One’s to Watch: Strange Behaviours 2016

After the roaring success of the previous two years, Tolbooth’s Strange Behaviours festival makes a welcome return to Stirling for a third year.

This mini-festival celebrating the best Scotish music has to offer, spans two nights and three different stages with an array of genres to suit anybody’s taste.

Here’s a little preview of what this festival has to offer and who you should be fitting into your schedule for the two nights!

Be Charlotte

Dundonian Be Charlotte is known for her innovatio; an award-winning lady of many talents, not only does she have the flawless vocals to compliment her electronic indie pop sound but she defies stereotypes by rapping and beatboxing too.

The Pale Kids

A four-piece from North Ayrshire – their sound is easily compared to such indie legends of the 2000s such as The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. The Pale Kids make this genre their own with their Scottish wailing alongside distorted rocking guitars and coupled with angsty honest lyrics.

RM Hubbert

Topping the bill for Friday night, RM Hubbert has been a part of the Glaswegian music scene since the 90s, playing under various guises but now rides solo and manages to create chills with just his guitar for company. Although mostly instrumental, when Hubby does use his voice it’s utterly enchanting.

HQFU

Playing under the alias HQFU, Sarah J Stanley’s set will be a sensation for eyes and ears as her electronic-trance music is often paired with psychedelic lighting and visuals. Both her musical style and appearance creates the sense of a Scottish Alice Glass.
You won’t need to hit the local clubs on Saturday night to get into the party vibe.

The Cosmic Dead

Describing themselves as a “psychonautal cosmodelic buckfaustian quartet” definitely reflects the music of The Cosmic Dead as, like their apt description, none of it seems to make sense but somehow it works. They push the boundaries of music with their trippy space rock sound and epic saga-length tracks. Most musicians give you an insight into their mind but with this band, you’ll be taken to a completely different planet.

With a line-up like this (along with many, many more acts), the event’s promise of having “music you know you like and music you never knew you loved” will certainly be met.

Words: Laura Imrie

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