Saturday, 14 May 2011

News: T Break announces final 16

The 16 acts set to play the T Break stage at this year’s T in the Park have today (Friday 13 May) been announced.

We’re delighted to say Radar favourites Lady North, Conquering Animal Sound, United Fruit, PAWS and Cancel the Astronauts feature in a particularly eclectic and intriguing roster of unsigned Scottish bands.

With over 1,000 demo submitted from bands across Scotland, all scrutinised and debated by 13 Scottish music industry figures (including this writer), the final few were always going to raise eyebrows. But given the breadth and quality of what’s on offer, the line up should satisfy even the most discerning music fan.

The full list of bands strutting their musical stuff on this year's T Break stage is:

Aerials Up
Boycotts (Radar profile)
Cancel the Astronauts (Radar profile)
Conquering Animal Sound (Radar profile)
Lady North (Radar profile)
Marrik Layden Deft With Scatabrainz
Otherpeople (Radar profile)
PAWS (Radar profile)
Reverieme (Radar profile)
The Lafontaines
United Fruit

Of the line-up, George Kyle, Head of Sponsorship at Tennent’s Lager says: “The competition this year has been outstanding and really reflects what’s going on in Scotland’s grassroots music scene. Yet again we’re so proud to be supporting these new artists by giving them such a great platform to perform and boost their music careers, sharing a bill with some of the best homegrown and international headliners on the planet.”

From a Radar perspective, this is the kind of provocative line-up T Break’s been promising for some time, running a broad stratum of genres, from off-piste leftfield hip-hop to chirpy, chart bound indie pop. And it’s particularly pleasing to see a number of artists we’ve championed over the past few years finally get an opportunity to take their sounds to a bigger platform.

But, of course, the selection is never going to meet with everyone’s approval, so we’d like to know what you think of the line up? Is it a step forward for T Break or is it missing the sort of bands you’d like to hear? Let us know below…

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