Into Music : Vibration Festival
We are well and truly into the festival season and Scotland has already played host to a few belters this year so far, including TRNSMT, Let’s Rock Scotland and Doune The Rabbit Hole. Of course, there’s more to come and Into Creative are particularly excited about the Vibration Festival coming to Falkirk at the start of September.
Concert: Vibration Festival
Venue: Falkirk, Callendar Park
Date: 3-4 September 2022
Falkirk (where Irn Bru was first made, yes, really) has a long history of staging outdoor festivals with Big In Falkirk, established at the turn of the century and now Vibration which has been going for a few years now. Set in the town’s Callendar Park, and in front of the imposing Callendar House, the venue is ideally situated in the heart of Scotland, a half hour train journey from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Getting The Charlatans to headline the Saturday line up is a real coup for the festival given the status of a band that regularly plays huge venues across the U.K. and command top slots at the likes of Glastonbury and Reading Festival. The band. of course, are no strangers to Scotland and hot on the heels of their sell out show at Glasgow O2 Academy a few weeks ago (read the Into Creative review here) they are sure to go down a storm.
Elsewhere on the Saturday The Zutons will bring their brand of psychedelic indie rock and and an as yet special guest to be confirmed will add to the spice.
Positively, there are a number of Scottish and local bands/artists taking part including Dead Pony (who recently toured with Twin Atlantic) with their hard hitting post-punk sound which is sure to cause more than a stir with the Falkirk audience. Think pounding drums, grungy guitar and attitude laden vocals.
Elsewhere it’s a family affair with three brothers and a cousin who make up Taz and the Maniacs for this Falkirk band returning to play to their home town. Having released the excellent album Peace & Love in 2020, it’ll be interesting to hear what the band whose sound is influenced by the likes of The Beatles and Warren Zevon have come up with next.
Turning to the Sunday, The Darkness will bring their version of glam/heavy rock to the stage. Known for their energetic live shows they seem like the perfect band to bring the festival to a close.
Before that however, there’s plenty others to gorge on including Irish indie rockers Ash and post-punk outfit The Futureheads who amazingly have been on the go for over 20 years now.
Again, Scottish and local bands are well represented on the Sunday. Spyres were pretty much on everyone’s “one to watch” lists at the start of 2022 and no wonder. With regular radio play, support slots with The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Snuts as well as their own sell out shows sees a band very much on the up. Mixing power pop and rock has brought Spyres to the fore and they should be well received by the festival crowd.
Stirling band Gerry Son & the Smokin’ Gun make the short hop to Falkirk bringing their cleverly crafted songs and deft musicianship to the festival. With two solid albums behind them (2020’s Cheap Dirty Love and last year’s The Future Can’t Wait) they are one band I’ll be making a concerted effort to see on the Sunday.
At times harmonious and whimsical (Peter Green & His Lovely Albatross) yet at times darker and bolder (Steal) the band have a rich sound and an ability to mix it up. Miss them at your peril…
For tickets and details of Vibration Festival, head to the website here.