Music is as much a part of FyneFest as beer, with the FyneFest team scouring Scotland to bring together a line-up of bands that will get you on your feet and onto the dancefloor. With an eclectic mix of musical styles, each day offers something for everyone! This year there’ll be at least three stages of live music, but with FyneFest, you never know where you’ll catch some tunes.
Headlining Fri 1 June
Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5
Imagine Primal Scream and Happy Mondays genetically fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, James Brown and Neil Diamond. Then you get a hint of what a Colonel Mustard show is like.
Live shows have included crowdsailing in rubber dinghies, crowdsurfing on inflatable alligators, Dijunicorns and flamingos, laughter yoga, hug-offs, dance-offs, singalongs about dancing in discos and being heartbroken by ginger people.
Headlining Sat 2 June
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Newcastle’s raucous gypsy rock & roll seven-piece, Holy Moly & The Crackers, have developed a reputation for not only outstandingly energetic, riff-driven live shows, but also for being one of the hardest working bands in the UK.
Their upbeat, trad-twinged guitar anthems have delighted crowds around Europe and scored a host of festival slots including Glastonbury 2017 and now a FyneFest headline slot. Get ready to dance!
The Coaltown Daisies
Americana-coloured soul/folk fusion from Fife’s Coaltown Daises comes to FyneFest 2018. The duo’s reputation for engaging audiences with upbeat tunes has earned them sold out shows around the UK.
Trongate Rum Riots
From sweaty punk to dirty folk via a selection of sea shanties, Trongate Rum Riot’s eclectic mix of styles is perfect for the FyneFest 2018 stage.
Dr Hip & The Blues Operation
FyneFest favourites, Dr Hip & The Blues Operation have been delighting festival crowds with their bluesy tunes festivals around Scotland for years.
The Barne Society Showcase
A collection of solo work from The Barne Society record label artists including the members of The Wellgreen and BMX Bandits – eclectic and entertaining.
South Ayrshire’s high-energy rockabilly three-piece bring original tunes and covers of the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry in the last few years.
The Tennessee Hotshots
Over the past 17 years, The Thennessee Hotshots have developed a cult following for their upbeat, rockabilly-infused hooks.
Mic Clark fuses together his Irish heritage with his Glasgow upbringing to play upbeat modern/traditional acoustic tunes with flair and distinction.
Samba Ya Bamba
Coming fresh from celebrating their 20th anniversary, the exuberant 25-piece fuse together Brazilian percussion with Glaswegian attitude to get crowds bouncing to the infectious rythyms of their many drums.
Lyrically explosive, musically diverse guitar-funk from Glasgow that smashes together feel-good vibes with sweet guitar licks and catchy hooks.
Mandulu & Hephzibah
Sabrina Mandulu and Erin Hephzibah are rolling in catchy melodies and soulful harmonies, bringing beautiful vibes to the FyneFest 2018 stage.
Non-stop bangers in the form of creative covers of the best of pop and rock anthems from an energetic four-piece armed with drumsticks, guitars and sax!
Three-piece local lads The Camans are known throughout Argyll for their diverse repertoire of covers spanning genres from trad to techno.
Solo artist Liam comes to FyneFest from Dunoon for a couple of chilled-out, stripped-back sets starring his guitar, mouth organ and soulful voice.
Jack Ruby 5
The Jack Ruby 5 play cool jazz, with Bossa grooves and finger-clicking ryhthms. An ideal festival band playing tunes you will probably know.
Awkward Family Portraits
Swing? Vaudeville? Hillbilly? Skiffle? Whatever Awkward Family portraits are, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. The Glasgow three-piece bring contemporary bluesy folk to FyneFest 2018 to get toes tapping and hands in the air.
Glasgow six-piece belting out trad-infused upbeat pop with infectious enthusiasm. You’ll struggle to resist getting up for a dance.
Chilled-out vibes via guitar, harp and double bass? Sounds pretty good for a lazy-afternoon accompaniment to some tasty beers in the sunshine at FyneFest 2018.
The Lush Puppies
Returning to FyneFest, The Lush Puppies join the party from Oban, bringing with themluscious harmonies and creative arrangements of songs you know and love.
John Graham & Jim Jack
Scottish folk stalwarts, John & Jim bring a mix of trad and modern duets to the FyneFest’s smaller stages for sing-a-long feelgood times.
Robin Miller and Andy Crossan play retro roots, rock and blues with acoustic guitar, cajon and vocals. Expect heavy 70s grooves and hints of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
For over ten years, Scottish-Italian singer and songwriter Adriana Spina has crafted a unique sound that blends Americana, folk and country.