TENEMENT TRAIL 2018 may seem like a long time away but preparations are already well underway to make this year’s edition the biggest and best one to date. With line-up news coming in thick and fast from festivals all over the world, Scotland’s festival for music discovery will be making its own announcements very soon as anticipation begins to heat up for this year’s event.
Of course, it has a tough act to follow. A day that many will look back on with misty eyes, Tenement Trail 2017 will undoubtedly go down as a milestone year for the festival. Boasting one of its most eclectic and star-studded line-ups to date, the 2017 edition will go down in history as the festival’s first sell-out with all tickets disappearing within hours of doors opening.
Spanning across ten of Glasgow’s best-loved venues, Sauchiehall Street was awash with music lovers dashing from gig to gig in the hope of discovering their new favourite band or artist. Shining a light on some of the nation’s best emerging talent while also attracting some of the most hotly-tipped prospects from further afield, the Glasgow streets were brought to life by Trail’s famous atmosphere and collective spirit with every venue packed to the rafters throughout the day.
So with preparations now in full swing for this year’s event, we take a look back at the best moments of Tenement Trail 2017 and everything that makes the festival so special. A day that will be remembered for years to come, here’s what went down.
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As the winners of the inaugural T Break Tenement Trail competition, Edinburgh-based three-piece Cheap Teeth opened the festival with a rousing set in front of a packed out Broadcast early in the afternoon. Displaying heaps of potential and passion for their craft, we predict even bigger things from the band throughout 2018.
As soon as doors started to open early in the afternoon, Sauchiehall Street was buzzing with hundreds of festival-goers dashing from venue to venue on a quest to discover their new favourite band.
This beer-sodden set-list belonged to one quarter of Savage Mansion who played a well-attended afternoon slot in Broadcast on Sauchiehall St. The basement venue was one of the many small and intimate rooms which found itself brimming with music fans all day. It didn’t take long for the party to get started.
An artist who has left us thoroughly enraptured since she first burst onto the scene, LUCIA’s set at Tenement Trail was another big milestone for the singer which confirmed her massive star potential. Attracting an impressive crowd at the O2 ABC2, it was an alluring and captivating performance from the frontwoman and her versatile band which cemented her reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting up and coming artists. It won’t be long before she is hitting stages much bigger than this.
Every year, Tenement Trail is renowned for its passionate crowds and buzzing atmosphere and it’s always pleasing to see young local bands get the recognition they deserve. Fast-rising Paisley outfit SWAY delivered a blistering set when they played to a packed out Nice N Sleazy, pulling out all the stops by launching massive inflatables and finally themselves over the rapturous crowd.
One of the most hotly tipped bands to grace Tenement Trail 2017, Anteros ensured that they left a lasting impression on the Scottish crowds with a splendorous performance that featured material from their standout Drunk EP. A band who are undoubtedly on the up, it was an excellent chance to catch them in intimate surroundings before they hit the big time.
The site of so many riotous gigs over the years in Glasgow, The Priory staged a thrilling line-up curated by local label Public Records. Hull punk rockers LIFE were one of the many bands to incite utter chaos in the sweaty basement venue that day.
Fresh off the back of their Mercury Prize nomination for their critically acclaimed debut album Love In The 4th Dimension, The Big Moon were undoubtedly one of the main attractions at Tenement Trail 2017; and they didn’t disappoint. Drawing in a near capacity crowd at The Garage, the four-piece crashed and careened their way through a marvellous set which featured a fun cover of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.
A secret that was kept under wraps until the very last moment, popular Scottish alt-rock heroes Fatherson joined the line-up to open King Tut’s with a very exclusive performance that went down a storm with their dedicated fanbase. Appearing under the fake moniker ‘Motherdaughter’, they gave the crowd a tantalising preview of their upcoming third LP.
There was no better band to headline The Garage than Glasgow’s own Baby Strange. Stepping in at the last minute after a late cancellation, chaos rightfully ensued as the trio delivered yet another frenzied display of blistering punk rock. Absolute scenes.
Spearheaded by Glasgow-born lead vocalist Phil Campbell, world-renowned blues-rockers The Temperance Movement ensured that Tenement Trail 2017 will be remembered for years to come thanks to a thrilling headline performance that left the O2 ABC in awe. A band who have always had a special connection with the Glasgow crowds, it was a particularly special moment to see the revered outfit take centre stage in front of a rapturous audience. Undoubtedly one of the biggest moments in Tenement Trail history.
Blackpool’s Strange Bones were one of the day’s biggest talking points, nearly tearing the roof off the Priory with an incendiary performance that saw frontman Bobby Bentham get up close and personal with the frenzied crowd.
After opening the festival just a year earlier, Glasgow punk aficionados Rascalton returned to play the festival’s legendary midnight slot at Flat 0/1 with absolutely exhilarating results. With the venue at full capacity, queues formed outside the venue as fans tried in vain to get a glimpse of the hotly tipped outfit in action.
Inside however, those who were lucky enough to get in witnessed a momentous end to the festival. Chaos ensued and the temperature reached boiling point as bodies surfed over the crowd, pints were thrown in the air and Rascalton fired through one ferocious punk anthem after the next.
The ultimate way to end the your Trail experience, sometimes only pictures can do it justice.
Undoubtedly the most successful edition to date, there’s no better way to sum up Tenement Trail 2017 than this epic crowd shot. A celebration of the best new music our country has to offer, it’s all about discovery; stumbling upon the next big thing; partying hard into the early hours and sharing good times with the people who make our music scene one of the best in the world.
And as the sun went down on Tenement Trail 2017, preparations were already getting underway for this year’s event. Set to be even bigger and better, you don’t want to miss out. With line-up announcements due to arrive in the near future, you can secure your place at the festival now by getting your early bird tickets here.