Radar weekly: Festival updates, new music and the gig guide

In this week’s round-up: The fireworks signalled the end to the Edinburgh Festival, but there are still a few smaller events to announce; new music from The State Broadcasters, Vigo Thieves, Citizens and more; plus this week’s gig guide.

• Summer might be all but over but the festivals are still coming thick and fast, and this week we bring news of a new one in Edinburgh. EH1 Live takes over five venues a week on Sunday (16 Sep) with a selection of Scottish bands, headed up by The Phantom Band. Elsewhere on the bill you’ll find the likes of Vigo Thieves, The Machine Room and Crayons. Tickets are priced at £20 and you’ll find all you need to know at www.eh1live.com

• If you like more far-flung musical jamborees then you might like to know that Loopallu, the annual Ullapool (mirror image naming convention, y’see) festival, has unveiled its headliners. It’s definitely a mainstream affair, with Scouting For Girls, Kassidy and Rachel Sermanni heading north. Other confirmed acts include Miniature Dinosaurs, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher and Brown Bear and the Bandits. The festival is on the weekend of the 21-22 September.

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• Fatherson, Withered Hand, Sparrow and the Workshop and The Birthday Suit have been announced for this year’s Music Like a Vitamin gig at the HMV Picturehouse in Edinburgh. Tickets are priced at just £5 and it’s all in aid of mental health charity the Fruit Tree Foundation.

• More bands have been added to Haddow Fest, which we mentioned last week is headlined by The Cribs. Hadouken, Blank Canvas, Indian Red Lopez and The Mirror Trap are among the new names for the event, which takes place in Edinburgh on October 28.


The State Broadcasters have made a track from their upcoming album available for free download. We’ll have more on the album in due course, but in the meantime you can grab ‘Kittiwake’ from their SoundCloud.

Vigo Thieves have released a new song - and a video to accompany it. Their previous effort, ‘Heartbeats’, racked up over 50,000 plays on YouTube, so the pressure is on ‘Forever’ to go one better. Watch it on their official site.

• We featured progressive hardcore trio Citizens from Glasgow back in 2009, and last week they got in touch to tell us about their debut album. CTZNS came out over the summer, and you can listen to it in full on Bandcamp.

• If you missed Ben Butler & Mousepad’s recent support set for Rustie at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow, you can check it out on SoundCloud.

• Cath Records (our profile), the DIY label run by Phillip Taylor of PAWS, is putting out a new album from Sean Armstrong. Check out the magnificently titled Effluvial Juggernaut in full on Bandcamp.

• Speaking of PAWS, their new album Cokefloat is now available to pre-order through Fat Cat Records.

• If you enjoyed Music is the Music Language in Glasgow at the weekend, you can relive some of the aural delights with a ‘pay what you like’ sampler from the organisers, available on Bandcamp.

• Chemikal Underground have revealed that the next release from Miaoux Miaoux’s debut album Light of the North will be an EP featuring the track Autopilot. It has been pencilled in for October 8. Sample it on SoundCloud.

• The new album from Edinburgh trio Hiva Oa is out on Friday. It’s called The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss and is released on Mini 50 Records.


TUESDAY: Matt Norris & the Moon, Three Little Birds, Collar Up and Al Shields are all at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh for this STV Appeal charity gig. Tickets available in advance.

THURSDAY: Oddball pop from Edinburgh’s PET at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow, with additional tunes supplied by The Apples of Energy. More info.

THURSDAY: Local favourites Penguins Kill Polar Bears play the Electric Circus in Edinburgh. Support comes from Gathering Lights and Donnie Willow. More info.

THURSDAY: If you’ve ever seen Edinburgh School for the Deaf live you’ll know their anarchic stage style is not to be missed. They play Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, with The Electric Sugar Children and The Paranoid Style.

FRIDAY: The aforementioned ESftD head north for The Cool Cat Club at The Beat Generator Live in Dundee. Also on the bill are Vladimir, Hookers For Jesus, The Electric Sugar Children and The Paranoid Style.

SATURDAY: Open Swimmer recently announced that frontman Ben TD is returning to his native Australia, so their gig this Saturday at Stereo in Glasgow will be the last chance to see them in their current form. Support from Jo Mango, Dave Frazer and The Slave Labourers. More info.

SATURDAY: Prepare for a loud one at Nice n Sleazy in Glasgow for Divorce’s album launch, presented by Cry Parrot. More info.

• Radar is taking a holiday for the next two weeks but will be back in mid September.