Largest ever Scottish dance event goes off without incident

Chemical Brothers headlined the 17,000 capacity Homelands festival in Edinburgh at the weekend (September 4-5), Scotland’s largest ever dance event.

Held at the Royal Highland Exhibition Grounds – a 25 acre site just outside Edinburgh, five enclosed arenas played host to artists including Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, The All Seeing I and DJ’s Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong..

The 5,000 capacity Home Arena was the largest of the weekend, and although it was dogged by minor sound problems, particularly during Liam Howlett‘s DJ set, the tent attracted Homeland‘s most enthusiastic crowds.


In a festival which passed without major incident, just 37 on-site arrests were made – all of which concerned minor drug offences.

There was just one cancellation – US hip hop act Jurassic 5 pulled out due to a death in the family.

The event was the second of three Homelands held this year. The first took place at Winchester’s Matterley Bowl in May, while the third will take place in Ireland on September 25.

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