2015 Highlights: Music

Featuring: Belle & Sebastian, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tectonics, Electric Frog and Kelvingrove Bandstand

2015 Highlights: Music


Belle & Sebastian
Cue euphoria for fans of Glasgow’s indie twee-pop superstars; they return in January with their new, ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador), before playing a hometown arena gig in the summer, joined by the Scottish Festival Orchestra.
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is out on Mon 19 Jan; SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Fri 22 May.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Rejoice: and lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven. Montreal’s post-rock overlords GY!BE return, bringing with them their usual unsettling, symphonic vibes; or so we presume as, true to form, the notoriously private Canadians are keeping schtum so far about what they’re up to.
02 ABC, Glasgow, Sun 19 Apr.

After branching out this year with a Tel Aviv Tectonics festival, curator / conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO return in 2015 with another Glasgow edition. Expect adventurous, avant-garde performances from Scottish musicians and others from around the world, all determined to tinker with and evolve the musical language. Line-up announced in January.
City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Fri 1--Sun 3 May.

Electric Frog
Fingers crossed, the excellent Simple Things festival will come back again this year. Meanwhile, we know for sure that this six-year-old electronic / dance weekender will team up again with Pressure to help Glasgow let its hair down.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Fri 29 & Sat 30 May.

Kelvingrove Bandstand
Six more shows are earmarked for the recently refurbished bandstand, as part of Magners Summer Nights. Last year the 2500-capacity venue staged outdoor shows from the Space Lady and Teenage Fanclub: watch out for updates on who’ll be grandstanding at the bandstand in 2015.
Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, Thu 6--Sat 8 Aug; Thu 13--Sat 15 Aug.

Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

The Electric Frog crew and Pressure once again join forces to present their outdoor electronic music festival. 2016's lineup includes Fatboy Slim, Sven Vath, Laurent Garnier, Rodhad, Slam, Kerri Chandler, Julio Bashmore, Joris Voorn, Gary Beck, Ilario Alicante, Jackmaster, Dimitri from Paris, Vril and Dixon Avenue…

Summer Nights

This festival features a series of open air gigs. 2016's lineup features Van Morrison (4 Aug), Idlewild (5 Aug), Super Furry Animals (6 Aug), Lloyd Cole and Justin Currie (7 Aug), Primal Scream (11 Aug), Electric Honey Sessions (12 Aug), Eddi Reader (13 Aug) and Will Young (14 Aug).

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

  • 3 stars

Cult Canadian stately sonic sculptors.

Belle & Sebastian

Scotland's much loved purveyors of jangling indie magic perform tracks from their latest album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.


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