10th March 2023

The Twilight Sad have released a live cover of Frightened Rabbit‘s ‘Keep Yourself Warm’. (more…)

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27th February 2023

A couple of items of interest on the airwaves this week (more…)

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21st February 2023

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted an update to the audio-visual menu available to Scottish indie music fans (more…)

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21st January 2023

Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins and The Pretenders are among the acts headed for the Outer Hebrides for the first incarnation of a brand new music festival.

Public Service Broadcasting, Honeyblood, Spiritualized, and Ocean Colour Scene are also on the bill for the three-day Midnight Sun event which takes place from May 25th – 27th, at Lews Castle, near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

There are many acts still to be announced, but appearances from Addo Matheson, The Choir, The Joshua Hotel, and Issie Yardley are also confirmed.

The Midnight Sun Weekender is the brainchild of Charlie Clark – of Astrid fame – and Ian MacArthur, who has worked with Virgin Records as well as a stint as worldwide group Chief Executive of The Big Issue. The two have recently set up Outer Hebrides-based indie label No Big Deal Music.

Speaking about what to expect from the first ever Midnight Sun Weekender, co-founder Charlie Clark said: “The Midnight Sun Weekender will be the first ever major pop and rock Festival to be held in the Western Isles. It will be held, annually, on Lews Castle Green, the iconic setting in front of Lews Castle and overlooking Stornoway Harbour.”

The event will also be making strides to address many of the other ethical imbalances of the wider festival industry. Eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable, it will be completely powered by hydrogen produced on the Isle of Lewis, while the comon issue of festival gender balance will also be addressed with a guarantee of a 45% to 55% female to male ratio of performers across the weekend.

Tickets are priced at £79 (Thursday), £99 (Friday), and £129 (Saturday), with a limited number of weekend tickets will also be available, priced at £270 – all on sale via Skiddle.

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16th January 2023
Belle and Sebastian

Behind the times as ever, our radio recommendations this week are all, pretty much, repeats. Well, ‘Listen again’ at least…

Last midweek Craig Charles had Stuart and Sarah out of Belle & Sebastian his 6music show, going head-to-head in a musical fight club. Whatever that entails. Find out here.

And BBC Introducing in Scotland last week had Bemz in session. He was winner in 2022 of Scottish Act of the Year, and the 2023 competition is now open as revealed on last Friday’s show.

And yes, it’s all repeats on the telly as well, but this is a good ICYMI from Hogmanay – The Barrowland Roar, a documentary presented by musician Iain Spanish MacKay, which features Del Amitri, The Fratellis, Elephant Sessions, Gun, Stiff Little Fingers, and Dylan John Thomas on stage, as well as Simple Minds, Amy MacDonald, Christy Moore, The Vatersay Boys, Travis and Mogwai talking about their experiences at the legendary venue. You’ve got until the first week of February to watch it…

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