Stag And Dagger Festival Preview

Posted on May 18, 2011


Saturday 21st May sees the Stag and Dagger Festival return to Glasgow with 40+ acts playing over 7 venues. The event last year proved to be a fantastic day, and everything suggest this year should be the same.

There is a lot less information available from the organisers this year, but I’ve gathered what I can about tickets, wrist band collection, the venues, the timetable, and thrown in a few personal recommendations.


If you are aged 14-17 you can purchase a ticket at a cheaper price that will gain you access to just the ABC stages. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult (18+) with a full ticket.

Buy Tickets (14-17) £11.20 inc. booking fee

If you are aged 18 and over you will get access to all 7 venues with a ticket. If you are under 21, it is recommended you take ID, especially for the ABC as they will likely be strict with under-agers allowed entry.

Entry to all venues is on a first-come-first-served basis, but if last year is anything to go by it is not something to be overly worried about.

Buy Tickets (18+) – £19 inc. booking fee

There should be tickets available to purchase from ABC box office on the day, but the number available will be limited.

Wrist Band Collection

Wrist band collection is from 12 noon on the day of the festival from the ABC box office.

There are no physical tickets for the festival, and you will need to collect a wrist band before entering any of the venues.

Check your booking details, but most outlets are asking for the card used to purchase tickets to be presented at the wrist band collection.

I would recommend getting your wrist band before the ABC stages start as last year a fair queue developed close to the starting time.


Most of the venues are situated very close to each other in the centre of town, making it easy to bounce from gig to gig. The Captain’s Rest and Stereo are a bit further afield, but, they are two of the best gig venues in Glasgow, and I’d recommend heading along.


Last year there were not any timetables for punters, so a print out is recommended if you can’t get the line up on your phone.

Click on the band names to open a link to their websites

The Captain’s Rest

14.00 – Adam Thompson (We Were Promised Jetpacks)

14.45 – Zeus

15.45 – Blue Sky Archives

16.45 – Victorian English Gentlemans Club

17.45 – French Wives

18.45 – The Scottish Enlightenment

19.45 – Our Mountain

20.45 – Kurt Vile and The Violators

22.00 – Mazes

22.45 – Jack Townes


17.15 – Wake The President

18.00 – Colourmusic

18.45 – Laki Mera

19.30 – Kid Canveral

20.15 – Rural Alberta Advantage

21.30 – Allo Darlin’

Nice N Sleazy

18.00 – She’s Hit

18.45 – Tall Ships

19.30 – Thank You

20.20 – Desalvo

21.15 – Bo Ningen

22.15 – Yuck


18.15 – Michael Kiwanuka

19.00 – Ed Sheeran

19.45 – Rachel Sermanni

20.30 – Withered Hand

21.30 – James Yorkston

The Vic Bar

19.00 – Conquering Animal Sound

20.00 – Veronica Falls

21.00 – Happy Particles

22.00 – Three Trapped Tigers

22.45 – Entrepreneurs

23.30 – Chad Valley

00.00 – Star Slinger

01.15 – Walls


19.15 – Clinic

20.15 – Admiral Fallow

21.15 – Warpaint

The Art School

19.30 – Ghostpoet

20.15 – Toro Y Moi

21.30 – Broken Records

22.30 – Sons And Daughters

23.45 – DELS

00.30 – Numbers (DJ’s)

Unfortunately there has been no confirmation when bands will be finishing, but I’ll update this if information becomes available.


Blue Sky Archives

One of my tips for the year that produce a brilliant blend of post-rock and pop. I would be recommending them even if there was a lot of competition on, but there isn’t, so there’s no excuse for missing them.

French Wives

One of our finest folk bands takes the stage fairly early in proceedings. I would expect this to be a busy one as they are very popular in Glasgow and always back it up with an excellent live show.

She’s Hit

Scuzzy Glaswegian band will be opening things at Nice N Sleazy, and are perfectly suited for the basement venue. Expect dark garage punk at it’s finest.

Conquering Animal Sound

A unique live outfit that use loop pedals as well as anyone, with the tech craft of James bouncing off the Bjork-esque vocals of Anneke to create a wonderful ambience.

Rural Alberta Advantage

Canadian three piece that flit between the poignant and the driven aspects of indie-rock, and should be fantastic on the big stage of Stereo.

Admiral Fallow

The folk outfit led by Louis Abbot were one of the success stories of 2010. Anyone who went to the Barrowlands shows will know that this band are right at home on a big stage.


Much hyped girl-group from LA that are more than meeting expectations, and are the headline act of the festival. There is a haunting presence to the music, and the band have a renowned onstage chemistry, making this a slot to catch.

Three Trapped Tigers

London electro trio that mash up guitars, synthes and ever changing beats to produce a hard to define spectacle. Comparisons have been made to Aphex Twin and Battles, and this is an act I really don’t want to miss.