The best bands playing Glasgow's Stag and Dagger 2014

Highlights include The Hold Steady, Royal Blood, East India Youth, Honeyblood and Casual Sex

The best bands playing Glasgow's Stag and Dagger 2014


Who to watch at this Sunday-before-the-Monday-bank holiday one-day Stag and Dagger festival

The Hold Steady

Dense, expansive old-school indie rock with bite from Minnesotan Craig Finn and his band, this headline slot comes hot on the heels of the release of their sixth album, Teeth Dreams. Also sharing top billing are sometime-Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, Johnny Flynn and dreamy Sydney psych outfit, Jagwar Ma.

Royal Blood

The Arctic Monkeys-approved (they’re supporting them at Finsbury Park later in May) Brightonian duo are the kind of raw, garage-thrill mainstream alternative music hasn’t had since Jack White was starting out. Brusque, noisy and with vocals from Mike Kerr which sound oddly like Muse’s Matt Bellamy, they’ll clean your ears out.

East India Youth

The pseudonym of Bournemouth-based solo musician William Doyle, East India Youth released his debut album Total Strife Forever at the turn of the year and revealed with it a talent for measured synthesiser symphonies and simple, lacerating torch crooning. Think a more sensitive and winsome Thom Yorke.


Local girls done good Honeyblood are just bloody great, with the Glasgow-based duo having demonstrated a talent for everything from rough-edged Riot Grrl punk to moody, gothic alterna-rock with a hint of Patti Smith or Throwing Muses about it. For evidence of the latter, see ‘Bud’, their first single of a well-won deal with FatCat.

Casual Sex

We’d also highly recommend Lanterns on the Lake, Los Campesinos! and Tennis, but a list of top suggestions wouldn’t be complete without the spiky, smart and utterly irresistible sound of Glasgow’s bastard-baiting Casual Sex.

Various venues, Glasgow, Sun 4 May. See for full line-up info.

Stag & Dagger

Multi-venue music festival featuring a host of live acts. The 2016 line-up includes Band Of Skulls, Deaf Havana, Emma Pollock, Fews, Formation, Francis Lung, Milk Teeth, Smash Williams, Slow Club, Stanley Odd, We Are Scientists and The Van T's.


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