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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, September 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 1 September 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Biffy Clyro Manager Dee Bahl returns to Born To Be Wide on Thursday 2 October 2014

Biffy Clyro Manager Dee Bahl returns to Born To Be Wide

The big festival season might be drawing to a close, but for those wishing to check out smaller live events, Scotland has plenty to offer throughout September.

Live @ Troon is a multi arts, non-profit festival, which takes place in the South Ayrshire town from 5-7 September. The music headliners are Eddi Reader and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, with emerging artists on the bill including Jacob and Rory Green , former track of the month artists Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 and Celtic Connections favourites, The Chaplins. Many of the smaller gigs are free. Visit www.liveattroon.com

Over on the East Coast, Linkylea Festival gets underway on the Colstoun Estate in East Lothian, Haddington. Created by sisters Bonny and Flora Squair, all profits go to support impoverished children in India. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a two-day event from 6-7 September the line up features many Under The Radar favourites, including Young Fathers, Bombskare, Hector Bizerk, and LAW. visit www.linkyleafestival.org.uk

Meanwhile, in Argyll, the intimate Bowfest runs from 13-14 September within the grounds of Inveraray Castle. It features upcoming artists like Irenie Rose, Jacob and Rory Green , Shanine Gallagher and Siobhan Wilson, as well as established traditional acts including Capercaillie and Skerryvore. www.bowfest.co.uk . Visit www.bowfest.co.uk

The final weekend of the month sees Ullapool host the Loopallu Festival, with emerging acts Neon Waltz, Vigo Thieves, Hunter & The Bear and Model Aeroplanes, bringing youth to a bill headlined by older geezers. This year the event, also features a literary component which includes appearances by writers boasting strong music connections: Vic Galloway, Doug Jonstone and Arab Strap’s Aiden Moffat. Visit www.loopallu.co.uk

Tenement TV started out filming live music sessions from a tenement flat in Glasgow which they then broadcast via YouTube (clocking up more than 2 million views). Since then the company have produced an eight-part music series for STV Glasgow and launched a multi-venue festival throughout Glasgow city centre last year called the Tenement Trail. It returns on 4 October with an excellent line up including; Hector Bizerk, Vukovi, Model Aeroplanes, Neon Waltz, Tijuana Bibles, TeenCanteen. Visit www.tenementtv.com/tenement-trail

Also making a welcome return to Glasgow, are Bronto Skylift, whose new album, Date With A Ghoul, is launched at a special gig in Nice N Sleazy on 11 September. The band provide a taste of what lies in store with this video for the track, Bird Catcher/Eater [play below]

Hit The Road, provides young musicians aged 14-19 with the opportunity to take part in professionally-managed gigs across Scotland. This month the initiative has two tours taking to the road. The first runs from 4-6 September visiting Edinburgh, Inverness and Stornoway, and features Megan D, Imogen Islay Hay and Josie Rose. The second tour features Jacob and Rory Green alongside Zoë Bestel and Lewis Capaldi stopping off at Dumfries, Bathgate and Fort William from 26-28 September. Visit www.hittheroad.org.uk

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide. The next event takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 2 October and features Biffy Clyro Manager Dee Bahl Full details visit http://tinyurl.com/of4yl54

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, August 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 4 August 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

The Dark Jokes, The Scotsman Newspaper, Track of the Month, August 2014

Edinburgh four-piece The Dark Jokes are our track of the month with, ‘Firework Town’ taken from their debut album ‘Ekco Transmissions.’ Recorded in a cottage in the Highlands, and part-financed by their fans via online crowd-funding, the album will be independently released in September. Spending two weeks touring Brazil supporting Kate Nash and The Magic Numbers, plus a sell out home show over the weekend, the band have honed their live set to perfection. Check out the dark, but brilliant video, here:

Keep up-to-date at www.thedarkjokes.com

Festival season continues with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this weekend from 8-9 August, in Beauly just outside Inverness, with a myriad of excellent new music, particularly on the goNORTH Festival Stage. Highlights include Garden of Elks, Model Aeroplanes, Hector Bizerk, Neon Waltz, Poor Things, Fat Goth, PAWS, Lionel and Call To Mind. In addition, organisers have teamed up with youth music mentoring project Music Plus, to offer five Highland artists aged 14-19 years their debut festival appearance. Inverness-based DJ / producers Darren Hamilton and Louis Slorach play the Mothers Ruin stage, while singer songwriters Ruth Gillies, Hannah Finlayson and Jacob & Rory Green; two brothers from Strontian in Lochaber, play the Free Range Folk Stage. Visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

Jacob & Rory Green will go onto perform at Doune the Rabbit Hole which takes place from 22-24 August on the Cardross Estate in Stirlingshire. The intimate festival will see Hector Bizerk, RM Hubbert, Blochestra, Adam Stafford, PAWS and more perform across the weekend. Full info visit www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk

Chemikal Underground Records’ East End Social, (which featured within the Culture 2014 programme, during the Commonwealth Games), continues throughout August with artists including; Withered Hand, RM Hubbert and Pronto Mama performing in venues throughout the East End of Glasgow. The finale is a festival style weekend at Richmond Park, billed as ‘The Last Big Weekend’ and gets underway from 30-31 August. The spectacular line up features Mogwai headlining with support from The Twilight Sad, Young Fathers, Honeyblood and more. The following day focuses on electronic music, with the legendary James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, founder of DFA Records) alongside co-curators Optimo plus Hudson Mohawke and new talent like Golden Teacher; a Glasgow six-piece live / electronic collective. Visit www.eastendsocial.com/events

Meanwhile in Dundee, local promoters operating under the banner Dundee Jam, continue to raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), combining unusual music events and sport. They have organised over 35 house gigs in addition to charity football matches, the last one, just a fortnight ago, featured Alloa Thistle VS Smells Like Team Spirit; consisting of musicians from 16 Dundee bands including Scary People, The Law, Vladimir, The Hazey Janes and The Merrylees. The latest event takes place on 23 August at a barn on the outskirts of Dundee and will be their most ambitious event to date with five bands, a BBQ, late night films and a disco in the barn. The line up and location are being kept secret but you can follow updates here www.twitter.com/dundeejam

Finally, Song, by Toad Records have announced their excellent Pale Imitation Festival which was launched last year as a reasonably priced alternative to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Running throughout August at Henry’s Cellar Bar, the line up includes Rick Redbeard (of The Phantom Band), LAW, Garden of Elks, Siobhan Wilson, Jesus H. Foxx, eagleowl, PAWS and plenty more. A particular highlight is a farewell gig from Meursault at the Queens Hall on 13 August. Tickets are £5 per gig, or £25 for a festival pass, (with the exception of Meursault at the Queens Hall which is £12). Visit www.songbytoad.com/2014/07/pale-imitation-festival-2014/

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry social night, Born To Be Wide. The next event is Free and takes place as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 18 August with Simon Napier Bell (former music manager of Wham!, The Yardbirds and Japan) discussing his new book. Visit www.borntobewide.co.uk