Radar weekly: The latest from the Scottish music scene

Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt
Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt
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In this week’s new music round-up: Nina Nesbitt announces new material, videos and gigs; top 10 dominated by Scots acts; SAMAs voting opens; line-up news from RockNess and Doune the Rabbit Hole; plus new music from Chvrches, Kid Canaveral and Washington Irving, as well as the gig picks.

Nina Nesbitt reveals EP plans

Fast-rising Edinburgh singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt (pictured) has announced that she is releasing a four-track EP titled ‘Stay Out’ on April 8 via Island Records. The 18-year-old has released a video for the title track, and she’ll be posting three more videos for the rest of the EP.

She has also announced two dates for March, in her hometown and London:

12 Mar: London, Islington Assembly Hall

16 Mar: Edinburgh, Liquid Room

Chart success for Scots acts

It was a good week for Scottish artists at the commercial end of the musical spectrum. Following Biffy Clyro‘s number one album feat last week, Frightened Rabbit‘s Pedestrian Verse entered the chart at a career high No. 9. This meant that there were no fewer than four Scottish acts in the top 10 alone, including Emeli Sandé (4) and Calvin Harris (10).

Voting for SAMAs open

The rest of the nominees for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards have been revealed, and voting is now open. You can cast your votes for the seven categories on the SAMAs website (http://officialsama.co.uk/vote/), and the winners will be announced at the ceremony at Glasgow’s Garage venue on March 8. The full list of nominees are as follows:

Best Electronic: Plum, Roman Nose, Discopolis, Fonik, Them & Us and Chvrches

Best Newcomer: Honeyblood, Miss Lucid, The Holy Ghosts, Ded Rabbit, Miss Irenie Rose, Model Jet Pilot

Best Hip-Hop: Gasp, S-Type, Werd (SOS), Solareye, Team Kapowski, Young Fathers

Best Live Act: United Fruit, Vigo Thieves, Stanley, Meursault, Roadway, The OK Social Club

Best Acoustic: Little Fire, Michael Cassidy, Cara Mitchell, William Douglas, Jemma Tweedie, Alex Hynes

Best Rock / Alternative: Culann, Baby Strange, Duke, Fat Goth, Cleavers, Madison

Best Metal / Hardcore: What The Blood Revealed, Bear Arms, Lords of Bastard, Prelude to the Hunt, Sectioned, Trial & Error

Festival updates

• Fatboy Slim has been unveiled as the “special guest” at RockNess this year. The festival has bolstered its electronic music offering with the following names added to the bill: Above & Beyond, Madeon, Julio Bashmore, Steve Aoki, Benga, Skream, Booka Shade, Josh Wink, Pan-Pot, Jackmaster, Harri & Domenic, Gary Beck, Hans Bouffmyhre, and Jaguar Skills.

RockNess, Clunie Farm, near Dores, 7 – 9 June


• Doune the Rabbit Hole festival has revealed the first portion of its line-up for 2013. This includes: The John Langan Band, Bombskare, Meursault, Rachel Sermanni, Haight Ashbury, Galoshins, The Monochrome Set, Robyn Hitchcock, Rozi Plain, Mother Ganga, Horndog Brass Band, Jo Mango, Horndog Brass Band and Bo Ningen!

Headliners and further acts, as well as the festival’s location for 2013, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Doune the Rabbit Hole, location TBA, 23 – 25 August


New music

• With their one-way ticket to chart success seemingly pre-ordained, every new song from Chvrches causes vast ripples in the blogosphere. Such was the case with their latest single, Recover. It is scheduled for release on Virgin/Goodbye on March 25, but you can listen now via SoundCloud


• Kid Canaveral‘s new album, Now That You Are A Dancer, is available for pre-order from the Fence Records website. The package comes with a few incentives, such as a free download of lead track The Wrench.

• Edinburgh ska favourites Bombskare have released a new single called Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?. It is taken from the album The Day The Earth Stood Stupid which is self-released on April 1.


• Washington Irving have posted a new video for their single Holy Company. They are currently touring the UK with Frightened Rabbit.


• Versus Goliath, an experimental rock band from Glasgow, have just released their debut EP, available now via Bandcamp.


Gig picks

I Am Kloot

Tue 12 Feb @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7pm, £16



Thursday 14 Feb @Mono, Glasgow, 7pm

Sunday 17 Feb @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 7pm



Fri 15 Feb @ O2 ABC, Glasgow, 7pm, £15

Jonnie Common

Sat 16 Feb @ Broadcast, Glasgow, 8pm, £5

Machines in Heaven

Sat 16 Feb @ The Glad Café, Glasgow, 8pm, £5

Randolph’s Leap, Snowgoose, Jo Mango

Sat 16 Feb @ The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 6.30pm, £12


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