First up, the list of acts invited to showcase at this years goNORTH were announced earlier this week. The event which sees some of the most exciting up and coming bands playing across Inverness city centre takes place on the 6th and 7th of June, in case you haven't seen the line up already it looks something like this:
Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher, Aaron Wright, Blindfolds, Blue Sky Archives, Brown Bear and the Bandits, Cafe Disco, Campfires in Winter, Cancel The Astronauts, Cherri Fosphate, Chris Devotion and The Expectations, CLEAVERS, DARC, Dead Boy Robotics, Esperi, Fat Goth, French Wives, Galleries, Grace Weber, Graham Brown, Honningbarna, Iain Mclaughlin & The Outsiders, Ilona, John Wean, Jonathan Sebastian Knight, Lady North, Letters, Make Sparks, Mass Consensus, Matt Norris & The Moon, Maydays, Michael Cassidy, Miniature Dinosaurs, Miss Irenie Rose, Nelson Can, Olympic Swimmers, Open Swimmer, Oskar Empire, Pioneers of Love, Plum, Polaroid Fiction, Pronto Mama, Quickbeam, Red Kites, Sebastian Dangerfield, Selective Service, Smoothiesforme, Stanley Odd, Star Wheel Press, Team Kapowski, The Little Kicks, The Machine Room, The Mirror Trap, The Mixups, The Stagger Rats, The Whisky River Band, The Winter Tradition, Them & Us, This Silent Forest, Vigo Thieves, Washington Irving, We Came From Wolves, Where We Lay Our Heads, Xavia and Yusaf Azak.
Having been asked to sit on the panel of judges again, I am pretty pleased to see that quite a few of my choices made it on there. Sadly there were a few that didn't make it on there, but hey you can't win them all. The next big debate will be about the four bands that we myself, Song, by Toad and The Pop Cop will want to play at our showcase night. I know who I want, but I can't quite see the other two agreeing with me. The one thing I do know for certain is that is that it's going to take a hell of a lot to top last years showcase line up of Kid Canaveral, PAWS, LightGuides and IndianRedLopez.
If you've never been to goNorth before I'd highly recommended it, although if my experiences are anything to go by, then your liver might not thank you for it.
I couldn't be arsed staying up until midnight for the announcement of the bands playing at this years Wickerman, because quite frankly all you really to know is who is going to be playing The Solus Tent this year. Having a bit of a history of unearthing some of the most exciting new bands this wee country of ours has to offer. Headlining the tent this year will be none other than other than United Fruit and Malcolm Middleton's new project, Human Don’t Be Angry, ooft! The rest of the line up looks something like this Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher, Beerjacket, Bigg Taj & Spee SixNine, Chris Devotion and The Expectations, The Cosmic Dead, Fridge Magnets, Grant Me Revenge, Hector Bizerk, Hey Enemy, Holy Mountain, Julia & The Doogans (with guests The Hidden Lane Choir), The Lafontaines, The Machine Room, Martin John Henry, The Birthday Suit, Salo, There Will Be Fireworks and Vasquez.
Sadly there will be no Wickerman adventures for me this year as I am off to AwayGame that weekend. Still though if you're thinking about heading down again it comes highly recommended. And once again your liver won't thank you for it - fuck, I am starting to see a bit of a theme to my time away from Mrs Peenko now!
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Looking a bit closer to home, there are a fair few decent gigs coming your way in the next few months. One of which will take place next Thursday at the Captain's Rest, where Randolph's Leap will be headlining the next Communion Glasgow show. Support for the night comes from Saul Ashby, This Silent Forest, Sam Airey and Bronagh Monahan. Tickets for the gig are available to pre-order now (£6 + £1 BF).
Randolph's Leap will also be playing alongside King Creosote and The Pictish Trail at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Monday the 18th of June. The concert is being put on by the Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross to launch Refugee Week Scotland 2012. Tickets are available here.
It seems like every man and his dog are playing this Saturday, on top of this years Record Store Day celebrations, you have FOUND, Aidan Moffat and Miaoux Miaoux at SWG3 and Holy Mountain,What The Blood Revealed and Adam Stafford at Sleazy's. Personally I can't make it to any gigs that night as Mrs Peenko is away on a girly weekend, which means that I am on daddy duties. If I was able to make it out though, I know where I'd be headed and that'd be to the Arches to catch RM Hubbert and Martin John Henry. Sadly though I will have to console myself with my purchases from the mornings Record Store Day shopping spree.
If you already follow me on Twitter you will have seen me getting a little over excited about a gig that some of my friends at from a stolen sea have organised as part of the closing party for this years West End Festival. Check this for a line up: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, R.M. Hubbert, Remember Remember, Withered Hand, Monoganon, Wounded Knee and theapplesofenergy. Now that's what I call a beast of a line up and it's not finished there as there are still some more acts to be announced in the coming days, there should be around 20 in total. The event which takes place in Oran Mor in Glasgow takes place on Sunday the 24th of June, with gigs being held in the auditorium, the venue and the bar. Early bird tickets are available now for the bargain sum of £12 then £15 thereafter. As if that wasn't enough for you, the organisers will be installing their bespoke 5.1 Surround Sound system. Further information on the event and tickets can be found here.
Right I think I have rambled enough for one post, so I'll round this post up with the new video from Admiral Fallow for their song 'The Paper Trench' taken from their sophomore album, 'Tree Bursts In Snow' which is due out on the 21st of May. The band will also be releasing their debut album, Boots Met My Face on vinyl, which comes out on Record Store Day. You can catch the band playing live this Saturday at LoveMusic in Glasgow at 5pm.