Simple Things 2014 lineup includes Autechre, Clark and Dean Blunt
Bristol-based electronic festival is set to head north for the first time to venues across Glasgow
In recent years Glasgow has proven itself to be a fairweather friend to city-based festivals, with every continuing success story like Stag & Dagger giving way to an honourable but now defunct effort such as Hinterland. This November sees another new addition to the roster with the movement north of Bristol’s well-established Simple Things, an event which at least has a bit of a track record in a city of not dissimilar size. Another thing they’ve got going for them is the outstanding lineup they’ll be presenting.
Happening the weekend after their home city outing, Glasgow’s Simple Things takes place across the ABC, the Art School and Broadcast, a Sauchiehall Street-centric trio of different-sized venues which has worked as the core of Stag & Dagger. Primarily an electronic festival, the headliners will be long-serving ambient techno figureheads Autechre, alongside their Warp labelmates Clark and Nightmares On Wax. Also appearing will be The Haxan Cloak, Lone in collaboration with Glasgow live visuals expert Konx-om-Pax and local DJs and artists like LuckyMe, Vitamins, Dalhous, Sega Bodega and Joe Howe.
‘Hopefully we don't clash with Dean Blunt, Autechre, Actress or our friends Kogumaza as I’d definitely like to watch all of them. For once we're probably not going to be the loudest band on the lineup,’ says MB, bassist with Leeds psych-rockers Hookworms, one of the few non-electronic names on the bill. ‘I'm very jealous that Glaswegians get to see Golden Teacher so regularly, they're one of my favourite bands in the UK at the moment. That whole Green Door Studio / Art School scene is very inspiring.’ Sadly the Glaswegian disco-punk outfit aren’t currently scheduled to appear here, but who knows, maybe next year if Simple Things manages to stay the course?
Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 1 Nov.