Triptych unleashed, T in the Park expanded.
Words: Mark Robertson and Allan Radcliffe
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your local ticket outlet, several festivals unveil their wares at once. Triptych celebrates a triumphant seventh year of esoteric eclecticism with 79 reasons to make Wed 25 - Sun 29 April a musically stimulating weekend.
Among those scheduled to appear are genius folk loon Cat Power, hip hop don DJ Premier, German industrial innovators and Nick Cave collaborators Einsturzende Neubauten and legendary minimalist pioneer Terry Riley. The line-up also includes swoonsome Brazilian pop tarts CSS, Ninja Tune’s down-tempo jazz bods, Cinematic Orchestra, Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and Brighton femme indie squonkers Electrelane.
Gigs are taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen over five days. With some artists covering all three cities there are ample opportunities to catch all those you desire. The festival’s music film strand hits a new high this year with screenings of Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law, Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin and Nick Drake documentary A Skin Too Few. The List will have full coverage of the line-up in our issue out on Thursday 12 April.
Time for T
It seems like only yesterday that Geoff Ellis and those gentle folk at DF Concerts were celebrating another triumphant weekend of music and festivities at Balado. But T in the Park 2007 will be bigger than ever, for the first time playing over three nights, from Friday 6 - Sunday 8 July.
By the time you read these words the tickets for Scotland’s premier celebration of music will have been gobbled up by nippy, web-savvy rock junkies. Seek out a gold dust day ticket instead if you can as we turn our minds to this veritable who’s who of indie rock and chart busting pop.
Campers can descend on the Perthshire site on Friday night (6 July), which kicks off with a Main Stage headline performance from Mercury winners Arctic Monkeys as well as sets from Bloc Party and The Coral, while List cover star Lily Allen will be doing her damnedest to make us ‘Smile’. Saturday sees the return of the Radio 1/NME stage and King Tuts Tent, which will be headlined by indie brats The Kooks and The View respectively, while US imports The Killers (pictured above) and North London poseurs Razorlight top the bill on the main stage. Other acts confirmed include My Chemical Romance, Klaxons and CSS.
Sunday sees Scissor Sisters warming up for headliners Snow Patrol on the Main Stage, while Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, Editors, Mika and Tori Amos will be wowing crowds across the musical campus.
More live entertainment to fill your summer
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
Galloway’s celtic/roots/world music festival kicks off on Friday 18 May for two days and includes music from Transglobal Underground and Natacha Atlas. The Hairth weekend follows on Friday 14 September. Tickets are available from Thursday 1 March priced around £50.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
‘Homegrown heaven in the highlands’ commences Friday 10 August. Tickets are £70 plus booking fee, from www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Doon the Watter
The all-day music event at Morton FC’s Cappielow Park, Greenock on Saturday 19 May features The Bluetones and The Cinematics. Tickets are £46 (plus booking fee) from www.doonthewatter.com
Big in Falkirk
The line-up for the two-day free festival will be announced on Tuesday 13 March but the search for new talent is underway with the final decider at the Classic Grand on Friday 23 March. See www.biginfalkirk.com
No line-up as yet for the two-day dance music extravaganza but there are a couple of classic mid-90s legends rumoured to be heading up the bill on Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 June. www.rockness.co.uk
Edinburgh International Festival
Running from Friday 10 August - Sunday 2 September, the full programme of cultural delights will be announced on Wednesday 28 March. www.eif.co.uk
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The programme will be announced on Thursday 7 June. Tickets go on sale from Monday 11. www.edfringe.com