tbreakfribands800k-10ASK any credible band and they will tell you that the art of live performance runs parallel with the art of songwriting when it comes to defining an artist’s success. Aside from stating the obvious it is the way in which artists connect with their audience and generate excitement amongst fans and critics alike. For two decades Tennent’s Lager’s T Break Stage has offered a platform for many of the nation’s best relatively unknown and unsigned musical talent to expose themselves and make a lasting imprint on the minds of the festival’s thousands of music lovers, using live performance as a method of transport from respective obscurity to, in the case of Biffy Clyro, festival headliners.

The stage has seen artists from a multitude of genres represent themselves on the coveted stage, ranging from The Merrylees to Biffy Clyro, the LaFontaines to Honeyblood; and every year Tennent’s Lager prepares itself for hundreds of requests from aspiring bands that are keen to make an impression.

It is up to the chosen panel of judges to file them down to just 16 for the weekend. This panel consists of several music industry connoisseurs, with the heirarchy including alt names such as Scottish hip-hop artist and T Break alumni Louie AKA Hector Bizerk and Twin Atlantic manager Aimmi Dunsmuir.

Louie was “humbled” by the invitation to judge and did not linger long before accepting: “I think Scotland is home to some of the most innovative and exciting music in the world and I am excited to listen to all the entries.” The rapper then added that he was excited by the prospect of judging, especially considering he is already familiar with the “buzz” that young bands experience when playing the stage.

Many of T’s attendees have come to consider T Break as the outstanding feature of their weekend due to the intimate energy of the live performances in comparison to other stages and for Biffy Clyro, a band who are use to rocking the mainstage, the experience is still fresh in the memory; despite it being over a decade ago since the band made their appearance.

“Even now looking back it was one of the biggest moments of our lives, looking back,” frontman Simon Neil put across nostalgically in an interview for T Break, adding that it was a “phenomenal” feeling and “the first time they really felt like a real band.” With a large number of major music festival lines-ups seeming more and more like clubs of exclusivity it offers many new artists an opportunity to play live at a festival the magnitude of T in the Park.

Marco Panogopoulos of United Fruit was grateful for the experience despite being self-admittedly quite “wide-eyed” and naive at the time: “Our T Break experience was awesome, we had never played a festival before or anything like that so it was the first experience we’d had.”

Music fans up and down the country will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of the 16 acts destined to play T Break but until then if you are an aspiring artist and desire to play at one of the world’s largest music festivals then there is still more than enough time to send your tracks to the T Break website, with information on how to enter in the link here. Watch the video celebrating 20 years of T Break below: