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Tuts Summer Nights 2011

Nuala Swan


Between the 14th and 28th of July , Glasgow’s famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut will play host to over 70 acts, as part of King Tut’s Summer Nights, a celebration of summer and Scottish music. This is the second year Tut’s has been running the series of gigs, after a successful debut in 2010.

It’s a bill packed full of Scottish acts, all unsigned, or signed to smaller indie labels, continuing a grand King Tut’s tradition of supporting emerging native bands. Often this takes the form of supporting slots under visiting headliners, though this time, bands that I’ve seen previously as support acts, such as Aerials Up and Miniature Dinosaurs, will be taking to the stage as the main event (the 17th and 24th respectively). Aerials Up in particular are one band that I’m particularly excited to see, seeing as their track All Your Mother’s Daughters has been featured heavily on my summer playlist.

And if summery, orchestral folksiness isn’t your thing (and I really don’t know why it wouldn’t be), then there’s plenty of variety to be had, with noisy rock duo Bronto Skylift offering a harder edge on Wednesday 20th, and soulful Falkirk band The Ray Summers closing the whole shebang on the 28th (you can also see one of their number, Davey Horne, perform a solo set on the 23rd).

But don’t rely on me to tell you who to go and see, there’s an album featuring tracks from the headliners available to download for free from the website, to whet your appetite for the bands on offer, and help you make up your mind. With four acts each night in the main venue, plus another in the acoustic bar, and tickets at six quid a pop, you might as well get yourself down there for at least one night. You never know, you might find your new favourite local act.