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Music Plus artists perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2015

National youth music projects Music Plus+ and Hit The Road have teamed up with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival taking place from 6-8 August in Beauly. The partnership offers young artists 14-19 years old the opportunity to perform at the sold out festival. Acts showcasing include; Beautiful Expectations, Jemma Tweedie, Something, Someone, TSTMNT, Chainsaw Tea Party, Dorris Kissee Kissee, Imogen Hay, Michiel Turner, Shanine Gallagher, EMME and Hollie Atkinson. Some previous participants are also booked to appear on different stages, including KLOË, Man of Moon, Sly At Last, Alice Bentley, Lionel and many more.

Music Plus+ Video featuring some of the artists performing at Belladrum Festival

Music Plus and Hit The Road artists perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2015

Speaking about the partnership, Gill Maxwell, Executive Director of the Scottish Music Centre who produces both Music Plus+ and Hit The Road with funding from the Youth Music Initiative, The Robertson Trust and Young Start, said, “Working with our colleagues at Belladrum, our partnership is providing a fantastic new opportunity for talented young musicians to gain valuable experience of performing in a festival setting, and all the challenges that brings! We’re delighted to see the next generation of music makers burst onto the scene, having taken advantage of the support and knowledge on offer through participation in Music Plus and Hit The Road”
Sam Barker from Belladrum Festival commented, “We have a long tradition of supporting grassroots musicians at Belladrum so we are delighted to offer the next crop of young artists the opportunity to perform at the festival. We are particularly happy to offer this in partnership with youth music projects like Hit The Road and Music Plus, who’s alumni return to Bella each year in their own right, and hope to build upon this relationship in future.”

Further info on Music Plus visit and for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival visit

For interview requests, MP3s and any other info relating to Music Plus artists performing at Belladrum Festival email: Derick Mackinnon or phone 07784 320 546

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, September 2013

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Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013

LAW, The Scotsman Track of the Month, September 2013

ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.

Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.

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One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.

Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action.

Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet.

On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose.

Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings ( co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.

Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen.

Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. for more details