Announcement: King Tuts Summer Nights 2017

Those summer, niiiiights. If you weren’t thinking of that song then you’re lying to yourself.

Now running in its sixth year, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut proudly presents their Summer Nights 2017 lineup of over 70 incredible artists taking to the legendary stage where if you get to play King Tuts, you know you have made it.

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The festival runs from the 13th – 29th July during the height of Glasgow’s summer, where it becomes more acceptable for taps aff and a drink (or two) in hand.

Promising to bring the hottest talent to the one of the coolest festivals happening in Glasgow this summer, you can witness the talent of acts such as November Lights, Patersani, Vida, False Friends, Adam Ross Greene, Foreign Fox, Ava Love, Walt Disco, American Clay, Model Aeroplanes, Vistas, Fauves, Sway and loads more!

Better than Willy Wonka’s, there is a chance to access ALL the shows happening at the festival known as the Golden Ticket which is on sale just now for only £25 (LIMITED TIME ONLY) until it increases to the full price of £40 on May 18th which to be fair, that price for ALL those banging bands?! Absolute bargain!

Tickets for the festival can be purchased here.

Just because we can…

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Chasing Shadows’ by The Sherlocks

With two sets of brothers hailing from Sheffield and one mammoth sound, The Sherlocks have released their new single Chasing Shadows and it has a lyric about being ‘out your tree.’ Any song which has this as a lyric is an instant winner!

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The Sherlocks are:

Kiaran Crook – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Josh Davidson – Lead Guitar
Andy Davidson – Bass
Brandon Crook – Drums

Chasing Shadows instantly brings three things to mind:

1. This is a summer anthem which should be played at the loudest volume you can get.
2. Picture the scene: summer festival, all your pals and complete strangers jumping around to this song on a nice summer’s day*
*even if it’s raining, you’ll still have a ball.
3. This would sound banging in a massive arena of 10,000 people screaming about chasing shadows and the ‘OH’s.’

Crook’s standout drum beat will immediately have you moving and grooving for 3 minutes and 48 seconds of pure indie delight before progressing into a chorus so rememberable you will be singing it for days on end, coming from personal experience.

Check out the video below:

Their debut album Live For The Moment is released on August 18th, pre-order the album here.

Catch The Sherlocks on their UK tour:

SEPTEMBER

14th – University, Newcastle
16th – Rock City, Nottingham
19th – O2 ABC, Glasgow
20th – SWX, Bristol
21st – The 1865, Southampton
22nd – Heaven, London

Tickets are available from here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Fake’ by Callum Ross

After only playing at his debut show supporting American singer Jake Miller last month in Glasgow, hometown talent Callum Ross is bringing something fresh to the Glasgow music scene with some Electronic Hip-Pop on his debut release Fake.

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With Ross’ influences including Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper and Frank OceanFake is a strong debut considering the song sounds like Ross has been in the game for a while. This song sounds like if The Chainsmokers and Troye Sivan were to collaborate and make a record and it would be an absolute hit. Fake‘s electronic aspect pulls you in makes you listen to what Ross has to say. A debut which is extremely superb, Fake is anything but fabricated. An extremely real, honest single which gets a big thumb up in our books.

You can catch Callum supporting fellow singer-songwriter Tom Walker at his gig at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on May 16th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Listen to Fake in full 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

Track Review – ‘Blessings’ by Tom Walker

It’s no secret that Tom Walker is one of my favourite live acts, he’s an absolute dream to see in the flesh. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester (the opposite to my father) he’s a recent signing to Sony’s Relentless Records.

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Tom’s guitar playing is proper ridiculous – as in toe-curlingly good! With a rock/reggae edge, Blessings is utterly flawless from Tom’s rich gravelly vocals, the chord combination, the beat, and the lyrics to this tune are so catchy it will cause an epidemic of awesomeness!

Blessings is about well, counting your blessings, and enjoying the little things in life with the people you love. The mention of FIFA and an ice cold beer put me in mind of many a Friday night with the lads at mine and made me smile at the memories. It’s already stuck in my head and we’ll be singing our wee hearts out when we see Tom at King Tuts next month!

Blessings is the first track from the Blessings EP which is available to pre- order right now on iTunes with a release date of the 12th May!

Pre-order here!

Catch Tom on his UK tour this May!

MAY

11th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
12th – The Cellar, Oxford
13th – Studio 2, Liverpool
14th – Whelan’s, Dublin (Tickets)
16th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (Tickets)
17th – The Bodega, Nottingham
23rd – Joiners, Southampton
24th – Omera, London

Tickets for all English dates here!

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

4 WORDS. HARRY STYLES UK TOUR!

STOP THE PRESS AND ALLOW US TO FREAK OUT! Do not adjust whatever device you are reading this on, even I had to do a double take but yes – Harry Freaking Styles is going on a UK tour this Autumn!

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After storming the charts with his debut single Sign Of The Times and his self-tilted debut album being released on 12th May, Harry will make his debut solo tour throughout October and November this year playing two shows in London, one in Manchester and finishing the U.K. leg of his tour in Glasgow (which we’re super excited for, our hometown and all that jazz)

If you pre-order any of the albums found on Harry’s website, you will gain priority access to a pre-sale for his tour. Due to high demand, this will be extremely limited so get in quick if you want to be there!

TICKETS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO TWO PER PERSON AND TICKET HOLDERS MUST BE PRESENT AS ID CHECKS WILL BE IN OPERATION!

Catch Harry on his UK tour when the following venues:

OCTOBER

29th – Eventim Apollo, London
30th – Eventim Apollo, London

NOVEMBER

1st – O2 Apollo, Manchester
2nd – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Pronto Mama ‘Any Joy’ Album Listening Party

Since discovering them supporting Fatherson at The Barrowlands last December, Pronto Mama have been the band I have been keeping my eye on as they are destined for big things this year. Pronto Mama are: Marc Rooney (vocals, guitar) Ciaran McEneny (vocals, keyboard, guitar), one member of the rhythm section, Michael Griffin (bass)  Martin Johnston (drums) Alex Sharples (trumpet, keyboard) and Craig McMahon (trombone, keyboard, percussion.)

On May 5th, they will release their debut album Any Joy via Electric Honey Records and it’s all thanks to everyone (including myself and Nicola) who pledged through PledgeMusic to help make this happen.

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With 11 days remaining on the website, they have successfully reached their target and as a Thank You, the band hosted an exclusive Listening Party for the album at the Scottish Music Centre in Candleriggs, Glasgow on Wednesday 12th April. It was an extremely intimate gathering of people (around 30 pledgers were present) and we were given the lucky opportunity of listening to Any Joy in its entirety. If the singles Arabesque and Double-Speak were anything to go by, you knew this album was going to be nothing short of sheer brilliance.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Bottom Feeder
2. Cold Arab Spring
3. Arabesque
4. Rubber
5. Double-Speak
6. One Trick Pony
7. Sentiment
8. All Your Insides
9. The Deserter
10. Bully March
11. You’re Only Human
12. Bennie
13. Memory Song

You can tell from the lyrics in each song, the album is based on growing up in the East End of Glasgow, the trials and tribulations of relationships, friendships and above all else, hope. Lyrics such as ‘Hurt me one more time, I never even got to say goodbye’ from You’re Only Human and ‘You’re so intelligent, I feel irrelevant’ from Arabesque shows the raw emotion of what the band are feeling at that particular time when writing songs. Their jazzy, uptempo songs with catchy pop hooks meeting indie-rock anthems make for a pleasurable listening experience whether you’re an avid Pronto Mama fan or experiencing their music for the first time.

Bottom Feeder is a track that introduces you to the record stating giving you the indication that ‘We are Pronto Mama and this is 45 minutes of pure magic.’ The tracks get bigger and better from there with favourites Rubber and One Trick Pony making an appearance making fans extremely happy to hear remastered versions of some of PM’s classic tracks. Sentiment has become a fan-favourite at gigs with the band contemplating whether to get pished or not during the song. With no instruments and the simple clicking of fingers, it’s easy to see why people will grow to love this little gem.

Overall, if you have been highly anticipating this album, you will not be disappointed. You can tell a tremendous amount of hard work, effort and love has gone into making Any Joy and it was an absolute joy to be a part of this experience. Thanks, guys, we love you!

Catch the boys on tour over the next few months, check the poster below for dates and here for tickets. Album artwork and Tour Poster design by Paul Wilkie.

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Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre