Introducing: The Cliftons

There is no need to deny that Scotland produces some of the best talent which is out in the music industry, it’s just a well-known fact. Sometimes, you need to travel further than the central belt to find them. 150 miles north of Glasgow all the way to Aberdeen is where you will find these particular gems called The Cliftons.

Who are The Cliftons I hear you ask? Well, they are a Scottish alternative/indie rock band formed in 2013 in Aberdeen, managed by Kid A Music. Made up of members James Will (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Andrew Joseph (lead guitar and backing vocals), Keir Smith (bass guitar) & Bilal Benzahia (drums and backing vocals).

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(Photo credit to Issac Barnes)

Influenced by some of the best artists in the game just now such as Catfish And The Bottlemen, Scotland’s very own Fatherson, Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age and have supported bands like The Bluetones and The Lapelles, they were finalists in the “One To Watch” hosted by Original 106 FM, they were featured in Jim Gellatly’s Scottish Sun before having an extremely successful launch night of their latest EP Scarlett in Aberdeen’s iconic venue Tunnels earlier this year.

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With gripping guitar solos, drum beats for days and lyrics worthy of the main stage at festivals up and down the country, The Cliftons create something which can only be described as special and extremely relatable. Sometimes you do need to travel to find the gems which make the Scottish music scene such a thrill to be a part of, I predict big things for these guys and make sure you get to see them before you can’t get a ticket for love nor money.

The Cliftons are supporting Scottish synthpop legends Prides at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Saturday, 13th May. Pick up tickets from the band here.

Listen to Scarlett in its entirety here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

 

Electric Fields Excites Fans With Surprise Lineup Announcement!

Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Drumlangrig Castle in Thornhill, Scotland’s Five Star festival Electric Fields made a surprise announcement of the next wave of artists set to take Dumfries and Galloway by storm at the beginning of September.

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With an almighty bill with Frightened Rabbit, Dizzee Rascal, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nieves, Arab Strap and Crash Club to name a few, on Thursday 28th April, Team EF made the announcement on all their Facebook about the next set of names being added to an already epic lineup.

Coming to Drumlanrig on 1st – 2nd September are Foxygen, Fatherson, Temples, The Beat, Whyte Horses, PINS, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Edwin Organ!

Electric Fields is one of the exciting, upcoming festivals hosted in Scotland. Every year their lineup gets bigger, better and bolder, attracting major crowds from all over the country.

You can purchase tickets to Electric Fields here!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

 

Festival Preview – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

Picture the scene, Glasgow, Bank Holiday weekend, live music, some of Glasgow’s finest venues, a buzzing music scene and an almighty hangover on Monday morning, that, my friends, is what’s waiting for you at Stag & Dagger this Sunday.

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Over 50 acts will grace the likes of The Art School Assembly Hall, Art School Vic Bar, Broadcast, CCA 5, O2 ABC, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s and The Priory Bar with 12 hours of non-stop banging tunes, sing-a-longs for days and a lineup worthy of an award, Stag & Dagger promises to be one a Bank Holiday worth spending your precious pennies on.

Acts confirmed to play S&D this year include Australian trio DMA’s, Kilmarnock’s hometown boys Fatherson, Dundee’s finest Model Aeroplanes, the stunning Kathryn Joseph, new era disco legends The Vegan Leather, hauntingly beautiful Let’s Eat Grandma, the ever so delightful Baby Strange and many more incredible artists thrown into the mix to create a wonderful platter served with high energy, creative performances which will leave you craving more.

Tickets for Stag & Dagger are £27.50 and can be purchased here. Grab them quick and have a Sunday Funday Bank Holiday to remember!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre