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Something Interesting Comes This Way – The Hinterland Festival, Glasgow

There are precious few things to get excited about right now, let’s be honest. The papers are depressing, the TV is even worse and there are plenty of punters willing to indulge in ‘the world is ending’ apocalyptic doomsaying. We need some good news, frankly.

And poking out like a single beautiful daisy in a post-nuclear wasteland is the Hinterland Festival, which takes place in Glasgow between April 30th and May 1st. We like things which are innovative round these parts, and this certainly is; rather than dragging us all to some godforsaken field in the middle of nowhere, it is spread across 15 venues in the city with a variety of acts which, for once, actually justify a promoter using the term ‘eclectic’.

Headliners include Manchester’s finest curmudgeonly mentalists The Fall, nu-folk legend Jeffrey Lewis and Glasgow’s own sleaziest, dirtiest rock band (in a good way) Sons and Daughters. Metronomy and Broken Records also feature highly.

It’s what we find lower down the bill, though, which really gets our collective juices simmering. Hotly-tipped acts such as Prego, 85 Bears, Zoey Van Goey, Dinosaur Pile-Up mix with such ELM favourites as Team Waterpolo and The Voluntary Butler Scheme. Throw in Elks, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Fanfarlo and De Rosa for good measure. There are over 100 acts, so if you can’t find a few things which tickle your particular fancy then we suggest you may be rather dull of soul or a Snow Patrol devotee, which is much the same.

ELM will be bringing you interviews with some of the acts in the lead-up, before comprehensive reviews after the event. As good as we are, though – and we are, you knows it – nothing will beat actually being at it, and a very reasonable £42 for an all access ticket, it represents pretty good value even in these credit-crunched times. Serious hat on, this is a really innovative format and line-up in a time when the increasingly staid mainstream festival gets ever safer and ever less interesting. if you can get along, it is truly worth supporting. We may even buy you a drink.*

* We won’t. Come anyway.

The Hinterland Festival, April 30th – May 1st, Glasgow, Various Venues, £42.

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3 Responses

  1. Lot of names in there that I have been hearing about without checking out (Zoey Can Goey, We Were Promised Jetpacks…). Already a fan of Fanfarlo though.

    Shall check out Team Waterpolo and The Voluntary Butler Scheme. Both new to me.

    We have a similar style event here called Hard Working Class Heroes every September. Mostly focuses on unsigned & indie label Irish bands.

  2. I think this event sounds absolutely magic so will definitely be getting a ticket for both days…must see events for me are metronomy, team waterpolo , sky larkin (whose album I just bought a few weeks ago) the cocknbullkid (who I have seen before supporting Late of the Pier) and Voluntary Butler Scheme. I have been listening to a couple of Dinosaur PileUp tunes in the last week or so and so will def be checking them out too, my rocknroll is a fab song..and the interview with 85 bears makes them sound interesting so will go along to that as well!

  3. LO – Sounds pretty good.

    AM – Excellent stuff! Big fan of VBS.

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