Stag and Dagger: Glasgow's city festival prepares for fifth edition
- David Pollock
- 15 May 2013
One-ticket-admits-all festival to feature exciting acts from all genres
It’s uncertain whether anyone remembers the ‘Sauchiehall Crawl’ event of a few years back, which attempted to do for Glasgow’s busiest late night thoroughfare what the Camden Crawl in London was doing. Well, despite being ill-remembered in the face of the still-kicking multi-venue Stag & Dagger one-dayer, it seems S&D has mutated into a kind of Sauchiehall Crawl of its own.
The recent opening of Broadcast next door to Nice ‘n’ Sleazy has turned the west end of the street just before you hit Charing Cross into Glasgow’s nexus of live music, with both venues, the Art School union, the CCA and both rooms in the ABC contributing to this year’s seven-stage event. Stereo is an outpost by comparison. Although it feels somewhat scaled-back this year (two years ago Warpaint, Wire and Clinic were among the bigger names), there’s still the sense that promoter PCL’s Stag &Dagger – now in its fifth year – is a place where important and exciting acts from across genres and the local/national divide come together.
At time of writing thirty-three acts have been announced, with more to come. We’re most excited about the ghostly electro-soul of How to Dress Well, the atmospheric and understated torch balladry of Matthew Houck’s Phosphorescent, Midlands psych revivalists Temples and the ever cathartic aural violence of Glasgow noise-metallers Divorce, while Randolph’s Leap, Fatherson, the hotly-tipped United Fruit and good old We Were Promised Jetpacks are among the many high quality local bands this one-ticket-admits-all festival should be encouraging you to check out.