Celebrating 20 Years of Tennent’s Lager Unsigned Band Competition

Celebrating 20 Years of Tennent’s Lager Unsigned Band Competition

GERRYC
As this year’s T Break intern, it was great to work on the 2015 campaign. This year marked the 20th Anniversary of T Break at T in the Park. Over the last 20 years the competition has helped break some of Scotland’s most loved bands with the likes of Biffy Clyro, The View, Paolo Nutini, Travis and Twin Atlantic passing through Scotland’s musical mecca.

Every year over a thousand unsigned bands apply hoping they can follow in the footsteps of their Scottish heroes and ultimately use the opportunity as a platform to take their band to the next level.

The success T Break has had over the last 20 years speaks for itself and this years line up is a contender for the strongest ever.

Glasgow buzz band ‘Tijuana Bibles’ took to the stage on Saturday afternoon to a packed tent eagerly waiting to be showered in ego, swagger and hard rock n roll. The band didn’t disappoint and cemented their place as one of Britain’s most exciting underground bands.

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Other highlight’s from across the weekend were Be Charlotte, whose electro-infused pop sound charmed the T crowd, Dead Rabbit whose energetic indie flair capitalized on a packed tent sheltering from what was a pretty soggy Saturday and Dundonian three piece Our Future Glory who stormed the stage with their energetic, synth pop.

However there is one performance that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Gerry Crowley, or Gerry Cinammon as he is known, walked on the stage to a sea of solitaires with KC & The Sunshine classic ‘Give it Up’ blaring over the PA.

This was a moment he has been building up to over the last few years and it couldn’t have come at a better time for him.

Having shot to the forefront of Scottish music last year when he released referendum anthem ‘Hope over Fear’, his working class singer songwriter ethos was tailor made for the T in the Park crowd, and they showed up in their hundreds to support Castlemilk’s favourite son.

When the time finally came in his set to belt out Hope Over Fear the tent was joined together in a wave of hope, solidarity, a bit of sadness but ultimately a real sense of national pride.

Gerry’s set was what T Break is all about. Giving these small artists a platform to play to a new audience, an opportunity to play to people you may not get the chance to otherwise. It is a tool, if you take advantage of all the opportunities, to get your name out, get press coverage and get noticed by the people who could turn a hobby into a career.  After all, Biffy Clyro got signed after an A&R scout from Beggars Banquet saw them perform at T Break.

Until next time, Chris.

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