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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

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

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. . Visit

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

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

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

•  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

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, September 2012

Rachel Sermanni plays Loopallu and releases debut album Under Mountains September 17th

Classically-trained musician Siobhan Wilson caught our attention in the summer with some demos of the songs now released as the Glorified Demons mini-album. Recorded with Frightened Rabbit’s Gordon Skene, it boasts an acoustic sensibility combining piano, glockenspiel and electric guitar making for some very pleasurable listening. Our track of the month is Ta Petite Minette, a beautifully gentle song alluding to the years Wilson spent in France. Definitely a worth watching,

When we launched this column in 2008 one of the first acts we wrote about was Fife metal band Certain Death. They now return from a sabbatical with some live dates and a screening at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth on September 15 for their movie Vamplifier. The 40-minute film tells the story of a Kircaldy boy who becomes a slave to an evil amp, watch the trailer

Former track of the month providers Aaron Wright, The Stagger Rats and Matt Norris & The Moon, are among the acts playing the Linkylea Festival in East Lothian on 8th September. Now in its eighth year, the event raises money for a child literacy project in India,

The Captain’s Rest in Glasgow will reopen on the 28th September under new management and will be renamed the Hug and Pint, with Brian Reynolds (currently music programme manager at The Arches), Andrew Maitland and Iain Quimby taking the reins. PCL is setting up a new place on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre, taking over The Local, next door to Nice N Sleazy’s and Box. Visit

The EH1 Festival returns for their second outing in the capital on 16th September. Following the popular multi-venue format, the all-day festival has a strong emphasis on emerging talent with headliners The Phantom Band backed up by The Ok Social Club, Make Sparks, Hip Parade, The LaFontaines, Vigo Thieves and more. In all, 50 bands will perform across 5 venues: Liquid Rooms, Electric Circus, Cabaret Voltaire, Sneaky Pete’s and Whistle Binkies. Visit for full info

The following weekend, Glasgow’s Ashton Weekender takes over Ashton Lane in the West End for three days with over 60 performances, featuring Optimo, Friendly Fires (DJ set) as well as artists like Kobi Onyame, Vigo Thieves, Honeyblood, Plum, Hector Bizerk and The Mouse That Ate The Cat. Best of all it’s free entry all weekend. Visit

Further north, Loopallu brings festival season to a close in the picturesque surroundings of Ullapool from 21-22nd September. The line-up features former track of the month provider and rising star, Rachel Sermanni (who releases her debut album Under Mountains on 17th September) as well as The Fratellis, Scouting For Girls, Brown Bear and the Bandits, Kassidy and more. The boutique festival is completely sold out,

Paisley Underground hosts three nights of live music created by three Scottish record labels: Gerry Loves Records, Fence and Chemikal Underground. The Gerry Loves Records night, at Paisley Arts Centre on 14th September, features Rick Redbeard, Wounded Knee and Reid Kerr College students Deerhound. Fence Records have The Pictish Trail, Randolph’s Leap and Reid Kerr band KiDD on 5th October, while Chemikal has Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux on 25th October. Visit

Ten years ago a fire destroyed a huge building in Edinburgh’s Cowgate, taking with it La Belle Angelle, a club where a whole generation of music fans and clubbers had misspent their youth. Now it is set to be rebuilt in the same spot, albeit with a hotel above it rather than a penny arcade. For a city which suffers from a tragic turnover of venues, it will be a welcome return.

And finally, former track of the month act Capitals are joining the fight to save one of Scotland’s oldest pubs this weekend, as part of the Tweedsmuir Music Festival. Now in its fourth year, the event was set up by the local community as a way of raising funds to buy the Crook Inn, formerly the haunt of luminaries including Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan, who was a regular there during the time he wrote his adventure novel, the Thirty-Nine Steps. One of the first licensed establishments in Scotland, the 400-year-old inn was closed in 2006 when the owner attempted to convert it into homes. The Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC) has now reached an agreement to buy the premises but must raise £160,000 by the end of the year to do so. Also on the bill are Borders singer/songwriter Katie Forbes and Zoe Bestel, a 14-year-old described as “the next Adele with a ukelele”. See and

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminars. The next event takes place in Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 4 October and features a panel in partnership with EmuBands billed as everything you need to know about releasing your own music.