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).


(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.

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


Festival Preview – Stereofunk

Known as the first festival of the summer, thousands of music lovers will descend to Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire for Stereofunk 2017.

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The May Day Bank Holiday event caters for fans of all things indie, pop, dance, old school rave and emerging local talent, over 80 bands and DJ’s across five stages over 10.5 hours will bring in a very early summer party including DJ Jim Gellatly who is has his own Main stage with performances from Indigo Velvet, Vladimir, Jamie and Shoony, The Banter Thief’s with headliners Ian Van Dahl and TTF, mixing nostalgia with the current is the aim of Jim’s stage. Neon face paint and glow sticks are a must for this festival!

Newly introduced HWFGo stage (which stands for Here We F*cking Go) will see the likes of Dream Frequency, Clyde 1 Breakfast and GBX legend George Bowie and headliners N-Trance taking to the decks to play out some of the biggest dance and rave classics. Be prepared for some Pretty Green Eyes, Hardcore Feelings and Dancing In The Dark and by that I mean the songs, if you see or adapt these at Stereofunk, it’s an added bonus.

The event is for strictly for over 18’s and has fully licensed bars and quality food vendors. Stereofunk is deemed one of the most affordable festivals in the UK.

Want to experience Stereofunk for yourselves? Press play on the video below and witness Stereofunk in all its glory.

If this seems your type of party, tickets are available from here!

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Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre