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Bannockburn Live

Bannockburn Live

Last month we told you about Bannockburn Live, an action-packed two-day event that is set to be a unique celebration of Scottish history and culture and a highlight of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Today (Wednesday 19 March) the musical bill has been announced and we are thrilled to tell you that it features some of the most dynamic musical talents in Scotland, such as the internationally-acclaimed Dougie MacLean and Gaelic music star Julie Fowlis.

Artists from across the country and beyond will take to the stage over the weekend of Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June and fill this ancient battlefield with the very best traditional and contemporary Scottish sounds.

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Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean © James Carney

Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean © James Carney

Saturday – Dougie MacLean, Rura and more

For many, the main draw of Saturday’s line-up will be Dougie MacLean, the songwriter, composer and performer whose lustrous career has seen him perform from New York to Sydney and everywhere in between. Best known for his celebrated ballad Caledonia, MacLean is bound to give a captivating performance to thrill the audience.

Also appearing is 22-year-old singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, distinguished by her smoky voice and folk melodies. And Rura, a mighty five-piece act that combines Highland pipes, whistles, flutes, bodhran, guitar and vocals that mix to create beautiful powerful songs with distinctive traditional influences.

Fife-based artist King Creosote is likely to draw in audiences with mesmerizing songs from his back catalogue of 40-odd albums, while the Washington Irving will perform a fine set of rousing, Scottish folk-rock anthems.

Don’t miss the up-and-coming band The Deadly Winters, who self-proclaim their sound as ‘Scottish-Shanty-Texicana’, and Siobhan Wilson, a jazz-influenced Glaswegian artist with beautiful, sweet-sounding vocals and confessional, poetic lyrics.

Performing on both days is Celtic rock band Saor Patrol who need to be both seen and heard – with their unruly beards, blasting bagpipes, thrashing electric guitars and pounding drums. There’s probably no better act to perform on a former battlefield and they promise to give the crowds a taste of ‘Scottish medieval rock’.

Gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis © James Carney

Gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis © James Carney

Sunday – Julie Fowlis, the Treacherous Orchestra and more

Don’t miss the Sunday performance by Scottish folk darling Julie Fowlis. With a solo career spanning over ten years and three studio albums, the Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist is known for her atmospheric and authentic singing voice combined with lush, alluring arrangements. Fowlis, who grew up in North Uist, produced and recorded music for Disney•Pixar’s Brave and was the first-ever Gaelic artist to win the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

The energetic and uplifting sound of the Treacherous Orchestra will also be heard bellowing from the music arena. This 11-piece ensemble features some of Scotland’s finest folk musicians playing a vibrant fusion of concepts and styles. Scottish contemporary band Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire will perform a set of their carefully crafted songs, which blend classic Americana and Celtic soul to create bold, stirring tunes and festival circuit favourites Woodenbox will belt out their distinctive folk-blues.

Look out for the vibrant double act of Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, who play pipes and whistles, and the Cask Strength Ceilidh Band will show you just how a traditional ceilidh is done!

Celtic rock band Saor Patrol

Celtic rock band Saor Patrol

And that’s not all…

At the heart of the celebrations, don’t miss the spectacular Battle of Bannockburn performances which will be choreographed by Clanranald, who are famous for their work on Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator and Thor II. You’ll be transported back to 14th century Scotland to experience the sights and sounds of the time as over 300 living historians work and prepare for battle within the interactive medieval encampments.

There’s also a packed programme full of historic storytelling, ancestry and food and drink to keep the whole family entertained.

At the Storyville stage, look out for tales of the past and present as historic stories are brought to fascinating life, or why not research your own family’s past at the Clan & Family Village with the help of ScotlandsPeople, the official genealogical resource for Scotland?

And of course, no celebration would be complete without Scotland’s delicious produce. At the Land of Food and Drink, sample and savour some fantastic Scottish delicacies, including artisan produce, whiskies and real ales.

If you’ve not got your ticket yet, then what are you waiting for?

Find out more information about the event and buy tickets today!


  • William Wallace

    A very talented line-up , something to suit everybody’s taste . A once in a life-time experience nobody should miss ,and we don’t intend to .

  • Don Ferguson

    Was a tad disappointed on a recent visit to Bannockburn. Heard so much about it but all that was there was a very loud and mixed up setup, with not even it all working properly war.and a game wow Was not even able to see over other visitor. With all the money spent was sadly disappointed what a waste of members money, come on National Trust not a good use.
    Will not be re joining again, sorry but disappointing.

  • Upset in Moray- AC

    We would have absolutely have loved to have come. However, living in Moray and having to pay diesel and accomodation on top of the really expensive tickets just makes it prohibitive. This really saddens me as I love to read history texts and have read several on Wallace and Bruce!

  • Frank

    would have loved to have came to venue i’ve promoted all over the world but since there is nowhere to sty overnight with my motor-home I’ll give it a miss what a pity they sell the whiskey but no where to park my home till im safe enough to drive

  • Ang Duffy

    Can’t wait got the tickets for the whole family. Hope it is a huge success for ALL involved and perhaps it could evolve into a complete weekend festival.

  • Colin Ferguson

    Was at the event on Sunday. Lovely day and the
    re-enactment was excellent, kudos to all those involved in that. However,
    the re-enactment was the saving grace in an otherwise poorly organised
    event. There were 3 re-enactments throughout the day with queues of up to
    2 hrs. However, after queuing for an hour event staff came down the line
    to tell people that next enactment was full. As there was no guarantee of
    getting in people were forced to stay in the queue for a further 2hrs for fear
    of losing their place. These long queues split the venue in two with
    people having to negotiate their way through the queue to get from one side of
    the venue to the other. There were also long queues for food and other
    stands. The event could easily have been re-named ‘Queuing Live’.
    Would it have been so hard to allocate customers a re-enactment time when they
    booked tickets so that they knew they would be getting in and wouldn’t have to
    spend hours queuing? These details turned what should have been a
    relaxing event into a stressful one. With the event having only sold half the
    expected tickets I would have to say there is no way it could have coped with
    full capacity.

    Once again the re-enactment and all involved in it were excellent and definitely
    saved the day, but the organisers have to take a look at themselves. This
    includes the National Trust for Scotland – as members of the NTS we though we
    would take in the Bannockburn Interactive experience while we were there, only
    to be turned away as the experience was reserved for ‘Kings ticket’ holders who
    were paying £80 a ticket. So, regular contributors to the NTS rely were turned
    away in favour of fleecing the wealthy for a quick buck.

    • Hi Colin, we’re really sorry you didn’t have a wholly positive experience at Bannockburn Live. We are currently conducting a full investigation into any complaints raised and we’d appreciate it you would take a few minutes to log your comments here:

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