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National youth music touring project, HIT THE ROAD first tour of 2016 visits Edinburgh, Glasgow and Kilwinning from 18-20 August. Artists participating are: November Lights | Skjør | and Five Cousins. Managed by the Scottish Music Centre, the project provides young musicians living in Scotland 14-19 years old the opportunity to learn about the live industry, [via workshops/training] before embarking on a professionally managed tour.
The tour has acted as a key stepping-stone in the development of some of Scotland’s most promising young artists including; KLOË, Model Aeroplanes, JR Green, Indigo Velvet, Aylee, Man of Moon, Be Charlotte, The Mermaids and is funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and PRS for Music Foundation.
ONE of the first acts we featured after arriving in this slot in February was Kathryn Joseph , which involved getting the camera-shy artiste to agree to her first ever photo shoot. Little did we know that four months later she would scoop the Scottish Album of the Year Award.
During the summer there was much discussion about the lack of female acts on festival bills, so in the hope that promoters are reading, we’ll take this opportunity to name a few we featured: the joyous Best Girl Athlete, the innovative Be Charlotte and energetic duo Sacred Paws. Among the male acts we singled out, C Duncan picked up a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and pop talent Greg Pearson was featured as single of the week on Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth show. Other highlights included beatboxers Bigg Taj VS Spee Six Nine plus JR Green and the effortlessly cool Catholic Action . 2015 also proved to be the year in which Fatherson, KLOË, Model Aeroplanes and WHITE – all previously tipped by us – rose above the radar after signing major record deals. We look forward to bringing you more exciting Scottish acts in 2016.
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar and social evenings Born To Be Wide visit www.borntobewide.co.uk
** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon