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Festival Season . . . In The Gutter 2017

It’s THAT time of year again . . .

Dig out your wellies, borrow money from your parents, sweat over the lack of iPhone reception and brave the horror of the portaloos; festival season has landed!

Spend YOUR summer with Gutter HQ and our annual “Festival Season In The Gutter”, now in its FIFTH year. Our quintessential guide to Festival Season will bring YOU everything you need to know; previews and reviews of the BIGGEST Festivals here in the UK, throwback to unforgettable festival performances and backstage interviews from summers gone by and our unmissable Festival Survival Guide, ideal for any first-timer.

Not enough? Not too worry! The Festival veterans of our Gutter HQ team will be bringing YOU their festival experiences (some great, some traumatic, and some very, very hazy), their fantasy headliners and answering the BIG questions; Can anything fill the T In The Park shaped hole in our lives? Who is Glastonbury’s controversial headliner for 2017? Is there really life after Wickerman? What the fuck is TRNSMT?!

Things are likely to get very, very muddy, but you’re in good hands. Campers, come on in!

 

TITP 2015 : Top 10 Must See Bands

It’s T Time! The biggest and BEST weekend of the Scottish music calendar has landed! Thousands of revellers have already descended onto the festival’s new home at Strathallan Castle ready to kick-off T In The Park 2015!

However, with over 200 acts playing across the three day festival, how do you pick who watch play live?! Don’t fret our lil’ camper buddies, Gutter HQ has the lowdown on The Top 10 UNMISSABLE Bands at TITP 2015 . . . You’re welcome!

Catfish & The Bottlemen

One of the most celebrated emerging talents of 2015 are playing The BBC Three/Radio 1 Stage on Sunday. The band, who formed in North Wales in 2007, scored a number one album with debut offering, “The Balcony” in September 2014.

Seasick Steve

He may be in his mid-60s, but Seasick Steve knows how to get down with the kids! The American blues musician takes on T’s Main Stage on Saturday. Seasick Steve has released seven studio albums since 2004, the latest being, “Sonic Soul Surfer”, which was released in March of this year.

Twin Atlantic

Home-grown heroes, Twin Atlantic have come a long way since their T Break Stage debut in 2007; they are headlining TITP’s Main Stage on Saturday night. The band, from Glasgow, released their third LP, “Great Divide” in August 2014.

Alabama Shakes

Alabama-born, Alabama Shakes are hitting up The Main Stage on Sunday. The band formed in 2010 and have since released 2 LPs; their 2012 debut, “Boys & Girls” and “Sound & Colour”, which was released in April 2015 and scored them a US number one album.

The Strypes

Irish blues-band, The Strypes are kicking off things on Saturday on The BBC Three/Radio 1 Stage. The band, from Cavan in Ireland, released their debut LP, “Snapshot” in September 2013; the follow up, “Little Victories” is due to drop later this month.

Neon Waltz

Home-grown talent, Neon Waltz are headlining The BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday night. The band, from Caithness in Inverness, formed in 2013 and made their TITP debut last summer with a slot on the legendary T Break Stage.

Marina & The Diamonds

Welsh singer/songwriter, Marina Diamandis is set to tear up King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Tent on Saturday. “Froot” is the latest album from Marina & The Diamonds; it dropped in March of this year and follows her 2010 debut, “The Family Jewels” and 2012’s “Electra Heart”.

The View

T just isn’t T without these guys! The Dundee-born band have become T regulars and favourites since making their debut in 2006. The band released their acclaimed debut, “Hats Off To The Buskers” in 2007 and fifth LP, “Ropewalk” is due to drop in September 2015. The View hit up The Main Stage on Sunday.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Headliner, Noel Gallagher is a smart, and deserved choice to close TITP 2015 on Sunday night. Having found fame as one half of Oasis, the older brother Gallagher has enjoyed massive success since breaking out on his own in 2009. Gallagher has released two LPs, to date; his self-titled 2011 debut and, “Chasing Yesterday”, which was released in February of this year.

The Libertines

The reunion that we thought would NEVER happen! Pete Doherty and Carl Barat have kissed and made up and are headlining T’s Main Stage on Saturday night! If you’re looking for a zesty, sweaty gig, then this is the slot for you! The recently reformed Libertines unveiled brand new single, “Gunga Din” last week, and revealed that their long-awaited third LP, “Anthems For Doomed Youth” is scheduled for release in September 2015. If Pete and Carl can put aside their petty squabbles and reform, surely Liam and Noel can’t be too far behind . . . And maybe Moz and Marr . . . No, I went too far, I know!

 

 

 

Wildflowers #RaceToGlasto

How does a band prepare for Glastonbury?

Well, in the case of London-based, indie folk band, Wildflowers it’s a free-wheelin’ acoustic tour where the venues are chosen by YOU!

Yup, you read right! Headed up by “the punk Dolly Parton”, Siddy Bennett, the band formed in 2012 and were first brought to your attention by Gutter HQ in June 2013. The band have received favourable comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and Eagles, and released their debut EP, “Wild Among The Flowers” in 2013.

Wildflowers’ #RaceToGlasto tour is scheduled to kick off at The Whistlefield Inn in Dunoon this Sunday (21st June 2015). From there, fans will choose where they play next; with just over a week until Glastonbury, the band, with just their gear and just £100 kitty, will play gigs all the way down the UK. Be it a pub, a house party, a school or a dinner party, it’s completely up to YOU! All you have to do to get involved is this unique tour is tweet the band @WildflowersHQ and include the following : #RaceToGlasto hashtag, which region you live in and the venue you’d like the band to play and why!

Wildflowers will keep fans up-to-date with the success of each gig, as well as their financial situation while out on the unpredictable road ahead! With just £100 kitty for the week, the band ask for a chance to pass around a bucket to help them get to the next gig, and to make it to Glastonbury on time!

Festival Season just got a whole lot more interesting!

 

Isle Of Wight 2015 : The Unmissable Top 10

The Isle Of Wight Festival kicks off at Seaclose Park this weekend. With an impressive line-up and heavyweight headliners, it’s undoubtedly one of the most hotly-anticipated festivals this summer.

Whether you’re braving the temperamental weather and trauma of the portaloos to be there, or just watching from the comfort of your own couchGutter HQ has the 10 acts that you can’t afford to miss!

Jess Glynne

The Brit-born singer is best known for her collaboration with Clean Bandit on the track, “Rather Be”, which hit number one back in 2014. Glynne scored a number one single in her own right with, “Hold My Hand” and her debut LP, “I Cry When I Laugh” is due to drop in August.

Pretty Vicious

Fresh from supporting Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle, Welsh band, Pretty Vicious are due to play a slot at Isle Of Wight this weekend. Formed in 2014, Pretty Vicious have a UK headline tour lined up later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on 28th September 2015

Imelda May

Blues beauty, Imelda May began her career as a musician aged just 16; she formed her own band in 2002 and released her debut LP, “No Turning Back” in 2003. May’s fourth studio album, “Tribal” was released in April 2014.

Billy Idol

Punk rocker, Billy Idol is known (and loved) for his signature tracks, “White Wedding”, “Mony Mony” and “Rebel Yell”. The singer is currently out on tour in support of 2014 LP, “Kings & Queens Of The Underground”.

First Aid Kit

Flying the flag for Sweden this weekend is folk duo, First Aid Kit. The pair formed in 2007 and their latest LP, “Stay Gold” was released in June 2014, their third album in just 4 years.

Stiff Little Fingers

Belfast-born Stiff Little Fingers originally formed back in 1977. Considered to be one of Green Day’s biggest influences, the Northern Irish band have released 10 studio albums, the latest being 2014’s “No Going Back”.

The Prodigy

Guaranteed to have the festival punters bouncing this weekend is The Prodigy. Best know for their hits, “Firestarter” and “Smack My Bitch Up”, the band scored a number one album back in March 2015 with sixth studio LP, “The Day Is My Enemy”.

Blur

Old Oasis rivals, Blur are scheduled to headline Isle Of Wight this weekend, fresh from a mini UK tour this week of just 3 cities. The band, who formed in London in 1988, scored a string of hits throughout the goldern-era of Britpop in the 1990s, before splitting in 2003. Recently reformed, the band released their eighth LP, “The Magic Whip” in April 2015, their first album since 2003’s “Think Tank”.

Paolo Nutini

Homegrown hero, Paolo Nutini is bringing his winning blend of blues and soul to the festival this weekend. The Paisley-born singer released his third LP, “Caustic Love” in April 2014, his first studio release since 2009’s “Sunny Side Up”. Nutini is due to play his biggest outdoor hometown gig in August in the form of Bellahouston Park, as part of Glasgow’s Summer Sessions 2015.

Fleetwood Mac

Despite the rumours of a headlining Glastonbury slot this summer, it was Isle Of Wight organisers who snared the legendary rock band from under the Eavis’ noses! Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967, but have enjoyed a hugely successful rejuvenation in the past few years, delighting old fans and claiming some new ones. The line-up includes former member, Christine McVie who rejoined the group last year; she hasn’t played with the band since 1998.

 

Fantasy Festival Headliners 2015

Forget the pricey tickets, the designer wellies and the portaloos that give Trainspotting’s “worst toilet in Scotland” a run for its money, festivals are ALL about the headliners! Although there may be times when we don’t agree with the top choices of the Eavis’ or Geoff Ellis, could we do any better? The Gutter HQ team pick the artists who would top the bill if they had their say . . .

David Bowie

Nowadays, The Thin White Duke has toned it down, but I have a request; dust off the turquoise suit, bring back the Ziggy Stardust face paint and back-comb until you get Labyrinth-style hair . . . just gimme a stage spectacle of Bowie days gone by to match the lyrics that have entranced me on public transport to the point I end up in France without realising!

(Laura Maxwell)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Chili’s were one of the first bands I really go into when I was younger and the first I saw play live. The band have a unique ability; to include each and every member of their audience (no matter how big or small) in their performance and make them feel involved simply by doing what they do best!

(Victoria Adams)

Kanye West

The King of festival controversy; the announcement of West as a Glastonbury headliner this summer sparked furious debate and saw the launch of a petition to stop the rapper’s slot going ahead (the signatures currently sit at over 130, 000 names). Who would they wish in his place?! A rock band? Keane or Coldplay, probably. Mr Kim Kardashian has the sales, success and swagger to back up his place as headliner, and his Glastonbury slot will hopefully act as as the catalyst for the death of “rock bands for rock festivals”; an idea which has been given life for far too long.

(Jaq Inglis)

Sex Pistols

The original (and best!) punks! Johnny Rotten and Co paved the way for the bands of today in terms of the kind of controversy that lies at the heart of true rock ‘n’ roll! I would love to see them headline a festival; their old-school, punk power would transport fans both old and new to the roots of modern rock.

(Victoria Adams)

Marvin Gaye

Who can make us boogie better than Marvin Gaye?! All we need to do is convince Michael Eavis or Geoff Ellis to turn the light down real low and pass out the (free) wine! You take, Eavis and leave Ellis to me!

(Laura Maxwell)

Queen Of The Stone Age

An obvious choice, undoubtedly but there are just too many reasons to include them! Heavy enough to rock out to, but party enough to partayyyyy! “Songs For The Deaf” in full is a winning headline slot in itself . . .

(Jaq Inglis)

 

Festival Season In The Gutter . . . 2015

“I put my left foot into my wellie and felt a cold liquid; I cursed myself for being stupid enough (or, more accurately, drunk enough) to leave my wellies outside of my tent in the rain during the night. I was annoyed when I thought it was water in my wellie, so you can imagine how pissed I was when I realised it was actually vomit . . .”

It’s time to dig out your wellies, borrow money from your parents, sweat over the lack of iPhone reception and brave the horror of the portaloos; Festival Season has landed! 

Spend the summer with Gutter HQ and our annual “Festival Season In The Gutter”, now in its third year. Our quintessential guide to Festival Season will bring YOU everything you need to know; previews and reviews of the BIGGEST Festivals here in the UK, throwback to unforgettable festival performances and backstage interviews from summers gone by and our unmissable Festival Survival Guide, ideal for any first-timer.

Not enough? Not too worry! The Festival veterans of our Gutter HQ team will be bringing YOU their festival experiences (some great, some traumatic, and some very, very hazy), their fantasy headliners and answering the burning question of 2015; Should Kanye West really be headlining Glastonbury?!

Things could get muddy, but you’re in good hands. Campers, come on in!

 

 

 

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