Dandelion Festival Glasgow
- 17 - 19 Jun 2022
Join us on 17–19 June in Glasgow’s gorgeous Kelvingrove Park for our first Dandelion Festival – a three-day spectacular of live music, performances, talks, workshops and food that’s open to everyone and completely free.
Live music from Rura, Admiral Fallow, This Is the Kit and many more across our three stages – including the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light, and the intimate, in-the-round Orchard Stage
Talks by leading scientists, chefs, artists, activists and others on such urgent issues as sustainability, climate action and food poverty
Inspiring workshops, discussions and other hands-on activities hosted by charities, campaign groups and community organisations in our intimate Dandelion Potting Sheds
Interactive, inclusive and inspiring activities for children of all ages
Seed and plant giveaways – plus the chance to get up close with our Cubes of Perpetual Light
Food and drink, locally sourced from ethical and sustainably minded producers and vendors
Check back soon for a full schedule of workshops, activities and performances – and save the date…
Louis Abbott and his much-loved Glaswegian gang returned in 2021 with fantastic fourth album The Idea of You – nine captivating tales of friendship and carefree adventure. You can hear tracks from it live in Kelvingrove Park – alongside anthemic favourites from Boots Met My Face, Tree Bursts in Snow and the glorious Tiny Rewards.
Baque Luar (‘Moonlit Beat’) is a collective of female and non-binary vocalists and percussionists united by their love of Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian roots music. Their music focuses on honouring feminine power and creativity, acknowledging struggles against oppression and praising nature – all while blending vibrant rhythms and styles from across Brazil.
Darlingside blend folk traditions with classic 1960s pop and American roots music – but this quartet of multi-instrumentalists, gathered around a single mic and singing in four-part harmony, sound like no one except themselves. Rooted in nature, gorgeous recent album Fish Pond Fish came out during lockdown – and this is your first chance to hear it live.
Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra
GABO is a heady cocktail of musicians, folklorists and storytellers from all backgrounds – united around the balafon, a traditional West African wooden xylophone, while also mixing in guitars, keyboards, percussion and more. The result is an infectiously joyous fusion of Afrobeat, soul, funk and trance that sounds like nothing else in Glasgow.
Hannah Rarity is a former BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year with a sublime voice. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Eva Cassidy and Cara Dillon, she’s sung with the likes of Cherish the Ladies, Blazin’ Fiddles, Niteworks and RURA – and here, she’ll be singing from new album To Have You Near, released in June 2022.
Hen Hoose Collective
Tamara Schlesinger brings her anything-goes alliance of female and non-binary Scottish musicians for a rare live outing, with the likes of Good Dog’s Suse Bear, synthpop siren Elisabeth Elektra, fast-rising rapper Jayda, award-winning composer Pippa Murphy, ace singer-songwriter Emma Pollock, cherished folksinger Karine Polwart and Amandah Wilkinson of the brilliant Bossy Love.
Jason Singh is a remarkable sound artist, beatboxer, producer and performer whose music is inspired by the natural world. Nicknamed “The Human Sampler” by Cerys Matthews, he’s worked with everyone from Sir David Attenborough to Talvin Singh. His music has featured everywhere from the BBC Proms to Springwatch… and now, for one night only, at Dandelion.
Les Amazones d'Afrique
Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices: sweet and strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls, a meltdown of heritage and new-gen talent blending African styles with contemporary pop. Don’t miss this powerful pan-African mash-up – starring Mamani Keïta, Fafa Ruffino and Dobet Gnahoré.
A Scot born in England, with roots in Trinidad, Grenada, South America and Ireland, Lisa Rigby is an acclaimed singer-songwriter now based in Edinburgh. She describes her music as ‘head and heart songs’ – or, as heard on recent EP Lore, ‘songs from the dark real and imagined corners of our human stories’. Hear them live at Dandelion.
Fiddler Patsy Reid (formerly of Breabach), cellist Alice Allen and Marit Fält on the Nordic mandola make a playful, melodic and groove-driven blend of traditional and original material, as heard on new album Gin and Strathspey – drawing on Scottish, Scandinavian and classical influences, catalysed by virtuoso musicianship and sparkling ensemble interplay.
Syria’s Maya Youssef is the ‘Queen of the Qanun’, an extraordinary 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Her life-affirming music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges into jazz, Western classical and Latin music – as heard at the BBC Proms, WOMAD and now on new album Finding Home, a journey through memories and the essence of home.
National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, the National Youth Pipe Band is a cutting-edge pipe band for musicians aged 10–25 – the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together the most talented young pipers and drummers, hailing from an array of different bands and backgrounds across Scotland, to play together for their country.
Some 15 years after debut album Hand Built by Robots topped the UK charts, singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner is still pushing forwards. For Dandelion, he’ll be playing tracks from new album Interference (of Light), recorded under lockdown, alongside favourites from a cherished catalogue that takes in rock, pop, folk, soul and much more.
Straight outta Skye, Niteworks’ infectious music is the missing link between the folk club and the nightclub. Released in January 2022, the group’s third album A’ Ghrian is another exhilarating mash-up of Scottish traditional and folk music with contemporary beats into a Gaelictronica sound that is absolutely all their own.
Orchestral Qawwali + Abi Sampa
Orchestral Qawwali’s special combination of Sufi poetry, Indian classical dance and orchestral arrangements has captivated audiences since exploding on to the scene two years ago: written and directed by composer Rushil, driven by Amrit Dhuffer’s dynamic tabla and fronted by the phenomenal soaring vocals of Abi Sampa – as seen and heard on The Voice.
RURA (and special guests)
One of Scotland’s most sought-after traditional bands have pulled together a proper folk supergroup for their new album Our Voices Echo – and legendary fiddler Duncan Chisholm, Gaelic folk superstar Julie Fowlis, Capercaillie multi-instrumentalist Michael McGoldrick and spellbinding singer Hannah Rarity will all be joining them for this special Dandelion set.
This is the Kit
The great singer, songwriter and bandleader Kate Stables continues to go from strength to strength, winning new admirers and thrilling longtime fans with fifth album Off Off On – another set of insightful songs that untangle emotional knots and weave remarkable stories. She’s bringing the full band to Glasgow for Dandelion, and you won’t want to miss it.