goNORTH returns to the Highland Capital, Inverness, over the 4th and 5th of June with another multimedia package offering insights into the worlds of TV, Film, Literature, Digital and of course Music. The diverse conference programme boasts a range of key creative industry speakers, while the showcase element sees over 60 bands showcase across 10 city centre venues. Here we highlight some of the must-see acts on offer at this year’s event.
BABY STRANGE / Distance YourselfLABEL: / CONTACT:
Glasgow three-piece Baby Strange formed in 2012 and, shortly afterwards, released their debut track Get By Me. Since then, the band have earned plays on XFM and Radio 1 daytime and evening shows, as well as a reputation for their raucous live shows. Their latest single Distance Yourself is released on June 2nd through Ignition Records.
F**K ART LET’S DANCE / We're Manicals!LABEL: / CONTACT:
Fuck Art Let’s Dance are a four-piece pop band from Hamburg. They eschew the melancholic sound of the city in favour of an altogether more direct and fresh electro-pop aesthetic. The band make their UK debut at GoNorth 2014.
SIOBHAN WILSON / All Dressed UpLABEL: / CONTACT:
Wilson’s story begins in Scotland, whilst studying classical music at school by day and prying apart her father’s record collection by night. Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Willie Nelson informed her inquisitive young ears, and the likes of Regina Spektor and Nina Simone helped to inspire the music. Wilson has been mesmerising audiences throughout the country in prestigious concert venues, as well as a 2013 UK tour supporting Willy Mason.
MACHINES IN HEAVEN / The National MonumentLABEL: / CONTACT:
Glasgow-based electro/bass/shoegaze crossover outfit Machines In Heaven are Greg Hurst, Davey Gwynne and Connor Reid. Their free debut EP The Glasgow Jihad, released in February 2013 on Black Lantern Music, was well received critically, with Scotland-wide radio play and over 10,000 downloads. Their debut LP, bordersbreakdown, recently came out on March 14.
SCHNARFF SCHNARFF / FearLABEL: / CONTACT:
Five mates formed Schnarff Schnarff in 2012. After a year of writing, the alt-rock quintet were booked for their debut gig (August 2013 at King Tuts) and have since enjoyed airtime on XFM, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio & MFR. Since releasing their debut EP (through ElectricHoney in April), Schnarff Schnarff have been booked to headline King Tuts’ Summer Nights and confirmed for Belladrum Festival’s Main Stage.
MODEL AEROPLANES / ElectricityLABEL: / CONTACT:
This is a group thriving on the youthful exuberance of four young lads honing their craft throughout their teenage years together. Crazy received 10k plays on Soundcloud in just a fortnight, thanks to widespread praise online and early support from Radio 1 and XFM. The band's second single, Innocent Love, has already secured three national radio plays on BBC Radio 1, several regional radio plays and also secured a television sync with Soccer Am on Sky. Sports 1.
FRIENDS IN AMERICA / The More I Have, The Less I Own (The More I Learn, The Less I Know)LABEL: / CONTACT:
Friends In America blend hook laden atmospheric and pop sensibilities to create songs filled with warmth, loss and hope. Propelled by Matthew Rawlings’ disarmingly honest lyrics and razor sharp musicianship, the band have earned a dedicated fanbase with a number of rapturously received independent releases.
BROKEN RECORDS / Winterless SonLABEL: / CONTACT:
Edinburgh-based Broken Records formed at the end of 2006. They’ve previously released two acclaimed albums on 4AD, Until The Earth Begins To Part (2009) and Let Me Come Home (2010). After some time off they've returned with their third album Weights & Pulleys released in May 2014 on their own label, J Sharp Records. They’ve toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the US with their own headline shows and festival slots, as well as supporting The National, Editors and The Black Keys.
MISS IRENIE ROSE / Peat BogLABEL: / CONTACT:
Miss Irenie Rose is a young singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis; she has drawn comparisons to classic voices like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, and has supported artists such as Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni, John Smith and Rae Morris. With a release scheduled for later this year, 2014 looks promising for an exciting new addition to the Scottish folk scene.
HECTOR BIZERK / OrchestrateLABEL: / CONTACT:
Hector Bizerk is a hip-hop duo comprising the creative, versatile drumming of Audrey Tait and the poetic social commentaries of Glaswegian rapper Louie. Debut album Drums.Rap.Yes received glowing reviews. Storming performances at Wickerman, and T In The Park have elevated Hector Bizerk’s reputation as one of the most exciting, diverse and original live acts in Scotland.
NEON WALTZ / Sombre FayreLABEL: / CONTACT:
Neon Waltz are a powerful six-piece psychedelic tinged rock band. Having been around for just 12 months, they’re already earmarked as one of the successes of this year’s Great Escape and one of the most exciting bands to look out for this year.
GRIEFJOY / FeelLABEL: / CONTACT:
Griefjoy are four boys from the city of Nice in France. Having been together since they were very young, the band have formed an unbreakable bond. Griefjoy emerged as the perfect way to define a combination of two emotions you might think it impossible to experience simultaneously. Signed to Sony Music France, their debut LP is a surprisingly mature offering for such a young group.
UNITED FRUIT / How Long (Change You Into Something Better)LABEL: / CONTACT:
An alternative rock band known for fusing noisy fast- paced discordant post punk, catchy euphoric melodies and crunching riffs. With an EP and album released to rave reviews, the band have seen support across BBC radio including Radio 1 and have big plans for 2014 with a new release and tours.