Episode #2

With Episode #1 under our belt, we are pleased to present Episode #2. This one is on Saturday the 21st of November at Downstairs. Two bands from Glasgow playing Aberdeen for the first time and our local representatives this time are Best Girl Athlete.

The Girobabies – First seen by us at this years Eden Festival and a late afternoon performance by vocalist Mark McGhee and his band left an impression that stayed. Hip hop, carry on, carry out, make of it what you will. The live show is where its at.

Laura St Jude – Laura first came to our notice joining her own band member Dale Barclay on stage with The Amazing Snakeheads when they sang The Bullfighter a year or so ago, since then we’ve seen them support Baby Strange and Tijuana Bibles on different occasions in Glasgow and been impressed both times. We feel there is much more to come from Laura and her band in the months ahead. See for yourself on Saturday.

Best Girl Athlete – Featuring local father and daughter duo Katie and Charley Buchan and performing with their band for the first time in a while in the city.

Double Barrel DJ’s. Keeping you entertained before, between and after the bands with an eclectic selection of tracks that will hopefully set the groove for the evening.

Entry is only £5 and advance tickets can be purchased here.

Doors 7.30pm.

flaresnseagulls - Episode #2

Barenaked at the Beach


A wet and windy autumnal Monday evening may not be everyone’s idea of a good night to head down to the beach but, come 7pm, I joined the line of windswept people queuing to get into the Beach Ballroom, all there to see The Barenaked Ladies and Colin Hay. You can read Dark Secret’s words and see some pictures here.



His Majesty’s Theatre is a beautiful building, and Dark Secret has had many a pleasurable evening watching some of the excellent shows they host over the last few years. Every so often, just for a few weeks a year, you can see what the visiting performers get to see, and have a tour backstage. FnS decided to take the tour and you can read our words and see some pictures here.

Episode #1

After many years of attending them we’ve finally taken the plunge and organised our first gig in Aberdeen. We see so many bands on our travels so we thought it might be an idea to try and get some of them them to play here. Anyway, our first one is on Sunday the 1st of November at Cafe Drummonds.  The bands playing are…

Life on Standby, first seen by us at last years Brew at the Bog and we’re really pleased to get them to come all the way from Greenock to play Aberdeen for the first time. Singer Erin Donnachie fronts a great live show from this young band and we’re sure you wont be disappointed.

The Media Whores. We first saw them supporting Ruts DC in Kirkcaldy and that was enough to convince us to try and add them to a show if we could. They played the Moorings to a decent crowd last year so hopefully we can get the numbers on the dancefloor to keep Aberdeen on their touring lists.  A gimmick free but as tight a performance onstage as you’d hope for.

Rumtumtartar, are our local support for the night. Interesting, female fronted, and grungy. Happy to have them on board and play for you.

Double Barrel DJ’s. Keeping you entertained before, during and after the bands with an eclectic selection of tracks that will hopefully set the groove for the evening.

Entry is only £6 and advance tickets can be purchased here.

flaresnseagulls - Episode #1

Love in Vain

I think we’re finally finding our writing mojo again after a million camera button presses in the last few months and we start off our hopefully regular interviews again with Roland Link, talking about his latest book, Love in Vain, the story of The Ruts and Ruts DC, told by the people who matter. We also have a competition where you can enter to win a copy of the excellent book. Interview and competition can be found here.

Love in Vain - Roland Link

Wickerman Festival Ticket Competition

Another year, another blistering line-up from Wickerman Festival and yet another competition to win a pair of tickets for the weekend from us.

Wickerman Festival 2015

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets all you have to do is tell us which of the artists on this years line-up had a hit with “I Can See Clearly Now” and email your answer to wickerman2015@flaresnseagulls.com. Remember to include your name, address and mobile phone number. Good luck!

Tickets are not transferable so please make sure you can attend before you enter.

Wickerman Festival is set in Dumfries & Galway and takes place on the 24th and 25th of July. You can find all the information you need to know about Wickerman on the official website here.

Eden Festival Ticket Competition

We have lots of updates to get finished and online (as usual) but we’ll kick off with a competition to win a pair of tickets for this years fantastic Eden Festival which is held on the 11th to the 14th of June in Dumfries and Galloway.

Eden Festival 2015

All you have to do is tell us the name of the main stage at this years jam-packed festival and email your answer to eden@flaresnseagulls.com.

All entries must have a name, address and mobile number otherwise will be disqualified. You’d think that would be easy but every year there’s some people who miss out these things. Anyway, you’ve been warned. :)  Also, the tickets are not transferable so make sure you can go before you enter, keeps it fair for everyone.

All the info you need to know about Eden Festival can be found here, and the line-up for the festival can be found here. Tickets are still available and adults are only 99 of your hard-earned pounds each, great value in our humble opinion.

Good luck if you enter and hopefully we’ll see some of you there.

SB & DS.