On January 25th each year, Scottish people everywhere come together to celebrate the life and work of their national poet, Robert Burns, with a special supper. That’s right, it’s Burns Night.
To get you in the mood, here’s just some of the Scottish acts heading out on tour that we guarantee will make the perfect Burns Night soundtrack.
Let’s start with Kilmarnock’s finest lads shall we? Their latest album, Sum Of All Your Parts sees the trio creating some of their finest songs to date and really refining their sound. Soaring choruses are accompanied by moving piano melodies and words that’ll do all sorts to your emotions. But, live is where they truly excel. Having toured relentlessly over the years, they put everything they’ve got into creating a spectacle that you’ll never forget and fortunately for you, they’ll be playing their biggest headline Glasgow show of their career in May. We strongly suggest that you make sure you’re a part of it.
O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 18 May Buy Tickets
Believe it or not, Tom Walker is in fact Scottish. The singer-songwriter was born in Glasgow but grew up mainly in Manchester. Breaking into the mainstream in 2017 with the absolute belter, ‘Leave A Light On’ he’s since become one of the most adored artists throughout the UK. His debut album, What A Time To Be Alive lands on March 1st and judging by the powerful, yet warming, soulful songs we’ve heard so far, it’s going to be a corker.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 24 April Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Sunday 28 April - SOLD OUT
HERE. WE. GO. Scotland’s rowdiest punk festival is back for another year and it’s guaranteed to be wilder than ever. With some of the most chaotic and outspoken bands around heading for Glasgow this April, including Scottish veteran punk’s, The Exploited, this is going to be the loudest night of the year.
O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 27 April Buy Tickets
How could we not include this wee legend? Gerry Cinnamon is one of the hardest working musicians to come from Scotland. He’s done the rounds at your local pubs and worked his way up to sell out shows across the UK without any form of label backing, making him one of the most successful independent artists, ever. His self-produced, self-released debut album, Erratic Cinematic was full of high-energy anthems and has gone down a storm both on and off stage, so make sure you experience it for yourself when sets out on tour in March.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 22 March - SOLD OUT Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild Of Students: Saturday 23 March - SOLD OUT O2 Academy Leeds: Sunday 24 March - SOLD OUT O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 26 March - SOLD OUT O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 29 March - SOLD OUT O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Saturday 30 March - SOLD OUT O2 Academy Birmingham: Sunday 31 March - SOLD OUT
CELTIC CONNECTIONS – THE DEAD SOUTH
Okay this might be slightly classed as cheating but we’re going with it. Celtic Connections is back for 2019 and with it they’re bringing the finest folk, Americana and Celtic (duh) bands that grace our planet, including Canadian foot-stompers, The Dead South. Taking over Glasgow city centre for two weeks, this is your chance to experience tons of brilliant bands on your doorstep, so don’t miss out.
O2 Academy Glasgow: Sunday 3 February Buy Tickets
There aren’t many Scottish acts that can dominate the mainstream quite like indie-electro group, CHVRCHES. Three albums down and it seems there’s no end to their success. Latest addition, Love Is Dead is a euphoric masterpiece, with words as sharp as a knife wrapped up in bubbling 80s synths that take you on a journey through heartache. Vocalist Lauren Mayberry is a feisty leader, who when performing, encourages you to dance your worries away alongside her, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, so what are you waiting for?
O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 8 February Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 9 February - SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Bournemouth: Tuesday 12 February Buy Tickets
O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Thursday 14 February - SOLD OUT
O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Friday 15 February Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Monday 18 February - SOLD OUT
Once a young folk-pop artist, Nina Nesbitt has since transformed both herself and her sound. Gone is the long peroxide blonde hair and in its place a brunette bob and a badass woman, who’s now creating music for herself. With influences of R&B and pop laced throughout her recent material, she also keeps elements of her folk roots at the base of each track, culminating in sultry girl power anthems about f**kbois and finding yourself. Her new album, The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change drops February 1st and she’ll take it on the road this spring.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Tuesday 16 April Buy Tickets
It’s not just music that Scotland is well known for, it’s also got a knack for making us belly laugh ‘till we cry. Daniel Sloss is an award-winning comedian who earned himself two Netflix specials last year and who’s last tour came in at a total of 150 shows in 28 countries. Not bad for someone who isn’t even 30 yet. Taking to stages across the UK with his new, highly-acclaimed show, X, he’ll have your face hurting within seconds and as they say, laughter is good for the soul.
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Thursday 24 January - SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 26 January Buy Tickets
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O2 Academy Bournemouth: Thursday 23 May Buy Tickets
Rising DJ, Denis Sulta is one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Glasgow electronic music scene. Graduating from the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, he’s since been dominating some of the biggest clubs, festivals and venues worldwide and last year found himself on the cover of the prestigious dance magazine, Mixmag. With a buzzing year ahead of him, he’s kicking things off with two epic nights of music and special guest DJs.
O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 25 January Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Oxford: Saturday 26 January Buy Tickets
Experimental hip hop trio, Young Fathers are one of the most ground-breaking Scottish bands in recent history. Formed in Edinburgh, the band have enjoyed three hugely successful albums, with their debut, DEAD, winning them the Mercury Music Prize. Last year they not only released their third full-length, Cocoa Sugar, but they also joined LCD Soundsystem and Massive Attack on tour, whilst selling out the biggest headline shows of their career. This is just the beginning, though, as the destiny for this band involves things on a much greater scale.
O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 24 January Buy Tickets
It's been 15 years since she emerged with her debut album, Eye To The Telescope and KT Tunstall is still as passionate and relevant as ever. The BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter has gone on to release six albums in total, her most recent, Wax, arrived last year and puts a strong focus on our relationship with our bodies. Named an "Inspirational Artist" at the Women In Music Awards, her work – both music and elsewhere – is recognised globally and she’s become an icon for Scottish music.
O2 Academy Leeds: Tuesday 19 March Buy Tickets
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