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TayEvents pulls in show-stopping lineup for its debut night

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Bar Forty Four will be filled with Perth music fans as TayEvents takes over for its debut gig night this Thursday 16th August.

The Sandemans will be joined by The Niblicks, Brainglue and Dundee band The Medinas for TayEvents’ first gig night – an evening that is going to go down a storm with local music fans.

Five-piece indie rock band The Sandemans will be headlining. I don’t think these guys have stopped over the past few months, with recent gigs consisting of their first Glasgow headliner at O2 Academy 2 and playing with Stop The Clocks as a warm up to BBC Biggest Weekend. I’ve been to several The Sandemans gigs and these guys never disappoint.

The headliners are complemented by three more incredible acts. Auchterarder’s The Niblicks (aptly named after a pub) were formed many moons ago and have been on a hiatus for a few years. I have seen The Niblicks twice before, a very long time ago, so I am really excited to see what these guys have to offer now and what a comeback gig! 

Brainglue, sure you’ve heard of them before right? Formed in 2017 Brainglue are nothing but Garage-Punk extraordinaires. Having bagged themselves gigs all over the UK and in Europe and releasing debut single ‘Psychotherapy’ these guys have been very busy. Brainglue will, without a doubt, put on a crackin’ show.

Indie-Rock The Medinas will be opening the night and being the only band I’ve not seen live yet are the ones I am looking most forward to. The Medinas are from Dundee and just played at Belladrum Festival a few weeks ago. It’s going to be exciting to watch these guys show us just what Dundee has to offer.

I briefly caught up with organiser Lewis Jackson in anticipation for Thursday’s event,

I’ve always been a big fan of the Perth and Scottish music scene, I want to put on live events in Perth and promote the talent we have here as well as bring in some of the best acts from Scotland and further afield. What a great time to start with Perth’s music scene being better than ever!

I wanted The Sandemans to headline because they have made a name for themselves in such a short space of time, they’re no strangers to headlining shows and putting on great live performances, getting the crowd going every time! Then we have co-headliner The Niblicks, I used to love watching these guys play in Perth a few years back, now they’re back from a break and have not played Perth in a while. Then we have Brainglue another Perth band making a name for themselves in the Scottish music scene playing venues all over Europe and supporting big acts such as The View. Opening the night we have The Medinas, I’ve seen them live in Dundee and was blown away by how good they were and can’t wait to see them play live here in Perth!”

This event is going to be one you cannot miss (sure I say this about them all – there’s just so many!). However the organisers of TayEvents have brought together a brilliant lineup of music, ensuring Perth keeps its standing in Scotland’s growing music scene. Showcasing what us Perthites have to offer and giving others a chance to show us what they’ve got. Tickets are a steal at £5 with limited being available on the door – so get down early! 

For more information head over to the event page.  

Perth Music Expo announce biggest lineup yet


Earlier on today the organisers of Perth Music Expo announced the full lineup for this year’s event. 2018 will mark the biggest year of the Expo since its beginning in 2014, with an array of brilliant acts over three nights at two locations in Perth.

Running from September 6th until September the 8th across two venues; The Green Room and The Twa Tams. Presenting new, established and local musicians from Perth and further afield with the aim of keeping Perth’s music scene firmly on the map. The 3-day event is sure to generate a buzz around Perth offering free entry to both venues on all three nights. 

Thursday 6th September – The Twa Tams
Lake Pleasant, Nuclear Club, Vansleep & Annie Booth

Friday 7th September – The Green Room
The Roques, Brainglue, Walt Disco & Parliamo

Saturday 8th September – The Twa Tams
Elizabeth, Echo Machine, Fiskur & Beta Waves

This diverse range of talent and genres that Perth Music Expo will be showcasing will ensure that everyone’s tastes are catered for. Not only that, it shows just how important the Scottish music industry is right now with Perth being able to play an important part. Perth Music Expo will also be hosting a ‘Help Musician UK’ discussion at Perth UHI on Friday 7th 3 – 5 pm. This year’s Perth Music Expo brings you a fantastic lineup with organisers clearly having worked very hard. Having already seen half of bands live already I cannot recommend this year’s Expo enough. See you there! 

Over 18’s only, free entry. Keep up to date day on their Facebook event page here.

Perth train conductor raises funds for MND Scotland

Colin Somerville 33 years old, a ScotRail Alliance train conductor in Perth, has his legs waxed last week to raise money for MND Scotland.

The ScotRail Alliance selected MND Scotland as their Charity Partners for 2017-2020. Since the launch of the partnership ScotRail Alliance employees and customers have raised over £115,000 for the charity.

MND Scotland is the leading charity in Scotland supporting people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and funding research into a cure. MND is rapidly progressing terminal illness which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe unaided.

Morag McGown, MND Scotland’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, said “Over the last year we have seen ScotRail Alliance employees from across the country join the fight against MND; taking part in walks, runs and sky dives, to name a few. I’d like to thank Colin for taking on this brave (and painful) challenge to raise funds and awareness for MND Scotland. Without supporters like him we would not be able to continue supporting people affected by Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland, and funding vital research towards a cure for this devastating illness. ”

Sophie Nightingale, Community Investment Manager for the ScotRail Alliance, said: “I’m exceptionally proud of the lengths that our colleagues go to in support of MND Scotland, they know that we can always do more for this excellent cause. It’s thanks to their efforts that we are on course to smash our fundraising target for this three year partnership.”


Perth band Longstay on their new album ‘Calling Me Home’

This Friday 27th Perth band Longstay will be releasing their debut album ‘Calling Me Home’ with their album launch party happening tonight at the Salutation Hotel as part of the Southern Fried Festival.

I caught up with Longstay a week back at Clearwater Recording Studios to chat about their new album and upcoming shows. Longstay have been a five piece for just over a year and a half. The band draw on a variety of influences from Blues, Country and Rock. They explored the country genre after being at The Southern Fried Festival two years ago and it has stuck ever since. Longstay continually tap into as many sub-genres in country as possible, ensuring they draw on all of their musical influences, and continually develop their sound and musical abilities.

Favourite song on the album?

“Remember is our favourite and we think it’s one of the best songs on the album. We are really looking forward to what people think of it. A lot of people came in to make Remember what it is. In fact a lot of people came on board across the whole album to make it what it is. Dave McFarlane who was our engineer also played fiddle on three tracks and Chris Small played some brass on a track. It’s not just us on the album there’s also 4 other musicians.”

Where did the artwork come from?

“It’s a picture from Northern Skyline Photography based in Northumbria. They were very generous, they only asked for their name on the back and a copy of the album because they liked what we did! They never asked for any money so we are really thankful for that.”

What about the name?

“We almost developed into complete mayhem in the group chat over the name of the album because none of us could decide. So we took a vote and ‘Calling Me Home’ stuck. It’s a line from Remember. All of our ideas were lines from Remember or Mariah. We were dead set on not having the name of a song as the title. We think ‘Calling Me Home’ works best with the artwork as well.”

And it was recorded here?

“It was recorded here at Clearwater by Dave McFarlane and Gav as a producer. It took 7 months to record, we started it in November and we finished it in May. We should thank the people behind the scenes as well, John Ross and John Thomson from Goldrush Records. They were a big support in getting us to do it. We spoke about doing an EP for so long and we never did it until they gave us a kick up the ass. A huge thanks to all the parents involved as well, karting us all over the place making sure we get everywhere.”

What’s happening for the rest of the year then?

“We are going to be promoting a lot and playing a lot. We have a few more gigs but we want to at least try and double what we have got. We want to have a gig every other weekend for the next year. Going as far and wide as well, down south especially. We have all left school so we have a few years of just really hard work.”  

Happy with the album?

“Yeah, it’s more than we expected!.”

I was given a copy of the album from Longstay before I caught up with them. The whole album is brilliant from start to finish with songs such as ‘Forever’ and ‘A Ring of Fire’ really standing out to me. I’ve had the privilege of blasting out this album in my wee Ford Fiesta around Perth and I would highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy tomorrow. Longstay will be launching their album tonight at the Salutation Hotel alongside Whiskey Shivers – why not pop along and have a listen for yourself!

You can keep up with all of Longstay’s latest news on their Facebook page.

Review: A rockin’ weekend at Rewind Festival

Mr Blobby fancy dress, bright colours and hundreds of tutu’s. No, I am not talking about a night in The Loft but Perth’s very own Rewind festival.

Rewind Festival 2018 was brilliant. With so much to do and a lot to see it’s difficult to tell you how good Rewind is in one article. I ventured out to the festival this Saturday and Sunday and I had an absolute blast. I got a chance to interview some of the most important artists of our time (and fangirl a little bit I am not going to lie!). On Saturday I got a sit down with The Skids, Martha Wash (the original weather girl), Tiffany, Odyssey, OMD and my favourite interview to date (because if you know me you know how much I love Joy Division) Peter Hook. On Sunday I had a catch up with Hue and Cry and UB40 as well- totally spoiled!

Hollie Irvine and Peter Hook

However, getting all these interviews didn’t derail me from my main task of going out and enjoying the festival. I had a great time listening to the performers, eating a lot of good food and chatting to all my fellow 80’s music lovers. Rewind is a brilliant festival, well organised, and it seems to me that everyone there is genuinely having a good time. 

Hollie Irvine and UB40

My highlight of the weekend has to be, however, the Disco Den. I ended both nights in that tent and it was a whole lot of fun and there was a lot of dancing. Rewind 2018 was bigger, brighter and better. Easy to navigate around the festival and the queues weren’t horrendous. It was great seeing everyone make an effort with costumes, fancy dress and even a few supporting their current favourite Scottish music acts- yes I’m talking about you Retro Video Club family!

The performers were all fantastic. Proving they are not yet done with the music industry, bringing back old hits and showcasing their new ones with Scotland’s finest crowd singing their songs back to them! A lot can be said about a Scottish crowd but they always do us proud.

I think Rewind is the perfect fit for Perth and it’s also great to see Scone Palace hosting some of the best events in Perthshire this year. Not only does Rewind bring in hundreds of people from all across Scotland (and the UK) it’s a celebration of music because music really is forever. It’s important to pay homage to those who came before us and sculpted the way we make and listen to music.

Well done Rewind, see you in 2019 and find all of my interviews below!



Paul OMD


Martha Wash

Hue and Cry

The Skids

Peter Hook

Two men and one woman in court today following £43,000 worth of cocaine recovered by Police

Two men and one woman will appear at Perth Sheriff Court today, 23rd of July 2018 after police recover a large amount of cocaine.

A 51-year-old man, 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman have been charged in connection with drugs offences after officers recovered approximately £43,000 worth of cocaine from a vehicle in Canal Street, Perth and searches of properties in Brora Court, Perth and Main Street, Invergowrie on Friday 20 July.

A spokesperson from Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland is committed to reducing the tragic impact of drugs on individuals, families and communities in Scotland. Through enforcement we actively target those individuals involved in Serious and Organised Crime including those concerned in the supply of drugs on our streets in Tayside.

We remain committed to keeping our communities safe and through partnership working, and with the support of local communities, we aim to make Scotland a safer place. If you have any concerns or information that could assist, please call 101. You can also provide information anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or reporting it online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and all three are expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court today, 23rd of July 2018.

Skylines & Shorelines – August Departure

This exclusive tour from Travelling Time visits the fantastic cities of New York, Toronto, Detroit and Chicago and experiences the splendour of Niagara Falls from “Both Sides” and four of North America’s Great Lakes! As always, we include stops in all the interesting places along our route. Not only will this fun filled itinerary showcase the natural beauty of these areas, but will include music highlights along the way! This fabulous 12 night holiday starts in New York City where you will have time to explore the many landmarks that make up one of the most famous “Skylines” before setting off for Canada and Niagara travelling around the “Shorelines” of the Great Lakes to Hitsville USA and finally…Chicago Illinois!

Tour Highlights

  • Daily Breakfasts & 4 Group Meals
  • 3 Nights in New York City
  • 1 Night in Binghampton New York
  • 3 Nights in Toronto
  • 2 Nights in Detroit Michigan
  • 3 Nights in Chicago Illinois
  • New York City Pass
  • Binghampton Carousels
  • Visit Buffalo New York
  • Visit Niagara Falls (USA Side)
  • Niagara Falls (Canadian Side)
  • Visit London Ontario and see “The River Thames & Covent Garden”
  • Visit Hitsville USA (The home of Motown)
  • Visit Gary Indiana, home of The Jacksons
  • Chicago Skyline Cruise
  • Chicago City Tour
  • And a few Travelling Time surprises along the way…


For full details and itinerary please visit www.travellingtime.co.uk/shorelinesandskylines

Or call 01738 643737


Mountains Moonshine & Music City – June Departure

A fabulous trip from Atlanta Georgia through the Great Smoky Mountains to Nashville!

Visit Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee, Renfro Valley and Franklin Kentucky before our tour ends in Music City USA! On this fascinating 10 day holiday, you will enjoy everything from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to a show in the Grand Ole Opry! Dollywood theme park features thrilling rides alongside music and theatre shows and you will learn the secret of mountain life and crafts from the people who live and work there. On our Mountains,  Moonshine & Music City Tour you will enjoy mountain music, bluegrass and country music with huge shot of Southern Hospitality and charm thrown in!


Options to add in extra nights in Atlanta and Nashville – It’s your holiday – It’s your choice!


Tour Highlights


  • Daily Breakfasts and 4 group meals
  • 1 Night in Atlanta Georgia
  • 3 Nights in Sevierville Tennessee
  • 2 Nights in Kentucky
  • 3 Nights in Nashville Tennessee
  • Visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Smoky Mountain Opry Show
  • Dollywood Admission
  • Renfro Valley Bandstand Oldies Show
  • Old Friends & Mennonites Tours
  • Dueling Grounds Distillery Tour
  • Grand Ole Opry Show
  • Ryman Auditorium & RCA Studio B
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Johnny Cash Museum


Private group tours for 8 or more people or self drive options are available year round.


For further details and full itinerary please click here :


or call us on 01738 643737


Maple Leaf Magic – July Departure

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime…The coastal city of Vancouver is the starting point for this incredible 12 night journey which combines the Majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Columbia Ice fields and the Calgary Stampede, three of the worlds must see tourist attractions. Discover dramatic landscapes on a scenic journey through mountain passes, national parks, turquoise lakes and the icy canyons of the glaciers, before getting a taste of the wild west at the world famous Calgary Stampede. Rodeo, chuckwagon races, the Midway and a variety of musical concerts featuring some of the world’s most popular performers making this annual event “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”

Tour Highlights

  • Daily Breakfasts & 4 group meals
  • 3 Nights Vancouver
  • 1 Night Kamloops
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 2 Nights Banff
  • 4 Nights Calgary
  • Vancouver City Tour
  • Day Trip to Vancouver Island
  • Day trip to Kelowna
  • Visits to Lake Okanagan & Lake Louise
  • Columbia Ice Fields
  • Athabasca & Dome Glaciers
  • Admission to The Ginsing Factory
  • Calgary Stampede Superpass
  • And a few Travelling Time Surprises along the way…

See full details http://www.travellingtime.co.uk/mapleleafmagic

or call Travelling Time on 01738 643737

Buddy & All that Jazz

Buddy and all that Jazz celebrates the diverse culture of “The Big Easy” followed by a remarkable journey through the Lone Star State to the birthplace of the legend that is Buddy Holly – Lubbock Texas.

On this tour we travel to Clovis, New Mexico to visit the studio where he recorded some of his most well known hits. We will visit a multitude of iconic locations and experience the rich western culture of cities like San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Oklahoma City. If that isn’t enough we will travel along the Mother Road – Historic Route 66 as much as we can, visiting quirky little museums and venues along the way!

Make it a three week holiday – add our GALA Tour – it’s your holiday it’s your choice!

(Please link GALA Tour in the line above to www.travellingtime.co.uk/GALA )

Tour Highlights

  • Daily Breakfasts & Four Group Meals
  • 2 Nights in New Orleans Louisiana
  • 1 night in Houston Texas
  • 2 Nights in San Antonio Texas
  • 2 Nights in Austin Texas
  • 1 Night in Dallas Texas
  • 2 Nights in Lubbock Texas
  • 2 Nights in Oklahoma City
  • 2 Nights Fort Worth Texas
  • New Orleans Attraction Pass
  • Day Trip to Clovis New Mexico
  • Stops in Lake Charles, Wako, Abilene, Littlefield and Amarillo
  • Admission to the Alamo
  • Tours of San Antonio, Austin & Dallas
  • Visit Dealey Plaza & The 6th Floor Museum
  • Oklahoma City Stockyards
  • National Memorial & Museum
  • National Cowboy Museum
  • Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur Oklahoma
  • Fort Worth Stockyards & Billy Bob’s
  • JR Ewing’s Southfork Ranch


For the full itinerary and further details please click here : www.travellingtime.o.uk/buddyandallthatjazz

or call us on 01738 643737

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