Lou Hickey is destined for great things in 2011

2011 has dawned like any other year – spawning a batch of fresh starts, limitless possibilities, doomed resolutions, and countless predictions. But as ‘Auld Lang Syne’ welcomed 2011 into Glasgow, the city’s inhabitants wondered, what next?

Keeping it intimate

2010 saw some of the world’s biggest bands book summer gigs in Scotland’s monstrous stadiums; in 2011 Bon Jovi and Kings Of Leon are set to rock Murrayfield, and Take That will play three sold-out gigs in Glasgow’s Hampden Park. However, 2011 is not destined for stellar stadium sell-outs. Some of the UK’s most prominent bands are re-affirming their love of live music at Glasgow’s best-loved intimate venues. Liam Gallagher’s Oasis rebound, The Beady Eye are playing at Barrowland Ballroom for two sold-out nights in March, while Dundee’s The View are set to thrill fans at a one-off gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut later this month.

Scottish talent

Glasgow looks set to make its mark on the music map thanks to some very promising artists. Sultry songstress Lou Hickey enjoyed a blazing 2010 with a headline gig at King Tut’s and support slot with Martha & The Vandellas, and is destined for bigger and better things this year. After clinching TV’s ‘Must Be The Music’, Emma Gillespie aka Emma’s Imagination has already seen her debut album dent the UK charts, marking a promising start to the year. Our very own Scots superstar, Paolo Nutini, has already started work on his third album and looks set to continue his reign as one of Glasgow’s most exciting artists.

Vinyl love

The recent announcement that HMV are set to close stores throughout Britain marked a sad day for music lovers, confirming that customers have tired of CD and the iPod and are rediscovering a love of vinyl. LPs saw an increase in sales at the end of 2010, and this has continued into the New Year. Glasgow boasts a host of record stores such as Record Fayre II and Love Music, to name a couple, who will enjoy a lucrative 2011 thanks to this craze for classics.

Back to vintage

An overdose of endless, conformist fashion has sent Glasgow shoppers running from Argyll Street and into the depths of Glasgow’s vintage clothes stores. Bored with High Street fashion being replicated in various colours across countless stores has seen shoppers shun trends for uniqueness. Vintage fashion is the star of Glasgow’s catwalk this year.

Check out Siobhanne’s interview with up and coming Scottish artists Lou Hickey, Mitchell Museum and Kassidy.