Fifty bands, eight venues, twelve hours – the 2016 Tenement Trail

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By Innes MacKintosh

As final preparations for the Tenement Trail 2016 get under way, it’s looking set to be one of the biggest independent music events in Glasgow this year. An ambitious festival spanning the city centre on the 8th October, the Trail brings together dozens of bands from Glasgow and beyond for a night of some of the best indie music on offer right now.

Last year’s Trail was a rousing success – with Glasgow band WHITE delivering a standout performance in The Art School and Crash Club “blowing the roof off” Flat 0/1 – and this year is set to be bigger and better, with over fifty bands on this year’s roster. The festival director, Chae Houston said: “We’re really building an impressive line-up for TT this year, with a great mix of new, touring and established bands.”

Hot off the back of a four-show, 10,000 ticket comeback extravaganza, Sheffield-based indie rock legends Milburn will be headlining the event. Crash Club, veterans of the 2015 festival will be returning, joined by many, many more bands – such as Be Charlotte and Tijuana Bibles – in a variety of venues including 02 ABC, The Art School, King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut, Broadcast, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy and Flat 0/1.

The brainchild of Tenement TV (TTV), one of the biggest platforms for independent music in Scotland, this will be the festival’s fourth year. This month, TTV also celebrates five years since its formation, a period which has seen it expand to a worldwide audience, as well as bringing to Glasgow prestigious acts such as Hozier, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Kodaline, and Cage the Elephant, while also keeping “its finger to the pulse of the breakthrough, underground and international”.

Glasgow-based GANGS, who have attended the festival in previous years, are delighted to be featured in it this time. “We can’t wait for Tenement Trail – such a great line-up,” they said. “We’ve been to most of the Trails in the past, so being asked to play it this year was a nice surprise. TTV have supported us massively this year, so we’re glad to be a part of it.”

The Tenement Trail is “dedicated to creating a unique event with a perfect mix of established, underground and breakthrough talent”, and it looks like this year’s festival is set to deliver on that promise. Houston commented: “It’s the perfect day out for music lovers, offering music across all genres and really giving fans the chance to discover new talent whilst checking out old favourites.”


Disclaimer: this article was intended as a preview of the Tenement Trail which took place on 8 October, but we will have a review of the festival coming soon} else {