Time for the reveal. The annual announcement of the unsigned Scottish bands chosen to play at T in the Park went out this morning. Not unlike the official T line-up on the main stages, which this year covers old and new US hip hop, synth-melting krautrock, stadium pleasing power pop and rock, in one of the best and most varied bills the festival has seen in years, the T Break stage also runs the gamut, genre wise.
Of the sixteen winning bands, boiled down from over 1000 entries, the styles zig-zag between bleeping electronica (Glasgow’s excellent Machines in Heaven, the dubby-ravey DARC); Weegie-accented rapping (Hector Bizerk); scuzzy slacker rock (Honeyblood); epic instrumental rock (Vasa) and soft finger-plucked guitar (Michael Cassidy).
Scottish bands were invited to submit demos back in March, which were listened to by a panel of judges including Vic Galloway, Jim Gellatly, bookers from DF Concerts and Edinburgh venue Electric Circus, as well as the music editors at The List and The Skinny. The judges gathered in May to deliberate, before announcing the winners today, who will get to play the 20th anniversary TITP festival, in July.
So what do you think of the line-up? Any glaring omissions? A decent and kaleidoscopic round-up of the country’s emerging talent? Have a listen to tracks we've selected for each of the acts, the leave your comments below.
T in the Park T-Break line-up 2013
Arches - Hail Me
Lead singer Michael Rice's smooth vocals, paired with some haunting guitar melodies, make this track one to listen out for in 2013.
Blindfolds - Columbus
This raspy, blues-rock offering from debut EP 'Voodoo' wouldn’t be entirely out of place on a gritty, possibly violent Hollywood blockbuster soundtrack.
DARC - Lotus
A mix of energetic and sweeter sounding beats make 'Lotus' one of DARC's slightly softer offerings. Relax though, they can do harder hitting electronica just as well.
Fake Major - Love in the Mundane
Fun and punchy harmonies along with their romantic yet non-sappy lyrics means you can choose to either dance along or chill out to this Scottish duo’s music. What more could you ask for?
Hector Bizerk - The Rhythm Theory
A fast paced and exciting track from one of Scotland's most exciting hip hop prospects.
Honeyblood - Super Rat
A wonderfully (and ironically) sleazy slacker-pop track from the spiritual ancestors of The Breeders.
Machines In Heaven - Mumbo Jingo
A modern approach to 80s electronica, 'Mumbo Jingo' fills the void in our lives left by MGMT.
Michael Cassidy - Battleships
The upbeat 'Battleships' reminds us how the power of unique Scottish vocals can instantly put us in a good mood. Paisley-born Cassidy’s sound is reminiscent of classic Scottish folk music, brought into the 21st century.
Poor Things - Andy's Clothes
This summery track from EP 'Hurricane' showcases Poor Things' impressive harmonies.
Pronto Mama - Still Swimming
A lazy, hazy slice of nostalgic indie with some lovely three-part harmonies and a guitar line seemingly crafted from pure sunlight.
Seams - 8
Katie Lynch’s vocals on this track are a goose-bump inducing pop-rock treat for the ears.
Sunshine Social - The Brace
A cacophony of sounds brought together seamlessly and complemented by the band’s vocal range.
The Merrylees - For You
Intense, 'psychedelic western' retro-pop with a modern twist.
The Velveteen Saints - Always Gonna Be The Same
A good old fashioned bop-along rock and roller.
Vasa - Salamanders
This mystical highlight from post-rock instrumentalists Vasa is one for the senses, instantly transporting you to a chilled state of mind.
Waiting For Go - Let You Go
A combination of dance and disco beats and indie-friendly energetic guitar riffs.
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.
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