Eastern Promise Festival – a gem in the calendar

Eclectic mix of indie, noise-rock, folk and electronica at Easterhouse festival

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Eastern Promise Festival – a gem in the calendar

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

A gem in the Scottish festival calendar, Eastern Promise brings an eclectic mix of indie, noise-rock, folk and electronica to Easterhouse. In addition to sets from the incredible Georgian singer Asiq Nargile and the extraordinary Newcastle bard Richard Dawson (to name but two), the weekend is headlined by Falkirk pop maestros Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, and Glasgow’s mighty Golden Teacher.

An eerie dance party soundtracked by mutant disco, dub and Afro-futurist club sounds, Golden Teacher’s new Sauchiehall Enthrall EP is perhaps their best yet. As multi-instrumentalist Oliver Pitt says, ‘part of the joy of making music with five other people is that there's always six different ideas and six different directions the music’s being pulled in. One person might want to make a dubby disco track whilst someone else is trying to turn it into industrial techno.’

No two Golden Teacher shows are the same. As Pitt explains, ‘there's always a plan but within that there's lots of scope to change things from gig to gig. We intentionally keep things open ended, or play unfinished tracks to keep it fresh and fun. If it's exciting and new for us it's usually the same for the audience.’

Eastern Promise is at Platform, Glasgow, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Sep

Eastern Promise

Platform's eclectic showcase of music from home and abroad, running over two rooms and two days. Friday features Emma Pollock, Modern Studies, Rick Redbeard, Spinning Coin and Whyte Saturday's line-up includes Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Grumbling Fur, Hen Ogledo, The Flexibles and Snails.

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