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Underworld named as first headliners for Playground Festival 2020 at Rouken Glen Park

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Underworld and Nightmares on Wax have been revealed as the first acts for the second edition of Playground Festival.

The weekend event is returning after its inaugural edition at Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock, earlier this year, with tickets on sale from today.

Electronic duo Underworld will top the bill on Friday evening with their only Scottish appearance in 2020 – accompanied by a mesmerising light and AV show.

From sound-tracking Danny Boyle’s 1996 movie Trainspotting – with their classic anthem ‘Born Slippy’ – to being the musical directors for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, Underworld have become internationally renowned for their visual style and dynamic live performances, which they have brought to audiences for over three decades.

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They will be supported by Nightmares on Wax, who will deliver another Scottish exclusive, performing his landmark cult-classic album ‘Smokers Delight’ live and in its entirety.

Festival organisers have also announced local stalwarts, Let’s Go Way Back – one of Glasgow’s most legendary club nights, will provide local support.

A festival spokesperson said: “This year’s line-up is a celebration of genre-defining UK icons. To have Underworld and Nightmares On Wax on the same bill on one night is the stuff of festival dreams and we can’t wait. It’s going to be a very special night.”

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Further line-up announcements are due to follow shortly, including headliners for the Saturday and Sunday.

The inaugural Playground Festival attracted more than 14,000 revellers who enjoyed unforgettable performances from international acts including Groove Armada, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, Django Django and Anna Calvi.

However, organisers and fans were left disappointed by one headliner, Lauryn Hill, who arrived on stage over an hour late and played just six songs in a 34 minute set before hitting the curfew.

Playground Festival 2020 will take place between Friday July 31 and Sunday August 2. Tickets are available at