2016 is Electric Fields’ biggest year so far and it’s boasting its best lineup yet. With a good mix of familiar faces among the new, festival goers have the opportunity to see popular bands like Primal Scream and The Charlatans beside some of the best emerging talent Scotland has to offer.
We’ve already told you about some of the bigger bands worth checking out, but it would be impossible to ignore the upcoming acts who are showing promise in the early stages of their careers. With so many to choose from, GIGsoup recommends you become acquainted with the following:
Full of fuzzy guitar riffs and snarling vocals, Sweaty Palms’ brand of lo-fi punk and grungy rock is best enjoyed live and loud. Refusing to adhere to generic conventions, the band draw from a number of different influences and have carved out their own distinct style with a series of releases in the past year; the impressive ‘Love Me/Pretty Poor’ just came out earlier this summer. Possessing a relentlessly infectious energy, it’s impossible not to be swept up by their chaotic live performances which makes them a must-see over the weekend.
The Ninth Wave
As the winners of the unsigned band competition to play the festival, The Ninth Wave beat off over 300 applicants to win their place on the Stewart Cruickshank stage. It will come as no surprise to those who have managed to catch one of their live performances before or listened to their debut EP ‘Only the Young’. The four-piece have a refreshing sound, channelling eighties new wave influences with infectious pop-rock overtones and impressive harmonies.
Bella and the Bear
Those looking for something a bit more chilled and easy on the ears should head to Bella and the Bear on the Stewart Cruickshank stage. Lauren Gilmour and Stuart Ramage are an acoustic folk duo who share an undeniable music chemistry; their beautiful lyricism and unique harmonies are testament to their wonderful musicianship. Recently, they seem to have begun harnessing their abilities to even greater effect with a series of captivating live performances.
Taking her place on the Stewart Carmichael stage, this will be a good chance to see Charlotte Brimner before she inevitably hits the big time. She’s been earning plaudits all year for her captivating live performances, playing at festivals up and down the country. Her refreshing take on pop music is different to anything else out there at the moment, channelling a variety of influences to great effect. And with the promise of new music coming soon, it’s expected that her popularity will only continue to grow.
Hailing from Caithness, Neon Waltz have been making waves in the UK music scene for a couple of years now. Having signed to Atlantic Records in 2015, they may have a bigger reputation than the other acts on this list, but there remains a great deal of excitement around the six-piece as they look primed for big things. With their spacious and atmospheric soundscapes, they have proven themselves to be a hugely creative, ambitious and forward-thinking band, combining the best elements of classic alternative rock with psychedelic vibes. With soothing vocals, compelling guitar work and simple songwriting, these guys have a unique style that should make for a compelling live performance.
This Electric Fields article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.