It’s another year, it’s another summer and here’s hoping it’ll be as nice last year, yes the blistering heat of T last year left a few people a little worse for wear, staggering about looking for the next luke warm lager, but we can have no argument that’d it’s more fun in the sun.
However we also know that it’s nice to wander into a wee tent get some shade, or possibly shelter from the rain, and stumble upon your next favourite band, whether that’s cos the likes of Calvin, Biffy et al don’t quite float your boat or cos you’re actively seeking it T Break always holds some hidden charms for those Saturday afternoon where you don’t quite no what to do.
This year we’ve gone and done a wee bit of ground work for you and given you a guide to all the acts playing T Break this year giving you something to listen to, a wee bio and a quote about being able to play the famous stage, and needless to say there’s some belters on there.
So, if you’re hunting out the next T Break to Main Stage behemoths or just seeking a wee gem to surprise you’re pals with have a look through, you’ll be presently surprised.
Glasgow’s Atom Tree transcends genres, blending organic tones with electronic pulses, submerging the listener in beautifully haunting soundscapes.
“T in the Park is one of the biggest festivals in Scotland and to be considered for it let alone playing it at this stage of our careers is a huge privilege.”
Intense dentist-drill synths and sharp, cyclical guitar patterns make out with perky motorik drums and probing bass to produce a prog/post-punk metronomic groove rock thing with plenty of intensity.
They are reminiscent of Nought, Public Service Broadcasting or Plank! with some unhinged, sparse, yelpy vocals; Krautrock reborn with balls.
“We are absolutely over the moon to be picked for T-Break.
“T in the Park is a festival I’ve been to more times than I can count, and to be able to be part of it from the other side of the fence is amazing.
“I can’t wait to give a performance as memorable as the ones I’ve seen down the years!”
Blood Relatives who met through Glasgow’s gigging circuit, and bonded over Lidl’s Western Gold Bourbon share no DNA, but they do share an aim of making quality pop music, with a bit of depth to it.
“We are really chuffed to be playing T Break, because it’s a little validation that we’re doing something right, and I’m really self-doubting and easily discouraged.
“It’s lovely to have a vote of confidence, and be part of a line up of quality acts.”
Deathcats is a fuzz pop trio based in Glasgow who formed in the summer of 2012 based on a mutual love of noisy guitar bands and cats.
Since then the band have gigged non-stop all over the UK, from London to Lerwick, and have supported a number of touring acts such as Drenge, Splashh, Hooded Fang and Mazes.
“We’re really stoked to be playing T Break this year; we’ve worked pretty hard over the last year and to be asked to play at Scotland’s biggest festival makes it feel worth it.
“Also, our new album will have just dropped so hopefully we can sell loads to steaming wee bams.”
Dundee based three-piece Fat Goth have successfully risen from local underdogs to rock fan favourites appealing to those looking for proper meaty, old fashioned rock music.
Recently, they’ve found themselves the subject of Kerrang’s legendary Pandora strip twice, featuring in the magazine and receiving stellar reviews for their humorous and brazen style.
“Playing TITP on the BBC Introducing Stage last year was definitely one of our major 2013 highlights.
“To have the opportunity to play again the following year on the T Break stage is incredible so we’re very much looking to adding some weird to the line-up.”
Psychedelic music for the dancefloor, Glasgow’s Medicine Men are already causing quite a stir after just a handful of live shows, drawing excited comparisons with bands such as LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers and Death In Vegas, the band mix soaring synths with kinetic breakbeats and bruising basslines, creating a glorious fusion of styles from sublime psychedelic rock to pumping dance music and everything in between.
“To be chosen for T Break is massive for us, we thank the judges for the opportunity and intend to put on the show of our lives.”
Fresh and fun pop music, Model Aeroplanes are young and have the world at their feet.
“T Break is a platform for new music which started out many of our favourite bands and after playing T in the Park last year, it is a great honour to have been invited back to perform on the T Break stage this year.
“T in the Park is a great festival with one of the best crowds in the world and it means so much to us that four friends making music can be part of it at such an early stage in our career”
NAKED is like walking through Japan at night; neon-lit, hard punching beats filtered under dissonant guitar sculptures and hypnotising vocals.
The sound explores the novel condition of physicality and sensory experiences – tied to the technological advancement, it’s about the interaction between the accelerating technology and a classical notion of humanity, between synthetic and organic, future and tradition.
It speaks to non-belonging inspired by a fictional Japan, viewed as a signifier of post-millennial, post-digital urban ennui and the pure absolute loneliness of crowds.
“As the late, great Chic Murray might’ve said: This is a red letter day for the group. The letter being T. “
Born from the partnership between two tour technicians, Scary People had only one week to form a band and rehearse a set before their first gig at a sold out show in Dundee.
Rising to the task, Dan Forouhar and Scott Anderson called upon friends, Steven Anderson, Jamie Brown and Troy Lynch to join them to prepare for a show that would immediately gain them an impressive crowd response and, since then, a dedicated following.
“Having been a band for just over a year, it’s incredible to be playing this year’s T; it’s encouraging for new acts all over Scotland.”
“We initially met at the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent in 2010; Tino and Paul were a vocal harmony duo, Gordon was part of a ventriloquism act (he was the dummy) and Iain had a sheep herding act.
“The judges put us together as a group because of our looks, things have been blowing up ever since!
“Different day, same shit.”
TeenCanteen are four-girls split between Glasgow and Edinburgh who, since their formation in 2012, have played some of Scotland’s key festivals as well as supporting The Pastels, Wave Pictures, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield and Stealing Sheep.
“We are really excited to have been selected to play this year’s T Break Stage and to be part of a great and diverse line-up.
“T in The Park is a big event for a lot of people who attend – for some it might be the only live music they see all year – and so for a new band it gives us the opportunity to perform in front of an entirely new audience that might not even be aware of us.”
Fuelled by powerful pop hooks and chiming six-strings, The Moon Kids are shooting for the stars.
Bright lights, big tunes, funfair love affairs and dizzy, dizzy days; a carnival of pulse-quickening anthems and heart-stopping thrills where space is the place and the place is wherever you want it to be.
It’s how The Small Faces might have sounded if they’d starred in A Clockwork Orange; 21st century pop shot through with shades of The Beatles, The La’s and Mark Rothko.
Music made to blast out through the tannoy of the waltzers or maybe the PA in a nightclub owned by Billy Fury and Ringo Starr.
Five-star hooks, king-size choruses and big, big melodies.
“If you’re from Scotland, the festival season is all about T In The Park – it’s the biggest, the brightest and the best.
“We’re thrilled to be added to a line-up that features acts like Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller and Bombay Bicycle Club.
“In fact, you could say we’re over the moon …”
An electronic producer who makes bass heavy dance music
“It means a lot to be chosen for T Break because it’s a brilliant platform for smaller acts to gain more recognition and a wider fanbase.”
Tuff Love are Julie, Suse and Michael – two girls and a dude from Glasgow who cut beautifully distorted guitar gems.
Their debut, Junk EP, is the sound of pure summer; dazzling, sun-streaked fuzz pop, with soft, burning melodies, and big smiling harmonies.
They’re like a DIY version of all the best bits of Electrelane crossed with early-MBV and a bit of Breeders swagger – and they’re gonna make your year a whole lot brighter.
“T in The Park was the first festival we went to when we were teenagers, and I never thought I’d play in a band that played at big events like that.
“It’s daunting because the T Break line up is really good this year and we’re in there with some bands who are killer live, but it’s very very exciting for us to have been picked and to be playing! Yahoooo!”
Rising out of the depths of Dundee and describing their sound as simply ‘bleak’, Vladimir burst onto the scene late last year and have quickly won themselves a reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting new acts.
Emotionally heavy and sonically dense the four piece have become masters at crafting tightly wound layered fuzz and raw Dengler-era Interpol-esque rhythms.
“Its Great to be asked to play a festival we all grew up going to and watching on TV. “When we started this band we were playing to nobody in small pubs now we are going to be playing one of the biggest festivals in the UK.
“It’s not totally sunk in yet.”
Jaggy rock/bastard pop from Perth, now based in Glasgow, We Came From Wolves have just returned from a UK tour, dates in France and Germany and sold out release shows supporting their EP Paradise Place.
“As T is in our home county of Perthshire, we have loads of memories of summers spent and bands watched at T.
“It has always felt like our home festival.
“We are so excited and can’t wait for the opportunity to play our music, on home soil for our first major festival appearance”