Music festivals 2010: Ones to watch

Music festivals 2010: Ones to watch

We invite the great and good of the Scottish music scene to recommend the bands you must see this summer

Unicorn Kid

Aka Oliver Sabin – Edinburgh-based electronic wunderkind, this year playing festivals including T in the Park, Wickerman, Belladrum and Bestival

Hudson Mohawke
He makes super sweet futuristic jams. I loved last year’s album Butter. I missed him at SXSW in March, so I’m keen to see him at Glastonbury.

Crystal Castles
I’ve been following Crystal Castles since I was 15, when Nu Rave first kicked off. I saw them at T in the Park last year and it was wild. Their new album has just been released and they’ve managed to transcend the electro movement which they stemmed from.

Drake is rapper Lil Wayne’s protégé. I’ve had his new track ‘Over’ on repeat and I imagine his live show will be huge.

Aeroplane did some super dreamy remixes of Friendly Fires and Sebastien Tellier, I’ve been listening to them on and off since then. I can imagine myself getting blissed out watching them.

Kele Okereke from Bloc Party has a new single coming out called ‘Tenderoni’, which is like a mix between Wiley’s ‘Wearing My Rolex’ and the last Bloc Party album, it’s brilliant.

Grainne Braithwaite

A former festival booker, Braithwaite is now a leading Scottish promoter through her company Synergy Concerts

Four Tet
I’ve seen him live about 20 times, and the last record (There is Love in You) is the best thing he’s done. The Slam Tent crowd will love it, seriously.

Aphex Twin
The UK’s godfather of electronic music over the last 15 years, I can’t imagine what this will be like. If he’s DJing, expect glitch, grime and stuff on labels like Skam, Rephlex and Kompakt.

The single ‘O.N.E.’ is just the perfect song for the summer, and I reckon this is the last time we’ll be able to see them on a stage this small before they really take off.

I fucking love the Buzzcocks. How many Saturday nights have we all spent dancing in our living rooms to ‘Orgasm Addict’? And because they’ve influenced so many people like Arctic Monkeys, they still sound totally current.

Twitch & Wilkes / Jackmaster / Teamy / Pro Vinylist Karim
They’re all playing The Wee Chill, and between them they pretty much sum up what’s happening in dance, hip hop and electronic music in Scotland right now.

Dave Clarke

MD of Glasgow’s Soma Records (roster includes: Slam, Funk D’Void, Alex Smoke), Clarke is also the programmer of T in the Park’s Slam Tent

Richie Hawtin is a great DJ, but for him to appear as Plastikman is a rare prospect. Musically it’ll be darker and deeper, like a Kraftwerk for the modern day.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
They’re all brothers, they’ve been playing since they were kids and it shows. It’s unique, tripped out dance music and it’ll be a great way to start Sunday on T’s NME Stage.

Echo and the Bunnymen
One of the bands I grew up with, although I haven’t seen them in over 20 years. This should be a masterclass in rock’n’roll.

It’ll be one of T in the Park’s definitive sets, though it’s hard for me to leave the Slam Tent. But we’ve got D12 [playing the Slam Tent Saturday night] so I’m hopeful he’ll make an appearance with them.

Sven Vath
He’s never played the Slam Tent before, even though he’s such a huge star of the techno scene. We’ve had a couple of great sets from him at [Pressure at] the Arches, but the bigger the stage, the bigger the show.

Steve Mason

Formerly known as King Biscuit Time, Mason was also a founding member of The Beta Band, and is playing solo at Rock Ness and The Edge festivals

I’ve always really liked him but I’ve never seen him live. [His T in the Park show] will either be a pile of shit or brilliant, but hopefully he’ll smash it to bits.

The Drums
Partly because I’ve never seen them and partly because I’ve got a really hard-to-impress mate who’s always going on about how great they are.

dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip
I played on the same bill as them in Camden once, and I only knew their big track, ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’, at that point. The rest of their set was just as good – it’s fun, but at the same time it really makes you think about music and life in general. Always a good thing.

The xx
I like that album a lot, there isn’t a lot going on in their music but it really holds the attention. It’ll be interesting to see if they can still do that in front of a festival crowd because a lot of what they do is so quiet and subtle.

I was a massive fan of their first album [Leftism], and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how their music’s stood up over the years. They could be a real highlight if it has.


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