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Sounds in the Grounds                             2/6/10






As the summer festival season beckons once again, Stornoway gets set to embrace the increasingly popular Sounds in the Grounds. Now in its 5th year SITG has gone from strength to strength since its inception and continues to attract high calibre acts from all over the country, last year’s headliner being Malcolm Middleton of Arab Strap fame.


This year on Saturday 19th June the Lewis Castle green will host the mighty King Creosote who is one of Scotland’s foremost musicians, prolifically recording albums since he launched his own label Fence in 1995.


As well as supporting Runrig at Scone Palace in 2009 two of his songs were recently featured in the movie Hallem Foe and having played in Stornoway once before it promises to be brilliant headline show. Also on the bill are Phantom Band, a Glasgow based band whose debut album was released to critical acclaim and last year completed their first European tour.


Completing the line up on the main stage are local acts Her Voice Resides,

dotjr, Sean Harrison Band, Cant Swim, Bluefields, Followed by the Blind and A Promise to No One.


Last year’s festival saw the addition of the acoustic tent, allowing the

audience an opportunity to take in some more mellow acts in between the main stage performances. This year sees the Boy Who Trapped the Sun grace the acoustic tent along with The Weather Journals, Memphis Louie and the Rockin’ Firebird of Death, Brawth, The Penguin Librarians, Tim Durbin, Iglue, Roddy Huggan and Mata Macdonald.


Sounds in the Grounds 2010 will be introducing a new spoken word stage, which will feature a variety of local writer’s and it sees the addition of a kids area along with the usual face painting, local merchandise and craft stalls.  


The festival will feature a licensed bar and a wider choice of food and drinks including healthy and vegetarian options.


Tickets for this event are available now from An Lanntair box Office and

Ticketline on 01851 708480 and cost £10 for an adult and £6 for U16s.