Showcasing Scotland at The Great Escape 2018

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018 - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

What’s most impressive about The Great Escape 2018’s Scottish contingent isn’t just the quality – though Bossy Love, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, Happy Meals, LUCIA, Rascalton, The Ninth Wave, The Spook School and The Vegan Leather are all fantastic – but the sheer diversity of sounds and styles on offer.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, agrees: “We’ve got incredible musical talent in Scotland, and it would be unfair to keep it just to ourselves. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with The Great Escape and present two Scottish Showcases in Brighton, giving the best of our emerging acts a springboard to launch into the UK, Europe and beyond. There’s an impressive range of styles and genres on offer amongst these nine acts, all of whom are ready to move up to the next level in the industry.”

One of the key international music industry events, taking place in Brighton 17 -19 May 2018, The Great Escape will present indiepop, rock, R&B, hip hop, electronica, and experimental psychedelia – all from just nine incredible Scottish acts on the rise.

Creative Scotland and Born to be Wide will host an international networking reception on Thursday 17 May at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, at which Scottish music industry delegates and musician will make direct contact with key international music industry figures.

“Wide Days and our Born To Be Wide music-business seminar evenings, have a long track record of bringing the international industry to Scotland,” says Born to be Wide co-director Olaf Furniss. “Our partnership with Creative Scotland provided a fantastic opportunity to build on this work at one of Europe’s biggest events. There was a genuine interest in and excitement about the Scottish music scene at last year's reception that attracted over 300 delegates from more than 20 countries.”

    Showcasing Scotland concerts, hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, will take place on Thursday 17 May (Horatio's Bar) and Friday 18th May (One Church).

    Thursday 17 May (Doors open 12:00)

    Horatio's Bar, Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW

    • 12:15: The Spook School
    • 13:00: Rascalton
    • 13:45: The Vegan Leather
    • 14:30: LUCIA
    • 15:30: The Ninth Wave

    Friday 18 May (Doors open 12:00)

    One Church, Gloucester Pl, Brighton, BN1 4AA

    • 12:30: Declan Welsh and the Decadent West
    • 13:30: Happy Meals
    • 14:30: Bossy Love
    • 15:30: Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5

    Showcasing Scotland sets will be additional to the artists’ official Great Escape shows and will offer those attending further opportunities to see Scottish artists at The Great Escape 2018.

    The festival will also see performances from other Scottish emerging talent, including West Lothian singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, Dunfermline indie pop quintet Dancing on Tables, raucous Clackmannanshire gang VIDA, melodic Edinburgh indie rockers Vistas and Glaswegian pop duo Love Sick.

    Ahead of the festival, on Wednesday 16th May, rising stars of the Scottish alternative scene WuhOH, Pronto Mama and Man of Moon will also play at Hope and Ruin - 1-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA.


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    About the Artists

    Showcasing Scotland artists performing on Thursday 17th May (Horatio's Bar) and Friday 18th May (One Church) include:

    Bossy Love

    There aren’t too many mechanical scientists on the bill at The Great Escape 2018, but then we highly doubt there’s anyone like Glasgow duo Bossy Love anywhere in the UK right now.

    Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5

    Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 will be spreading the 'Peace, Love & Mustard' at The Great Escape 2018 and connecting with the audiences in their own unique way.

    Declan Welsh and The Decadent West

    Described by some as a modern amalgamation of Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg, Declan Welsh certainly isn’t timid in challenging the political status quo himself.

    Happy Meals

    The duo describe themselves as “GLASGOW LOVE PARTY UTOPIA CRYSTAL SALUTATION CULT”, which seems pretty self-explanatory. If you’re still in the dark, though, your best bet is to catch them live, where the juxtaposition of mostly French vocals and woozy electronica really come to life.


    LUCIA may well have been spotted busking on the streets of Glasgow back when she was finding her feet as a young singer-songwriter, but she’s fully electric now.


    Anyone who ever believed that Carl Barat, Pete Doherty or even Miles Kane might be the saviour of British guitar music, look no further, as the Glasgow lads combine the raw energy of youth with the kind of guitar riffs that once adorned the NME’s pages each week.

    The Spook School

    Could It Be Different? received critical acclaim, and it’s easy to see why: at a watershed moment in the history of queer, trans and gender non-binary discourse, the Edinburgh quartet are not only presenting serious issues, but doing so in a way that sounds utterly joyous.

    The Ninth Wave

    If we’re talking big moods, how about jet black? The Ninth Wave’s name may excite fans of Kate Bush or mid-19th century Russian art, but the songs are gathering a reputation all their own.

    The Vegan Leather

    Representing Paisley, The Vegan Leather are approximately 8% leather, 0% vegan, and at least 92% rapturous electronic pleasure. Sharing a nerds-on-the-dancefloor aesthetic – musically, of course – with the likes of Hot Chip and Metronomy, the band have been throwing shapes since 2014.

    Other Scottish artists officially showcasing

    Dancing on Tables

    Dancing on Tables are a five-piece indie-pop band from Dunfermline, a small town right outside of Edinburgh. Formed whilst still at `school, the band have spent their teenage years earning plaudits for their ‘dreamy melodies wrapped up in luring harmonies’, with their recent ‘Don’t Stop’ EP receiving national UK radio air play. Their engaging performances and dynamic personalities have been seen at several UK festivals in the last few years. Their music could be described as the perfect marriage of skilful Lennon and McCartney inspired songwriting, combined with the energy from the Libertines.




    Lewis Capaldi

    When Lewis Capaldi first picked up a guitar at the age of nine, few could have anticipated the beautiful things he’d do with it next. The young man from Bathgate began his career singing in pubs at the age of 12, and by the time his 2017 single ‘Bruises’ had hit Spotify, it became the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform.

    In fact, support slots accommodating the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Smith and Kodaline were just the tip of an iceberg. After 40 million global streams for his debut EP Bloom, produced by long-time Frank Ocean collaborator and Grammy winner Malay, the world is Capaldi’s oyster.




    Love Sick

    If you’ve ever been to a Christmas work party, you’ll know how things can get out of hand: shots, karaoke, private parts on photocopiers. For Scottish duo Love Sick, it was slightly less horrifying in the morning: they discovered a mutual passion for music. Not long after they formed a band. ‘Bullet’ had already attracted the attention of BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway, but 2018’s ‘What I’d Do’ blew doors clean off their hinges.

    After Elton John featured them on his radio show, you’d have thought the duo had peaked in critical mass, but we sense it’s just the beginning. Clash and The Line of Best Fit have already fallen head over heels for their lush electro-pop, and there’s a good chance you’ll be next.





    Do you believe in rock ‘n’ roll? Then you might believe in VIDA, a band who have already garnered support from XFM, Soccer AM, This Feeling, and Fred Perry, and anyone who’s ever wished that an Oasis and Verve supergroup had coalesced in the 90s.

    Having formed in 2013, the band honed their craft to deliver a stunning debut single in the form of ‘Fade Away’ in May 2016, finally delivering on the promise the Scottish four-piece had hinted at for years. A debut EP, 'Masquerade', arrived in late 2016, and now the lads are ready to take on the rest of the world – one show at a time.





    If you’re looking for the singalong anthem of the festival season, look no further: Vistas have got them in spades. If you aren’t singing the ‘always, always’ part from 2017 single ‘Hold Me’, then you’re missing out on one of the most joyous anthems of the summer.

    The Edinburgh band already have one scintillating EP under their belt in the form of ‘Medicine’, and a slew of well-received live dates across Manchester, Glasgow, and Dorset’s Bestival. As if that’s not enough, they’ve already got fans ranging from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens to the cover of Spotify's Hot New Bands playlist. Get down the front or miss out.




    Notes to Editors

    Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. It distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit You can find Creative Scotland on Twitter @creativescots and Facebook

    Born To Be Wide stages music business seminars, the award-winning Wide Days convention/showcase and the Off The Record youth events. The company also organises bespoke talks and workshops for other conferences, festivals and organisations. You can find them at Follow Born to be Wide on Twitter @Borntobewild and on Facebook

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