Dubbed ‘Tropical-pop’ thanks to fun, upbeat songs, African rhythms and varied indie influences, Leith’s Indigo Velvet brought 2017 to a triumphant close with a BBC Introducing live session, their biggest hometown show, a feature on ITV’s This Morning and over half a million plays via Spotify – 2018 is set to be a landmark year.
Ayakara are a band of 5 school friends from Leith who have been performing their ‘Adrenaline Groove for the Soul’ for 4 years. With influences like Jack White and The Rolling Stones they have captured and distilled their experiences of youth into an uplifting 21st century rock and roll.
Ayakara have created a passionate fanbase and have demonstrated emphatically their creativity and unique worldview with their 2017 singles, Dressed From ’67, Dark Glamour, Who Are You? and Caroline’s Summer Nights. Their fresh take on rock and roll has won over crowd’s at festivals across the UK and they’ve won acclaim from This Feeling and BBC Introducing as well as The Scotsman On Sunday and The Scottish Sun new music columns and also coverage and song premieres from The Skinny. Their single ‘Dressed From ’67’ was played on Vic Galloway’s BBC Radio Scotland show.
Three of the country’s most intriguing, exciting artists come together as Out Lines to release Conflats, a gorgeous set of songs inspired by stories of hardship and sorrow, redemption and hope.
Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, Edinburgh’s Broken Records return in 2018 with the release of their fourth studio album entitled ‘What We Might Know’, released 30th March.
A Hawk and A Hacksaw return with new record ‘Forest Bathing’ this year, inspired by the Japanese medical term Shinrin-Yoku (translating as ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ and the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko Yamana first heard late ‘70’s punk-pop, particularly The Ramones.