Norway’s Sigrid made quite an impact with her single Strangers, and shows no sign of fizzling out anytime soon. High Five, a more recent single, released earlier in the year showcases her upbeat, singable, danceable style.
Her stripped-back shows forgo all the glitzy gimmicks that a lot of other pop stars rely on; this is testament to her talent and her belief in her brand of pop music. That brand is something that exists somewhere within the Lorde/Sia venn diagram; something that takes contemporary r’n’b beats and puts some sweet but strong vocals on top. She might look about 12-years-old, but Sigrid’s tunes and performances let you know that she is a well-seasoned, highly-talented artist.
Sigrid plays the o2 Academy in Glasgow on Nov 7.
Just enough space to shoehorn in a mention for one of our own, in Whitburn singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. Lewis’ popularity extends well beyond Scotland but there will always be an added extra something between an artist and the crowd when it’s a gig on home turf.
Lewis Capaldi plays the Barrowlands in Glasgow on Nov 10-11.
George Ezra’s booming baritone voice has already become a mainstay on festival stages and radio shows with songs like Budapest from his debut album Wanted on Voyage, remaining a favourite amongst fans. His latest album, Staying at Tamara’s has already spawned a single, in Paradise, that will surely become another favourite within his sets. Ezra has quite the range of songs to choose from for his set considering he only has two full-length albums under his belt.
George Ezra plays the Barrowlands in Glasgow on Nov 12 and 13.
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS
Fresh from his collaboration with Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile (his real name) has hit the road again with his own band, The Violators. Vile is an outstanding guitarist with hints of Tom Petty and Neil Young about him, all topped off with something a little more grungy and hazy. Vile’s folk-inspired rock is perfect for chilling out to but also makes for a great show. Vile’s gig is something you shouldn’t miss – a genuinely talented guy, messing around with guitars and banjos with a great band behind him.
Kurt Vile and the Violators play SWG3 in Glasgow on Nov 13.
previews by Luke Hawkins