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The 2016 line-up for the XpoNorth Festival Seedlings Stage has been unveiled for the SOLD OUT Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival which takes place in Beauly near Inverness from 4-6 August. The line-up represents some of the most promising up and coming bands from The Highlands & Islands, the rest of Scotland and Europe. Fort William four-piece Bloodlines headline one of the days.
Edinburgh, tropical-pop quartet Indigo Velvet are also a top tip, if their debut T In The Park set on the T Break stage last weekend is any indication they’ll have a healthy crowd. Other artists we’ve covered in Scotland On Sunday and The Scotsman include; Ded Rabbit, The Lapelles, HQFU, Eleanor Nicolson, WOMPS and Be Charlotte.
The excellent lineup also includes; Crash Club, Forever, Redolent, Jointpop, Pure Grief, Charlotte Carpenter, Medicine Men, Mt. Doubt, Miracle Glass Company, ONR, American Clay, The Claramassa, Laurence Made Me Cry, The MacGills, The Begbies, This Machine, Dead Zebras and Purple Felts.
For more information visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Ded Rabbit are four brothers from Yorkshire who moved to Edinburgh to hone their musical skills. With hints of the Housemartins and early Arctic Monkeys, infused with a twist of funk and original lyrics, they have created a distinctive and highly-listenable sound of their own.
We caught them on the Glasgow date of their current tour and were particularly impressed with frontman, Eugene Gaine, whose frenetic stage antics see him combine lead-vocal duties with turns at the guitar and saxophone.
Ded Rabbit’s EP, ‘Wake Up In A Dream’, was self-released on 7 February and recorded at Rocket Science Studios whose diverse range of credits include Texas, Dougie MacLean, Belle & Sebastian and the Walking With Dinosaurs soundtrack.
XFM’s Jim Gellatly promptly made its first song, Better On The Day, his breakout track of the week and there have been plays on Radio Scotland too. The attention is well-deserved. Ded Rabbit are great!
For more on Ded Rabbit visit www.ded-rabbit.com Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry and social events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk