Music Makes Mhor Fest Magic


FANS of music genres such as funk, soul and Brit-pop will descend on a Stirling village later this month for the eight-annual Mhor Festival.

International bands, DJ’s and award-winning artists will perform in Balquhidder from 24-26 May showing off a range of musical styles and sounds.

The latest event in the Scottish festival scene, Mhor Festival will feature everything from political punk to Balearic bliss, creating musical moments unique to every visitor.

Curated by festival founder Lisa Lewis, and her husband Tom, Mhor Festival’s musical line up reflects their favourite feels, inspired as much by trips abroad as by the songs played over and over in their kitchen.

One artist who is no stranger to the festival circuit but in their first visit to Mhor, Beans on Toast, is one of this year’s highly anticipated headline acts.

Born in Essex, this cult folk figure has played Glastonbury and toured America with his frank and simple songs dealing with politics, drugs and love.

In an era when poor mental health, particularly for men, is a huge concern, artists like Beans on Toast explore the less polished side of life, finding humour in the tough times and giving voice to those often ignored.

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One of Liam Gallagher’s favourite bands are also on the bill this year at Mhor Festival.

First formed in 1987 by brothers Chris and Tony Griffiths, The Real People are the heart of the UK’s original Rock and Britpop scene and famed with helping Oasis record their first demo.

As well as performing their own material, the brothers have also written top 40 hits for artists such as Cher, Ocean Colour Scene and Nylon.

Cementing the festival’s pulling power when it comes to international talent, the Saturday night will see DJ legend Andy Carroll return to the main stage for the second year in a row. 

Known for playing some of the most seminal nights at the world’s biggest clubs, Andy is a staunch Mhor Festival fan and this year will be bringing some of his infamous pals along for the ride. 

One of those is Smokin’ Jo, a staple of the international DJ circuit since the birth of rave and club culture in the early 90s, who will appear against the backdrop of Loch Voil for the first time in 2019.

A regular in the dance music scene, Jo’s task will include closing the weekend with one of her world acclaimed DJ sets delving into the deeper side of soul, house and techno.

Jon Pleased Wimmin, a regular fixture at clubs nationwide since the 90s draws fans from every corner of the globe with his DJ sets and will also appear at this year’s festival.

Another act making their Mhor Fest debut are SWJ Group, a collective who, with Stephen Wilson Jnr on vocals, defy pigeonholing and are committed to getting crowds on the dancefloor.

Now well established on the UK festival scene having graced the stages of Glastonbury and Bestival, Oh My God it’s the Church will combine live music, comedy and dance on Friday 24 May.

Mhor Festival will continue with its tradition of supporting local, Scottish artists. Up and coming stars such as cult indie newcomers 100 Fables will build on the success of their debut appearance at Mhor Festival in 2018.

And established icons such as singer songwriter Carol Laula, arguably one of Scotland’s greatest exports, will add extra magic to the famous Friday Night Feast.

Inverness-born Dylan Tierney will appear for the second time while Glasgow crooner Dixie Lang will bring a little bit of West Coast Nashville to festival goers. Lang has recently released an album named Apple Tree.

From dance to funk with a dash of political punk and a whole load of soul, Mhor Festival promises two days of musical magic against the most breath-taking of backdrops. 

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