Its Going to be a Yellow Mellow Big Burns Supper as ‘Donovan’ Tops the Bill for 2018

The orgainsers of Big Burns Supper 2018, Scotlands biggest Burns night celebrations held here right in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway have announced the first raft of headliners for nest January’s festival, plus they are very excited to say that the Spiegeltent will return to Dumfries with a fully loaded line-up featuring DONOVAN, OCEAN WISDOM, BADLY DRAWN BOY AND EDDI READER.

Commenting on the announcement, Donovan said

’I was born in Scotland and my faither Donald read Burns to me throughout my childhood, and after being invited a fair few times I am finally going to be able to play Big Burns Supper and am very impressed with how the Festival has grown into what it is today.  I have put a tune to the Burns poem ‘The Banks of Doon’ which will be released as a single in January and the proceeds will go to preserve the river Doon in Ayrshire.”

Executive Producer, Graham Main said

We are unashamed about stating that this is going to be our biggest and boldest programme to date which will be a result of some big changes to our festival model.  We are not afraid to take risks which we proved last year, but we are quietly buzzing about the return of the tent.
Le Haggis is also getting a fifth birthday make over with the return of some of the stars that appeared in the first five years, as well as introducing some fresh faces in recognition of the special anniversary edition


International Development Minister Alasdair Allan, said

“The festival is adopting a modern, creative twist to celebrate our national bard. Big Burns Supper has created a world-class programme that will include concerts and outdoor events planned across Dumfries. Musicians such as Mercury prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, Hip hop rapper Ocean Wisdom & Donovan will perform as part of the 11 days of music, theatre, dance, comedy and cabaret.’’
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On Saturday 27th January 2018  at 9pm in the stunning Spiegeltent Dumfries you will be able to see 60’s Icon ‘Donovan Leitch’ ( Main Image). Donovan is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists working today. At his induction into the R & R Hall of Fame in 2012 it was stated, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Pysychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman”.

This masterwork album he created late 1965 at 19 years of age, one year before his friends The Beatles, influencing their album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely heart’s Club Band, and leading the way for many other artists.

Over 18’s only – VIP seats available book online HERE 

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Badly Drawn Boy

On Friday 26th January at 9.pm also in the atmospheric  Spiegeltent Dumfries  you will be able to enjoy ‘Badly Drawn Boy’!

It was June 2000 when the Mercury Prize-winning, seminal ‘The Hour of the Bewilderbeast’, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It’s been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable career so far of major prizes and minor incidents, all possibilities and magic in the air.

Since then he has released four subsequent studio albums – Have You Fed The Fish? (2002), One Plus One Is One (2004), Born In The UK (2006) and It’s What I’m Thinking Part 1: Photographing Snowflakes (2010) – and three film soundtracks, About A Boy (2002, from the film of the same name), Is There Nothing We Could Do? (2009, from the Caroline Aherne film The Fattest Man In The UK) and Being Flynn (from the 2012 film of the same name).

Over 18’s Only Seating £22.50 Book tickets now. 

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Ocean Wisdom

On Monday 22nd January 2018 at 9.00pm you can enjoy Rapper ‘Ocean Wisdom’ in the comfort of the Spiegeltent Dumfries.

Camden born rapper Ocean Wisdom spent years perfecting his craft, remaining relatively quiet even in his home town of Brighton. That was until a chance encounter with UK Hip Hop producer/artist Dirty Dike. One take later and Walkin’ was born. No hook, no ad-libs just raw, unfiltered energy and originality.

Since the release of this seminal debut track, Ocean Wisdom has enjoyed a meteoric rise, sending shockwaves through the music industry. Hailed as “the future of UK Hip-Hop” by Complex Magazine with a style described as “Mercurial” by Dummy Magazine Ocean’s unique blend of genre-merging flows and thought-provoking lyricism have seen an unprecedented takeover of the UK Hip Hop scene. A versatile artist who’s unparalleled lyrical creativity, stage presence and flow has shut down main-stage crowds of over 10,000 people.

Over 18’s Only. Standing £16.00 Book tickets now.

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Eddi Reader

On Burns night itself Thursday 25th January 2018 at 9.00pm  enjoy the stunning vocals of ‘Eddie Reader’ in the warmth of the Spiegeltent Dumfries

Big Burns Supper welcomes back Scottish singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader MBE, who is accompanied by members of the Scottish Festival Orchestra, to the world famous Spiegeltent in Dumfries.

Eddi Reader MBE, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. She is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts.

In 2003 she showcased the works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. In the early 1980s, she travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London, where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist.


Over 18’s Only, Seating £22.50 Book tickets now.  

A Full line up of the 2018 events that have been announce so far can be found HERE

All images and info courtesy of  Big Burns Supper

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