T Break Stage – 5 Acts to Check Out

Scottish trio Biffy Clyro are gearing up to headline this years T in the Park but did you know their first performance was on the T Break Stage back in 1999? Dedicated to unsigned Scottish talent the T Break Stage was launched by TITP founding partners Tennents Lager to help aspiring Scottish musicians reach larger audiences. Showcasing the musical talents of our fair country, the T Break Stage has been the starting point for many famous Scottish acts including Paisley lad, Paolo Nutini.

Selected by a panel of judges, 16 acts are chosen to perform during the T in the Park weekend held in Balado (11th – 13th July). The T Break Stage is a great chance for you to not only discover new music but possibly your new favourite band. Here are five acts we think you should check out during your TITP adventures:

Blood Relatives
Glasgow based folk-pop quartet, Blood Relatives are refreshing faces amongst the likes of Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. Including two members from rising rockers Prides in their line-up, Blood Relatives bring summer to Glasgow with their blend of folk, pop and dance all rolled into one lovely package.

Fat Goth
Describing the band as ‘metal in denial’ Fat Goth are a trio from Dundee with a killer edge making them one of Scotland’s most exciting bands. Voted as Breakout Act on XFM Scotland’s Drivetime show, expect killer riffs and early Queens Of The Stone Age vibes from Fat Goth.

We Came From Wolves
Originating from Perth and residing in Glasgow, We Came From Wolves closely mirror headliners Biffy Clyro. This similarity could be seen to help or hinder the quartet over the weekend with their, not so original, blend of indie rock anthems. If you’re a fan of Biffy and Twin Atlantic you’ll probably adore WCFW.

Tisoki
A different sound is welcomed to the T Break Stage from 19 year old, Edinburgh based Tisoki, or Bradley to his friends. The only electronic act on the line up, Tisoki will bring dubstep beats and synths to Balado for all those festival goers eager to dance to some fresh and energetic house.

Tuff Love
Comprised of two girls and one boy, Glasgow pop trio Tuff Love will bring their dream like interpretation of indie pop to T in the Park. Take a break from going crazy at the main stage and listen to the lovely sounds of Tuff Love performing tracks from their debut, Junk EP.

 

Scotland is bursting at the seams with undiscovered talent so head over to T Break Stage and you might get to see a future TITP headliner before all your mates.

 

Your Glastonbury Guide

The greatest festival in the world is just around the corner and we’re itching to get our wellies on and head to Glasto. This years Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has a lot to live up to after 2013s spectacular show, The Rolling Stones anyone? A five day festival held in Somerset, England, Glastonbury is without a doubt the festival in Britain to go to  because it’s so much more than just a festival.

Glastonbury well and truly has something for everyone whilst providing revellers with the biggest names in music. If there’s not a single act you’re desperate to see the village provides all manner of entertainment including: dance, comedy shows, theatre performances and a circus; yup there’s a circus at Glasto. Performers in the Circus Field include No Fit State Circus and The Pirates of the Carabina. Bringing a special touch to the festival experience Glastonbury really does go above and beyond hence why there’s such a loyal following with  2014 tickets selling out in record time. Here’s out top 5 acts not to be missed!

Kasabian
On the back of their fifth studio album release 48:13 Kasabian are quickly becoming the biggest indie rock band in the UK. Their headline slot on Sunday (29 June) on the infamous Pyramid Stage will close this years Glastonbury festival. Expect a night of killer guitar riffs and pounding drumbeats as Kasabian blow their set out of the water with their popular blend of electronic psychedelic rock. E-A-S-Y.

Dolly Parton
The Queen of country is heading to Glastonbury to perform alongside Kasabian on the Pyramid Stage (29 June). Nearly the grand age of 70 our dear Dolly is touring to promote her 42nd (wow) album. Although there might be some new tracks thrown into the set we can expect the classic floor filler 9 to 5 and Joleneas Dolly performs the ‘legend slot’ of the festival.

Paulo Nutini
Performing on the Other Stage on the opening day of Glastonbury (27 June) the Scottish heartthrob is bringing his blend of jazz pop to festival revellers. The Glastonbury veteran’s third album, Caustic Love went straight into number one to show his stint away from the charts has only made our hearts grow fonder for the Paisley born lad. Get your new shoes ready to cut some moves.

Metallica
Can they be classed as the most controversial headliners in Glastonbury history? Possibly. Metal fans would have expected to see Lars Ulrich and co headline Download not the Pyramid Stage (Saturday 28) of an indie rock festival, Metallica are here to show metal can be mainstream. The first metal band to headline the festival in 44 years  Metallica will make sure they go above and beyond to showcase why they deserve to join the likes of David Bowie and Oasis on the Pyramid Stage.

Jake Bugg
Nottingham singer/songwriter Jake Bugg will be performing not one but two slots at this years Glastonbury. Bugg will headline the Other Stage (28 June) bringing the hard life of the Clifton estate to Glastonbury before performing an acoustic set in the Acoustic Tent the next day (29 June). Expect to hear crowd favourite Seen It All and fast paced guitar solos with Slumville Sunrise and Lightning Bolt.

 

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Guide

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Festival season is well and truly here, finally! The sun has even started to make an appearance and it’s making the prospect of a summer filled with friends, livemusic and sun even more exciting. Thursday (12 June) will mark the start of the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, and boy is it an exciting one to kick off the summer. The four-day festival, which returned in 2002 after a 32-year break, has an exciting line up that is not to be missed.

Isle of Wight is not the most talked about festival in the UK but it is arguably the most prestigious with former headliners including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan gathering crowds of 600,000 people in 1970.This led to the government passing the Isle of Wight Act in 1971 banning all gatherings of more than 5,000 people without a licence. That’s rock and roll eh?

The rock and alternative festival not only has amazing acts performing over two stages but there is other entertainment available too. Make sure you keep the weekend going after the headliners leave the stage by heading over to Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane for more entertainment available until the small hours of the morning.

With killer headline slots it’s going to be tough to decide who to see, that’s why we’ve come up with our top five acts not to be missed this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The American rockers will perform a headline slot on Saturday (14 June) and this will be their only UK date of 2014. This is definitely not one to be missed with classics such as Can’t StopCalifornication and By The Way set to impress the Isle of Wight crowds; there is nothing better to do during the weekend than watch what will no doubt be a memorable performance.

Biffy Clyro
Already set for a summer of festivals, the Scottish trio are opening the Isle of Wight festival. Sharing the bill with Calvin Harris and Rudimental this will be the first headline slot of the summer for Biffy Clyro. If all their other live performances are a taster of what they’ll have on offer then you do not want to miss the bearded trio and their infectiously catchy rock anthems.

Kings Of Leon
Returning to the Isle of Wight, Kings Of Leon are set to close the festival with their only UK headline slot of the summer. We can expect classic tracks such as Use SomebodyThe Bucket and Sex On Fire alongside tracks from their UK number one sixth album Mechanical Bull.

The 1975
Still flying high from the release of their self-titled debut album The 1975 will be performing their blend of indie rock alongside The Pretty Reckless and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday (14 June). Make sure you don’t miss Matt Healy and co. rocking out to The CityGirls and Chocolate giving you something to jump along to.

Fall Out Boy
The faces of emo have returned with a more mature and versatile new album, Save Rock And Roll and you best make sure you appreciate one of the most anticipated returns in the world of pop punk. Get your dancing shoes ready for classics including Dance Dance and This Aint A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.

 

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Young and Beautiful: Lana Del Rey

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An underground singer songwriter attempting to make it big like all aspiring musicians, Lizzie Grant was nothing spectacular and had a mere handful of fans. Lana Del Rey is a critically acclaimed global sensation set to release her third studio album Ultraviolence this month (16 June); hard to believe they’re the same person.

Rocketing to fame with her hip-hop infused pop tracks Lana Del Rey made a name for herself after the release of Video Games via Stranger Records. Video Games was primarily known to her Lizzie Grant fanbase until the release of her second album, Born To Die.

Stylised as a modern day Lolita with a fierce edge Lana’s music regularly incorporates pop culture references with killer music videos to match. Despite her controversial rise to fame Lana Del Rey’s modernisation of the 50s and 60s has made her not only a fashion inspiration but has helped her to become one of the most talked about musicians today thanks to her unique raspy vocals and catchy songs.

After the success of Born To Die it was heavily rumoured that Lana would be stepping away from music. Yet the musical Gods have granted us all a miracle as the singer announced there would be a new album at the premier of her short film, Tropico. Ultraviolence is an exciting time for Lana Del Rey who has already released one single West Coast, debuted at this years Coachella Festival.

Working with The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach who produced Ultraviolence West Coast has a slower Stevie Nicks Edge Of Seventeen feel throughout the track. It sticks to Lana’s musical style of elegant hip-hop and pop with a jazz twist thanks to her sultry breathy vocals.

Lending her hypnotising vocals to The Great Gatsby soundtrack with Young And Beautiful, this year sees Lana sing her version of Once Upon A Dream for the Sleeping Beauty remake, Maleficent. The cover of the 1959 single is beautifully haunting showcasing the incredible talent Lana has as a singer to turn a romantic classic into a chillingly sinister track.

We can only hope that the release of Ultraviolence will exceed our expectations from Lana after giving us a two-year wait for a new album. If West Coast and Once Upon A Dream are anything to go by this album will have been worth the wait.

 

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