BIGGER, BOLDER, LOUDER. Tenement Trail is making its eagerly anticipated return this September and its coming back with its most exciting lineup to date. The first wave of acts for Glasgow’s biggest festival for music discovery were officially unveiled a couple of weeks ago and we were hugely excited to unveil indie heroes The Cribs as this year’s headliners among an impressive array of touring acts and local favourites. And following a sell-out event in 2017, tickets have been flying out for Tenement Trail 2018 as anticipation continues to mount ahead of the big day.
A brilliant chance for music fans to discover their new favourite band, this year’s eclectic lineup features some of the UK’s fastest rising outfits alongside a host of exciting new talent. With the countdown officially on, we’ve curated a list of touring acts who you should get familiar with ahead of 29th September.
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Undoubtedly the star attraction of this year’s Tenement Trail, we are hugely excited to bring The Cribs back to Glasgow this September. The Wakefield trio, who have formed a close relationship with the city over the years, have curated one of the most popular back catalogues in indie in their sixteen years together with seven critically acclaimed albums to pull from. Known to incite utter chaos from their rabid fanbase at their renowned live shows, their headline slot is set to go down as a special moment in Tenement Trail history.
Brighton four-piece YONAKA have been blazing a trail since they first emerged three years ago. Fronted by the inimitable Theresa Jarvis, the band have become renowned for their ferocious live shows; blending juggernaut riffs, slick hip-hop beats and the head-banging pop sensibilities of No Doubt to create a volcanic listening experience. Undoubtedly one of the most in-demand outfits in the UK this festival season, their debut EP ‘Heavy’ is a good starting point before they descend on Tenement Trail.
Fearless, relentless and utterly vital; it’s no surprise that The Blinders have cultivated a dedicated following all over the UK. Their visceral live shows are a must-see while their raw, politically-inspired ‘punkadelic’ sound is known to incite utter mayhem. A band who have caught the eye of many tastemakers and publications, Trail will be a brilliant chance to catch one of the UK’s fastest rising bands.
Bursting out of Leeds with a relentlessly infectious energy and joyful approach to their craft, Marsicans have established themselves as an emerging force in British music thanks to their tireless work rate and an intense gigging schedule. Known for their hook-laden harmonies and upbeat indie tunes, they’re sure to receive a rapturous reception when they return to Glasgow.
The Howl & The Hum
Citing influences such as Radiohead, The Cure and Talking Heads, York outfit The Howl & the Hum are starting to generate some serious interest around the UK. Following a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2017, the band have brought out a series of dark and hypnotic singles while also gaining airplay on BBC 6 Music. Finding the right balance between accessible, emotional and unerringly cool, their expansive songwriting continues to go from strength to strength
Irish trio Whenyoung craft the kind of sweet and infectious indie-pop that gets stuck in your head from the very listen. Having already toured with the likes of Declan McKenna and Dream Wife, the ambitious outfit combine their hook-filled jams with lyrical depth and social consciousness. All set to be one of 2018’s most exciting breakthrough bands, their recent single ‘Pretty Pure’ features one of the catchiest choruses of the year.
Notching up a series of impressive support slots with the likes of Sunset Sons, The Hunna and Nothing But Thieves, Peterborough-based outfit Airways have seen their UK fanbase grow exponentially in recent years. Another member of BBC Introducing alumni, the band draw influence from noughties indie bands such as Arctic Monkeys with their surging riffs, big beats and anthemic songwriting.
After bursting onto the scene with the dazzling and eclectic sounds of debut single ‘Pockets’ last year, Midlands five-piece Easy Life have formed an intriguing sound that draws from elements of jazz, indie, slacker rock and hip-hop. Effortlessly cool and brilliantly captivating, the band’s ‘Creature Habits’ mixtape is a perfect example of their unquestionable and unique talents.
With a sound that is very much rooted in the nineties, Honey Lung have been grabbing attention with their reverb-soaked shoegaze tunes. Pushed by the likes of BBC Introducing, the four-piece revel in loud, scuzzy guitars and encapsulating melodies. Following a few months hidden away in the studio, the band are said to have refined their sound by exploring a more introspective side to their music.
Georgia-based indie rocker Liza Anne will stop off at Tenement Trail in the midst of her European tour later this year. Known for her emotionally cathartic songwriting , the singer explored mental health, relationships and heartbreak on her third album Fine but Dying which came out earlier this year.
Described as a band who have been “a lifetime in the making”, Oxford quintet Low Island emerged via a route of longtime friendships, failed indie bands and successful DJ residences. Combining their passion for groove-laden dance music and the intimate songwriting of their indie background, the band have stumbled across a uniquely captivating sound that draws influence from Thom Yorke, James Murphy and fellow Oxford heroes Foals; crafting tunes that morph from exhilarating electronica to minimalist soundscapes, from claustrophobic rock to expansive grooves.
Having already supported the likes of The Sherlocks and Space, Sheffield indie-rockers Oddity Road are set to embark on a massive UK tour later this year which will feature an appearance at Tenement Trail. Fuelled by an unquestionable drive and ambition, the band are starting to gather a dedicated following around the UK thanks to their anthemic brand of guitar-driven indie.
Brimming with potential and a charming carefree vibe, Rose Dive are set to capture Glasgow hearts with their dreamy indie pop. Led by the ethereal vocals of Freya McKee, the band have crafted a rich, powerful wall of sound full of swooning melodies, touching lyrics and infectious guitars.