Returning for its second year, Brew at the Bog festival will bring new music and new beer to Bogbain Farm in Inverness on Saturday 4th May. The festival showcases the best in homegrown Scottish talent combined with craft beer from the controversial brewery in an award-winning setting.
This year's lineup has many notable bands/performers worth checking out. Here are my picks:
Shambles Miller - You won't find many other acts who can offer the same brilliant witty reparté and folk-pop tunes like Shambles does. It'll no doubt be one of the most memorable performances of the festival.
Michael Cassidy - Another solo performer Paisley's Michael Cassidy is a singer-songerwriter who offers dreamy tunes that will make your hairs stand on end. Having received great praise in the last year, he's certainly one to watch.
Trapped in Kansas - One of my favourite Glasgow bands for many years, Trapped in Kansas are a math-pop band whose sounds can make a special impact on the listener. The lyrical and sonic talent of this band suggests they should be much bigger than they are.
Fake Major - Hot off the release of their debut EP Fake Major will be gracing Bogbain Farm with their stunning arrangements and live show. They're anything but another indie-folk band and will not be a hidden gem for long.
Olympic Swimmers - Another longtime favourite of mine, their folk-filled power pop is taking Glasgow indie to new levels. They have a supreme talent for writing intense, powerful music that stays with the listener.
The full lineup is as follows:
Olympic Swimmers, Three Blind Wolves, Randolph’s Leap, Discopolis, Homework, Found, Miaoux Miaoux, United Fruit, Chris Devotion & The Expectations, The Little Kicks, Cherri Fosphate, The Stagger Rats, Fatherson, Kitty the Lion, Fake Major, Trapped in Kansas, The Whiskys, This Silent Forest, The Winter Tradition, James MacKenzie, JP Jones, Michael Cassidy, Donald MacDonald and the Islands, Adam Holmes and the Embers, Seznec Brothers, Sion Russell Jones, Jonathan Powell, Davey Horne, Tomos Lewis, Sienna, Bronagh & the Boys, Poor Things, Seven Summits, Shambles Millers, Verse Metrics, Ashley & the Cosmonauts, Sharfla.
Tickets are £30 (with camping)/£20 (without camping) and are currently available online as well as at BrewDog bars.
Full details are at brewatthebog.com.