As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has dedicated the last two weeks of July to Summer Nights. 75 of the best acts in the country, covering a myriad of genres, will take to the stage for what should be a hectic and brilliant 15 days.
The venue has pulled out all the stops in producing an event that has some of the best line up’s seen anywhere this year. There are some nights that really stand out, and plenty to offer for a lot of different tastes.
If you fancy going to all the events you can purchase a Golden Ticket which costs costs £58.25, working out at £3.88 for each event, which is a bargain.
It is more likely that you will want to buy tickets for individual events, and here is where there are some cost issues.
Individual tickets are coming in at a face value of £6, but are then subject to £4.20 in charges, which is quite frankly ridiculous. That is a 40% charge for the privilage of using a ticket company.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the events and bands playing are definitely worth a tenner, but I’m personally a bit sick of paying fees to a middle man, especially when they would amount to a lot over this period, and there is an alternative.
I also don’t understand why there is a charge for box office collection – many outlets can do this for free – and anyone who has ever posted a birthday card will tell you it did not cost 2.50 to do, though a ticket is pretty similar in size or weight.
Luckily a lot of the bands playing have tickets for sale with prices ranging from £4 – £6.50, and some come with added extras thrown in. Buying from the bands will allow you to get there a lot cheaper, and has the major bonus of some of your cash going towards the artists, which I think everyone will agree is important.
The bands selling tickets only have a limited number so make sure you get them early. If that fails then you can still buy tickets from Ticketmaster.
Here is what is on, and how to get cheap tickets:
Silver Columns + Midnight Lion + Mopp + Nevada Base
Contact Nevada Base to get tickets for a fiver
Dance fuelled night with two acts really making a name for themselves at the top of the bill. Silver Columns have already played Glastonbury and have V Festival coming up amongst many festival slots, while Midnight Lion have recently signed to Island Records and played at T in the Park. Mopp and Nevada Base could both easily follow suit as they are producing some of the best electro-pop around right now.
Jonathan Carr + Stevie And The Moon + Simon Doherty + Dante
A collection of talented singer-songwriters for this one. Expect acoustic numbers aplenty.
What The Heroes Say + Louis MacBeath + Starstudded 78 + Dirty Modern Hero
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for £5 tickets
Not a line up I know a lot about, but What The Heroes Say look to some major bands for influence and should be worth checking out.
The Boy Who Trapped The Sun + Bear Bones + Lou Hickey + Crow Road
Contact email@example.com for £6 tickets
The Boy Who Trapped The Sun’s catchy blend of pop, blues and country make it easy to see why Geffen signed him up. He was fantastic at Hinterland and is apparently playing with a full band now. Support comes from excellent folksters Bear Bones and Crow Road, and Lou Hickey of Codeine Velvet Club fame.
Kitty The Lion + Martin James Associates + Julia And The Doogans + Second Hand Marching Band
Buy Tickets for £4 including free postage and a Julia and the Doogans fridge magnet
The Second Hand Marching band are quite a spectacle and will open everything here in great fashion. Martin James Associates are new to me, but are placed between two fantastic female led bands. Read my reviews of Julia and the Doogans here and here. Kitty The Lion are producing great up-tempo folk music and have just played T Break.
The Hostiles + Energy + He Slept On 57 + First Attracts
Angsty mix of alt-rock bands of which I know the middle of the line up best. Energy and He Slept On 57 have caught my ear quite a few times and have bags of potential.
LightGuides + Make Sparks + Penguins Kill Polar Bears + Oliver Stays
Buy Tickets £6.50 including postage
Buy Tickets for £5 plus free Penguins Kill Polar Bears track
This is probably my favourite line up of the year with 4 bands that are producing some amazing music. Look out for an interview with Make Sparks and LightGuides in the build up to their split single release for which this is the launch night. Check out previous reviews of Penguins Kill Polar Bears and Oliver Stays.
Mickey 9’s + The Emma’s + OK Social Club
Vendor Defender have unfortunately had to pull out of the night, and I’m not sure if there is a replacement. There is still plenty on offer with the manic Mickey 9’s headlining and some strong support.
Astral Planes + Galleries + Cancel The Astronauts + Casino Brag
Contact Galleries for £4 tickets
Contact Cancel The Astronauts for £4 tickets and free EP
I’ve not seen any of these bands live yet, but think I’ll be heading to this one. It’s a real ensemble cast, showcasing a varied approach to indie, with Casino Brag’s 80’s feel, Cancel The Astronauts pop-synth, Galleries soaring emotive take, and Astral Planes (formerly Paper Planes) surf-punk.
Young Fathers + Kobe Onyame + Gav Livz + Stanley Odd
Tut’s goes urban for the night with some of the best hip-hop being produced in Scotland. I’m not going to pretend to know much about this type of music (like I pretend for other types) but it’s accessible stuff for the main part and good to see on the bill.
Three Blind Wolves + Admiral Fallow + Olympic Swimmers + The Social Services
Buy tickets for £5 or £10 with The Social Services debut album
Three Blind Wolves and Olympic Swimmers were two of my highlights of this year’s Stag and Dagger festival and get my recommendation. Sandwich in Admiral Fallow and the line up becomes absolutely loaded. The Social Services are new to me, but, as always, get down early.
Tango In The Attic + Bwani Junction + Be Like Pablo + Night Noise Team
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for cheap tickets from Bwani Junction or go to their site
Contact email@example.com for £5 tickets from Night Noise Team
Tango In The Attic have just released their debut album and are definitely one to check out. The other three bands have just played T Break, which speaks for itself, and means this is a varied and talented line up.
The Xcerts + Bronto Skylift + Other People + Dupec
Buy Tickets for £6 including postage + a wee bit of Bronto art
The Xcerts are on the cusp of really making it big and are absolutely banging live. Bronto Skylift also have a reputation as being one of the best live bands around, and with Dupec and Other People playing it is going to be a hectic night. Expect Tut’s to be getting sweaty for this one.
French Wives + The Seventeenth Century + Washington Irving + Rachel Sermanni
Contact Rachel Sermanni at firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets for £5
This is pretty much a line up of the best folk acts in the country and should be a great night. I would go see any of these acts individually and am perticularly looking forward to catching French Wives for the first time. The Seventeenth Century and Washington Irving have both wowed me live before, while Rachel Sermanni is rightfully being tipped for big things, and is opening so make sure you get down early.
Dead Sea Souls + The Draymin + The Leads + The Black Rats
Buy Tickets for £5
DSS have a knack for danceable indie. The night doubles as their EP launch so make sure you grab a copy. The Draymin’s comeback seems to be going well having just played T Break and a massive hometown gig.
If any other bands have tickets to sell then feel free to drop me a line.
Beyond this event, simply get in touch with the bands you are going to see and find out if they have got tickets for sale. It will help them make some money, and probably get you in cheaper.