King Tut’s Summer Nights Preview

Posted on July 4, 2011


King Tut’s Summer Nights returns this month, with the venue being taken over by 70+ up and coming Scottish bands over 15 nights.

Last year’s Summer Nights, and January’s New Year’s Revolution events were massive successes, hosting some of the best gigs of the last 12 months, and everything is looking good for this edition to follow suit.

The event is sponsored by Sailor Jerry, and there will be special offers on the drink, aswell as a special cocktail menu, and 2 for £8 meal offers.

In the run up to the event the venue released a FREE to download compilation album featuring some of the bands playing. It’s got some excellent tracks, and you can swap your email address for it here.


Acts playing in the bar will start around 7pm.

Doors for the events are 9pm, with the headline act generally finishing around 11.45.

If the show is 14+ doors will be at 8pm, and an 11pm finish was the norm last time.

Buying Tickets

If you are planning on heading to a lot of shows over the two week period then your best option is probably to buy a Golden Ticket, which gets you access to all the events.

The Golden Ticket costs £36.50, including fees and postage, and works out at only £2.43 per show, which is amazing value.

Buy Golden Ticket

It’s probably more likely that you will want to buy tickets for individual shows, and here’s where there are some options.

You can also buy individual briefs from a ticket company.

Buy Individual Tickets

Or you can buy directly from the bands playing.

I don’t want to completely rehash the previous previews of these events, so you can read the Summer Nights ’10 preview here.

I presonally prefer to buy my tickets directly from the bands, and there are a few reasons why:

  •  it is cheaper: a ticket agency charges £10.44 for a single ticket, whereas there are bands selling tickets for as little as £4 below
  • it helps more of the money go towards the bands: no middle man etc
  • it may help the band of your choice play higher up the bill: (going by previous events) the first on the bill is the headline act, the other positions are generally not decided until the night
  • you can pick up some additional freebies

Line Up + Bands Selling Tickets

Thursday 14th

Sonny Marvello (Buy Tickets £6 + mystery demo competition) + The Dirty Demographic + Acutones  + The Miss’s

If the opening night is going to be a pop fest then I can’t think of a better headliner than Sonny Marvello. They will be joined by the piano fuelled Dirty Demographics, the rock-pop of Acutones, and the wonderful harmonies of The Miss’s.

In the bar: Jonathon Carr

Friday 15th

Jumpersknee + Ukreign + The Twist + Little Eskimos (Buy Tickets £6)

Jumperknee clearly left an impression at New Year’s Revolution, headlining this event after being a support act in January, and they are joined by indie-rock outfits Ukreign and The twist, which is the band of Kyle Falconer’s brother. The Little Eskimos are of a bit of a different ilk to the rest, and can forey into both upbeat indie and touching folk.

In the bar: The Rudiments

Saturday 16th

Bwani Junction + Selective Service (Buy Ticktes £6) + Inner Sight (Buy Tickets £6)+ The System

It’s quite hard to define Bwani Junction, and they are definitely one of the most exciting young bands we have right now. Selective Service also seem to be gathering pace and have a certain groove to their rock, while Inner Sight offer some cosmic rock with hooks, and rock band The System are promising reincarnation after the gig!

In the bar: Crayons

Sunday 17th

Aerials Up + Blochestra + Little Fire + Where We Lay Our Heads (Buy Tickets £5 + FREE EP)

A great collection of indie folk acts, with the organic wall of sound that is Aerials Up headlining. Blochestra provide something a bit different, Ayr’s Little Fire brings his heartfelt storytelling, and Where We Lay Our Heads are a very welcome late addition to the line up.

In the bar: Esperi

Monday 18th (14+)

Fatherson (Buy Tickets £7)+ Vukovi (Buy Tickets £5.50) + The Winter Tradition (Buy Tickets £4) + The Scottish Enlightenment (Buy Tickets £4)

Fatherson are hotly tipped, and one listen to the powerful voice of Ross Leighton will tell you why. This is another excellent line up with two top alt-rock outfits in the form of  Vukovi and The Winter Tradition, and Dunfermline’s finest The Scottish Enlightenment.

In the bar: Debbie Kate

Tuesday 19th

FOUND + Bermuda + Cancel The Astronauts (Buy tickets £4) + Verse Metrics (Buy Tickets £6 + FREE single)

Chemikal Underground Electro-glitch powerhouse FOUND are joined by the elusive Bermuda (formerly Milk), T in the Park bound synth-poppers Cancel The Astronauts, and Verse Metrics, who are launching their excellent new double A side single on this night.

In the bar: Ajimal

Wednesday 20th

Bronto Skylift (Buy Tickets £6/£11 with album bundle) + Carnivores (Buy Tickets £5) + United Fruit + Jackie Onassis

This is going to be an unmissable night of face melting, banging tunes.  Bronto Skylift are a live spectacle to behold, and they are joined by two of the fiercest outfits out there in Carnivores (read the NYR review here) and United Fruit. I just had a first listen to Jackie Onassis and I reckon they’ll fit in just fine here.

In the bar: As In Bear

Thursday 21st

Song Of Return (Buy Tickets £5) + Otherpeople (Buy Tickets £5)+ The King Hats  + Ace City Racers

Industrial rockers Song Of Return top the bill, hot on the heels of their widely lauded debut album, Limits. It’s a hefty and varied support with the punching power of Otherpeople, the angular indie of The King Hats, and the quirky Ace City Racers.

In the bar: Stewart Traquair

Friday 22nd

Dead Sea Souls + The Black Rats (contact here for £6 Tickets) + John’s Weans + Queen Jane

Dead Sea Souls return with their danceable indie for a third headline slot at these events, and are joined by the blues tinged rock of The Black Rats, and the jangly indie of John’s Weans and Queen Jane.

In the bar: Brian Cattigan

Saturday 23rd

Davey Horne (Buy Tickets £6) + The OK Social Club (Buy Tickets £6) + Val Verde + Dead Electric Buy Tickets £6

The soulful tones of Davey Horne will finish things up after sets from indie punk band The OK Social Club, and recent Bon Jovi support act Val Verde. This is the first I’ve heard of shoegaze outfit Dead Electric and they sound an exciting prospect.

In the bar: David Bateman

Sunday 24th (14+)

Miniature Dinosaurs (Buy Tickets £5) + Gav Livz and MC Va + Miss Baudelaire + Hector Bizerk

Stirling’s Miniature Dinosaurs have stepped up to headlining duties after Dot JR pulled out. The Stirling four piece released a great EP at the start of the year, and are highly recommended live.

The rest of the bill is a bit of a contrast to the headliner with hiphop outfits Gav Livz and MC Va, and Hector Bizerk, who just released a fantastic EP, and Miss Baudelaire who has been labelled a Scottish Lady Gaga.

In the bar: Mopp DJ set

Monday 25th

Meursault  (Buy Tickets £5 (+50p postage)) + Over The Wall + Capitals (Buy Tickets £5 (+ 50p postage))+ Miaoux Miaoux Buy Tickets £6 + FREE new track

Edinburgh’s finest, Meursault, bring their outstanding brand of folk/electronica to Glasgow. This is a fantastic line up from top to bottom, with the wacky but brilliant Over The Wall, electro quality from capitals, and the one man, many machines, of Miaoux Miaoux.

In the bar: Errors DJ set

Tuesday 26th

The Seventeenth Century (Buy Tickets £6) + Endor + Crow Road + Liam Cairns

Tut’s goes folk for the evening with some of our finest proprietors of the genre. The Seventeenth Century are a stunning live act (read a previous live review here), while Endor released one of the best albums of last year. Crow Road were one of the finds of Summer Nights ’10, and added with Liam Cairns’ country- folk this should be a great evening.

In the bar: Randolph’s Leap

Wednesday 27th

Haight Ashbury + Bear Bones + Blue Sky Archives (Buy Tickets £6) + Finding Albert

The distinctive dual females vocals of Haight Ashbury reign over the nod to the 70’s displayed in both music and style. Bear Bones were the find of Summer Nights ’10 for me, and have an enchanting take on folk. The band were also one of my tips for the 2011, as were post-rock pop outfit Blue Sky Archives, who played a blinder at Stag and Dagger, and Finding Albert have just supported Biffy Clyro.

In the bar: David Laing

Thursday 28th

The Ray Summers + Johnny and The Giros + Midnight Harlots + Mass Consensus

The Ray Summers play dark psychedelic tunes, and are a top live outfit. Johnny and the Giros have a real stomp to their indie/electronica crossover, and single SY:NC impressed earlier in the year. Midnight Harlots brooding take on alt-punk, and the melodramatic rock of Dundee’s Mass Consensus should see this being a fitting final night.

In the bar: Andrew Lindsay and the Coathooks