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Kilmarnock's Dirty Weekender: Jake Bugg, The Lafontaines, The Coral, Twisted Wheel, Tom Clarke (The Enemy), Sex Pistols Experience, Henge, Foxtrap, LUCIA, The Winachi Tribe & more
Scotland’s leading indie alternative festival returns for 2018 with the most exciting and loud four-day programme. Organised by MFM Events, The Dirty Weekender promises to curate a line-up to remember with double the number of acts on the bill from previous years - up to 100 named acts, from emerging local talent to A-List artists.
Jake Bugg's incredible ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at number one (aged 18, making him the youngest British male artist ever to achieve this), going on to sell double platinum and get shortlisted for the UK Mercury Music Prize.
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With an original mixture of ska, pop, punk and blues, all tied up with insanely catchy melodies. The band have consolidated their critical and commercial acclaim with numerous Top 10 albums and a slew of hit singles to boot.
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Indie band from Manchester with a heap of influences, from the Mod sounds of The Who and Small Faces to the Madchester glory of Stone Roses and Oasis. They've gone through some line-up changes over the years and split up in 2014, but return in 2018. Jonny Brown remains centre stage on vocals and guitar, joined by Harry Lavin, James Highton and Richard Allsopp.
Twisted Wheel have supported the likes Kasabian, The View, The Enemy, Paul Weller and were the main support acts of Oasis in the homecoming tour of 2009.
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Tom Clarke is an English multi-instrumentalist best known as the lead vocalist of the British indie rock band The Enemy, now performing solo.
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The Sex Pistols Experience are the World's leading Pistols tribute troupe with a Worldwide reputation built-up from over 2000+ live shows of extensive tours of the U.K, U.S.A, Europe, and South America. The band have played all the top venues & festivals, & appeared in film & T.V as the Sex Pistols/Sid & Nancy. They gained approval from the 'real' Sex Pistols band themselves with appearances on Jonesy's Jukebox in L.A, & performing Pistols aftershow parties. Check the website for more info, and do not miss the show!
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Offensive basslines, power-psych synth riffs and ten ton drum beats are what we've come to expect from London based Henge. Guaranteed to provide a cosmic, uplifting experience, Henge have built a reputation for wild live shows.
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Inspired by the likes of Blondie, Patti Smith and Best Coast, Lucia Fontaine aka LUCIA, is Glasgow’s hottest export, whose husky vocals filtered through a haze of lo-fi garage noise.
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Electro-funk sonic soul collective from Warrington / Leeds.
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Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire's post-Stone Roses band 'The Seahorses' released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics 'Love Is The Law' and 'Blinded By The Sun' - songs that evoked everything the 90's stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance. Present day societal context may well in fact mirror those times but the man himself, now, appears cut from an entirely different cloth.
Helmes has an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it's his latest offering The Rookery's knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme's keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
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Bass playing vocalist with Britpop hitmakers Dodgy, Nigel is also a singer songwriter in his own right, with a more mature, introspective side emerging.
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Brownbear is a musical collective led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman.
The group released their debut single 'Dead or Alive' in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow.
Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
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100 Fables is the brainchild of Lyndsey Liora, born from her love of the new wave movement and her passion for the early US punk scene that spawned from CBGBs as well as the post punk 80s electro sound.
100 Fables effortlessly combines all of these influences into a powerful high-octane mix that follows in the steps of the acts that have inspired Liora, such as Blondie, Chvrches, The Cars, Le Tigre and The Killers, but firmly sounds like nothing else but 100 Fables.
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Formed early in 2013, Losing Ground started as a duo from Ayrshire that plays folk revival music with a punk ethos. A unique blend of styles gives their music a Punk-folk feel and with their passion and charm the band have already been backed for big things by those involved in the local music scene.
Moving from doing two man acoustic sets, the five piece band from Kilmarnock now wow crowds with their electric sets.
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Billy began playing guitar in the '60s when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour. After a misspent youth in various bands including Jack the Lad, he formed Maxie & Mitch with Pete McIntyre and spent the last 20 years playing music in a funny way to anyone after a laugh. In 1996 Billy joined Newcastle's favourite sons; the critically acclaimed Lindisfarne. He only plays a handful of solo concerts every year, so catch him while you can.
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Influenced by bands such as Oceansize, Mogwai, Karnivool, and Hammock, this Glasgow based five piece band produce an exciting blend of rock sounds. Halo Tora offer something fresh and interesting with soaring dual lead vocals and three part harmonies cascading over flowing guitars and chilling piano, which push the boundaries of their already colourful soundscape.
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Glasgow based, heavy alternative rock band with progressive influences who formed in July 2013.
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The Van T’s are a West of Scotland four piece comprised of Chloe Van Thompson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Van Thompson (vocals guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums).
Formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe, The Van T’s have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radio including Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde. This acclaim has spread outwith the UK with radio plays in France and the US.
Despite their newcomer status, their songs are as revitalised a debut as you could hope for. Rapturous surf-pop with rock swagger balanced by sugar-pop harmonies have won over numerous fans already. With influences ranging from First Aid Kit to Wolf Alice, this quartet are the new smell of teen spirit.
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Alt Rock and Emo band from Ayrshire. If The Cranberries were the starter and Alexisonfire were the dessert, Twin Heart would be the main course.
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Glaasgow Pop-Punk band who were chosen as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018. They have been developing their sound and entertaining audiences with their energetic live show in notable venues throughout Glasgow.
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Hot new Scottish duo, Apache Darling, herald their own form of synth pop, taking influences from David Bowie, Prince and St Vincent amongst others.
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