HEADLINERS Fatherson are getting ready to swap Austria, Sweden and Germany for top billing at the Dunbar Daytripper Festival.

The trio will travel to Lauderdale Park tomorrow (Saturday) for the second Daytripper Festival, which will also see music from acts such as Posable Action Figures and Dropkick.

Fatherson, who have toured with last year’s headliners Idlewild, spoke to the Courier before jetting off to the Netherlands last weekend.

Greg Walkinshaw, the band’s drummer, told the Courier they were looking forward to a gig on Scottish soil after a busy summer overseas.

He said: “I cannot wait.

“We are really, really looking forward it and we have not really had many UK or Scottish festivals this summer.

“We have been out in mainland Europe and been busy with a few other things, writing new songs and stuff.”

The band has already played festivals in Austria with Kings of Leon, as well as in Sweden and Germany.

Now, they are getting ready to being back on Scottish shores, with gates opening at the festival in Dunbar on Saturday at noon.

Greg added: “It’s really nice to come back to Scotland.

“You get a bit worried and you are never really too sure and build it up in your head an awful lot but any time you play in front of your own crowd it is reassuring and really heartening.

“Our manager, Bruce Craigie, lives in the area, and I think he has been involved in setting up the festival and provided some assistance.

“When we got the offer through and knowing Idlewild played it last year, they only had good things to say about it.”

Greg will be joined on stage by bandmates Ross Leighton, guitar and vocals, and Marc Strain, on bass.

The band have already performed at T in the Park and had their music featured on BBC Radio 1, with their latest single played on BBC Radio 2 last week.

Local musicians such as Shuna Lovelle, Alan Gray and Alex Cornish will also be taking to the stage, alongside Bugeyed, from the Scottish Borders, with music starting at 2.30pm.

There will also be a youth stage showcasing up and coming young talent in conjunction with ELJam and East Lothian Council, as well as music making from Dunbar Music School.

Away from the music, there will be plenty of food stalls serving up a tasty variety of food, as well as Thistly Cross Cider providing a licensed bar, with award-winning cider, ale and prosecco.

Greg added: “We were just chatting it through a couple of days ago.

“We are going to come through and try to spend the day in Dunbar.

“We are going to be there early in the morning for the sound check and then have some time to enjoy it.

“Then you need to take a couple of hours to get in the zone but it is definitely a beautiful part of the world and we definitely want to come and have a gander and explore.”

For more information, go to www.dunbardaytripper.co.uk