Gary Flockhart: Paws for time to catch Nina and Discopolis

Nina Nesbitt. Picture: Comp
Nina Nesbitt. Picture: Comp
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YOU’LL be having your T, then? If you are heading along to Balado, there’s lots to get excited about.

The majority of festival-goers will know all about the headliners, but there’s a load of stuff worth checking out further down the bill.

The first ones to flag up to you are from our own good city. Tomorrow, former Balerno High pupil turned pop princess Nina Nesbitt performs her own brand of acoustic pop that many will be familiar with from the impressive amount of airplay she’s receiving on BBC Radio One.

For the past few months, the 18-year-old has been working on her debut album with super-producer Jake Gosling, who has worked with the likes of One Direction and Ed Sheeran.

The fruits of their studio labour will see the light of day later this year, so T in the Park offers a chance to hear the songs early.

Whenever I go to T in the Park, I always make a beeline for the BBC Introducing stage, for that’s where the real surprises can be found.

Not only should you do same, but I recommend you time it to coincide with the performance from Discopolis. One of the most exciting young bands in Scotland right now, the former Broughton High School boys will show you why their synth-suffused take on house and electro is causing a stir.

Also worth checking out are Paws, a phenomenal live band whose members hail from Edinburgh, Tain and Glasgow.

Not from this neck of the woods but worthy of your time are The Lake Poets, which is essentially one man from Sunderland called Martin Longstaff, whose thoughtful and hauntingly emotive blend of acoustic indie and folk has been turning heads.

To these eyes and ears, however, the not-to-be-missed act of the entire festival is Chvrches, the Lauren Mayberry-fronted synth-pop trio who are going to be massive before the year is out. Plenty to be getting on with, folks. Enjoy your fest.