Old pros, compared to the majority of the rookie hot-shots on the bill at this Camden Crawl-style one-dayer festival, Roddy Woomble and the boys bring the angular jock-rock, as enjoyed by fans since 1995.
2. The 10:04s
Entering the indie-rock history books in true style, this Edinburgh-band began with a bass guitar purchased for 80 bucks from Cash Converters. Expect itchy, frantic punk-rock hooks, with a nod to the Strokes and Libertines from the fourpiece, who also happen to be the organisers behind Haddowfest.
3. Nine Black Alps
A rare band from (*shudder*) south of the border, on this otherwise very Scotland-centric festival line-up. (They’re not racialists at Haddowfest, mind, they just wanted to give unsigned Scots acts maximum exposure.) NBA bring very beautiful alt-rock from Manchester, full of spindly guitars and surf-pop flourishes.
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks
Headlining with The Dykeenies (exact venues TBC, but The Bongo Club, Cabaret Voltaire, Electric Circus, Sneaky Pete’s are all putting on gigs during the day), WWPJ are off too SXSW next month, and also putting out the quiet-loud mini-album, The Last Place You’ll Look, full of battering military drums and Scottish-accented melodrama. Catch the Embra locals before they get so big they forget the little people.
At the folkier end of the spectrum, this Edinburgh-based band hail from the Isle of Bute. Their wistful, jangly, gently strummed melodies definitely aren’t the sort of thing to give you mosh-related whiplash injuries, but they may just soothe your soul.
Haddowfest, various venues, Edinburgh, Sun 28 Mar, 1pm-midnight, £20. For updates and line-up, check www.myspace.com/haddowfest