Upside Doon announces first batch of bands

The second edition of Alloway’s one day music festival Upside Doon looks like it will be every bit as eclectic as the first if the first batch of bands announced for its 2017 line up are any indication.

The one-dayer’s debut event was full of top Scottish talent, with sets from King Creosote, Niteworks and Hector Bizerk and the BMX Bandits, Mull Historical Society, Have Mercy Las Vegas, The Stumblers and C. Macleod have all been confirmed for the event on Saturday 24 June.

Organisers, the National Trust for Scotland, the charity that conserves and promotes Scotland’s heritage, are keeping Scottish creativity at the top of the bill for the 2017 edition too.

The BMX Bandits are one of Scotland’s most influential indie bands. They’ve been creating and performing their inimitable fusion of 60s-inspired melodies and deceptively simple lyrics that are equal parts humorous and heart-breaking for 30 years.

Colin MacIntyre – better known as Mull Historical Society – is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters & performers. Also a multi-instrumentalist, programmer, producer, and now award-winning novelist, MacIntyre released his seventh MHS album ‘Dear Satellite’ in 2016.

Have Mercy Las Vegas play a rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair. Their debut EP That’s Life was released in September 2016 to rave reviews. Live, their foot-stomping hoe downs and harmonious laments really sing.

Kilmarnock’s The Stumblers combine Celtic melodies with lyrics inspired by protest-era folk and bluegrass instruments and a chaotic punk rock sensibility to create something totally unique.

C. Macleod’s album Bloodlines has the spirit of a modern-day folk record, but is at home in the indie guitar world alongside bands like My Morning Jacket, The National and The War On Drugs. Hailing from Stornoway, Colin’s songs are influenced by local folk tales. 

Tickets for Upside Doon are on sale now at and cost £17 for adults, £14 for concessions.  

The festival will take place at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Generously supported by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum commemorates the life and works of Robert Burns.