Hinterland Festival Preview

Posted on March 27, 2010


***Change To Venue: Rockers line up moved to Ivory Blacks, times the same***

Wrist band collection will be from 1pm-9pm @ The Arches Cafe Bar (under the bridge on Argyll Street). E-Ticket holders should bring email confirmation, the card you paid with + valid ID (drivers Licence, passport). Queues are expected, get there early so you don’t to miss anything.

Next weekend sees the Hinterland Festival return to Glasgow for a second year. While the top end of the bill may not blow you away there’s plenty on offer throughout to keep any attendee happy.  Last year’s festival was spread out across the city a bit too much, but this year all the venues are in close proximity meaning it will be easy to bounce from gig spots and catch all the acts you want to. There’s now a full timetable out, here’s the who’s and where’s:

The Admiral, Waterloo Street

  • 7.00-7.30 Kitty The Lion
  • 8.00- 8.45 Bleech
  • 9.00-10.00 Pulled Apart By Horses

Pivo Pivo, Waterloo Street

  • 7.00-7.30 Emma’s Imagination
  • 7.45-8.15 Alan McKim
  • 8.45-9.30 Panda Su
  • 9.45-10.30 The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

Macsorley’s, Jamaica Street

  • 6.30-7.00 Dem Mantle
  • 7.45-8.15 Spectrals
  • 8.30-9.15 Is Tropical
  • 9.45-10.30 Hot Club De Paris
  • Silver Columns DJ’s playing throughout

Ivory Blacks, Oswald Street

  • 6.00-6.30 Make Sparks
  • 7.00-7.30 Little Yellow Ukuleles
  • 8.00-8.30 The Darien Venture

Sub Club, Jamaica Street

  • 6.30-7.15 The Kays Lavelle
  • 7.45-8.30 Midnight Lion
  • 9.00-9.45 Johnny Foreigner

Arches South

  • 8.30-9.00 Ambulances
  • 9.20-9.50 French Wives
  • 10.20-11.20 Jeffrey Lewis
  • 11.20-12.20 Eclair Fifi
  • 12.20-1.30 Marcus Nasty
  • 1.30-3.00 Cooly G

Arches North

  • 8.30-9.30 British Sea Power
  • 10.00-11.00 Mystery Jets
  • 11.20-11.50 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  • 11.50-1.00 Friendly Fires DJ Set
  • 1.00-2.00 Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) DJ Set
  • 2.00-3.00 Greco Roman Soundsystem

There’s a map on the festival page that shows you just how close the venues are to each other.

Tickets are still available via the Hinterland website . You get access to all the venues with your brief and at only 15 quid you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.

The festival is particularly strong in the Scottish acts it is putting on and will be a great chance to catch some up and coming bands alongside some top-notch established ones, while finding some unearthed gems. I’ve made a list below of some of the acts I’d recommend and that I’ll definitely be trying to check out myself. Click on the band names to have a listen, there’s some great stuff there.

Pulled Apart By Horses

The Leeds alt-rockers bring their frenetic live show back to Glasgow in what should be one of the festivals must see performances. It’s loud and brash and just brilliant.

Johnny Foreigner

Infectious indie pop, with a guy-girl punch at the front. Anthemic and certain to get you moving.

Panda Su

Folk act from Fife that is really starting to gather some ground. Recently featured on Skins and performs with full Panda face paint. Gotta be worth checking out for that alone.

The Darien Venture

Amazing harmonies set off by some crunching guitar work make this a must see band. Expect layered and multi-directional musical assaults from Ayr’s finest.

Midnight Lion

Dance inspiring pop juggernaut who I’m really looking forward to catching in front of a decent crowd.  A little birdy just told me that they have in fact signed to Island Records so now is definitely the time to catch them.

The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

Hailing from the Isle of Lewis, Colin Macleod has just released the cracking Home EP, which showcases his touching brand of alt-acoustic music. He’s drawn comparisons to a myriad of singer-songwriters, most notably Nick Drake and Damien Rice, and having signed to a major label he could be set for similar success.

Make Sparks

A band producing songs laden with hooks that are sure to appeal to the widest of audiences. They’ve suggested there could be some new material getting aired and if it’s as good as what has come before then their set will be ridiculously good.

Little Yellow Ukuleles

Glasgow upstarts who are producing some really catchy indie moments. This band is really young, so the ceiling is extremely high and a lot of people have high hopes for them, including myself.

The kays Lavelle

Heartfelt lyrics and uplifting musical laments aplenty with the Kays. Should be the full line up for the festival, giving their stirring music the full whack and presence of 6 talented musicians.

As you can see from the timetable it wont be possible to catch everyone on my list (not for their full set anyway), but major kudos has to go out to the organisers for staggering the line up so well to allow folk to see as much as possible.