• Music at The Multiverse shows site’s future potential
  • Performers and audiences revel in the return of live gigs
  • Perfect setting to enjoy rock, folk, trad, opera and harp 

The Music at the Multiverse festival saw performers and audiences from across Southern Scotland gather for two great days of music at one of the country’s most spectacular outdoor venues.

The event took place in the Sun Amphitheatre at Crawick Multiverse, a spectacular 55-acre visitor attraction and land art instillation created by Charles Jencks and inspired by his ideas about astronomy.

The line-up for a superbly sunny Saturday was packed with contemporary music from:

  • ONR (with Robert Shields)
  • Lucky Doves
  • Pedro and the Pirates
  • Archie Irving
  • Fathers Medicine.

On Sunday Crawick Multiverse welcomed:

  • Smith & McClennan (folk duo)
  • Claudia Wood (opera singer, with pianist Katharine Durran)
  • Flew the Arrow (folk from Ayr)
  • Wendy Stewart (international harp player).

Many of the performers were from, or had strong links to, Dumfries and Galloway or Ayrshire.

Gill Khosla, Crawick Multiverse Trust (CMT) chair, said: “It’s been brilliant – a real success. For many of the performers it was their first gig of this kind since the start of the pandemic. And for audiences it was a chance to get out, meet family and friends, and revel in some excellent entertainment.

“It was wonderful for everyone to be able to gather in a superb, safe, outdoor setting like this. It was perfect for two days of amazing music including rock, folk, trad, harp and even opera. 

“This was very much a pilot event, but the feedback has been excellent and I thinks it’s really shown the potential for Crawick Multiverse to become a major outdoor venue, giving people the opportunity to enjoy performing arts and activities of all kinds in an astonishingly beautiful setting.”

Crawick Multiverse, is near Sanquhar on the border of Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire.

The event was part of the Sanquhar Arts Festival and helped to explore Crawick’s potential as an outdoor venue in easy reach of central and southern Scotland and Cumbria.


Picture by Colin Hattersley.

Editors’ notes

About Music at the Multiverse

  • Tickets are available from www.crawickmultiverse.co.uk
  • Prices are £20 Saturday and £15 Sunday and concessions are available
  • Doors open at noon both days and close 7pm on Saturday, 6pm on Sunday
  • Numbers will be limited for COVID safety
  • The event is family friendly
  • Crawick Multiverse is one hour from Glasgow, 45 minutes from Ayr and 30 minutes from Dumfries – see website for travel information 

About Crawick Multiverse

  • Crawick Multiverse is a spectacular land art installation created by the late Charles Jencks and inspired by his thinking about space, astronomy and cosmology. See https://www.charlesjencks.com
  • It was a major land restoration project, transforming 55 acres of former open cast mining into an artwork, visitor attraction and public amenity.
  • Crawick is in the hills of Upper Nithsdale on the B740, Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway, DG4 6ET.
  • Opening: From 1 May 2021, 7 days per week, 10.00 – 4.00 
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Phone: 01659 50242 

Crawick Fact File

Crawick Multiverse reflects both the ecology and geology of the region where it stands. It has many spectacular features for visitors to enjoy. 

  • Around 2,000 boulders were used to create Crawick Multiverse 
  • The Sun Amphitheatre 
  • The North-South line comprises approximately 300 boulders
  • The site spans 55 acres
  • The Northpoint provides a 20-mile 360 degree panoramic view
  • Around 300 boulders were used to create the Multiverse landform.

The Crawick Multiverse Trust

The site is  managed and run by the Crawick Multiverse Trust (CMT) which is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Trust’s objectives are:

  • To advance the arts through the creation of a land art site for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
  • To advance public understanding and appreciation of the role of the landscape and environment as both material and site for art.
  • To contribute to the regeneration of the local community in Dumfries and Galloway through the provision of a visitor attraction of national significance.

Through visiting, you are helping maintain the site to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy it. Thank you for your support.

The Crawick Multiverse Trust is a charity registered in Scotland SC039940 and a company limited by guarantee SC349562. Its registered office is at 32-34 High Street, Sanquhar, Scotland, DG4 6BL.