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Nerina Pallot looks forward to new festival experience at Making Waves


Appearing at Making Waves Festival at Irvine Beach Park on 23rd July is Nerina Pallot. The London-born singer/songwriter has just released her 7th album, ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’, an album rich in her trademark rippling piano and wide-ranging vocals. As well as a brief flirtation with the charts – her anti-war song ‘Everybody’s Gone To War’ was a Top 20 hit back in 2005 – Nerina has written for Kylie Minogue and, alongside her producer husband Andy Chatterly, has worked on tracks for acts as varied as Kanye West, Mel C and Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey.

Nerina’s Influences

It was the current number one act, Kate Bush, who first lit a fire in me. I was 4 or 5 years old when ‘Wuthering Heights’ came out and I used to dance around the living room like Kate whenever it played, but I was little and didn’t appreciate the depth of her writing. It wasn’t really until I was a teenager and I had started dabbling in writing my own material that her true genius was revealed. I saw her sing ‘This Woman’s Work’ on the Wogan Show, just her sat at a piano and I thought, ‘Wow! That’s what I want to do!’

Nowadays we’re used to seeing women sit at a piano and sing self-composed songs, but back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was a much more rock-orientated, male-dominated industry. The only time you saw a woman at a piano was when they introduced the musical segment of the Two Ronnies or whatever. I’m glad Kate showed women like me how to kick down the doors and that women are now seen as equals, even if we still have a way to go.

People see me sat at my piano and assume that I’m this whimsical, dreamy songwriter, but so much other music goes into influencing what I produce. I think Sam Fender is special. He’s got something about him that should see him be around the music scene for a long time. I love soul and hip hop, the modern stuff that fuses the two – Kendrick Lamar, Anderson. Paak, Tyler The Creator, all those artists. My twelve-year-old is always turning me on to new artists and sounds. As someone with a background in jazz, I’m really into Flying Lotus. That’s insanely good music. Everything always comes back to Prince though. He could do it all, often within the one song. He was the master of it all.

I was really lucky to see him in a small London venue years ago. He started by playing a Joni Mitchell song (‘A Case of You’) which was unexpected and totally magical. He went on to run the entire gamut of soul, funk, jazz and rock over the next couple of hours before finishing on the most tear-jerking version of ‘Sometimes It Snows In April’. I was a blubbering mess by the end. He was truly the greatest performer of our time.

Looking forward to Making Waves

I’m really looking forward to Making Waves. I’ve played festivals all over - big ones on the main stage with my band, sat alone at a piano in the acoustic tent, indoors, outdoors, wherever. I’ve played in horizontal rain that caused everything to short circuit. I’ve fallen off a stool, breaking my guitar and showing the world my knickers in the process. I’ve even had to break out of a hotel I ended up being locked in after a long night following a little songwriters’ festival on Rothesay, so nothing much can phase me these days.

I’m hoping Making Waves will be memorable, but for different reasons. I really enjoy playing festivals and I know that this will be a good one. Festivals are great when the promoters are organised, which Freckfest always are, when there’s a brilliant line-up, which Making Waves has got, and when the audience appreciates good music, which, as this is a Freckfest-curated event, I know will be the case.

Nerina Pallot and her full touring band play Making Waves on Saturday 23rd July alongside Del Amitri, Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, JJ Gilmour, Blue Rose Code, Nerina Pallot and Anna Sweeney.

Blue Rose Code are going all out at Making Waves!


Appearing at Making Waves Festival at Irvine Beach Park on 23rd July is Blue Rose Code. Fronted by Leith-born singer/songwriter Ross Wilson, Blue Rose Code are five albums in and have found the middle ground between the uplifting Celtic soul of Van Morrison and the Blue Nile’s more late night, jazz-inflected moments.

Sometimes it’s just Ross who performs under the band’s name and sometimes he’s joined by a couple of other musicians, equally whip-smart and skilled at their craft. For Making Waves, Ross will be bringing a full 7-piece band, replete with horn section, keys and all the nuts and bolts required for performing on a festival stage.

Ahead of Making Waves, Ross took time to chat to the Making Waves team about all things music!

Influences and fans

When I was younger, I felt so voiceless but when I picked up a guitar, I was suddenly compelled to write songs and I found immediately that that was the way I could express myself. People seemed to respond positively to them. I had no grand plan or anything, the things that have happened to me since through music have happened because of hard work and good luck. I haven’t been writing a lot recently but I’m starting to get itchy feet. I’ve been listening to a lot of country music, and I’ve realised that it’s all about the song – I mean, I know it always has been, but drilling down, getting to the core of it all is where I’ll be going next with my writing.

Your typical Blue Rose Code fan is hard to pigeonhole. Maybe it’s because we’re all good players, but people who’ve grown up with classic rock tend to like us, although we’re as far away from classic rock as you can get. Fans of singer/songwriters obviously enjoy what we do. People who aren’t greatly into heavily stylised music really like us, although I released a track with Karine Polwart a couple of Christmases ago called ‘I Wish you Peace In Your Heart’ and her 19 year old daughter and all her pals really liked it, which, Karine says, was pleasantly surprising given their usual listening tastes. So, there’s a little hamlet of really hip young Blue Rose Code fans out there somewhere. In short, we’re a broad church and all are welcome. I’d suggest that music fans of all persuasions like us, although they maybe don’t realise that yet! I hope after Making Waves that there are a few more people who maybe didn’t know us beforehand that will be intrigued enough to discover more of our music.

The Festival Experience

We played Black Deer festival recently. Van Morrison headlined. I got to watch Van up close, which is always a privilege. I’ve seen him a few times in recent years and he’s been brilliant every time, although never before has he appeared on stage in what can only be described as a powder blue, tie-dyed onesie. People will say to me, ‘Oh, Van Morrison? He’s a grumpy so and so,’ but honestly, I’ve found him to be in fine fettle every time. He’s had a magnificent career in music. If I could have a fraction of his success I’d be very happy.

I’ve built up my own reputation by playing and re-playing the small clubs, but I’m very keen that Blue Rose Code starts making its name as a festival band. In recent times we’ve done Heb Celt – that’s a big favourite – and we’re opening for Nile Rodgers on the Friday at Belladrum, so that should be quiet something.

About five years ago we played the Cambridge Folk Festival and Danny Thomson (legendary foil for John Martyn and Richard Thompson) was kind enough to join my band for the occasion. He’s an amazing bass player, playing alongside him was so inspiring. As we played, the heavens opened, and our tent was suddenly packed to the rafters with people seeking shelter. There I was, with a musical legend by my side, playing songs I’d written, suddenly in front of a massive crowd. No one likes the rain at a festival, but I was grateful for it that day, I tell you.

You find yourself in situations you could never have imagined when first starting out. I was asked by Celtic Connections to take part in the John Martyn tribute concert a few years back and I found myself as part of an ensemble of incredible artists sharing a stage with Paul Weller as he sang ‘I Don’t Want To Know’. That was a real thrill.

Biggest Challenge

When I went on tour with Deacon Blue, I supported them on 36 dates across the UK and Ireland to thousands of people every night. I’ll be honest, the first two or three nights, I was not ready for it. It was tough. The crowd wasn’t interested in what I was doing or why I was there, they were just impatiently waiting for Deacon Blue to come on. As a support act you’ve got to be robust and grab the audience’s attention immediately, and initially, I just wasn’t able to do that. Dublin, in particular, was a harrowing experience, but by the end of the tour I’d learned to work my craft and by the time we’d got to Glasgow’s Hydro I had a bigger band, a more confident presence, and it was magical. As hard as that tour was, I really felt it set me up as a musician. It allowed me to become more resilient and brought me to the place where I am now – I could go on any stage and just have it.

For Making Waves, I’ll have my cookin’ 7-piece band on stage with me and we’ll be playing our uplifting, soulful, festival-friendly material as loudly as possible. We’ve stolen an idea from Dexys Midnight Runners, and I don’t just mean the brass section. To fire themselves up for a night of playing music, they used to go running before their shows. We‘re a healthy bunch too, none of us drink or smoke, so backstage before we go on, we’ve taken to doing press ups as a group! “One!” “Two!” up to maybe as much as a hundred. You should see how pumped we are, running onto the stage, launching ourselves into the first number. It’s good for the soul, y’know?! I would recommend it to any performer looking to get in the mood for a show. Wait until you see us at Making Waves – I’m excited already just thinking about it. Press ups and uplifting Celtic soul in the mid-afternoon? What more do you need?!

Ross Wilson’s Dream Festival Line Up

I love all music, from country to hip hop. At the moment I really like a Canadian singer William Prince, just a laid-back guy and his guitar. I love the Little Simz album, that’s amazing. For my dream festival though, headlining would be Meddle to Wish You Were Here-era Pink Floyd. I love the flow of music in their Pompeii concert from the time. That’d be a great festival headlining experience.

I’d find a space for Kendrick Lamar. I known he’s just played Glastonbury, but he’s getting booked to play my show too, right! He’s the most honest, confrontational vocalist in music just now. He’s visionary. Uncomfortable. Genius. He’s simply terrific. And I’d need Aretha Franklin high up the bill too. She’s simply the greatest vocalist of all time.

Seeing as we’re being creative, I might fling together CSNY with Joni Mitchell to play the whole of her ‘Blue’ album. They’d be followed by Bon Iver. Eclecticism rules! And they might need encouragement to play, but The Blue Nile would also need to be on the bill. As I’m curating the festival I’d ask them to play the entirety of ‘Hats’. If I’ve any space left, I’d make room for Gregory Porter. I was really surprised to learn that he writes all of his own songs – wonderful, jazz-tinged, soulful beauties. What a festival that would be!

The full-fat, festival-friendly Blue Rose Code play Making Waves on Saturday 23rd July alongside Del Amitri, Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, JJ Gilmour, Nerina Pallot and Anna Sweeney.

Fatherson’s Ayrshire Homecoming at Making Waves


Playing Making Waves Festival at the Beach Park on 23rd July is Fatherson. The trio of Ross Leighton, Marc Strain and Greg Walkinshaw formed in Kilmarnock just over a decade ago and have since become a leading light in modern-day Scot rock. They’re vocally passionate about grassroots music and a healthy local scene and they’re absolutely thrilled to be playing the inaugural Making Waves festival a short ten minutes along the road from where they first picked up their instruments in earnest. Just off a 13-date run of shows, vocalist/guitarist Ross took time to chat to us ahead of the Ayrshire music scene’s biggest weekend of music in decades.

Festival Experiences

We’ve played all sorts of festivals. We’re just back actually, from playing the Isle of Man TT Races. That was pretty cool! I like getting to go to places that only being in Fatherson affords you to go. We’ve played in a theme park. We’ve played in a converted slaughterhouse. We once played this amazing, breath-taking place in Sweden called the Dalhalla. It’s a limestone quarry that an orchestra leader accidentally discovered made for great acoustics. He took his orchestra a mile and a half into the quarry and they recorded a classical album. It piqued enough interest that a concert venue was created inside the quarry. At the bottom is a natural geyser, sitting in a crystal-clear blue lake. There’s an amphitheatre for 5000 people that’s been fashioned from the rocks around it and there’s no crowd barrier – the lake forms a natural barrier, but while you play, people can row about on the lake, row round to the backstage area where there’s a sauna, it’s very unique.

Scottish festival Belladrum will always have my heart. It’s a wonderful festival and I’ve never had a bad time, or a bad pint, at it. I love it both as a punter and as a playing musician. We’re playing a festival called Barn on the Farm a couple of weeks before Making Waves and that’s always a cool wee festival too. It’s a really wholesome affair, a load of great bands playing for the weekend on some guy’s farm. Festivals are always a good change from playing more regular shows.

I can’t wait for Making Waves. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope it becomes an annual event. It’d be brilliant to get a local music scene positively thriving again, with a big festival that local bands can aspire to play. Sometimes you play festivals and the audience are a bit stand off-ish, standing in their wellies with their arms folded and an ‘impress me’ attitude. I know the Irvine audience will be right up for it though.

When we first started playing shows, the one thing we loved locally was that the crowd was always totally into it. Maybe that came from the fact that half the audience also played in bands too, but I think generally, this part of the world has always embraced live music. When Fatherson first started, Irvine had a scene, Kilmarnock had a scene, Ayr had a scene, even Ardrossan had a scene, and we’d all put on shows and events and have everyone play at them. We once played at a wee DIY punk festival on Troon beach that two local guys had organised themselves. They had a multiplug running from someone’s house on the shorefront, across the road, with cars going over the top of it, and onto the beach where another multiplug was fed into that. The amps and vocal PA were plugged into it and the bands played from there all day.

I used to love going to see bands in the Magnum and the HAC. If no one had been playing gigs when I was growing up and discovering music, it’s very likely that I wouldn’t be playing gigs with Fatherson nowadays. I used to do terrible skateboarding on that wee skate park next to the boating pond…and now I’ll be playing with Fatherson on top of it! I cannot wait! I love playing in Ayrshire. It’s been a wee while since we have, but Making Waves is something that music fans from all over Ayrshire and beyond will want to be at…and this time round I’ll be a part of it! Music is, in more ways than one, a circular thing. Maybe, just maybe, the next great Ayrshire band will come together and form after Making Waves.

Ross Leighton’s Ideal Festival Line-Up

If I’m allowed to cherry-pick the perfect festival from across the decades, well… obviously it’d be headlined by Radiohead playing The Bends and OK Computer back-to-back. The underbill would be suitably eclectic.

I’d start things off with a bang – Fontaines DC blasting it out for all to hear, a real ‘wake up, we’re open!’ gesture. I’d put Bon Iver on next. He’s a bit glitchy, a bit wilty, but weirder than Fontaines DC and a great festival act. Run The Jewels would be on next. Just a great band with power and energy and attitude.

As the sun sets, Candi Staton would be on singing Young Hearts Run Free. Actually, since we’re being fantasist about it, I’d assemble a Motown super group that happened to feature Candi alongside Nile Rodgers and Bobby Gillespie. They’d play a mixture of solid gold soul floor fillers and the crowd would love it.

After that, I’d take things down a bit with the moody and introverted Blue Nile. Folk will need a sit down after the last set and this will ease things off nicely, before Radiohead ramp it up and cap it all off. Not a bad festival, that. Nearly as good as Making Waves!

Twin Atlantic are planning a sunset soundtrack for Making Waves


Appearing second-top of the Making Waves Festival billing at the Beach Park on 23rd July is Twin Atlantic. Since the line-up was announced, social media has been ablaze with excited Twins' fans eager to catch a rare Ayrshire glimpse of a band which inspires a fervent following and passionate discourse between artist and audience. Ahead of Making Waves, lead singer and focal point of Twin Atlantic, Sam McTrusty took the time to chat with Craig from the Making Waves team about a life in music and the festival experience, both as a musician and as a gig-goer.

What Music Has Done For Me

Being the perfect age for it, I was teed up for that big Californian pop/punk explosion of the nineties. I'd save up and buy the CD singles, maybe an album if I had enough. I might even have swapped a couple of price stickers in order to get more than I could afford, but don't tell anyone that. From the ages of 12 to 15, I basically worshipped at the alter of Blink 182. They were all I listened to. I learned the error of my ways when I got a bit older and began working in snobby, muso pubs in Glasgow. These pubs very quickly gave me a musical education in what was good music and what wasn’t… but you can’t deny your roots, and why should you?! I’ve since been on tour with Blink which, if you’d told me that when I was a teenager, I’d have laughed you out of the room. Music has given me a completely different lifestyle to what I would ever have dreamed possible.

I was thinking about it the other day, how when the record company asked who we'd like to produce our album ('Free') and I jokingly said that Gil Norton and Chris Sheldon would be the dream... and then we found ourselves in a studio with the both of them, watching in awe as they sprinkled the same glossy sheen to our music as they'd done on Foo Fighters' Colour And The Shape, the album that truly set me on my journey in music; the power, the depth, the romance and connection with its audience... I thought, 'That's what I want my own music to do.

That album was a slow-burner. When we released it, we were playing 300 capacity venues with maybe only 50 people there. It began to snowball after Radio 1 picked up on a track and, the more they played it, the bigger our audiences gradually got. We ended up touring the album for three solid years, by which point we'd been round the States three times, all round Europe three or four times and by now were playing to three thousand people each night.

We'd started off driving our own van, sleeping in it, taking turns at the wheel, driving for 34 hours and taking the long way round to Gothenburg because we couldn't afford the ferry, or driving straight from Florida to Seattle without appreciating the vastness of America beforehand - we drove for 24 hours straight and we were still in Florida, and it was only Barry our guitarist who was legally old enough to drive in the States, so he had to do it all, to then being pampered with our own coach driver, travelling on a luxury tour bus with a Playstation and a living area where I’d write the songs that would end up on the next record.

By this point, people at the shows were singing along to every song. They knew all the words, all the guitar riffs. It all happened in kinda slo-mo, a bit like you've suddenly won the league and everyone thinks you're great. It's a pretty surreal journey when you stop to consider it.

Festival Highs And Lows

In 2015, Twin Atlantic were booked to play Glastonbury, so of course, you say “Yes!!” before you’ve even properly read the contract. We were booked to play during the Sunday afternoon, in the same time slot as the Glastonbury Legends’ set. Only, Twin Atlantic wasn’t that year’s Glastonbury Legend. That would’ve been Lionel Richie, and apparently, the entire festival crowd went to see Lionel. I say that because no-one came to see us. That was a bit of a disappointment, but we walked right into that one – we should’ve read the contract and worked it out for ourselves.

Playing live shows, I can be a bit of a control freak, and I’ve found that the festival experience can be a bit rushed. You’ve no say over sound levels or running order. You’re straight on with no soundcheck, straight back off afterwards as the stage needs to be set for the next act, but as a musician, I’ve grown to love playing festivals.

The Warped tour in America was great fun. It was a touring festival that played New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina… the best holiday I’ll ever have with my mates. I’d grown up listening to Blink 182 and Green Day mention the tour in their lyrics, and here I was playing it. The tour followed the highways and interstates of America, 150 bands, a running order that changed every day – you’d be up until 4 in the morning, hanging out with all your favourite bands, and then find yourself on stage at 11am later that same morning in front of 35,000 crazy, pogoing kids.

As a punter, I went to T In The Park, once and once only, when I was 16. I’d saved up my money by working endless shifts in Superdrug and I couldn’t wait to sample the festival experience. I was beyond excited in the lead-up…and then the heavens opened. It was a wash-out. It was raining non-stop. There was mud up to the knees. It was miserable trying to get from stage to stage, to then stand there in the rain watching a band a mile away. I made a joke to my girlfriend that I’d never be back to T In The Park until my band was booked to play there. I was joking of course…

There was a period one summer where we headlined the Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals and then… the Radio 1 stage at T In The Park! Avicii was headlining the main stage, and the Slam tent was in full flow, so we were the only guitar act that was on at the same time, and because of that, we had thousands upon thousands of people crammed in to see us. We knew we were going to have a big crowd, but to have 40,000 people jumping around to our songs was an amazing experience. It’s easily my favourite moment in Twin Atlantic.

Sam McTrusty’s Ideal Festival Line-Up

Headlining would be Bruce Springsteen. I’m a massive Bruce fan. I grew up listening to him, he was always playing somewhere in the house. He means that much to me, I’ve got Springsteen lyrics tattooed up my arms.

Co-headlining would be The Beatles, obviously. And just below them Nirvana. Cliched and generic, yes, but you aren’t arguing with any of that. And Rage Against The Machine. Four acts, a mixture of power and passion, melody and musicality.

Ray Charles would be there too, to add a bit of soul. He had the pipes and the playing skills to knock any live audience for six. He was such an amazing artist.

You’d obviously want Beyonce in there as well. She is, hands down, the best live music experience I have ever had. Hers was a masterclass in live performance from start to finish. People don’t believe me when I tell them, but honestly, wow! She’s an amazing live performer. I went, not quite getting dragged along, but slightly under duress. My mind was blown!

I’ve been to Irvine Beach and it’s a lovely setting for a festival. I have this romantic idea for Making Waves that Twin Atlantic would, if we time it correctly, be reaching the peak of our encore just as the sun sets over Arran. Our encore would be the ideal soundtrack for it. We always finish with the same two contrasting tracks – Brothers & Sisters, which is expansive and uplifting and would sound great in that festival setting, and then the one-two punch of Heart & Soul which is one last mad jump about for the crowd. Follow that, Del Amitri!

Twin Atlantic play Making Waves on Saturday 23rd July alongside Del Amitri, Fatherson, JJ Gilmour, Blue Rose Code, Nerina Pallot and Anna Sweeney. It’d be great to see you there.

Justin Currie of Del Amitri talks Making Waves and festival experiences


Headlining Making Waves Festival at Irvine Beach Park on 23rd July is Del Amitri. The Glasgow band, formed almost 40 years ago, have released seven studio albums to date and tasted chart success on numerous occasions. Ahead of Making Waves, lead singer Justin Currie took the time to chat to the Making Waves about the festival experience, both as a musician and as a gig-goer.

Best festival experience?

Del Amitri are not what you’d consider a festival band, but we’ve been lucky to have been asked to play some of the biggest and best festivals out there. We’ve played Roskilde in Denmark, T in the Park, Woodstock ’94, Glastonbury… Sometimes, at the bigger festivals there can be a bit of a disconnect between band and audience. Everyone is so remote and far away. The gap between stage and audience is sometimes larger than the venues we’d ordinarily appear in! I always enjoy playing them though. There’s nothing better as a musician than hearing your own songs sung back at you from an audience full of people who know every word.

Whenever Del Amitri played at T in the Park, I made the conscious decision to drive so that I could run from stage to stage and see as many bands as possible without needing to rush away after our set. I’ve seen some great bands over the years this way. Pulp playing Common People to a field full of up-for-it punters at a mid ‘90s T in the Park will live long in the memory, the soundtrack of the era played out for all who were there.

I enjoy playing the smaller festivals with an eclectic line-up and an audience who are all there for the music rather than the perceived lifestyle. Festivals where you can see a reggae band on a small stage, or a folk band in a tent, alongside the big names on the main stage are always good fun. For its first year, Making Waves seems like the ideal boutique festival. There’s a small but perfect line-up and I’ll enjoy watching all the bands as much as everyone else who’s there.

Worst festival experience?

When I was 15, my pal and I went to Leeds for the famous Futurama 2 post-punk festival. There was a great line-up and, this being our first festival, we marked the occasion by downing his dad’s stolen whisky on the train on the way to Leeds. I lost my wallet, my train tickets and my ticket for the gig. The woman on the door felt sorry for me and let me in. Midway through a brilliant set by Soft Cell, my whisky hangover started to kick in. I actually fell asleep and missed the rest of that day’s music. The next day, the person on the door was not so forgiving. They wouldn’t let me in without a ticket, so I spent a day wandering Leeds until it was time to go home again. At the train station I had to beg them to let me travel back to Glasgow and they did so by forwarding a bill for my ticket to my mum and dad. Memories, yes, but not a great festival experience.

Del Amitri played Glastonbury in 1990 and we were billed to go on after James. James! One of the greatest singles bands – every track in their set at the time was a solid gold hit and every other person in the audience was wearing a baggy James t-shirt. No way were we going on after them! I suggested Del Amitri went on before James – that was the sensible thing to do – but our management at the time seemed keen to keep the billing as it was and, after numerous arguments, James did indeed play before us. Hit after hit after hit…they just kept coming. We then took to the stage and by the third or fourth song, the audience had deserted us. It was a long slog to the end of our set, I can tell you that. So, Twin Atlantic – I believe you’ll be on immediately before Del Amitri at Making Waves. I know you’ll be good…just don’t be that good, will you?!

What makes The Perfect Festival?

Obviously in Scotland the weather is key. It poured it down at Wickerman one year. Two weeks of glorious sunshine and then, just as Del Amitri were about to go on, down it came. Anything other than rain is what you hope for, isn’t it?

Variety at a festival is important. A varied and interesting line-up with an act or two that I’ve heard of but haven’t yet heard is always good. I’m a music fan as much as everyone else. I get just as much a buzz from seeing a great new band as you do. Making Waves has an interesting wee line-up. I’m keen to see how Blue Rose Code fare on the big stage. They’re a good band.

A nice pint is always welcome too. Watching a great band with a beer is one of life’s pleasures, isn’t it!

Justin Currie’s ideal festival line-up

Let’s see. Making Waves has seven bands playing, so let’s go for a magnificent seven. Obviously, you need the funk, the soul, the ingredients that’ll get you moving, so without hesitation I’d need Sly & The Family Stone, Prince and James Brown as triple-headliners. The Beatles, obviously, another band with an amazing bass-playing singer (!) and, for the filth and the fury, the Sex Pistols too. On the smaller stages I’d have Culture in the reggae tent and I’d definitely need to find a space for Pharoah Sanders in the jazz/chillout/comedown area. Oh, and Cat Power too. She’s a great vocalist. She should play at every festival there is. That’s eight? I’m sure we can squeeze them all in!

Del Amitri headline Making Waves on Saturday 23rd July alongside Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, JJ Gilmour, Blue Rose Code, Nerina Pallot and Anna Sweeney.