XpoNorth Music Highlights & SAY Award Live at The Longlist

Genuine were delighted to provide PR for this year’s XpoNorth Creative Industries Festival and we are grateful for the support we’ve had from media on achieving great coverage.

XpoNorth festival took place from the 27th & 28th of June in Inverness. The event was another huge success this year with an estimated 2000 people attending seminars, talks and exchanging ideas from sectors including Screen, Fashion, Music, Design, Writing, Crafts, Publishing, Textiles, Gaming & Broadcast as part of the annual two-day gathering.

 Photo includes Robert Kilpatrick from Scottish Music Industry Association, new music hero Jim Gellatly, Sharon Stephen from Help Musicians charity & Lost Art Agency, and rising stars TAMZENE and Megan Airlie. Also featured are people from University of St Andrews, Glasgow School of Art, Smart History Ltd, DreamWalker Games Ltd, Exhibit Scotland who all showcased at the XpoNorth Technology Playground.

Photo includes Robert Kilpatrick from Scottish Music Industry Association, new music hero Jim Gellatly, Sharon Stephen from Help Musicians charity & Lost Art Agency, and rising stars TAMZENE and Megan Airlie. Also featured are people from University of St Andrews, Glasgow School of Art, Smart History Ltd, DreamWalker Games Ltd, Exhibit Scotland who all showcased at the XpoNorth Technology Playground.

It was a truly refreshing experience to see the height of creativity and innovation pulsing throughout the city.  

Events included a live music showcase featuring some artists from this year’s eligible albums for The Scottish Album of The Year Award including Annie Booth & Breakfast Muff plus eligible artist and multi award-winning singer and musician Julie Fowlis celebrated Gaelic in a panel discussion with MG ALBA, and Acair Publishing.

 Folda by Cameron Brisbane.

Folda by Cameron Brisbane.

Vic Galloway & BBC Introducing hosted a live show at Ironworks, Inverness with loads of music recorded by Zoe Graham, Bad Mannequins & Folda plus many more. 

One band that we were particularly impressed by were Anchor Lane, a hard-rock quartet who ahead of XpoNorth played their first series of major festivals at Download & Isle of Wight Festival.

Anchor Lane performed at The Mercure Hotel, providing an energetic live performance with groovy riffs and catchy choruses.

 Anchor Lane by Cameron Brisbane.

Anchor Lane by Cameron Brisbane.

The band formed at the Academy of Music and Sound in Glasgow and the four-piece released their debut EP ‘New Beginning’ in early 2017, which is available on all online platforms.

Next up on our radar is Live at the Longlist, a special Glasgow gig at King Tut's which will see performances from SAY Award alumni including a special collaborative set from Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood and Carla J. Easton of TeenCanteen, as well as a live performance from Emma Pollock, whose album “In Search of Harperfield” was shortlisted for The SAY Award in 2016. 

The event takes place on Wednesday 1st August and tickets are available at sayaward.com. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Help Musicians Scotland, The SAY Award’s charity partner for 2018.

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All photos by Cameron Brisbane.