the mark and not wanting to miss out on the fun and frolics in one of the Highland’s most beautiful villages at the west end of Loch Tay.

Acts going head to head in the Open Stage competition at the Portnellan marquee on the Sunday from 2pm are  husband-and-wife duo Two Far Flung who create intimate songs and folk melodies with Celtic roots and hints of Americana.

Budding solo singer-songwriters include Calum Bowie from Aberdeenshire, Anna Leyden from Belfast, and Glasgow’s Kara Conway who has performed solo backed by a live orchestra at the SEC Armadillo. Man of the Minch, a Glasgow-based queer-galactic-folk-pop act is  promising something unique – Celtic with a modern twist – and instrumentalist of the year nominee Laura Wilkie is also on the bill.

Entry to the Open Stage competition afternoon, sponsored by the Killin Hotel, is free. Go along and listen to unsigned artists pursuing their dreams and following their hearts.

Festival organisers have got the event covered, in more ways than one, with something for all tastes,  from a relaxed seated concert to bouncing night-time shows. All events are indoors or under cover, so no need to fear the temperamental weather.

There are also a variety of free fringe events happening throughout the weekend, including a second festival stage, other competitions and a
craft fair.

More music in the Portnellan Tent over the weekend will come from Headland, Dlù and Greig Taylor. Access to the tent is free of charge, making it a great choice for a family day out, say organisers.

To see the full festival line-up and buy tickets go to the official website at Tickets also available through

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