So, after the successes and sold out #Bigin2017 nights in London and Manchester, it was time to see what Scotland had to offer. The answer? A great deal. The night sold out well in advance, queues around the block. We managed to get in just in time for the first band, Dundee's Sahara.
Sahara got us going and their sound recalls all the great things about the Libertines in their early days, coupled with some glorious Peter Hook basslines. They played Y Not festival last summer and bagged some support slots with The View. There's a good chance this will be a breakout year for the band. In fairness, that could apply to all the bands.
Next up, Shambolics. And in many ways the name doesn't do them justice. This is as assured and confident as you'll see a young band all year. These lads take the best bits of forward thinking Britpop right up to date, with their devoted (lunatic) fanbase singing back every word to them.
Vida's sound recalls early day Charlatans, Doves and Gene. With Mondays-esque grooves, dreamlike keyboards and reverb soaked guitars, and having just toured with The Sherlocks and a Steve Cradock produced single due to drop over the summer, these boys are undoubtedly ones to watch.
Moonlight Zoo have fire, passion, and everything you want to see in a band. If these lads don't end up filling arenas it's a tragedy.
Phantoms – they manage to bring he stadium sound to a basement venue, just huge. This must be what it was like to watch U2 in their early days.
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Words: Ian Mackinnon
Photos: Cameron Brisbane