Ska band Bombskare and Dundee’s Buffalo Soldiers are the star attractions at this year’s Westfest Big Sunday.
Back by popular demand for the first time in two years, Buffalo Soldiers will provide a Bob Marley-style celebration for the expected 10,000 or so revellers at Magdalen Green on Sunday June 3.
Co-headliners Bombskare, featuring Dundee-born members Calum Cummins on saxophone and keyboard player Matthew Bartlett, are one of the most energetic and exciting bands on the UK circuit.
Winners of the BBC2 UK’s Best Part-Time Band 2016 competition, the self-proclaimed “sorcerers of skank” from Edinburgh are hugely popular on the festival scene and performed at last year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
The city’s biggest outdoor gala day will feature six bands in total, also including the Dundee Schools Rock Band, up-and-coming young band The Mnemonics and popular local five-piece outfit Coconut Groove.
Completing the line-up for the main stage will be the winners of this year’s Westfest Battle of the Bands competition, which reaches its climax at Church the night before Westfest on Saturday June 2.
Among the other attractions are a DJ tent, funfair, children’s rides, bouncy castle and other kids’ attractions, food stalls, tombola, arts and crafts and much more.
A Westfest spokesman said: “We’re all hugely excited to announce the live music line-up for Big Sunday 2018. It’s always a fabulous family day out and I’m sure everybody will agree the music is the icing on the cake.
“We’ve had some really tremendous line-ups in the past and this one will be no different. And what’s even better is that every act is either from the Dundee area or has a Dundee connection.
“It’s always great to have young bands playing. And, of course, the big surprise will be the winners of the Westfest Battle of the Bands, who will be revealed at the final the night before, which is tremendously exciting for everybody.
“Hopefully the sun will shine and Westfest 2018 will be even better than before — if that’s possible!”
Westfest Big Sunday 2018 takes place on June 3 from 1pm-7pm. Admission is free.