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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, June 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 2nd June 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Neon Waltz, The Scotsman Newspaper, Track of the Month, June 2014

Hailing from Wick, Neon Waltz are one of the most exciting bands in Scotland; their single Sombre Fayre is our track of the month. Recently signing a deal with Noel Gallagher’s manager and scoring airplay from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 plus festival slots for T In The Park, Wickerman, Tramlines and Y Not Festivals, things are looking incredibly promising. We’ll be down the front for their showcase at this week’s goNORTH Festival (Hootannanys, Inverness, on Wednesday). Having been together for just one year, the Highland six-piece have been busy creating powerful psychedelic soundscapes in an isolated croft on the North Sea coast. With beautiful and haunting scenery in equal measure, the video below showcases the newcomers perfectly. Visit www.neonwaltz.com for more info.

Neon Waltz warmed up for their goNORTH appearance on Saturday night, when they supported Edinburgh band The Merrylees for the launch of their single Forever More. Produced by ace crooner and Mercury Prize nominee Richard Hawley, the band’s line up includes the son of Rab King, who fronted cult capital outfit The Scars in the eighties. The single is out today on Neu! Reekie! Records, which is the label launched by the duo behind the excellent cultural events of the same name. Their next bash takes place in the Scottish National Gallery on 13 June and includes Stanley Odd, Hollie McNish as well as Tam Dean Burn and Optimo’s JD Twitch. This will be followed on 29 June with a German-themed night in partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival at Summerhall. Visit www.facebook.com/neureekie

Also set to combine music with other art forms is a festival hosted by Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, titled Electric Nights, which takes place from 14-18 June. The varied programme includes electronic music, experimental folk and a whole array of art. Highlights include a SAY Award night on 16 June with RM Hubbard, Neil Pennycook from Meursault and the 2013 Arts Prize winner Gregor Morrison, plus a night dedicated to women in the arts with a mini art exhibition from musician Rachel Sermanni and photography from Jannica Honey on 17 June. Visit www.theelectriccircus.biz/live-music

Tenement TV films live music sessions from a tenement flat in Glasgow which it then broadcasts via YouTube. To date, it has had more than two million views, with early sessions from big stars like Bastille, Passenger and Jake Bugg as well as plenty of Scottish talent including; Model Aeroplanes, Prides, Fatherson, Nina Nesbitt and Admiral Fallow. The latest development is the announcement Tenement TV will be filming an eight-part music series to be broadcast on STV Glasgow, a new channel launching today. You can watch the series on Freeview channel 23, Sky (117) and Virgin (159) and also online by visiting www.tenementtv.com

This year’s T Break stage again looks set to provide a platform for some of Scotland’s most exciting new acts to perform at T In The Park and includes Model Aeroplanes, Birdhead, Tuff Love and Fat Goth, all showcased at our Wide Days event. We are also looking forward to seeing Naked and Teen Canteen, who release their single You’re Still Mine on 16 June. As in previous years, the festival organisers appear to have neglected to add the line up to the website, but anyone visiting www.tennents.com/tbreak an download a track by each act.

Finally, The East End Social celebrates Scottish culture in unusual locations in Glasgow’s East End during the Commonwealth Games. Running from June until August with artists like Casual Sex, the festival culminates with a performance from Mogwai in late August. See www.eastendsocial.com/events

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry social night, Born To Be Wide. The organisation will host a panel titled Building A Team, and a Q&A with musician turned film-maker Richard Jobson, at goNORTH in Inverness. On 28 June daytime youth music business event, Off The Record, takes place in Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre, and at Edinburgh’s Roxy Assembly the following day. See www.borntobewide.co.uk