Thursday, 1 April 2010

Tigerfest 2010 Line-up Announced (Updated)

Tigerfest has announced its lineup for May 2010.
The mini-festival, which runs for three weeks, takes in shows in Dunfermline, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, running in conjunction with its affiliates Baby Tiger, the Carnegie Hall, Interesting Music Promotions, and online/media partner is this music?
There’s also a clutch of co-promotions with partners such as Electric Circus and the Cabaret Voltaire, plus the Fence and 17seconds labels.

Tigerfest has run since 2004 as a regular independent festival of new music. Originated in Edinburgh by promoter Baby Tiger, it expanded to feature showpiece gigs in Dunfermline and take in towns and cities across Scotland. It has seen bands such as Idlewild, King Creosote, Emma Pollock, Malcolm Middleton, Half Man Half Biscuit, Nouvelle Vague and Camera Obscura perform as well as promoting early gigs by KT Tunstall and We Were Promised Jetpacks, and giving acts such as Frightened Rabbit and Dananananaykroyd headline shows.

What's on this year? Full listings are below.

Wed 5th - Blueflint / Andi Neate / Andy Tucker & The Scattered Family, @ Electric Circus (White Noise night). 7pm, £3
Thu 6th - Phoebe Kreutz / Casey / Emily Scott / The Stantons, @ Wee Red Bar. 7pm, £6 [CANCELLED]
Sun 9th - 17 Seconds night: X-Lion Tamer / The Wildhouse / White Heath, @ Roxy Art House. 7pm, £6
Tue 11th - TV21 / Boycotts / Midas Fall, @ Cabaret Voltaire. 7pm, £7
Wed 12th - is this music? presents: Jesus H. Foxx / There Will Be Fireworks, @ Electric Circus (White Noise night). 7pm, £3
Thu 13th - Chris Bradley / Dirty Cuts / Last Battle, @ Roxy Art House. 7pm, £6
Fri 14th - Martin Stephenson / Fourteenhours / The Blind Assassins, @ Wee Red Bar. 7pm, £11

Thu 20th May - Ambulances / Vertis / Crayons. 7.30pm, £5
Fri 21th - Fence Records night: King Creosote / Withered Hand / Rozi Plain. 7.30pm, £10
Sat 22nd - Malcolm Middleton / Spare Snare. 7.30pm, £10

Thu 21st May - The Unwinding Hours / Katerwaul, @ Tunnels (Interesting Music Promotions). 8pm, £8 / £6

For more details and ticket info, visit the Tigerfest website.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A Quick Plug For Oliver Stays

Today has rather turned in to a day of shilling stuff, so while I'm at it, here's one more bit of pimping.
Oliver Stays are giving away a free track, The Unevolved. I wrote a wee bit about them a while ago, and rather like the band, so I'll pass on their instructions on how to get it.

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Oliver Stays have a few gigs coming up too, put on my the fab Detour Scotland people.
You can catch them on April 7th at Bar Bloc in Glasgow, April 9th at Madhatters Inverness and April 10th at Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh.

What Are You Doing Sunday Baby?

As if the number of gigs coming up over the rest of the week wasn't insane enough, Easter Sunday also pokes it's head up, waves, and shouts "I've got good gigs too!" lie an attention seeking friend that is hard to say no to.

First of all the afternoon sees the second Hazy Recollections show. The line up features The Injuns, Rachel Sermanni and her fiddle Pixies, Aye Tunes favourites Julia and the Doogans and resident host, Findlay Napier, who will be playing with the Bar Room Mountaineers. Hop over here for more info.

On Sunday night you could do a lot worse than take your chocolate filled body along to Nice n Sleazy for Mount Eerie. Mount Eerie fell off my radar a bit when they stopped being The Microphones, aside from their appearance on David Shringley's Worried Noodles, but knowing this gig was coming up I gave myself a quick crash course and it turns out I've missed tons of good stuff. That'll teach me to stop paying attention.
Support comes from No Kids, who I don't know much about, but they were on Worried Noodles too. Rounding out the bill are The Black and White Verse, and the fantastic Lava Experiments.

Hinterland Picks + Full Timetable - UPDATED

Our blog buddies over at The Pop Cop have managed to get hold of the running times for Saturday's Hinterland Festival. Rather than rip off their scoop I'll send you over there to have a look for yourself, then you can come back here and find out who I think is worth going to see.
[Update - The timetable has been officially released, you can find it at the bottom of the post]
[Update #2 - Some of the times for The Arches were incorrect, and have been changed. Also all the gigs at Rockers have moved to Ivory Blacks.]

Back? Lovely.
Make Sparks kick off the day, and are a great band to start with. It helps that they are just about the only band I want to see that don't clash with anyone else right enough. It's very tempting to stay in Rockers once Make Sparks are done for Little Yellow Ukuleles and The Darien Venture, both big favourites round these parts, but instead I'll be sprinting round the corner to The Sub Club for The Kays Lavelle. I've only caught the Kays live once before, so I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

From then on, things get tricky, as all the bands I want to see start to overlap.
Kitty The Lion would have been high on my list of bands to see, but they start 15 minutes before The Kays Lavelle finish, at the venue furthest away, so I'll need to wait and see them another time.
Midnight Lion follow The Kays Lavelle at The Sub Club, so chances are I'll be sticking around for a bit of them. Skipping out early will be required though, as there's another dash around another corner to catch one of the must see bands of the day, Ambulances.
This is Ambulances first Glasgow gig, if I'm not mistaken, and one I'm looking forward to a lot.

From there things rapidly start to resemble a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Do you stay at The Arches for the always excellent French Wives? Skip back to The Sub Club for Johnny Foreigner, the only one of the "big" bands on the line-up that interest me? Or leg it to Pivo Pivo and hope you can squeeze in in time for Panda Su? The last option is the most likely for me, I do love me some Panda Su.

After that options start to thin out drastically, so I'll be staying in Pivo Pivo for The Boy Who Trapped The Sun I reckon. My recent review of his Home EP might have been cranky, but I do like his songs and I'm keen to catch him live.

After that? Well, nothing really. Maybe a pint in MacSorley's while Silver Columns do their last DJ set of the day. Everyone I want to see is crammed on early, all in competition with each other, leaving everyone playing after 22:30 as the ones I have no interest in. A surprisingly early return home is on the cards.

Also, if anyone happens to fancy a drink or two before things kick off on Saturday, do give me a shout. Myself and a couple of the other Scottish bloggers are planning a wee meet up, and everyone is welcome to come along for a drink and a blether. Where and when is still to be decided, but let us know if you feel like joining us.
ALSO myself and Peenko will have tickets on us for our gig on April 30th, so if you want one of those without wanting to buy one from here then let us know, we'll hook you up.

Hinterland Timetable: (Aye Tunes reccomended bands are in red)

The Arches Main Room (hosted by Radio Magnetic)
8.30 - 9.30 British Sea Power
10.00 - 11.00 Mystery Jets
11.00 - 11.30 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
11.30 - 1.00 Friendly Fires DJ Set
1.00 - 2.00 Joe Goddard Hot Chip DJ Set
2.00 - 3.00 Grecoroman Soundsystem

The Arches Dance Arch (hosted by LuckyMe & Ballers Social Club)
8.30 - 9.00 Ambulances
9.20 - 9.50 French Wives
10.20 - 11.20 Jeffrey Lewis
11.20 - 12.20 Eclair FiFi
12.20 - 1.30 Marcus Nasty
1.30 - 3am Cooly G

Macsorleys (hosted by Moshi Moshi)
6.30 - 7.00 Mazes
7.00 - 7.45 Silver Columns DJ
7.45 - 8.15 Spectrals
8.15 - 8.30 Silver Columns DJ
8.30 - 9.15 Is Tropical
9.15 - 9.45 Silver Columns DJ
9.45 - 10.30 Hot Club de Paris
10.30 - 11 Silver Columns DJ

Sub Club
6.30 - 7.15 The Kays Lavelle
7.45 - 8.30 Midnight Lion
9.00 - 9.45 Johnny Foreigner

Pivo Pivo
7.00 - 7.30 Emmas Imagination
7.45 - 8.15 Alan McKim
8.45 - 9.30 Panda Su
9.45 - 10.30 The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

The Admiral (hosted by Gigwise)
7.00 - 7.30 Kitty The Lion
8.00 - 8.45 Bleech
9.00 - 10.00 Pulled Apart By Horses

Rockers Ivory Blacks
6.00 - 6.30 Make Sparks
7.00 - 7.30 Little Yellow Ukuleles
8.00 - 8.30 The Darien Venture

For a handy cut out and keep picture timetable, click here.