Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher
This Dundonian fivesome have a nice line in instrument-swapping and harmonious gang vocals. Should be enjoyed by fans of Fleet Foxes, Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Three Glasgow boys with a jaunty, jangly guitar-pop sound. Their tales tell of teenage fumbles, dancing, bad patter, drinking and romance, ‘torn shirts and mini skirts’.
Peter Kelly is much beloved by the Scottish music scene blognoscenti, and for good reason. His melodic guitar-plucking is accompanied by a plaintive vocal style reminiscent of the holy trinity of singer-songwriters, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith.
We’re predicting a lot more attention for this Edinburgh band in the next few months. They can sound a bit Animal Collectivey with their warped-wonky pop, but then along comes a big stomping beat, bound to get an entire field pogoing along. Who knows where this’ll take them.
Brown Bear & The Bandits
If you like unashamedly poppy country-tinged foot-stompers, this is your band. This Largs trio have both Deacon Blue and the Mumfordian sound in their genes.
Indie-pop with an electro edge, and a knack for conjuring up a catchy melody. They’ve got the energy of a slightly grittier Killers from back in the day, but without the Mormon leanings. Also, they’re from Edinburgh. The capital. Geddit? Hey, at least they didn’t insist on it being written in CAPITALS.
Chris Devotion & The Expectations
‘Imagine The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements having a punch-up’ – so speaketh Scottish music authority Vic Galloway, and he’s pretty much nailed it.
A 22-year-old white Glaswegian might not be the obvious contender to keep the classic gospel flame alive, but give Davey Horne five minutes to convince you – the boy’s got soul.
Bleeping, bouncing and moody pop, with one of those dead-inside vocals we expect from the likes of Matthew Dear, plus stuttering synth rhythms in the Human League ilk. They’ve shared bills with Metronomy, New Build (ex LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip), Den Haan and Silver Columns, and we’d bet money on them bringing something very danceable, but dark to T Break.
The Mirror Trap
Paul Markie, singer with this Dundee indie-rock quartet, posted this blog post: ‘Hopefully our stage time clashes with The Wanted, Cher Lloyd and Keane. Then the T Break stage will become like a refugee camp for people with functioning brains and musical taste.’ So, now you know where to go.
We’re treating the Aussie frontman as an honourary Scot because a) he lives in Glasgow, b) the rest of the band are natives and c) they make lovely, thought-provoking, off-kilter pop music.
Many-limbed folk-pop ensemble who have gained the treasured Fence seal of approval (they played at Home Game 2011, and recently completed a Refugee Week line-up with King Creosote and The Pictish Trail). They have roots in the DIY blog scene as well, with their most recent album put out by Peenko Records.
Glasgow techno-poppers with their eyes set on the Slam Tent, by the sounds of it. Pounding, aquiline beats, with dubby moments of calm. Oh, and they’re partial to track titles like ‘Satan Pump’, and shouting ‘1,2,3, let’s make it work!’
Despite the blood-spattered logo and song titles like ‘Mutilate’ and ‘Take No Prisoners’ , TeKlo leans not towards metal, but big, messy, intensely bassy thrills. Another future Slam Tenter, for sure.
The Machine Room
Shimmery pop from Glasgow, which we predict you’ll hear lots more of in the next few months. Besides their own sterling work, their Bronski Beat cover is worth checking out too.
T in the Park
From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moved from its longstanding Balado location to the new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. Bands appearing in 2016 include The Stone…