Tryptych announces final line-up

Music festival bows out on a high

Derrick May

Derrick May is just one of the inspirational musicians playing at this year's Tryptych

Triptych has announced its final ever line-up, which showcases the festival’s trademark brew of international stars, musical trailblazers and cutting edge grassroots talent.

Organisers have said that, after eight years creating one of Scotland’s most dynamic music festivals, they are determined to go out in style.

Created in celebration and support of the Scottish live music scene and taking in events across three cities – Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh – the multi-genre festival has featured appearances by such high profile acts as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Grace Jones and Chuck D over the years.

This year there will be performances from Triptych favourite Candi Staton, Wu Tang trailblazer The RZA and techno wizard Model 500, as well as appearances from the likes of Mogwai, Derrick May, The Fence Collective, Malcolm Middleton, Frightened Rabbit, Clinic and more.

While it’s the end of the road for Triptych, plans are already brewing for a new initiative for music fans, entitled The Tennent’s Mutual, with full plans set to be released next month.

George Kyle, from Tennent’s Lager, told The List: ‘When we launched Triptych in 2001, we wanted to provide a unique platform for live music in Scotland – a groundbreaking live event that was spread across three cities and numerous venues, with a far-reaching music programme inspired by quality and timelessness, rather than being defined by a single genre.

'The music landscape has experienced many changes since 2001, however, and Tennent’s feel the time is right to innovate once more.’

He continued: ‘2008 will herald the final Triptych, as we prepare to launch a truly groundbreaking new music initiative that’ll offer music fans the chance to shape Scotland’s music scene – The Tennent’s Mutual – in the meantime, we’re gearing up to celebrate Triptych’s excellence, and to say thank you to its supporters over the years.

'We’re confident the festival’s rousing swansong will be the best Triptych ever.’

Triptych 08 will take place at venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Fri 25–Sun 27 April. See


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