Another success for DD8 Music with Live in the Den festival

Maxwells Dead on stage.
Maxwells Dead on stage.

DD8 Music’s annual Live in the Den festival proved to be yet another success despite the weather providing a damp start to the day.

The free festival drew in crowds from all around the county as people packed in to enjoy some live music.

Live in the Den kicked off with some of the talented youngsters who use DD8 Music’s recording and rehearsal space in the town, showing off some of the songs they have learnt in the free jam sessions that take place there on Fridays and Sundays.

They were followed by the beautiful voice of local singer/songwriter That Girl Gail. Gail has played her set of covers and original material all over Scotland. Next up was the indie rock of Dundee band General Judgement. Together since 2010 they have been getting a lot of attention recently after a series of excellent 
local gigs.

Following General Judgement was the upbeat ska-punk of Maxwells Dead and then Sonnet 65 with their uplifting melodic rock.

Montrose rockers The Mandrakes followed them, back in Kirrie after a rousing performance at Bonfest in May.

The penultimate band was one of Dundee’s most exciting bands - The Mirror Trap. After performances at T in the Park and BBC Radio live sessions last year, the band is now getting ready to release their second album and are on the verge of something very big.

Headlining on the day were a band not like any other. Fusing the iconography of two giants of 20th Century culture were Darth Elvis and the Imperials. Mashing up Elvis and Star Wars they have a drummer dressed in full Storm Trooper armour and song titles like ‘That’s All Right Jabba’ and ‘Viva Mos Eisley’.

Graham Galloway from DD8 Music said: “It was a bit of a damp start which seemed to have put a few people off but the sun came out later and it proved to be a lovely day.

“There were some absolutely fantastic bands playing.

“Darth Elvis and the Impalers headlined and they seemed to go down very well.

“But we also had a whole stack of local bands playing.

“There were stalls and we held a raffle to raise some funds for the Bon Scott Statue Fund which is still ticking over well.”

Graham added: “We have raised over £17.500 and are looking to hold a fundraising gig in October and a few other things to fundraise.”