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Electric Fields Expansion Announced for 2016 Event

"Electric Fields is proud to be coming back in a big way for 2016 with two full days of music, new stages, great food, drink and a few amazing surprises up our sleeves!
We’re beavering away on without doubt the best line up so far with some true musical legends joining us in the fields. Stay tuned for some big announcements coming soon….."

Those were the words from the organisers Electric Fields, a music festival in the grounds of a Scottish castle have announced that it will expand in 2016.

In the past the event has been held on a single day at Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Next year the festival will be held at the same venue on 26 and 27 August.

Last year's line-up included King Creosote, hip-hop outfit Hector Bizerk and ska collective Esperanza, as well as a number of local musicians.


At this years Burns Supper, the celebrated Spiegeltent is extending superior Hospitality and Posh seating to enhance your entire Show experience:

Entertain Clients, Family or Friends: The Spiegeltent experience is one to impress and will leave a lasting impression on your guests, friends or staff.  Book a Hospitality table at one of our many shows and you’ll give the best party yet!



Spoil yourself and a group of colleagues or friends to the ultimate spiegeltent experience : the Luxury VIP booths. These private booths are on an elevated platform around the periphery of the venue, providing great box-seat views.

Any one of our fabulous head-line performances deserves the best of theatre, food and drink, make your chosen night at the Spiegeltent one of indulgence and splendour! VIP booth seats Include:

  • Priority VIP queue and access

  • Escorted meet and greet to your table

  • Private booths

  • All inclusive premier drinks package

  • Personal drinks table service

  • A platter of assorted canapes and nibbles

Le HAGGIS AND OTHER SPIEGELTENT SHOWS luxury booths are priced at £425 for 8 persons.

To view Le Haggis and book all other shows Please go on line to www.bigburnssupper.

Get in fast and book your own booth of 8 to secure a fabulous night that’s sure to thrill and impress!



THE Spiegeltent venue is a unique venue and a one-off experience. To enjoy our fabulous and mesmerising shows, book a POSH Seat in our ‘premier circle’ location. These seats are tabled and no need to leave your seat, dedicated table service for drinks is provided. Includes:

  • Allocated seating

  • Tabled seating in the premier horseshoe area

  • Dedicated drinks table service

Book an individual seat or a small table for friends. Please go on-line to the Big Burns Supper to access all the Spiegeltent shows and costs for your POSH Seat, the hottest seat this January!


Or Call 01387 271820

Rob Shaw

Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce is saddened to hear of the passing of Crichton Trust Chief Executive Rob Shaw over the weekend.

Rob was an inspirational man with drive and determination, a man who set out a vision for the future, a man who worked hard for the benefit of the community, a business man and a good friend.

Last month the Crichton Trust announced details of a £200million investment with Jansons Property, Rob was excited to be part of the regeneration programme in Dumfries and Galloway. A programme with the Crichton campus at its heart.

Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, pass on our condolences to Rob’s family and friends at this difficult time


The Community and Customer Services Committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council will meet on Tuesday 15 December, and will ask Members to note the progress that’s been made in relation to the Community Facilities review.

Community facilities are made of up town halls, village halls and community centres which provide space for individuals, clubs and community groups to meet and undertake activities.

To fulfil their commitment to communities, and also to make savings, the Council undertook a review of community facilities in 2013.  There were 29 facilities identified as a result of the review, and the Council has put measures in place to hand over 12 of these facilities to management committees in halls and centres right across Dumfries and Galloway.

Since the last update to the Community and Customer Services Committee in October, further work has taken place to progress 8 facilities that were previously not being managed by communities.  Through excellent engagement work with local communities, 5 out of the 8 facilities (Drummore Hall, Sorbie Village Hall, New Luce Hall, Glenlochar Community Centre and New Galloway Town Hall) now have a plan in place for a management committee to come in and take over the facility from our Council.  Officers will continue to work with the communities in these areas to assist them in a smooth handover of the facilities. 

Our Council will save nearly £25,000 by handing the facilities over to community groups.  Officers from Dumfries and Galloway Council will continue to work with users of the 3 remaining facilities (Nelson House, Thornhill Community Centre and Portpatrick Hall) to find a solution to their running arrangements, with an update report scheduled to be brought before Members in March next year.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, who chairs the Community and Customer Services Committee spoke ahead of the meeting on 15 December.  He said;

“I’m pleased that another 5 facilities identified in the review are being taken over by the local community in their respective areas.  These facilities are the heartbeat of some communities, and our Council is committed to assisting the smooth transition of the facilities from our running to that of the community.  This handover period is critical to the long-term success of the facility, and we’ve seen how management committee’s in other parts of the region are making a splendid job of running their facility as a consequence of this review.  I am confident that officers are doing all they can to secure the long term future of Nelson House, Thornhill Community Centre and Portpatrick Hall and look forward to receiving an update at the March meeting.”

Full papers for the meeting can be found at;


19 international curling teams are heading to Dumfries to take part in the Lely Curling Champions Tour, a challenger series event of the European Tour.

The tournament takes place at Dumfries Ice Bowl over the weekend of 18 to 20 December and provides an opportunity for the region’s brightest curling stars to pit their wits against some of the finest competitors in the sport.

Among the field will be Sochi Winter Olympics silver medallist Tom Brewster, and Lauren Gray who won Bronze at the same games as a member of Team GB.

Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said;

“There is a star studded line up at this truly international tournament at the Ice Bowl, a sports centre that continues to develop its reputation for superb youth development programmes and high profile events. The Lely Curling Champions Tour has proved so popular that more than a dozen countries will be represented in Dumfries, over the weekend before Christmas. The event will be a great showcase for curling and create an economic impact of more than £30,000 from competitors and officials spend on accommodation alone.”

The Council is backing the event with £6000 of funding from its Major Festivals and Events Strategy, 2014-2017.  The teams will be playing for impressive prize money totalling £16,000.

John Graham, Chair of the Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association is equally enthusiastic about the tournament;

“The Curling Association is really pleased that we are hosting this event again, for the second consecutive year, and there will be a much stronger field competing this year. The competitive quality of the tournament has definitely improved, and provides an arena for some of our best home grown curlers – Heather Morton, Sophie Jackson, Zack Stewart, Fraser Kingan and Grant Hardie, to showcase their skills.

We really do wish to extend an invitation to the public to come  along in good numbers, to welcome spectators and get a taste of curling.”

The Lely Curling Champions Tour runs all day Friday and Saturday and the finals will take place on Sunday between 9am and 2pm. Spectators are welcome at any time and admittance is free of charge