Indian Summer Returns?


Back in September of 2006 and July of 2007 Victoria Park in Glasgow was the host of the Indian Summer music festival.
Attracting names like The Fall, Hot Chip and Yeah Yeah Yeahs the first year was, and still is, highly regarded by those in attendance, and was succesful enough to return for a second year. 2007 saw the festival repositioned to July in the calender, Scottish Septembers aren’t ideal for an outdoor event after all, and had The Flaming Lips, Wilco and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on the bill. Anecdotal tales say that the second year didn’t do so well in terms of ticket sales, possibly due to the first Connect Festival taking place that year, on the first weekend of September that Indian Summer had previously been on.

And that was that. The festival didn’t return in 2008, or 2009.
Will it be back in 2010?
Short answer – no idea.
Slightly longer answer based on guesswork, and what passes for investigative journalism from me – it might be.
Two bands currently have Indian Summer Festival – Glasgow, September 4th listed on their upcoming gigs section of MySpace. Swedish band Dag for Dag have it down as their only upcoming UK date, while Zola Jesus are listed as playing Indian Summer before a trip to Edinburgh the next day, then returning to Glasgow on the 6th. Neither band have a link to buy tickets.
The Forte Music Distribution Facebook page lists upcoming tour dates for The Fresh & Onlys, including Indian Summer on September 4th.
Two hours of searching every phrase I can think of hasn’t thrown up any more bands with it listed as an upcoming gig.
Update: The Pop Cop pointed me here, which lists The Ruby Suns as playing too. No mention of it on their MySpace though.
The Indian Summer MySpace hasn’t been updated since 2007. In fact, it advises signing up to the mailing list on to be the first to learn about Indian Summer 2008. The domain name is still valid and registered, it just doesn’t go anywhere.
Tickets Scotland and TicketWeb both draw a blank on tickets, and Gigs in Scotland is no help either.
Since it is now August and there’s no sign of any promotion for an event a month away, and there seems to only be three bands that think they are playing, I’ll put it down to a wire being crossed somewhere rather than the return of the festival. Of course I could wake up to a full page advert in the Sunday Mail in the morning…
If however anyone knows anything different, give me a shout eh?


  1. fraser smith says:

    Nice bit of digging there. I so hope it’s true but it does seem kind of unlikely. Don’t suppose you tried writing to any of the three bands that think they’re playing it to see what they know?

  2. Jim says:

    I did fire off a few emails last night to a few different folk that might be able to shed more light on the subject, and tried the bands too. No replies so far though.

  3. The Pop Cop says:

    The Ruby Suns are playing “Indian Summer” in Glasgow on Sep 4 too:–the-ruby-suns-cinco
    The plot thickens…

  4. Jim says:

    Cheers Mr. Pop Cop, I was told that earlier, but couldn’t find a mention of it anywhere. They are around the UK at the time. Curiouser and curiouser.

  5. Anonymous says:

    horse’s mouth, sadly, says “naw.”
    I suppose they were trying to see what bands were available and then announce it if they had the names they wanted. Looks like a few of the wee bands got a bit trigger-happy.