Rivergate Battle of the Bands

Always wanted to play the main stage?

Wanna be a headline act?

Now’s your time to shine…

We’re rocking out this summer with our very own Battle of the Bands competition, giving you and your band the chance to win lots of amazing prizes.

Don’t miss your chance to enter visit: The Rivergate Shopping Centre

Enter by the 15th of June


Rolled Up 20s

"MAXIMUM ROCK & ROLL!!" - JOHN ROBB (GOLDBLADE)

This is an introduction to the exhilarating and anthemic sound of ROLLED UP 20S. Here is a band on the edge of great things.

Their classic alchemy of blistering vocals, epic guitar riffs and pounding drums never fails, channelling authentic soul and feeling as well as sheer grit and force in a full bodied rock & roll experience. 

Read more: Rolled Up 20s

Interview with Suspire

 

written by Keira Murray. 

Clyde 1’s Jim Gellatly interviews the band after their performance at the Ignition Finale at the Old Fruitmarket.

Considering the reason behind tonight, are you a band that likes to give something back?

Paul: Yes absolutely, when we are performing we like to put on an environment that people will enjoy and then speak to their friends about. Also, it is about encouraging young people when they’re starting off in this industry not to play for pay, it is about going out there are seeing what it’s like first.

Is Glasgow spoilt with venues?

Brian: Definitely, people in Glasgow normally turn up to one of these venues to see one of their friends' bands and then leave when they’re finished but in other places people turn up to watch new music and listen out for every word and every movement you’re doing on stage.

Paul: Glasgow is spoilt in the way that you can go out on a Saturday night and come across music on any street like Bath Street or Sauchiehall Street and even places like here (Old Fruitmarket). There’s no way that you’re going to miss out in Glasgow musically.

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[The interview turns to the ways in which Suspire try to get young people involved with their work.]

Brian: We have our own studio, do our own recordings, blue prints... so we basically try and do a lot of it ourselves. We’re recording a video soon so we’re trying to get people involved by coming into these shoots and helping behind the scenes.

Paul: I think a lot of people are chasing the fame when they enter an industry like this and the ‘art’ of music has kind of been lost to this ‘fame game’. We are trying to make a living through music but for us, it’s about giving back to the community which has helped us progress in the way that we have.

Interview with The River 68's

 

written by Keira Murray. 

Before headlining The Ignition Finale at the Old Fruitmarket, The River 68’s took some time out to speak to Clyde 1’s Jim Gellatly.

Were you aware of any initiatives for young bands or artists trying to break into the music industry?

Christian: I was not aware of these types of events that showcase young talent like this but the best way I feel is to go out and play as many gigs as possible to get yourself noticed. Social networking is not a true reflection on how popular a band really is, it is about who turns up to watch your performance.

Where did the name The River 68’s come from?

Christian: Well we originally wanted to be called Paris 68’s after the socialist political movement in Paris in 1968 but then we found out that it had already been taken by a New York boutique. We wanted to be unique so we decided on The River 68’s instead.

Were you a band before The River 68’s formed?

Christian: Craig, Gerry and I were in a band before. We all saw Alan one night when he was playing with John Fratelli and decided that he was brilliant and wanted him to join the band. Russell actually played for a few bands including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and one night we were all at a pub socialising and met Russell that way.

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[When discussing the previous places they have played, the differences between different parts of Scotland was discussed.]

Christian: People are hell-bent on normality. One moment the whole of Glasgow can be behind you, pushing you up then the next second they can turn their back on you. It is strange because Glasgow is filled with numerous places to go and watch a gig whereas places like Aberdeen only have one venue and everyone is there to listen to every word you're singing.

The concluding question, have you got any tips for young acts coming into the industry?

Christian: Get a good recording, get enough money and get in touch with guys like Jim that can help you.

Russell: Listen to people because when you’re young you think you know everything but you don't. There are always more experienced people out there to take advice from.

Gerry: It helps to be in a band with people you like so there is no friction or tension when you perform.

Craig: Take musical influence from everything and everyone. It doesn’t matter if they’re on the streets, in a pub or from a producer. Also, listening to other genres is always a good idea.

Alan: Get out and play as much as you can. If I didn’t get out and play gigs I wouldn’t have met these guys and we wouldn’t be here today. Get as much experience as you can.

 

Interview with Proud Honey

 

written by Keira Murray

Clyde 1’s Jim Gellatly catches up with Proud Honey after their performance at the Ignition Finale at the Old Fruitmarket.

How did you get involved with YRock?

Euan: We played at Summer Nights Festival at King Tuts and at that we got approached to play here tonight.

Is it early days for the band?

Euan: We’ve been together just over a year now. We rehearse 4-5 nights a week and any free time we do have is focused on the band and we’ve got our own studio now so that’s where we mostly are.

Mark: It all started off a bit like DIY to get our demo out there and the focus was on getting more established. We were recording demos to pass to a promoter and not for radio distribution as we wanted to be well established.

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Where do you see yourselves in a few months' time?

Euan: With a fully fledged EP and to get that out to as many people as we possibly can.

Oski: We recently got a manager so just now we’re looking at music video ideas.

Where else would you like to play?

Euan: We didn’t actually know that the Old Fruitmarket did gigs so I was delighted that we have actually played here. The obvious places we would like to play though are Barrowlands, SECC and the Hydro when it opens. The only way is up as they say!