Aberdeen’s rising bands have the opportunity to impress talent scouts as part of an event organised by the BBC.
Krakatoa will host the BBC Biggest Ever Weekend Fringe events for the next two Fridays.
The Granite City venue was inundated with unsigned acts keen to be involved in the BBC-backed event which shines a light on emerging grassroots talent.
Krakatoa was granted permission to extend the prestigious event to two nights.
The double header begins tomorrow with a strong, eclectic roster featuring The Malpaso Gang (country), The Inevitable Teaspoons (ska/reggae), Killer Clyde (rock) and The Harlitones (indie).
On Friday May 25 there is another impressive line-up featuring The Oxbow Lake Band (funk), Sonic Bucker (blues), Broadsea (post-rock) and Ramona (punk).
For Krakatoa booker Hen Beverley, hosting the BBC Biggest Ever Weekend Fringe is the opportunity to show how vibrant the Aberdeen music scene is.
Hen said: “This year makes it 40 years that I have now been involved in the local music scene.
“One thing I have seen over these years is that many agents, bookers and talent scouts all seem to think there’s no music worth looking into any further north than Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“The acts I have known from the city who have made a name for themselves like The Shaman, APB and The X-certs all had to relocate to England to advance and raise their profiles.
“So when we were asked to put together a line-up of unsigned acts from around the Aberdeen area to be incorporated into part of the BBC Weekend Fringe, I was delighted.
“I thought it would be a great way to possibly get some recognition for the bands and the scene in our city.”
Krakatoa has been at the forefront of promoting emerging talent within the city and hosts the annual Eruption Battle of the Bands.
For BBC Biggest Ever Weekend Fringe, Hen and Krakatoa have produced two line-ups catering for everyone’s tastes.
Hen said: “We were asked to put together a diverse selection which I think I’ve covered well with the eight acts playing punk, funk, country, indie, rock, blues, ska and reggae.
“All the bands involved have made a great effort in getting the word out on social media about how important this is for Aberdeen.
“I`m sure these will be very memorable nights indeed.”
The Malpaso Gang play Krakatoa tomorrow and are keen to highlight their role in a thriving British country scene.
Scott Murdoch, drummer with band, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be playing at BBC’s Biggest Weekend Fringe Event at our favourite hangout Krakatoa.
“The Aberdeen music scene is buzzing just now with some really great artists and bands. “We are delighted to have been chosen to play at this prestigious event and showcase our music to a new and wider audience.
“Country music is thriving in the UK just now and we are proud to be a part of the growing scene. “Krakatoa is renowned for putting on fantastic gigs and it is testament to their support of the Aberdeen music scene that it is hosting this event.
“We have had some memorable gigs there and we are sure this will be another fantastic night.”
Rockers Killer Clyde will also play tomorrow and are relishing the opportunity to reach people who have not heard their music.
Alan Petrie from the band said: “It’s an amazing opportunity to be picked to play the BBC event and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity.
“Although we gig outwith Aberdeen this will hopefully give us the potential to reach people who possibly would never hear of us.
“Hopefully this event will reach people and show how strong the music scene is.”
The following Friday has an equally strong menu with seven-piece horn heavy, rhythm n’ beat The Oxbow Band performing.
Andy Oxbow said: “The biggest weekend is another example of the BBC supporting a diverse regional music scene.
“This is what, we believe, we pay our licence fee for and fulfils the public service broadcasting ethos.
“Krakatoa has excelled at encouraging a divergent local music scene and good beer – two things we love to support.”