25th January, the day that Scots all over the world sit down for their Burns supper to celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. To get you in the mood for Burns Night 2018, we’ve put together a list of all the amazing Scottish acts hitting venues across the UK in the coming months.
Back with new album Always Ascending after five years away, Scottish indie icons Franz Ferdinand are revitalised and brimming with excitement for the new era that’s about to begin. Known for huge festival-friendly hits such as, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Do You Want To’ the band had us singing all the way through the noughties and we’re expecting much of the same throughout the rest of the year.
O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 16 February – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 17 February – SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Leeds: Monday 19 February – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Tuesday 20 February – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Wednesday 21 February – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Brixton: Saturday 24 February – SOLD OUT
It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Scotland’s favourite indie-folk band, Frightened Rabbit released their seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight, but here we are. Much has changed in those 10 years, but Frightened Rabbit still remain one of the most honest and creatively inspiring bands on the planet. With a handful of special shows happening in the spring, which will see them play the record in its entirety, this is going to be a celebration full of joy and so, so many tears.
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 15 March – SOLD OUT O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 16 March – SOLD OUT O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 17 March – SOLD OUT
Glaswegian trio The Fratellis first crashed onto the indie-rock scene in 2006 with their debut album Costello Music, which was packed full of musical treats, such as the anthemic ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and ‘Henrietta’. Fast forward to the present day and the band are gearing up to release their fifth studio album, In Your Own Sweet Time and are ready to party across the UK all over again. Grab your friends and head to one of the following shows, because we can guarantee it’ll be one of the most memorable night’s you’ve ever had.
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 24 March – Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Tuesday 27 March – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 29 March – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 30 March – Buy Tickets
The Scottish songstress has truly come into her own recently, with the release of singles ‘The Moments I’m Missing’ and ‘Somebody Special’ unveiling a smoother, sultry pop sound and a new aesthetic to go with it. Having been honoured with the Evolution Award at the Scottish Music Awards in December, it would seem the change has been welcomed with open arms. Plus, with a new album in the works, it looks like the next few months are going to be life-affirming for the singer, who’s worked tirelessly to remain true to herself and her musical ambitions.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 16 May – Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 23 May – Buy Tickets
You’re going to be hearing a lot about Lewis Capaldi this year, but as soon as you listen to his voice, you’ll understand why. As highlighted in our previous New Music Blog, Lewis has a knack for penning songs with a direct line to your heart strings. His single ‘Bruises’ has amassed over 38,000,000 streams on Spotify and his debut EP Bloom saw him make a name for himself as talented balladeer, seeking acclaim from the BBC Sound Of 2018. Selling out his live shows months in advance, Lewis has become one of the most sought-after artists with only four songs to his name, so you bet he’ll be everywhere by the time the year is out.
O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 17 February – SOLD OUT
Launching into 2018 with brand new album, Hold On To Your Heart, The Xcerts are no longer a little band from Aberdeen and are now fully-fledged rockstars. With this, their fourth album, they’ve infused iconic 80s inspirations with perfectly composed riffs that reek of Springsteen and heartache. Their live shows are always unforgettable, with a charismatic stage presence and a sense of togetherness; you leave that venue feeling like their friends, not just their fans. The Xcerts are a very special band and should be high up on must-see lists for 2018.
The Scholar, Leicester: Sunday 18 February – Buy Tickets
O2 ABC Glasgow – Friday 23 February – Buy Tickets
Throughout January and February, Celtic Connections takes over the city of Glasgow for two weeks of folk and celtic-inspired live shows, with performances from homegrown Scottish talent and acts from all over the globe. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, they’ve pulled together an almighty line-up to mark the occasion, with everyone from Lord Huron and This Is The Kit, to The Lone Bellow and Big Country performing at O2 ABC Glasgow. Read our full guide and book tickets for the remaining shows right here.
Keeping company alongside Lewis Capaldi on the BBC Sound of 2018 is the soulful singer Tom Walker. Born in Glasgow (although now a resident of Manchester) Tom spent much of 2017 establishing himself as a must-see artist and wowing listeners with his outstanding and unique vocal talent. Latest single ‘Leave A Light On’ has racked up an impressive 19 million streams on Spotify and with his upcoming headline UK shows selling out one by one, you best be quick if you want to catch the future megastar in action.
O2 Institute Birmingham: Friday 23 March – Buy Tickets
If you’re on the hunt for some fresh Scottish talent, look no further than Dogtooth. Taking influence from iconic bands such as The Who, Oasis and The Libertines the band are quickly paving their own path to success. Last year saw the release of their debut EP Breakthrough, with supporting shows across the UK and praise from new music supporters everywhere. With a hometown headline show set for May, this’ll be their chance to showcase what’s next for Dogtooth.
O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 26 May – Buy Tickets