MIAMI, HOLLYWOOD.. GLASGOW!!
I’m pretty confident that every Glasgow student will have heard: Calling Lose My Mind the newest track from Alesso. This infamous Dj has collaborated with big names such as Swedish House Mafia and Otto Knows. And last night played at Ultra Live Music Festival in Miami opening for Swedish House Mafia’s last group performance.
This Easter Weekend Alesso will be experiencing the Glasgow Crowd for the first time as he has not yet ever played in Scotland before.
What could make 60,000 people decide to go camping in Scotland? Why would 60, 000 people voluntarily set up tents in the grass and mud in a place likely to suffer from rain, rain and more rain?
T Campers in mud
Well considering it is, Scotland therefore the majority of the 60,000 people will be Scottish… Alcohol must be involved. What else? Good live music and in tandem a fantastic atmosphere that forces the Scottish weather out of the priority list.
TENNANTS IN THE PARK is the answer.
The mainstream, popular music festival and it’s held in Scotland, which of course explains why the main sponsor is a brewery and why alcohol is mentioned in the event title.
This blog entry will involve the T in the Park performances throughout the recent years that are my personal favourites. And of course Glasgow bands will be included!
Paisley is an adjoining urban area with Glasgow. It is home to beautiful buildings such as the Paisley Abbey and Paisley Town Hall.
Paisley is my home town. It is also the home town of Paolo Nutini. A very successful singer/song-writer and musician. Although he has been off the radar for a year now, I felt I could not, not include him in this blog. Anyone who has heard Paolo will agree he is great and if you haven’t heard him play YOU MUST!
BBC Live Lounge is a popular segment on BBC Radio 1 hosted by Fearne Cotton. It involves recognised artists performing not only one of their own songs acoustically but also a song by another well-known artist.
The Live Lounge recordings are appreciated so much that an all tracks are now available in an album. BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2012 album is one of my favourite albums to listen to at the moment.
Live Lounge 2012
The album features indie bands singing current top 40 pop tracks and conversely; rather indie tracks being covered by contemporary pop artists.
WHERE WOULD WE ALL BE WITHOUT A LIL BIT OF UPLIFTING POP MUSIC?
Girls Aloud know how to make an entrance
Girls Aloud were formed in 2002 and are still going strong today. They are currently celebrating their Tenth Anniversary by touring around the UK and Ireland: the Ten Tour.
Girls Aloud have achieved over 4.3 million single sales, making them the biggest selling girl group of the century. This makes it almost impossible for any British person not to have taken notice of at least one of their catchy tunes.
“Girls Aloud are currently British pop royalty, in the ultra-fickle world of TV-generated pop, Girls Aloud have real staying power.” -David Hooper of BBC Music, 2004
“Girls Aloud really shouldn’t have made it as far as a second album. There’s just one problem – the girls have a knack of coming up with utterly infectious pop songs”. – Andrew Lynch of Entertainment Ireland
And I was lucky enough to be amongst the crowd last night at their concert in Glasgow at the SECC…
The very talented musician from Orkney, Andrew Gifford happened to be my Modern Studies teacher in High school. My favourite live music gigs have involved him as they were responsible for the ceilidh music blasting at lively, memorable school events such as the Christmas Dance and Prom.
Andrew Gifford’s music background is really worth reading about!!
Tell us about you & your involvement in music?
I was born in Orkney way back when, and my father (a fiddle player) wanted me to also play this instrument. He didn’t teach me himself however, and hired a private tutor to come to the house and teach me. I didn’t really enjoy it though, and it wasn’t until I moved to Shetland when I was eight years old and received tuition from a wonderful player and gentleman called Willie Hunter. He was the best fiddle player I’ve ever heard, and inspired me to practice for hours each day. This practice gradually paid off and I joined a variety of bands and played live every week during my teenage years.
The instruments you play & when you play them live to an audience?
My main instrument is the fiddle, and I play this mainly in a band called Fiddlers’ Bid. The band has been on the go for 22 years although I only joined in 1996. We have performed at festivals in the USA, Europe, Japan, and Australia as well as the UK and Ireland. I also play double bass in a Glasgow band called Adopted as Holograph, and we play mainly local gigs and at festivals around Scotland. This is a dark gypsy jazz band who play mostly original songs. I play electric bass in a folk stomp band called The Chair, and I’ve helped out other current bands such as the Treacherous Orchestra for live work, and recording with Laki Mera and Andrea Marini.
Nicola is a student from Glasgow.
Read on to find out if she can introduce you to new Glasgow bands.
Nicola at the Catty
What are your thoughts on the Glasgow music scene?
It’s diverse in genres and there is a mix of major label and unsigned bands.
What about Glasgow artists, what Glasgow bands do you listen to?
Enemies of the State and The Vaselines
Ross Gallagher is a student from Glasgow and enjoys wide variety of music.
Find out if he mentions some of your favourite bands in his interview to realise maybe Glasgow students have really similiar music taste?
OR… see if you can dicover some new tunes
Who Are You & What Do You Study?
Ross Gallacher and Social Sciences
What Are Your Thoughts on the Glasgow Music Scene?
Glasgow is a really great place for music, the crowds are amazing and there are a lot of great venues such as the Barrowlands and 02 Academy. Glasgow also has lots of great small venues such as Pivo Pivo and Ivory Blacks, which I’ve been too to see, An Hero, which is a band that a friend of mine is in. Even someone of the clubs in Glasgow have gigs such as the garage and the cathouse. There’s also the new hydro venue that is currently being built. I think what makes Glasgow so great for music and what allows it to attract so many big names to the city is the crowds. The atmosphere is like no other and gig venues in Glasgow are known on a worldwide scale. Continue reading
The Modests are a 4 piece rock and roll band from Glasgow. Their raw talent creates an indie sound blended with a rock and roll punch. Despite their young age they write all their own music. The Modests have generated a buzz from the people of Glasgow and played in various venues across the West of Scotland. The drummer, Daniel McGuigan has taken the time to share his views with us by answering some questions.
Tell us about your band?
We are a four piece rock and roll band, based in Glasgow; Jackson Harvey, Liam Campbell, Fiachra O’Hara and me, Daniel.