Eels, Lou Hickey and Kris Kristofferson announced for No Mean City 2013

Eels, Lou Hickey and Kris Kristofferson announced for No Mean City 2013

The Glasgow Americana festival will also feature performances from Kat Men, Dawes and Caitlin Rose

The 2013 No Mean City line-up has been announced, with rockabilly band Kat Men and Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lou Hickey opening the series on Sun 1 Sep.

Now in its third year, twenty artists will play across five venues with the concerts celebrating the country’s American roots and heritage.

Mark Mackie, director at Regular Music, is delighted with the line-up: ‘For a festival which is still developing, the programme of No Mean City in 2013 is exceptional.

‘It features an enviable line-up of some of the finest Americana artists in the world, from icons like Kris Kristofferson to the fresh and exciting groups like The Milk Carton Kids or The Barr Brothers.’

Other highlights include Swedish psychedelic rock band Junip, fronted by former solo artist José González (15 Sep), Canadian country music artist Johnny Reid (20 Sep) and alternative rock band Eels (3 Sep). Caitlin Rose and The Be Good Tanyas will also make an appearance.

Classic American country singer Kris Kristofferson, famous for ‘Me and Bobby McGee,’ will close the show when he performs at O2 ABC Glasgow on Sun 28 Sep.

No Mean City, Glasgow, Fri 31 Aug–Sun 28 Sep. For full listings, please see below.

Kris Kristofferson~ Me and Bobby Mcgee

The Milk Carton Kids: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Junip - Line Of Fire (Official Video)

The Be Good Tanyas - Littlest Birds [Official Music Video]

The Barr Brothers

Contemporary folk from the Montreal quartet.

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£13.20 / 0113 275 2411

The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£13.20 / 0161 276 9350

Gorilla, Manchester

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£13.20 / 0161 407 0301

Also at:

Jim White

Old school country with gospel, blues and a touch of the southern gothic from this urbane gent.

The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

Thu 23 Nov

£19.80 / 0121 236 7426

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tue 21 Nov

£14.30 / 0113 275 2411

The Brunswick, Hove

Fri 24 Nov

£16.50 / 01273 733984

With Cicada Rhythm.

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King King

Glasgow blues outfit fronted by Alan Nimmo.

Birmingham Town Hall

Thu 18 Jan 2018

£22 / 0121 345 0600

The Forum, Bath

Sat 20 Jan 2018

£22 / 0844 888 9991

The Leadmill, Sheffield

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£22 / 0114 221 2828

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Skewed take on the indie format from frontman and multi-instrumentalist E, currently on magnificent malcontent form.

Kris Kristofferson

Grizzled country rock outlaw who may have killed a few celluloid vampires in his time exudes an effortless charisma as he runs through his extensive back catalogue.

Be Good Tanyas

Drawing on the musical spirit of 'O Brother Where Art Thou?', this Vancouver trio continue to charm the public and critics alike with their old time country, mountain folk and lonesome blues.


Gothenberg folk-rock trio consisting of Jose Gonzales, Elia Araya and Toby Winterkorn.

Laetitia Sadier

Solo show from the Stereolab frontwoman.

For the Sake of the Song

Launch event of this year's No Mean City festival of Americana sounds.

Johnny Reid

Scottish-born country singer-songwriter who has found success in his adopted home of Canada.

Kat Men

Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom in partnership with rockabilly guitarist Darrel Higham.

Ethan Johns

The Paolo Nutini/Kings of Leon/Vaccines producer, and son of the legendary producer Glyn Johns, performs tracks from his own album If Not Now Then When?.

Heartless Bastards

Garage rock band from Cincinnati, but now based in Austin, Texas, who are often compared to fellow Ohioans The Black Keys.

The Milk Carton Kids

Minimalist Americana duo of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale.

Strand Of Oaks

Aka US indie folk musician Timothy Showalter.

Joe Pug

Acoustic, and folk singer-songwriter from Chicago.

Caitlin Rose

Up-and-coming siren from Nashville, with indie appeal.


Indie folk quartet from Los Angeles.

Daughn Gibson

Electro country singer-songwriter from Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Stephen Kellogg

Massachusetts country/folk singer-songwriter backed by his band the Sixers.