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Lional, Scotland On Sunday, 8 November 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 8 November 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 8 November 2015, Lional

Hailing from Inverness, Indie-pop quartet Lional have enjoyed a breakthrough year, performing at XpoNorth, Belladrum, Jocktoberfest and Brew at the Bog festivals whilst clocking up radio exposure courtesy of Moray Firth Radio, Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly.

They create dark, yet infectious indie-rock gems, making them one of the most promising young bands in the Highlands. The video for their excellent new single ‘Season Of Salt’ is revealed today exclusively to Scotland on Sunday.

Officially released via new Highland imprint, IMOUT Records [founded by Inverness-based musician Iain McLaughlin] on 27 November, Lional play a hometown show at The Spectrum Centre [click for tickets] on the same day.

Other live dates include 19 November at Cafe Drummonds in Aberdeen, Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s 29 November, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine on 1 December [supporting fellow Highland act Neon Waltz ] and Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazys on 13 December.

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide

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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