Summer Nights: Our Picks


The Sailor Jerry King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival 2011 is just a few hours away from kick off. There is a hefty number of bands playing over the next two weeks, some we like, some we are not quite so keen on. Here’s a wee cut out and keep* guide to the ones we think are worth seeing. You can see the full line up here.

*Any damage to your computer screen from scissors is entirely your own fault.
Thurs 14th July- The Miss’s. Super sweet harmonies and gorgeous wee songs. They probably won’t thank me for saying it, but their pop sensibilities reminds me of the first Sugababes album, which is no bad thing.

Sun 17th July- Aerials Up + Blochestra + Little Fire + Where We Lay Our Heads + Esperi (In The Bar). Good stuff all round on this one really.

Mon 18th July- The Scottish Enlightenment + Debbie Kate (In The Bar). The Scottish Enlightenment made one of our favourite albums of last year, and are always a band that delivers. Debbie Kate is also in Aerials Up, but returns here on solo duty to make turning up early worthwhile.

Tues 19th July- FOUND + Cancel The Astronauts + Verse Metrics. On paper an unusual line up, since the bands are all pretty different sounding, but all three happen to be very good too. I like diverse line ups anyway. FOUND’s Factorycraft album has been one of my favourites released this year. Cancel the Astronauts were one of the first bands we ever reviewed on Aye Tunes, and have gradually been gathering momentum since. Verse Metrics helped make my birthday brilliant, and launch their new single at this gig.

Wed 20th July- Bronto Skylift + Carnivores + United Fruit. Three of the finest, loudest, most ferocious live rock bands around in Scotland. Bring earplugs. Also, a napkin to wipe up your melted face. Maybe a change of trousers too. This one will be brilliant, and I’ll be very surprised if at least part of a drum kit doesn’t end up in the crowd.

Thurs 21st July- Song of Return + OtherPeople. Song of Return are another band with a cracking album out at the moment. Otherpeople are just plain fun.

Mon 25th July- Meursault + Over The Wall + Miaoux Miaoux. I’m not always completely into Meursault on record, but they are terrific live. They’ve rejigged their line up since the last time I saw them, so I’m looking forward to seeing what effect that has had. Over The Wall are a band always guaranteed to leave me with a massive grin on my face. If you don’t know how much I like Miaoux Miaoux by now you must not have been paying attention, Julian is just bordering on genius at times.

Tues 26th July- The Seventeenth Century + Endor + Randolph’s Leap (In The Bar). The Seventeenth Century are long term favourites round here. Great on record, flipping awesome live. Endor too are an excellent band to see live, swapping with ease between big singalong songs, and more gentle, reflective moments. Randolph’s Leap are always a blast.

Wed 27th July- Bear Bones + Blue Sky Archives. I haven’t seen Bear Bones yet, and have heard only a few songs too. The songs are enough to make me want to sort out that not seen live part. Blue Sky Archives are a band I just plain really enjoy.

A free Summer Nights album is available to download here. Tickets are available here.