The Burning Hell

Wednesday 18 May 2016,
The Lemon Tree

The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary.

 

Eliza Shadad

Saturday 23 April 2016,
The Lemon Tree

Eliza Shaddad is a writer and performer of arresting ability; blending intricate guitar patterns with a stunningly forthright voice. Winding between blues, folk, and jazz she has played across the UK supporting the likes of Michael Chapman, Rue Royale and Finley Quaye.

 

Broken Rivers, Hypochristmutreefuzz, Nicky Aiken & Craig John Davidson

Thursday 31 March 2016,
The Lemon Tree

Broken Rivers are an up and coming Americana band from Aberdeen. With a wide range of influences they bring intense harmonies and driving rhythm. They are starting to make noise among the scene with a sound that will leave you wanting more.

 

Blossoms, The Vryll Society & Viola Beach

Wednesday 2 March 2016,
The Tunnels

Blossoms have toured extensively across the UK, with excursions into Europe. They followed their sold out 2014 autumn tour with another run of headline shows in February and March. The five piece will also head to US and Japan before the end of April. Blossoms’ story continues to write itself at a rapid pace.Debut single ‘Blow’ hit the airwaves at the tail end of 2014 with radio play on BBC Radio One, and live sessions on BBC 6 Music and XFM.

As a mark of respect and a tribute to Viola Beach who were set to appear at this gig, there was be a 30 minute audio performance of a Viola Beach live set played during their slot.

 

Mo Kenney

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Mo Kenney never had that archetypal I-want-to-be-famous moment. But somehow she was always going to make albums, play live and get noticed in her native Canada and way beyond.

 

Sweet White & The Liver Conditions

Saturday 6 February 2016

Sweet White's sound has been described in a live review as "catchy as funk, sharp indie-rock numbers guided by pop sensibilities." similar to bands like Foals and Peace. Two years down the line with the addition of some friends, one released EP and some national radio coverage, including plays from Jim Gellatly, Sweet White have been gigging live to great reviews from crowds and promoters alike, with a number of headline shows.

 

King Eider, Book Group, Deportees & Cara Mitchell

Friday 4 December 2016

King Eider have gained a reputation for their energetic live performances, regularly filling venues in their hometown Edinburgh, as well as playing at established venues further afield such as King Tut’s in Glasgow or Koko in London. Live sessions have been performed on Tom Morton’s BBC Radio Scotland show, BBC Radio Scotland, London’s Resonance FM and twice on Gaby Roslin’s BBC Radio London show. Their Sofar Sounds video caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 producers who booked the band for the Edinburgh Festival 2014.

 

Min Diesel, Hjearts, Wendell Borton & Fawn Spots

Saturday 14 November 2015

Min Diesel are a guitar-led three-piece from the north-east of Scotland, who shamelessly plunder the best bits from their favourite late-80s/early-90s punk, lo-fi and math-rock bands' back-catalogues to create music they've taken great amusement from dubbing "min-die rock". Since their inception, Min Diesel have shared a stage with Errors, Acoustic Ladyland, Joan of Arc, Hot Club de Paris, Sky Larkin and Paws.

 

Pronto Mama, Alphas & The Harmonica Movement

Thursday 5 November 2015

Pronto Mama are a past post-modern bug-eyed beatnik group from Glasgow who are just as confused as anyone else. They are soulful. They believe irreverent wordplay, clean musicianship and a dirty dedication to song-writing is how you do it. The music is built around the songs written by Marc Rooney and Ciaran McEneny, who in coughing copy-cat fashion opted for McEneny/Rooney. Keeping it alphabetical preserves good feeling and the over-arching idea you have of yourself, maybe.

 

Hector Bizerk & The Ill Collective | Saturday 15 August 2015 | SoundCloud

Formed by drummer/producer Audrey Tait and Scottish battle rap champion Louie, Hector Bizerk have an insatiable desire to experiment with noise, colour, rhythm and rhyme.

 

Alkanes, Emilio Largo & Cold Years | Sunday 6 September 2015 | SoundCloud

Alkanes have hit the ground running and shared the stage with some of the finest up and coming acts in the Rock & Metal scene including Carnivores, Axis Of, Bear Arms and ACODA. The band are looking to continue their journey with a debut single release in the Summer of 2015.

 

Sweet White, Gonzo, Creative Music Industries Groups | Wednesday 24 June 2015 | SoundCloud

Sweet White are a 5-piece indie band from Peterhead, Scotland. Things began with only 2 members writing and recording music together in a bedroom. Now two years down the line with the addition of some friends, one released EP and some national radio coverage, including plays from Jim Gellatly, Sweet White have been gigging live to great reviews from crowds and promoters alike, with a number of headline shows. The band were also recently featured in UK national newspaper The Daily Record's Soundcheck column on 25/4/15.

 

Rozi Plain | Monday 6 July 2015 | SoundCloud

Rozi Plain is a London-based musician originally from Winchester, who has released two albums, currently distributed by Lost Map Records. She also plays with This Is The Kit and regularly contributes to the music of her friends, including Rachael Dadd and François & the Atlas Mountains. Plain has toured with the likes of Devendra Banhart and KT Tunstall as well as performing at Green Man Festival and End of the Road Festival.

 

The Cliftons, Damn Son Jam & Eleanor Nelly | Saturday 25 July | SoundCloud

The Cliftons is a four-piece indie rock band formed in March last year. Their lineup has chopped and changed but now they’ve settled on a sound, inspired by Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg etc. According to their frontman James: “The only reason we play music is for our souls’ enjoyment: we don't write music for the purpose of selling – we use it as an outlet.”

 

Lionel, Daniel Mutch and The Liver Conditions | Friday 5 June 2015 | SoundCloud

This showcase of new music featured Lionel, Daniel Mutch and The Liver Conditions.

 

The Harmonica Movement, Made As Mannequins and Gonzo | Saturday 23 May 2015 | SoundCloud

This showcase of new music featured The Harmonica Movement, Made As Mannequin and Gonzo.

 

Skies Fell + The Winter Tradition, Cyrus Rose & After3 | Friday 15 May 2015 | SoundCloud

Skies fell is a four piece, progressive, post-rock band from the west of Scotland. They've been holed up in their remote studio working on a début album for the last year and are now ready to burst onto the scene with their exceptional new material. They play sensitive dynamic rhythms under thoughtful guitar, hook laden vocals, melancholic piano and epic crescendo.

 

Watchfires Album Launch | Saturday 4 April 2015 | BandCamp

Having written their first song together as a band in February of 2013, Aberdeen’s watchfires didn’t look back with a well-received debut EP A Captive Still (not to mention a packed-out launch gig) following in July. Quickly developing a reputation for energetic live shows their brand of bruising, emotive hard rock started turning heads landing support slots with the likes of The Winter Tradition, The Birthday Suit, The Xcerts and Broken Records.

 

 

Fit Like Records Showcase | Friday 6 March 2015 | SoundCloud

Fit Like Records is a micro operation that is about using networks of like-minded creative people in the North-east of Scotland that work together, lending experience, skills and talents. The aim is to enable artists to help themselves through contributions and collaborations providing a new platform to showcase talent. 2015 will see various releases on the label of all styles.

The showcase features Tryptamines, Best Girl Athlete, The Little Kicks's Steven Milne, The Great Bear and Death Let Her.

 

Esperi | Friday 20 February 2015 | SoundCloud

Esperi is Scottish multi-instrumentalist Chris James Marr. His music ranges from acoustic storytelling to colourful electronica looping and combining different sounds with his acoustic guitar. He uses a host of instruments from the conventional to the unusual including his signature rainbow-coloured bells, toys, tools and samples. Having collaborated with top Scottish songwriters such as Alex Kapranos and RM Hubbert, a bright future awaits.

 

Music & Moving Images | Saturday 31 January 2015 | SoundCloud

Thomas Hicks has been working with third year students at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen to help them create seven short films - their creative responses to the following songs of three up-andcoming bands and musicians from the North East of Scotland:

Leanne Smith Snowflake & Solitaire
Casino Circus
Old Town & Usual Ways
IndianRedLopez
At Night I Dream of Story Seas, Commit and Taking A Fall For Me

 

Sweet Baboo & Pictish Trail | Sunday 14 December 2014 | SoundCloud

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable canter around the counties, for a seasonal co-headline tour. Lyrical singer-songshapers, Stephen Black, and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail, respectively), both know the power of collaboration.

 

Model Aeroplanes | Sunday 23 November 2014 | SoundCloud

Model Aeroplanes is made up of four lifelong friends, brought together by their love of making fresh, honest pop music. Since forming in January 2013, Model Aeroplanes released a successful first single, Crazy, which secured the band a slot on the prestigious BBC Introducing Stage at Scotland's T in the Park music festival, where they received one of the biggest crowds for that stage over the weekend.

 

Eliza & The Bear | Thursday 9 October 2014 | SoundCloud

As a band well versed in delivering that all-important melodic hook, and with the lyrical prowess to match, it's no surprise that 2014 saw them receive support on the airwaves too. Fans at Radio 1 include Phil & AliceFearne Cotton and Zane Lowe, who made 'It Gets Cold' his 'Hottest Record In The World', a track you may also have heard soundtrack the BBC coverage of The Winter Olympics in Sochi.

 

Vigo Thieves | Sunday 28 September 2014 | SoundCloud

Vigo Thieves are a five-piece Scottish alternative rock band from Glasgow. They combine heartfelt lyrics with sing a long choruses, and an epic sound built for the big stage. Tipped for success by The Sun, Daily Record, The Sunday Mail, Radio 1's Ally McCrae and Radio Clyde’s Jim Gellatly, Vigo Thieves have had a massive 2013 after releasing their first two EPs, Heart & Soul (Pts I & 2) which led to being thrust up the bill at T in The Park.

 

The Mirror Trap | Friday 29 August 2014 | SoundCloud

The Mirror Trap like their music to be full of heart and soul, blood and guts, sweat and tears, and every other combination sticky human reality. They have played alongside Placebo, The View, Idlewild, Glasvegas and many other bands. They have played on the T Break stage at T in The Park, and done live BBC radio sessions for Ally McCrae and Vic Galloway.

 

Hazey Janes | Friday 20 June | Listen

It’s safe to say The Hazey Janes have undergone their fair share of globetrotting in their ten years together, all the while refining their zig-zag path from country to psych to power-pop. Since 2011’s The Winter That Was, the group’s third album, the quartet have undertaken some of their most rigorous and prestigious tours to date, opening as guests for Wilco on the European leg of their world tour and, more recently, Deacon Blue - the latter culminating with a sold out performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

 

Blue Rose Code | Monday 19 May | SoundCloud

Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh-born songwriter, Ross WiIson. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson's music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records. Ross describes the music of Blue Rose Code as 'Caledonian Soul'.

 

Mitzy Wilson | Friday 16 May

Having reached the regional finals of Open Mic competition in Glasgow in 2012 and Teen Star in 2013, Mitzy was spotted by a record company in London who eventually signed her up on an Artist Development Programme. Working in their recording studios in London, Mitzy began to write her own material in collaboration with a co-writer who has worked alongside the likes of Emile Sande and Connor Maynard.

 

Akord | Friday 18 April 2014 | SoundCloud

Akord have won the Drummonds 2K Tournament, Kerrang!'s Big Audition, Red Bull Studios shortlist and played a well received show at the Download festival. Imagine Tool and Karnivool locked together in the sweet embrace of a musical orgy; a passion filled session with some light sweet jazz to set the mood. Incubus loiter in the room to tag in every so often and Biffy Clyro are there to serve the refreshments - That's Akord.

 

The Beards | Sunday 2 March 2014 | SoundCloud

The concept of The Beards is simple – A rock band that exclusively perform songs about just one subject: Beards. The Beards have gained a cult following in Australia after touring the nation relentlessly over the last few years. Notable performances include the Falls Festival, The Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival and of course their visit to Alaska to perform at the World Beard and Moustache Championship’s opening ceremony.

 

The John Knox Sex Club | Saturday 15 February 2014 | SoundCloud

The band had grown up together in Glen Curney, a small mining-fishing village in Stirlingshire, but had lost track of each other until they met again while working in a nightclub. They have toured the UK and played local support slots with amongst others Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Of Montreal. Along with this they have played unusual one-off events such as Rough Cut Nation in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the launch of Creative Stirling in St Allen's Parish Church on Good Friday 2012.

 

Federation of the Disco Pimp & Kagoule | Saturday 25 January 2014 | SoundCloud

FOTDP released their first full UK album ‘More than Dancing’ on September 2012. This coincided with it’s Japanese release of the album through P-Vine Records and celebrates the second album released in Japan from FOTDP via P-Vine. Kagoule are only 17 years of age emerging briefly last year with demo ‘Made of Concrete’ which immediately gained attention from XFM and BBC Radio 1.

 

John Smith | Sunday 1 December 2013 | SoundCloud

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, Iron and Wine and Seth Lakeman. John is a regular on the UK festival circuit, having played shows at Glastonbury, Green Man, Cambridge and many others. In this way, he has found a loyal following in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the USA and Canada. Slow but sure.

 

Sweet Baboo | Monday 11 November 2013 | SoundCloud

A native of the North Wales countryside, Sweet Baboo aka Stephen Black is a single minded, idiosyncratic singer possessing an ear for sparkling melody and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinkling boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Black's productivity is all the more remarkable given his extra-curricular activities which have seen him working with an ever-growing array of musicians including Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme andIslet and collaborated with Gruff Rhys.

 

Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo | Thursday 10 Octber 2013 | SoundCloud

Emily Barker is a BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, whose music is known by millions as the theme to Kenneth Brannagh’s acclaimed adaptation of Swedish crime drama Wallander and the BBC hit drama The Shadow Line. Having released three critically acclaimed albums, played a string of sold-out UK dates, performed with Frank Turner at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Emily has emerged with a compelling song cycle that makes Dear River an unmistakable watershed in her rapidly burgeoning career.

 

Athletes in Paris | Monday 9 September 2013 | SoundCloud

Athletes In Paris come from the Northeast of England and sing in an accent too broad for anyone outside a 50 mile radius of Sunderland to fully comprehend more than little soundbites. Their idiosyncratic, danceable indie-pop sound is induced by two drummers, chanted gang-vocals and frantic guitar-work that make you realise the missing link between Sting, Prefab Sprout and Katy Perry.... Subsequent tour highlights include support slots for Jack Penate, The Automatic, The Sunshine Underground, Dog is Dead and Big Beat Bronson as well as Evolution Festival, Split Festival and The Great Escape.