Electric Fields festival moves from countryside to Glasgow warehouse due to ‘rising costs’16th April 2019
Scotland’s Electric Fields festival is relocating from Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway to a warehouse complex in west Glasgow, around 60 miles away.
The 7,000 capacity event will now take place at SWG3, a short distance from the SSE Hydro. Organisers said “the rising costs of producing outdoor camping festivals” and “ongoing logistical & transport challenges” were behind the move.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and The Vaccines are set to headline the event. Sleaford Mods, Friendly Fires, The Futureheads and Nadine Shah will also appear.
The move has been announced within three months of the festival, which has already revealed its line-up and sold tickets. All artists already confirmed will appear at the new venue.
Organisers said the new venue will have a slightly larger capacity, though camping will no longer be available. Weekend ticket-holders will need to find alternative accommodation nearby.
All live-in vehicle, car parking, posh loo and shower passes will be refunded in full, and weekend tickets will be partially refunded to match the new price of £95.
Some ticket-holders told BBC Scotland they would be asking for full refunds, as camping will not be available at the city-centre site. One said: “We were looking forward to the camping and full festival experience, not a gig where you probably can’t get pass-outs and pay £6 a pint”.
Another said: “It will be missed, but the organisers risk tarnishing their reputation by not doing what is right, and providing refunds when requested.”
Organisers later confirmed refunds would be issued.
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The Scotsman reported Festival Director Nick Roberts said: “After spending the past 5 years putting on a quality outdoor music festival we found the rising costs this year have led us to reimagining how Electric Fields takes place for 2019.
“Although we leave Dumfries & Galloway with a heavy heart our new venue offers a very exciting opportunity for us to flex our creative muscle and put on an outstanding show in the heart of Glasgow.
“We will have our full line-up joining us, excellent food and drinks and of course tonnes to do for little ones. We look forward to seeing faces old and new in July.”