Over 50 artists take part in the one-day music festival, with a mixture of unsigned and established acts set to play across six of the city’s best venues.
Haddow Fest is now entering its third year and is organised by local band The 10:04’s, with the boys pulling off a major coup by bagging The Cribs to top the bill. The Wakefield three-piece will be playing the headline slot at HMV Picturehouse (21:30), with the band having recently picked up a Q Award as well as receiving huge critical acclaim for their last album.
Stevie Bolton, singer and guitarist in The 10:04’s. told The Edinburgh Reporter about his excitement at securing the band:- “The Cribs are the band who probably influenced us more than anyone when we started. We all had different influences but The Cribs were the middle ground, they were the band that we all liked and whose music we could relate to, so collectively there’s probably no band on the planet we’d rather share a stage with.
“We’ve tried to get them every year since Haddow Fest started so to have them play this year is amazing.”
Other venue headliners include new-rave luminaries Hadouken! (The Bongo Club) and popular Glasgow four-piece Kassidy (The Liquid Rooms).
Bolton is also confident that Haddow Fest has the potential to go on to even bigger and better things in the future. “We’d like to keep growing in quality year after year. We don’t want to just do the same thing with the same bands time after time.
“Edinburgh has a lot of great venues that we haven’t used yet like the Corn Exchange, Usher Hall, Playhouse so there’s plenty to expand into if the right bands are available. It would still be a festival very much centred around new Scottish music whatever venues we use.”
Bands will be performing from 13:30 at The Caves, Whistlebinkies, The Bongo Club, The Liquid Rooms, Maggie’s Chamber and in the evening at HMV Picturehouse.
Tickets will be available to buy on the day from the official bus in The Three Sisters courtyard or in advance at . All tickets must be exchanged at The Three Sisters bus for a wristband or at HMV Picturehouse from 18:30.