The Charlatans announced for C56! 01/08/2017

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THE CHARLATANS, the iconic British band whose anthemic sound has defined a generation and earned them a reputation as one of the greatest of all festival bands, are today announced as joining the lineup for CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX, Scotland’s hottest new music festival which takes place in two weeks time.

Back with what is being widely hailed as their best album in 20 years, the exhilarating, joyful ‘Different Days’, THE CHARLATANS are in stunning form. With a sound grounded on the band’s own indestructible chemistry, the new album’s contributors include The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, guest drummers (ex-Verve man Pete Salisbury and New Order’s Stephen Morris) plus spoken word by Ian Rankin.

Twenty-seven years since they first bagged a number one album with ‘Some Friendly’, and 13 albums down the line, THE CHARLATANS have reached a higher state of grace. The much-loved band are still achieving fresh career highs, dreaming up new music that redraws their own map. Their trajectory has few parallels in British rock and ‘Different Days’ finds them forward-looking and never more self-defining or relevant.

THE CHARLATANS will join RUDIMENTAL as unmissable Mardi Gras Main Stage headliners on Sunday 13th August in what is guaranteed to be a blistering weekend at Camperdown Park in the heart of Dundee.

With over 100 artists and back-to-back quality guaranteed across 7 stages, the heaving-with-quality line up also includes MARK RONSON, BASEMENT JAXX, THE FRATELLIS, THE CUBAN BROTHERS, SASHA, THE KYLE FALCONER BAND, HOT CHIP, HONEYBLOOD and PRIDES plus many more, as well as the finest names in the electronic genre and a sublime indie and guitar-based offering, plus rip roaring comedy, serious levels of tastebud tickling food and drink, and a VIP Secret Garden experience.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Festival Director Craig Blyth said,

The Charlatans are one of the greatest festival bands of all time and we couldn’t be happier to be announcing them as a Sunday headliner for this year. Get ready to be blown away at what is guaranteed to be a legendary “were you there” Carnival Fifty Six moment. The band’s iconic back catalogue speaks for itself and this unmissable show at Camperdown will be the first opportunity to hear the new album, hailed as their greatest work in 20 years. For anyone who hasn’t yet secured their ticket, there are only two weeks to go so don’t miss out.

Our site map is here! 05/07/2017

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 In 5 weeks time, CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX, Scotland’s major new music festival will land at Dundee’s Camperdown Park in blistering style!

Taking place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of August, and staged in association with 71 Brewing, the monster party will see many of music’s biggest names including MARK RONSON, RUDIMENTAL, CLEAN BANDIT, BASEMENT JAXX, THE FRATELLIS, THE CUBAN BROTHERS, SASHA, THE KYLE FALCONER BAND, HOT CHIP, HONEYBLOOD and PRIDES descend on the city for the most exciting new festival to hit Scotland in years.

With over 100 artists and back-to-back quality guaranteed across 7 stages, the sound of the summer is set to sizzle come August.

Now, as the big weekend approaches, excitement levels are about to accelerate further as the CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX arena map is revealed. The arena map will help fans to visualise the transformation of Camperdown and navigate their way around the festival’s raft of delights.

First up. Fancy larging it like a VIP? Course you do! The VIP SECRET GARDEN in association with Jaggi Gin is the place to be for discerning revellers, and is located right in the heart of the festival, adjacent to the MARDI GRAS Main Stage. Expect Champagne and oysters served from an uber-glam double decker bus, a premium choice of drinks and food including frozen prosecco and Champagne POPs and flame grilled steak and burgers, premium viewing of the main stage, priority VIP lane entry to the festival, cashlines, card payments and the holy grail of every festival…premium toilets and washrooms!

Adjacent to the VIP SECRET GARDEN, the MARDI GRAS Main Stage, with its gorgeous woodland backdrop, is the anchor around which all other stages are located. Positioned to create an inclusive atmosphere within the arena, the MARDI GRAS is sure to be home to countless legendary moments with headliners MARK RONSON, RUDIMENTAL, CLEAN BANDIT and Special Guests THE FRATELLIS, plus many more top-notch artists.

No festival is complete without a Big Wheel and the CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX Big Wheel screams fun! Sitting slap bang in the middle of the site, thrill seekers can expect a unique aerial vantage point to check out their favourite bands, as well as the breathtaking panoramas across Dundee.

Sitting on a prime apex opposite the Main Stage, the DISCOVERY LIVE stage in association with Cider Bothy promises smiles and swagger in equal measure with a stellar comedy line up by day including ANDREW MAXWELL, SIMON EVANS, RICHARD HERRING and PHIL NICHOL and a rousing rock out by night with MODEL AEROPLANES, TIJUANA BIBLES and THE MIRROR TRAP to name a few.

Fortifying the festival good times, and occupying an unmissable spot on the opposite side of the arena, THE RHUMBA CLUB / FESTIVAL OF HOUSE big top will deliver beats galore all weekend. Many of the biggest and best names devoted to the electronic genre will land in full effect, including BASEMENT JAXX, SASHA and HOT CHIP, as well as the finest underground names including JAMES ZABIELA, DENIS SULTA, HARRI & DOMENIC and DIXON AVENUE BASEMENT JAMS.

Setting the scene for the good times that await, THE TREE HOUSE is the first stage fans will experience upon entering the festival, with top tunage from the likes of GROOVEMENT, HECTORS HOUSE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, DUNDEE DANCE EVENT and PARADISE PALMS.

Expect greatness too from the indie and guitar-based JAM LIVE stage as artists including PRIDES, THE LAW, FINIFLEX and recently announced THE KYLE FALCONER BAND plug in and rock out.

Synonymous with music, culture and creativity, RED BULL will christen Camperdown with their legendary truck, a superlative sound system and an outdoor dance floor to get on down to groove merchants such as ALL NIGHT PASSION, MAJESTIK, RHUMBA RESIDENTS and more.

Get set for a serious level of tastebud tickling too as a host of downright delicious culinary stars promise a kaleidoscopic cook off all weekend!  From Dundee to East Lothian, Angus to Argyll, Inverness-shire to Fife, Lancashire to Tyne & Wear, South Yorkshire to Surrey, every one guarantees a 10/10 taste experience. These include THE INCREDIBLE HOT DOG COMPANY, WINSTON CHURCHHILL VENISON, THE REAL MACKAY STOVIES, LOCH FYNE OYSTERS, HAGGISMAN, HIGHLAND HOG ROAST, WOODBURNS PIZZA, INDIAN KITCHEN, THE GRAVY TRAIN, THE SEA SHELL, JESSIE’S KITCHEN ICE CREAM BIKE, THE CREPE SHACK, YOFROG, HOMEGROUND COFFEE and last but certainly not least, homemade BUMBLE PUDDINGS!

Commenting on today’s announcement, Festival Director Craig Blyth said,

The countdown to Carnival Fifty Six is well and truly on. With five weeks to go we’re really happy with how the festival is taking shape and the release today of the arena map is another step closer to the big weekend itself. We’ve been blown away by the reaction to the festival and for anyone who hasn’t secured their ticket yet, our message is clear…come and join the biggest party to happen in Dundee for years!

For tickets please click here.

We caught up with Fat Goth! 28/06/2017

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We caught up with Fat Goth on Saturday just as they were about to head on stage for their gig at Conroy’s bar, Dundee. The guys spoke about what they’ve been up too, their thoughts on playing at the first ever Carnival Fifty Six, and told us about  some interesting surprises for their show!

The Scottish three-piece, gave us an insight into their weird and wonderful ways and reassured us that their punk rock, heavy mental, head-bobbing sound is something not to be missed at this year’s first Carnival Fifty Six.

So you’re playing the first ever Carnival Fifty six, how do you feel?

Mark: Yeah we’re really excited about it actually! I think it’s really cool to be involved in something that’s so big in Dundee. There were a couple of us that went to Radio 1’s big weekend, 11 years ago now, and it just seemed like such a big deal, and there hasn’t been anything since. So, for something this size to be in Dundee, and us to get involved, we feel really privileged to be a part of it.

What have you guys been up to, any new singles? Busy with gigs?

Mark: We brought out our forth album Enorme, back at the start of May. We don’t really gig that often anyway but we’re doing a handful of Scottish shows this summer.

Kevin: We released two albums in succession, so were touring a lot, which was awesome and we still enjoy doing it, but everyone’s getting really old and our muscles are getting feeble. We realised we can’t to it as often as we used to! We just try and make the most of it and it’s mostly just do Scottish shows.

What can we expect from your set? What are you going to bring to the festival?

Kevin: I would say we’re a mix of genres, we take some elements of heavy metal but, it’s not a particular sound we have.  We’ve got a lot of heaviness, and some elements of punk. I don’t know if there are many bands at Carnival Fifty Six that are of that sort of genre? So, if someone comes along and wants to have a head bang and rock out, there’s us! If people like to hear very loud guitar music, then they have us as an option.

How do you feel the general buzz has been about the festival, what’s the word on the street?

Mark: As I said it’s exciting to be involved. You know, how often is there a festival in Camperdown Park? When you look at the bands who are going along, some are certainly a lot of bigger than us, so it’s great to  get the opportunity. This is absolutely massive to us.

Ok, so we saw something on Twitter can you confirm you’re the opening act for Little Mix?

Mark: That was actually a secret, you’ve just gone and ruined that!

Kevin: Yeah that was just Little Mix moving gear a second ago there. It’s going to be like the film CoCoon where they pull their skin back and their glowing radiance, current hype girl band aura is going to dazzle everyone when they’re on stage. It’s going to be a tough act to follow!

So you guys looking forward for tonight?

Kevin: Yeah it will be cool, we played Edinburgh last night, and it was a very good gig. We were playing at Sneaky Pete’s which is a really cool venue, and we were rocking and cooking and feeling good so I think today will be the same!

And, Fat Goths’ performance did not disappoint! The atmosphere in the crowed was intense – heads were most definitely banging from start to finish! Be sure to catch them on the Discovery Stage, Sunday August 12th.

Jaggi Gin’s VIP Secret Garden announced! 08/06/2017

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We’re thrilled to announce C56 has partnered with another local company – Jaggi Gin! Dundee based company Jaggi Gin, are sponsoring our VIP area, and we’re so excited to introduce Jaggi Gin’s VIP Secret Garden.

Jaggi Gin’s VIP Secret Garden will only be open to those who have VIP tickets – and we promise, you’re not going to want to miss out! The Secret Garden will have priority access at the main gates, meaning no long queues when you arrive. When you enter the Secret Garden, you’ll have access to premium facilities, such as toilets, and a premium viewing area of the Mardi Gras main stage. This means you can watch all your favourite acts without leaving the Secret Garden. Jaggi Gin will be only be available exclusively to the Secret Garden, and you can ask anyone who’s tried it – it’s pretty damn amazing!

Alongside Jaggi Gin, the Secret Garden will be home to premium food and drinks options. You’ll be able to enjoy a glass of bubbly and seafood at our Champagne & Oyster bar, chill with The Fizzy Popsicle Company serving POPS – the premium Champagne and Prosecco Ice Popsicles, and feast on some delicious, gourmet burgers.

Jaggi Gin’s Secret Garden is not to be missed, and we can guarantee you’ll be kicking yourself when you see other festival goers with their POPS basking in the Dundee sunshine! If you think the Secret Garden sounds like where you want to spend your C56, you can upgrade your standard ticket to VIP from just £22. Please click here.

Cider Bothy sponsor our Discovery Tent 02/06/2017

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We are thrilled to announce local company, Cider Bothy, are sponsoring our Discovery Tent! Cider Both are sister company to the fantastic Gin Bothy – which we all LOVE here at C56 HQ. Cider Bothy will follow Gin Bothy’s suit following traditional methods with no artificial ingredients added to any of their drinks! All the apples for Cider Bothy’s cider are local, with the Cider and Gin Bothy teams working in tandem with Mother Nature – utilising fruits and plants when they’re in season.

The Cider Bothy are sponsoring our Discovery Tent – and we couldn’t think of a better fit! With Cider Bothy local to the area, the drinks local to area, and the bands in the tent local to the area – what could be better! Not only can you discover the hidden talents of Dundee, and come see some of the UK’s best comedians, you can do so drinking while Dundee and Angus’ first cider!

Cider Bothy cider won’t be available until it’s launch – this August 12th at Carnival Fifty Six… Apart from this weekend where you can try a sample of their still, apple original at our Overgate takeover! For more info about the takeover click here.

Your chance to meet The Fratellis 02/06/2017

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We’re in the Overgate this Saturday and Sunday and we have some amazing prizes up for grabs! How do you fancy winning yourself four VIP weekend tickets to C56, £100 Overgate voucher aaaaaand a meet & greet with none other than The Fratellis!? Yes? All you need to do is come and see the C56 Team down near Costa. We’ve also got five runner up prizes up for grabs, including five pairs of weekend tickets! Wow we hear you say.

Alongside our prizes, we have some amazing local DJs playing both days to get you in the Summer mood! If you’re over 18 you’ll also be able to sample some of one of our sponsors drinks. We’re thrilled to announce our Discovery Tent is being sponsored by Cider Bothy, sister company of Gin Bothy. Their fantastic range of cider’s will be launched this August at C56 – but we’re giving you the exclusive chance to try some this weekend! For more info about the Cider Bothy sponsorship click here.

So, meet & greet with The Fratellis, weekend tickets, Overgate vouchers, DJs and cider – we expect to see you all there ;).

The Kyle Falconer Band joins C56 family! 26/05/2017

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CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX, Scotland’s major new music festival taking place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of August, 2017 at Camperdown Park in Dundee, in association with 71 Brewing, today announces THE KYLE FALCONER BAND has joined the line-up.

Kyle Falconer is the lead singer from The View, and the band, which comprises Kyle on vocals and guitar, brother Ronnie Falconer on guitar and Billy Mitchell on bass, is the new project from the Mercury Prize-shortlisted, platinum-selling musician as he embarks on a solo career.

The Carnival Fifty Six appearance is the first chance for fans to hear the much anticipated new material.

Kyle will be recording his debut solo album at Paul Weller’s legendary Black Barn Studio this summer with plans to release new music later 2017.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Kyle Falconer said,

“This is a really big deal for me. Obviously I grew up just across from the park in Dryburgh so to come here this summer and play is brilliant. The View had talks before about coming back to perform but nothing came of it so I’m glad I’m getting the chance to do it. It’s brilliant that Carnival Fifty Six is coming to Dundee. The organisers have some really big names and as soon as it was announced I wanted to be a part of it.”

Festival Director Craig Blyth added,

“We are delighted to have Kyle, one of the biggest talents ever to come out of Dundee, playing in his back garden at Camperdown Park with his new band. The Kyle Falconer Band are tipped for great things and we are really excited the guys have chosen Carnival Fifty Six as their first ever festival to perform at.”

Street Party Success! 22/05/2017

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Our Street Party on Friday, 19th May, was absolutely fantastic! A massive thank you to everyone who came, even with the rain, the turnout was great. The night kicked off just before 8pm with The Misfits getting things started on the Acoustic Stage.  The Mirror Trap, who you can catch on the on the Discovery Tent on Sunday 13th, and The Law, who are also playing C56 on the Sunday on our Jam:Live stage, also took to the Acoustic Stage.

Reggae band Buffalo Soldiers played the Main Stage and really got everyone in the party mood, with Shakka Loves You ending the night with a fantastic set.

In between bands everyone had the same idea – time to try more delicious street food and drinks! If you weren’t there we can confirm you missed out on some crazy tasty, local food – with The Toasty Cheese Shack proving to be a favourite with the C56 staff! The selection of local drinks went down a storm, and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying a bottle of 71 Lager!

We’re so pleased so many of you come along to support C56, local bands and local food and drink! We hope you’ve all got the party bug and will join us this August for more local food and drink, and some amazing local talent. Get your tickets for C56 here.


C56 is going to the Capital 15/05/2017

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We’re teaming with our good friends at the Rhumba and Hectors House to bring C56 to Edinburgh! On June 10th we’ll be taking over La Belle Angele and the Rhumba have very kindly paid for the first 350 tickets – so be quick, and you can get yourself in for free!

To get you in the mood for August, we have some of the C56 family playing. Room One will be hosted by Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, who are playing our Rhumba’s Festival of House Tent. The duo will take you into the early hours with house and techno. On support in Room One are Groovement, who are playing in The Treehouse, and Hectors resident Simon Bays. Rhumba are taking over Room Two with Rhumba resident Darren Davies, alongside Alan Dobson, Nightvision and Muskia Don.

A night in the capital with C56, The Rhumba, Hectors House, DABJ and Groovement – sounds like the perfect night out to us! Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest event news here and get your tickets now!


100 Fables join the C56 family 15/05/2017

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Scottish band 100 Fables have joined the C56 family! The Glasgow band, made up of Lyndsey Liora, Erin Reidy, Harris Hiscoe and Chris Stewart, will be playing the Jam:Live stage on Saturday 12th August.

The was born out of a shared love of the new wave movement and their passion for 80s pop and the post-punk electro sound. Over the last 18 months, they have firmly stamped their mark on the live music scene, with amazing appearances at the likes of Party In The Palace and Edinburgh Festival. They’ve also supported a wide range of bands including The View, Glasvegas, Bay City Rollers, Deacon Blue and The Sugarhill Gang.

Here’s their new single “Wake Up” to get you in the festival mood! Get your tickets now.