Music Showcase Programme XpoNorth 2017

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HOOTANANNY (Inverness Gigs)

Ernest Rambles


Ernest Rambles (H&I)

Dave Rudge is a singer songwriter who learned his craft in the Cornwall music scene before moving to the Highlands. He then stole ready-made rhythm section, brothers Richard and Martin Bell, from a fledgling covers band on the condition that Martin took up the double bass. Ernest Rambles was formed.

November Lights


November Lights (Glasgow)

The band have a busy year ahead with new recordings in the pipeline and lots more touring planned. Seeing the live show is when you really see the ambition of this young band.




Reverieme (Airdrie)

Reverieme is Louise Connell. Her mini-LP "Or Else The Light" was released in 2015 to huge critical acclaim and received airplay on BBC 6 (Lauren Laverne), BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris Show) and BBC Radio 4 (including a live appearance).




Pinact (Glasgow)

Preparing to release the much-anticipated follow-up to 2014’s excellent debut album ‘Stand Still and Rot’ the trio offer hooks by the dozen, artillery-style drumming and perfectly synchronised guitar interplay.


MAD HATTERS (An Lanntair)

Static Union


Static Union (Glasgow)

Four-piece rock band whose influences include The National, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Joy Division and early U2.




Skjør (Edinburgh)

The indie dream pop band released their debut single 'Self Control' on the 25th November 2016. It was made track of the week on BBC Radio Scotland's Culture Show with Janice Forsyth.




Vasa (Glasgow)

Since forming in October 2011, the quartet have seen a rush of support from the likes of The Independent, Clash Magazine, The Skinny, Goldflakepaint, PROG, The National Scot and huge swathes of the post-rock community.


Mother Night


Mother Night (H&I)

Mother Night is a new project of psychedelic electronica, or "Pagan Pop" if you will. Inspired by love, friendship, the cosmos, and then love again.


Rebel Westerns


Rebel Westerns (Edinburgh)

2016 saw Alt. Pop act Rebel Westerns release singles 'Nightdrive' and 'Atomic Blonde' to great reviews from the likes of Clash, GIGsoup and FAME Magazine - becoming 'Track of the Week' on Amazing Radio, XFM, BBC Radio and Gigslutz.


Emme Woods


Emme Woods (Glasgow)

Hailing from Clackmannanshire, Emme Woods is the solo project of singer-songwriter Morgan Woods, formerly performing under the name Something Someone.


We Came From Wolves


We Came From Wolves (Glasgow/Perth)

Since their inception in 2012, We Came From Wolves have toured the UK and Europe a dozen times, including a thirty-date run of the O2 Academy circuit.





The band were chosen to play festivals such as T in the Park and Electric fields by industry panels and are preparing for the busy year ahead.



The Begbies


The Begbies (Livingston)

The band have blended their love of classic two-tone ska music with indie influences, creating a unique and energetic sound that is fun and relatable.




Rascalton (Glasgow)

A new punk band coming up from the streets of Glasgow. 2016 has brought a lot for since releasing 'Hey Hottie // Skint Man' by winning a competition to kick off Tenement TVs Tenement Trail to playing nights such as Baby Strange's 'Club Sabbath' and Dead Beet's 'New Breed'.


Eugene Twist


Eugene Twist (Glasgow)

Eugene Twist returns with his highly-anticipated second album 'The Stuntman'. This new record arrives on the back of one mission: to let the storyteller run riot inside the song. With a lyrical arena that boasts whistleblowers, extraterrestrials and self-consuming psychonauts, this is not the work of your everyday songwriter.


SCOTCH & RYE(Movement)

Edwin Organ


Edwin Organ (Glasgow)

Edwin Organ played T-Break 2016, has supported Death Grips, Lapalux, The Japanese House & Roosevelt. He’s received national and international radio play – from BBC to Amazing Radioan and play-listed on Radio3Fach in Switzerland.


Future Get Down


Future Get Down (Edinburgh)

Electronic outfit, Future Get Down are led by Oliver Kass alongside fellow ex Homework alumni and long-term collaborator, Ally Dennis. Despite being in its early stages, their new dance pop hybrid is already attracting the attention of national radio, the music press and the UK festival circuit.




Lilura (H&I)

Brand new and exciting artist hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Lilura aims to captivate audiences with dark, electronic beats infused with fun, glittering, witch pop.




Stillhound (Edinburgh)

Stillhound take inspiration from art, geography and the far flung soundscapes of their homeland, creating an avant-pop record with glacial electronics and packed with unashamed synth pop moments.



Hamish Hawk


Hamish Hawk (Edinburgh)

Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. He released his debut album Aznavour in 2014. His Mull EP was released in early 2016. Hawk performs regularly throughout Scotland.


Ded Rabbit


Ded Rabbit (H&I)

Four-piece all-brother band whose indie-rock influences include The Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and The Clash.


Mira Aasma


Mira Aasma (Sweden - EXCITE)

Delivering music with a clear identity along with an unusual maturity and a slick grace. The sound of Mira’s voice makes her comparable to artists such as Florence Welch, yet her songs and the electronic landscapes they’re built upon stands steady on its own.

The Youth and The Young


The Youth & The Young (Edinburgh)

An 8-piece noisy folk rock band hailing from Edinburgh/Fife in Scotland. In 2016, we released our debut album ‘Gestures’. Influences: Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, The National, Good Old War and Sigur Ros.


Posable Action Figures


Posable Action Figures (Edinburgh)

This year Posable Action Figures have already picked up airplay on Radio 1 for their latest single 'Cut', been tipped as one of Vic Galloway of BBC Radio Scotland's bands to watch in 2017 as well as being invited to start the year with a performance on STV.




BooHoohHoo (Glasgow)

Four-piece electronic pop band who released their debut EP 'DebutHooHoo' at the beginning of December last year through the crowdfunded label Last Night From Glasgow.



Other Humans


Other Humans (Glasgow)

Other Humans are an indie pop band. Having played their first gig at Scotland's T in the Park the band instantly found their feet in Glasgow's live music scene.




Vistas (Edinburgh)

Vistas are an Indie-Rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland. They are renowned for their high energy live shows making them a band to keep your eye on in 2017.


Garden of Elks


Garden of Elks (H&I)

Garden Of Elks make catchy, energetic rock music. They describe themselves as making ‘thrash pop’ and released their debut album 'A Distorted Sigh' 2015. 2017 sees the band releasing their second record.


Declan Welsh and The Decadent West


Declan Welsh & The Decadent West (Glasgow)

The band that scare the shit out of your right-wing uncle. Speaking truth to power, making poignant observations on everyday life, and packing an electric live show to boot.


THE TOOTH & CLAW (Creative Skate Store)



Ayakara (Edinburgh)

Five friends from Leith performing 'Adrenaline Groove for the Soul'. Distilling influences like Iggy Pop, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones into fresh and uplifting 21st century rock and roll.


Single by Sunday


Single By Sunday (Glasgow)

Capital FM named them as Scotland’s best unsigned band. Their gigging repertoire includes three sold out headline shows; King Tuts in Glasgow, the O2 ABC also in Glasgow and the Electric Circus in Edinburgh.


The Imagineers


The Imagineers (Glasgow)

The Imagineers have endeavoured to create an intriguing sound akin to The Growlers combined with a storytelling quality that would make Ben Folds proud.

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The Little Kicks


The Little Kicks (Aberdeen)

Combining heartfelt melodies and soaring vocal harmonies with infectious guitar hooks and the distinctive warmth of analogue synthesizers, The Little Kicks create interesting and upbeat music, which thrives in a live setting.



Mia Mackintosh


Mia Mackintosh (H&I)

Playing guitar for eight years and singing for six, Mia penned her first song at age eleven. She has gone on to write ‘We R Mysterious’ and ‘She’s Resting with the Best of Them’ to name but a few.


Roseanne Reid


Roseanne Reid (Edinburgh)

Roseanne is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Edinburgh, and has performed at various venues mainly in Scotland, sometimes acting as support for established artists like Tommy Reilly and Lucy Spraggan.





TAMZENE is a young 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the Scottish Highlands; a highly-talented multi-instrumentalist, she started learning piano and violin when she was eight years old, encouraged by her saxophonist stepfather and salsa teaching mother.


Ali Robertson


Ali Robertson (Glasgow)

Multi-instrumentalist with nods to beat driven Nu Soul, he was originally part of the burgeoning band scene but developed his skills in self-produced electronic music.




Mothmatix (Glasgow)

Mothmatix explores the unsettling space that exists between electronica and cinematica. This is clinical yet visual electronic music with a heavily atmospheric edge. Fresh from a North American tour, Mothmatix returns to XpoNorth this year with a set from their recently released 'Phoenix Rising' album.'


Medicine Men


Medicine Men (Glasgow)

A mix of soaring synths with kinetic breakbeats and bruising basslines, creating a glorious fusion of styles from sublime psychedelic rock to pumping dance music and everything in between.



HOOTANANNY (Inverness Gigs)

Quake Matthews


Quake Matthews (Canada, EXCITE)

Quake Matthews first made a name for himself in the underground battle rap scene in his early teens, triumphantly progressing to his current breakneck beats and unadulterated lyricism. His raspy voice and raw emotion have given him a signature sound, creating a captivating listening experience for his audience.


Faces on TV


Faces On TV (Belgium, EXCITE)

Faces On TV is the band of Jasper Maekelberg, a 27-year old multi-instrumentalist and producer who worked with top acts like Sam Sparro, Gabriel Rios, Bazart, Jef Neve and Warhaus. They make noise-pop with the handbrake on; dark and adventurous tunes from the same universe Radiohead and Portishead.


Indigo Velvet


Indigo Velvet (Edinburgh)

Colourful shirts, African rhythms and various indie-influences have led to critics describing Indigo Velvet as 'Tropical-pop'. Beginning the year tipped as ones to watch by BBC Introducing and The Sun, the young quartet continue to be championed by a growing list of tastemakers.


Tijuana Bibles


Tijuana Bibles (Glasgow)

"Black Sabbath and Kyuss style robo-riffery!" – NME, “as thrillingly dangerous as the Mexican drug cartel town of their name” – T in the Park Festival.


MAD HATTERS (An Lanntair)



Foreignfox (Dunfermline)

The band have enjoyed three consecutive years of festival appearances, including T in the Park, Kendal Calling, Wickerman, Belladrum, Electric Fields and Xpo North, also supporting the likes of We Were Promised Jetpacks, Big Country and Fatherson in venues across the UK.




NOAH NOAH (Edinburgh)

Since launching their debut track ‘Lips’ they have toured the UK, played main stage at various Scottish festivals & played live sessions on STV’s ‘Live at 5’ and BBC Radio Scotland.


Wojtek The Bear


Wojtek The Bear (Glasgow)

The band have picked up fans of their beautifully crafted melodic guitar pop since the release of their debut single ‘Dead From The Waist Up’ in June 2016.


Mt Doubt


Mt Doubt (Edinburgh)

In the past two years Mt. Doubt has released two albums, My Past is a Quiet Beast (2015) and In Awe of Nothing (2016). "A massively distinctive new voice in Scottish Music" - Roddy Hart.



James Mackenzie


James Mackenzie (H&I)

One of the Highlands’ most popular and prolific singer-songwriters, James Mackenzie enjoyed a stellar 2016. From touring the UK opening for folk rock superstars Runrig and playing festivals across Scotland.


Dancing On Tables


Dancing On Tables (Dunfermline)

Lennon and McCartney sequel melodies meeting a modern pop rock sound to create music that you may expect from The Cure, The Libertines and The Maccabees.




NIEVES (Glasgow)

Nieves are a Glaswegian four-piece with a growing following throughout the UK and Europe. Comparisons have ranged from Frightened Rabbit to the National and Bright Eyes with the bands piano driven sound and dark lyrics at the forefront.


Miracle Glass Company


Miracle Glass Company(Edinburgh)

One of the most exciting live bands on the Scottish music scene (Nominated for Best Live Act at SAMA Awards 2016 / headline show at T in the Park’s TBreak stage) Miracle Glass Company released their Owen Morris-produced debut album ‘MGC 1’on VoxBox Records in October.



The Moon Kids


The Moon Kids (Dunfermline)

The Moon Kids are a four-piece. They make electrifying pop that sounds like fireworks and neon lights and fairground thrills.


Pure Grief


Pure Grief (H&I)

Formed at the beginning of 2016, Pure Grief released their debut Double A-Side "Pure Grief" in March 2016 to positive reviews.




WOMPS (Glasgow)

Since their inception in 2015 the post-punk duo have released their debut 7” through Damnably and their debut 12" through Displaced Records.




Alkanes (H&I)

Alkanes are a 3-piece Alt. Rock/Alt. Metal band with a focus on big dynamic riffs and influences such as Arcane Roots, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Oceansize and Fightstar.


SCOTCH & RYE (Movement)



E M I L I E (Edinburgh)

Solo project of Emily Atkinson. Presented as a two-piece, the duo infuse airy pads, sampled glitchy vocals and unusual electronic drum beats to sit beneath catchy, yet ethereal pop vocal melodies.




Featherwest (Glasgow)

The Featherwest sound has been described as “eccentric indietronica meets wonky pop” and the band admit to making “our very own slightly odd and off centre sounds combined with lyrics that romanticise on less comfortable areas of the human condition... We kinda wish we lived in Twin Peaks.”




Mothmatix (Glasgow)

Mothmatix explores the unsettling space that exists between electronica and cinematica. This is clinical yet visual electronic music with a heavily atmospheric edge. Fresh from a North American tour, Mothmatix returns to XpoNorth this year with a set from their recently released 'Phoenix Rising' album.'




Birdhead (Edinburgh)

Two-piece juggernaut where intense dentist-drill synths and sharp, cyclical guitar patterns make out with perky motorik drums and probing bass to produce a prog/post-punk metronomic groove thing with intensity.



Foggy City Orphan


Foggy City Orphan (Glasgow)

Foggy City Orphan is a band with a family flavour. A successful opening 18 months led the band to a slot at 2016’s Leeds Festival, a feature on the BBC Radio 6 ‘Recommends Playlist’, national radio airplay from Steve Lamacq and Vic Galloway, and BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson.


Schnarff Schnarff


Schnarff Schnarff (H&I)

Originally hailing from Inverness, alternative rock band Schnarff Schnarff create a sound that is as varied as it is memorable. Drawing influences from metal to pop-punk and grunge to emo.


Jamie and Shoony


Jamie & Shoony (Edinburgh)

Multi award-winning alternative hip-hop band championed for their exuberant live shows J&S get the crowd hooked with their infectious presence as they turn every show into one big party.



Savage Mansion


Savage Mansion (Glasgow)

An impressive live show led to Savage Mansion being invited to open for Frightened Rabbit at the Barrowlands in December, with a double-A side single - and more - to come in 2017.


The Howling Lords


The Howling Lords (H&I)

The Howling Lords are a two-piece blues rock band from the Western Isles who formed in late 2015.


100 Fables


100 Fables (Glasgow)

Born from a shared love of ‘80s new wave and post punk electro sound, the four-piece effortlessly combine all of these influences into a powerful high-octane mix.


Edgar Road


Edgar Road (H&I)

An alternative rock band merging unapologetic lyrics with shoe-gazing electro vibes to generate a bevy of potential chart- topping creations.


Pronto Mama


Pronto Mama (Glasgow)

Pronto Mama have created a collection of songs about hope and hopelessness, vice and virtue and how love and friendship go hand in hand with hate and jealously.


THE TOOTH & CLAW (Creative Skate Store)

American Clay


American Clay (Glasgow)

Project of Glasgow music scene’s busiest drummer, Martin Johnston. Pioneering sounds the quartet has a love for guitar shackled dissonant pop, thundering drums and distant yet hooky vocals.


The Oxides


The Oxides (H&I)

Back after a 2 year hiatus, The Oxides are fighting fit and ready to unleash a barrage of exciting new material and play some ground shaking shows. Formed in 2012, originally as a 3 piece, the band's debut show packed out Mad Hatters in Inverness.


Fat Goth


Fat Goth (Dundee)

This three-piece has successfully risen from local underdogs to rock fan favourites appealing to all the losers, freaks, weirdos out there looking for proper meaty, ball hair raising rock.


The Vegan Leather


The Vegan Leather (Paisley)

The Vegan Leather are an Art Pop four piece who create complex pop music for your soul, mind, and feet. Forming in 2014 they have gone onto earn a reputation as one of Glasgow's most danceable and innovative live acts.





Carma (H&I)

Young female duo from the Highlands, who play rich, relaxing music. Their originals are described as alternative folk combining the sounds of the ukulele and piano with vocal harmonies.


Michiel Turner


Michiel Turner (H&I)

With a fusion of Folk, Jazz and Soul Michiel writes original material, including rhythmic finger-picking styles on the guitar and dynamic, emotive vocals.


The Miss's


The Miss's (Glasgow)

Compelling audiences with their distinctive and intense music, The Miss's are a hidden gem of a Scottish duo; comprised of Audrey Tait and Michelle Low… Two musicians who share an unmistakable chemistry, performing intimate songs with an undeniable talent.


Josephine Sillars


Josephine Sillars (H&I)

Josephine's latest single, ‘Vincent’ was launched at the world famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and received its first national radio spin course of Roddy Hart on BBC Radio Scotland.


Moteh Parrott


Moteh Parrott (H&I)

Moteh Parrott is a highland based artist with a distinctive modern folk-rock sound, complementing reflective, uplifting lyrics with raw electric guitar, cello, and subtle percussion.


Jackal Trades


Jackal Trades (Glasgow)

Jackal Trades are a post-punk/ electro Hip Hop three-piece which burst onto the live scene with a debut album launch for the 'Need the Character(S)' L.P at the Classic Grand in November 2016.


AFTERSHOW PARTY (at the Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel)



Bloodlines (Fort William)

High intensity, high energy rock band from the Highlands of Scotland, combining big riffs, intricate melodies, solid rhythm and course vocals into a truly original sound.


Special Guests


Special Guests