Smyth and Wilson comment on departure of Electric Fields

Commenting on the announcement that the Electric Fields Festival is moving from the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle to Glasgow, South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said;

“This is a deeply disappointing decision but one that people have feared may happen in recent months. But needs to act as a wake up call to Government and national agencies that if they want major festivals and events to take place outwith the central belt they need to provide proper support to meet the extra costs this incurs instead of simply pumping millions of pounds every year into festivals in Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Festivals and events can’t just be about our big towns and cities, there needs to be a national strategy that focuses on supporting festivals in rural areas.”    

Dumfries and Galloway Council Events Champion, Councillor Adam Wilson said,

"This is a huge loss for our region. Electric Fields has been hugely successful over the last few years and our Council has been proud to support them.

We were aware there were concerns over the future of Electric Fields and I was disappointed that support from both the private and public sector nationally could not be secured. I would like to highlight the hard work put in my Nick Roberts as Festival Director and his efforts to try and keep the Festival at Drumlanrig.

The loss of Electric Fields is a timely reminder of the challenges facing our tourism and events sector and the need for Council support going forward."