As festival season draws to a close, there’s one more gem worth piling on the glitter for, with Tenement Trail taking over the city centre on Saturday 29th September. In recent years, Tenement TV’s flagship festival has become somewhat of a Glasgow institution, making a name for itself as the country’s premier showcase of the fresh musical talent this diverse kingdom has to offer.
At the heart of Tenement Trail is the passion for stimulating new Scottish sounds, with promoters looking to curate a line up fusing the unsigned, the up and coming and the established in equal measures. Whilst The Van T’s, Man on Moon, Yonaka and The Blinders take pride of place at the top of the bill, TTV have awarded Scarlett Randle the prestigious unsigned slot. If the success of previous winners Rascalton and Cheap Teeth is a measure of this booking, the opportunity is sure to bring acclaim to the experimental singer-songwriter.
Elsewhere on the bill finds Glasgow School of Art alumni Holy Esque headlining G2 and Strathclyde’s very own The Vignettes high up the Blue Arrow listings – which also boasts rising synth guru’s Beta Waves.
Headliners The Cribs are set to gather the masses to their 21:15 slot at Garage in a welcomed substitution to the usual haunts of the festival, which have been effortlessly arranged around the carnage that is Sauchiehall Street at present. With more than 60 bands on offer, there is undoubtably an artist to cater for any musical taste.
This year’s festival will require a bit of patience due to the ongoing redevelopment of Sauchiehall Street and the aftermath of the tragic fire at GSA, which rendered the O2 ABC out of use. But the show must go on – after all, it’s the navigating your way through the cities interwoven streets on a short time schedule that really adds to the momentum of metropolitan festivals.
There are ten venues to pick from, whilst over half (Garage/G2/The Attic, Nice n Sleazy, Broadcast, Firewater, The Blue Arrow and Priory Bar) may be situation on Sauchiehall Street, account for an extra ten minutes to reach King Tut’s or Flat 0/1. An umbrella wouldn’t go amiss either!
Wherever you find yourself on the day, taking a pick and mix approach to the festival will not do you any harm – you’re bound to stumble across your new favourite band without even thinking about it.
Tickets for Tenement Trail 2018 are available here.
By Charlotte Winspear