Upcoming gigs in Scotland: Autumn 2009
- Thomas Meek
- 10 September 2009
Scotland, as we all know, is a hub of great music, great venues and great live audiences. Which is why so many of the world’s great acts forget about the poor weather and poor diet and play here. Add to that list alt-country sorts, and favourites of Jenny Lewis, Whispertown2000 who make that journey from LA for their first headline slots here (Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, 16 Sep; Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 17 Sep). The Veronicas too make a long journey, this time from Australia, to show Scotland just how hip their girl pop power is (ABC, Glasgow, 23 Sep).
Alternative Canadian thrash types Theory of a Deadman have been moved from King Tut’s to the Garage for their first Scotland trip, and promise to keep it intense (Glasgow, 29 Sep). And The Big Pink, offering something a bit more appealing to hipster sorts, remain in one of Scotland’s greatest small venues (King Tut’s, Glasgow, 14 Oct).
Passion Pit get their first taste of Scottish headlining action later in the month too (Garage, Glasgow, 23 Oct) before Tennessee indie kids The Young Republic play Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s (Glasgow, 28 Oct). Then it’s time for critical darlings Grizzly Bear to top the ABC (Glasgow, 2 Nov) two years after playing Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s themselves.
The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit may be off on epic US adventures, but they’ve left an exciting autumn schedule of young, live Scottish music behind. First up are those acoustic affectionates Zoey Van Goey (Oran Mor, Glasgow, 18 Sep), who bring their charms to one of their biggest crowds yet. Just as compelling are Stanley Odd, the Edinburgh based hip-hop collective who will be showing off some intelligent lyrics and refined beats (GRV, Edinburgh, 19 Sep).
Back to guitars, and Phantom Band kick up a storm at Oran Mor (Glasgow, 23 Sep). It’s where Aberdeen sorts, The Xcerts play too on 29 Sep, after shows at Fat Sam’s, Dundee (27 Sep) and the Tunnel, Aberdeen (28 Sep).
Hairy noisemakers Bronto Skylift take on the Central Belt (Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 30 Sep; Tolbooth, Stirling, 1 Oct; TBA, Glasgow, 2 Oct) before There Will Be Fireworks deliver something more ethereal (Classic Grand, Glasgow, 4 Oct; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 6 Oct). Then it’s time for multinational sweethearts Sparrow and the Workshop (Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 7 Oct), before Dananananaykroyd (Oran Mor, Glasgow, 1 Nov) make sure October goes off with a pop.