The Insider is back for 2011, with a souped up website (Insiderfestival) a Victorian theme (“If you arrive by horse drawn carriage, hot air balloon, traction engine, penny-farthing or flying machine you will be issued with ale tokens to the tune of twenty pounds per conveyance.”) and a very un-Victorian but cracking line up.

The Festival (held on the 17th – 20th of June) at Inshriach House (near Aviemore) provides a contrast in attitude, line up and cost, to Rockness which is on the weekend before.

There is a fantastic array of talent on show: Stanleythink of a numberOdd, Admiral Fallow whose busy summer sees them at a vast array of festivals from Glastonbury to Belladrum, the Americana / Country style of Wahington Irving, the Scotsman described “Falling somewhere in the nexus between grunge, sludge and noise rock” Bronto Skylift and winners of the BBC folk awards for three years running, Lau.

The full (currently announced) line up include:

Lau,Charlie McKerron and Friends, Hidden Orchestra, Admiral Fallow, Machael Marra, Stanley Odd, Geese, The Banana Sessions, The Mike Kearney Ka-tet, The Bonfire Band, Macmaster/Hay, Horndog Brass Band, Woodenbox with A Fistful of Fivers, Donna Maciocia, Jarlath Henderson, Abagail Grey, Gecko 3, Washington Irving, Gwendolen Chatfield, Bronto Skylift, How to Swim, Let’s Talk About Trees, The State Broadcasters, Lapsang and the Suchongs, The French Wives, Life Undervest, Kettle Of Kites, Rossco Galloway/The Chans, Dave McGregor, Andy and the Two-Headed Rabbit, Robin Adams, Man’s Ruin, Rura, My Jet Black Tractor, Pilots, Micca’s Quicker Macca Crackers, The Last Battle, Downtown Wolves, Chesterwhin… and many more to be announced.

Tickets are priced at  £75 for the weekend, £25 for the Friday, £35 for the Saturday, £35 for the Sunday and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available here.

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