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Tenement Trail, 3/10/15

Sauchiehall Street on the day of Tenement TV’s annual Tenement Trail is always packed with musicians and gig goers alike, with an unashamed buzz in the atmosphere.

Often regarded as Glasgow’s best music festival, I start a promising day at Broadcast to see the bluesy folk styling’s of Dundonian band Sinderins.

They kick their set off to a packed venue and without any doubt they deliver a superb and transcendent performance with a certain jazz feel to it.

Having seen them play King Tut’s only a few weeks ago, they are on an even better form, with of course David Webster holding a note to an impressive amount of time much to the crowd’s delight.

The guys definitely set me up for the day and with much optimism the next stop is The Art School to see Be Charlotte, another Dundonian who has had quite an impressive year so far.

This is my second time seeing Charlotte; the first was with her laptop, but today she has her band with her, and by the end of her performance I don’t think much can top today.

Her vocals are splendidly executed with her band creating a buoyant and upbeat vibe that Charlotte can jump about the stage to.

With dignified spoken words and a hip hop and pop feel, Be Charlotte can hold a crowd and make it her own; she’s entirely authentic and shows the crowd exactly what music has been missing.

The band has excellent musicianship and we are consistently blown away when both band mates are on percussion.

Like I said Be Charlotte is hands down my favourite of the day, and later we get to hear some damn good vibes yet again when she collaborates with Crash Club.

The Art School’s line up is incredible; it only seems right to stay here for the next couple of acts.

Pronto Mama take to the stage with a dedicated swarm of fans moving right to the front with a completely full room behind them.
Pronto Mama never fails and is considered one of the best live acts in the country with their unique and enthralling sound.

With songs from their EPs, Lickety Split and Niche Market, played they introduce us to a new one, giving the demand for new material from fans and with an album hopefully to be released soon this goes down greatly.

A Big crowd turn up to see Holy Esque, they have established themselves well and were recently Radio 1 play listed and after this performance it’s easy to see why there star is rising.

They blast through tracks from their Submission EP and the crowd favourite ‘Rose’.

Broadcast seems rather quiet as Other Humans begin their set, but with some classy vocals and synth their sound soon draws people from upstairs to witness something entirely new and fresh.

The band as a whole is solid and has fantastic stage presence, the kind where you are completely in tune with them, while the songs are well written and refined; expect big things from these guys!

Acting Strange take to the stage at King Tut’s too Little Richard’s ‘Keep On Knocking’ and kick things of with the lead single ‘RUMBLE’, from their recently released EP Night On The Tiles, followed by the Dylan esc ‘Oh No’.

With just two guitars, vocals and a stomp box it’s easy to see why these two have created such a buzz in a short space of time.

They power through the rest of the set fusing the best of 60’s pop with a rock ‘n’ roll bluesy swagger; the futures bright, or should I say Strange.

I manage to catch the start of Atom Tree and then am just in time for the end of Young Aviators set – both bands have been gaining a lot of attention lately and Young Aviators in particular put on a good show before the last band of the day take the stage.

As Flat 0/1 fills up you can feel something special is about to happen and Crash Club don’t disappoint.

The place erupts as they begin their set, a mix of euphoria and adrenaline; sweat and bodies are flying everywhere, and the atmosphere can only be described as “pure mental”.

They are joined on the stage by Medicine Men’s Ian Mackinnon to perform the anthemic ‘Recondition’; Mackinnon has the crowd in the palm of his hand and again the place just explodes.

Crash Club also show off new tracks featuring Be Charlotte and storm through the rest of the set showing why they are the band to close the festival.

With Scotland in the bag the sky’s limits for Scotland’s (not for much longer) best kept secret.

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Words: Olivia Campbell

Magners Summer Nights Electric Honey Sessions

Electric Honey is an institution of the Glasgow music scene; founded in 1992 at Glasgow’s Kelvin College it helped launch the careers of bands like Belle and Sebastian and Biffy Clyro.

Today’s event was organised by the current Music Business students who are continuing under the Electric Honey name.

Today’s lineup reads like a Buzzfeed list of exciting Scottish acts right now; acoustic sets from Finn LeMarinel and Mayor Stubbs, the country/big band feel of Woodenbox and the pop tinged Young Aviators all set the scene perfectly for tonight’s headliners, Fatherson and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Not to forget the fantastic Harry and the Hendersons, who end up playing 10 minutes longer than planned, which was more than ok with the audience.

Finn LeMarinel is a surprising highlight, his delicate songwriting could easily have been lost in such an open space, however his emotive vocals and sombre tone set a perfect benchmark for the later bands to match.

Woodenbox take to the stage just as the weather starts to take a turn for the worse and do a great job of keeping the sizeable audience entertained.

Set highlight ‘Hang The Noose’ sees their brass section lead the masses in an impromptu dance to left everyone’s spirits.

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Fatherson have taken the UK by storm since the release of their debut full length I am an Island, and the band is in a jubilant mood having recently signed to Easy Life Records/Sony and about to begin work on their second album.

Without a doubt a lot of the crowd tonight are here to see them play a hometown show – and no one is left disappointed.

Ross Leighton’s vocals sound great, while oldie ‘James’ and single ‘Mine For Me’ are noticeably good.

Anyone involved in the music scene in Glasgow can tell you how hard Fatherson have worked to get to where they are now, they truly deserve the favourable position they are in.

It might be mid festival season, but the band show no signs of fatigue as they play one banger after another to a rapturous reception.

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By the end of their set it almost feels like the end of the evening, that we had already seen the headline act, but thankfully We Were Promised Jetpacks are still to come.

Jetpacks have been on the cusp on greatness for years and they are starting to live up to the hype and then some.

Strangely, they have found immediate success in the US and often tour there just as much as the UK.

Their new material seems to sit perfectly next to fan favourites, like ‘Quiet Little Voices’, as Jetpacks demonstrate a great knack of developing a sombre tone with memorable melodies that has seen them become a favourite for many in Glasgow.

All in all a fantastic night and a great showcase of musical talent; here’s to many more years of great Scottish music being played in the great Scottish outdoors.

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Words: Andy McGonigle
Photos: Derek Robertson