Updated: Mar 3
What a week it’s been! From filming the last of our Plugged In & Wired acts at The Ice Box Arts & Music Centre last weekend, to a press flurry this week, including this ace article from The List. This week and the reactions to our festival announcements have shown us how, more than ever, the arts are so desperately missed. We hope to fill some of that gouch with top quality acts beamed straight in to your homes from the 26th of March. In the meantime meet some more of our quality acts, with some tantalising headliners coming your way too! Don’t forget to tip the acts when you can.
NIGHT EDITOR - MUSIC
Presenting Southside Story & Sun Don’t Shine , Alasdair Fergsuon, aka Night Editor graduated from the SAE Institute last year with a BA Hons in Digital Filmmaking. His final project was a poetic film about the south side of Glasgow called Southside Story. He filmed and edited shops, people, wildlife and so forth and composed an original score for the film. Since Lockdown he’s produced three singles for people, he had studied music production, too. Alasdair also composed some new songs, one of which Sund Don’t Shine, you can see in March. Following Covid practice he even filmed music videos for the songs. This seemed a welcome diversion from the lockdown. He was also comissioned to make a short film A Journey Around My Tenement, which was three different stories set in a tenement. The aim was to put the film online on the dates that the Fringe would have been on. At nearly an hour, it was the most ambitious film he’s made so far. Alasdair has also been working on a short film Conceal which has had good critical reviews, he hopes to submit that to the Southside Film Festival. But it's mainly music he’s been working on during lockdown. Either composing or working with artistes on their own tracks, adding orchestration and producing.
SEAN WAI KEUNG - LITERATURE
Presenting "sikfan glaschu" preview, Sean Wai Kung is a poet and performer who has lived in Southside for around 5 years now. He won the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 with his work "you are mistaken" and he’s also had two other pamphlets published with Speculative Books, "how to cook" and "be happy". In April 2021, Sean’s first full-length poetry collection will be published by Verve Poetry Press, and is currently available for pre-order via the Verve website and/or Waterstones. The collection itself is about Glasgow and takes inspiration from many of the restaurants in the city, including Southside joints such as the Rum Shack, Tinto Tapas and the Glad Cafe.
HEADLINER - VIV GEE – COMEDY
No stranger to Southside Fringe, it’s great to welcome back and introduce the first of our headliners Southsider and ex Edinburgher Viv Gee as she gives us the low down on lockdown with a hilarious stand-up comedy set. Viv’s performed stand-up comedy from LA to Bangkok and has compered many big events including T in the Park and Glasgow’s New Year Celebrations. Viv was also a finalist in Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny and he BBC open Mic Final. TV and Radio appearances include The Comedy Underground, Lorraine Kelly’s Make Me Happier STV, Stake Out, Hedz, River City, Revolver, The Key, Velvet Soup, Fred Macaulay Show, Cover Stories, Comedy Café, Velvet Cabaret and The Gates.
HEADLINER - BARTOK THINS – MUSIC
Bartok Thins are a duo from Glasgow who write and perform original material. We have performed in Europe and the USA, performing in the world famous Whiskey a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard and at the Beverly Hills concert series. Bartok Thins are Helen Frater Lennon and Peter Lennon. They’ve been writing and performing together since 2002. Their material is a mixture of indie pop, country, blues and jazz. Returning to Glasgow after spending 7 years touring and performing in the USA., they, like many musicians are currently building their knowledge and experiences of online streaming performance but look forward to being able to get back out and play to a live audience.
HEADLINER - GABRIEL FEATHERSTONE – CABARET
Gabriel Featherstone's, Frankenstein Revue is a handmade, one-person carnivàle, we can’t wait. Gabriel is a humble cloud of broken thoughts and memories, trapped inside a mobile prison of rapidly deteriorating flesh. He is also a comedian, songwriter and cabaret entertainer from Glasgow. Described by comedy historian Robert Wringham as being "the noble heir to a worthy line of fringe-dwelling loons", Gabriel is well known in Scottish cabaret circles for having written a really catchy song about cabbages. His act heavily relies on absurd storytelling practises, weird songs and cumbersome homemade props. He is a member of CHUNKS, a Glasgow-based alternative comedy collective with three Scottish Comedy Awards and a smashing review on Chortle. Gabriel appeared with Chunks in an episode of BBC Sounds' Original Pilot Material, in which he played the ghost of a pig. He has performed in several places and situations, including The Stand Comedy Club, The Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, The Blue Arrow Jazz Club, The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, The Rose Theatre, The Polo Lounge, The National Museum of Scotland, The Eden Music Festival, and The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society. He also frequently appears in The Sinister Wink: The Creative Martyrs’ beloved underground cabaret showcase. Gabriel has organised several alternative variety shows in Glasgow, including Doctor Smiley's Weirdo Theatre for The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and The Boiling Dolphin Show for The Blue Chair Café. He has also written and performed three one-man shows - Carved From Ape (2017), Whelk Ham Tomb Eye Toybox (2018), and The Toys That Broke Me (2019). His routines include The Lovecraftian Lovesong, Batman Vs. Samuel Beckett and The Man With Breasts For Eyes.
HEADLINER - BECCI WALLACE - MUSIC
Becci Wallace performs songs from her latest release Present Tense. Singer- Songwriter and producer Becci Wallace is firmly placed at the heart of Scotland’s Songwriting community. The first thing you will notice about her is her tireless energy, versatility and zest for lyrics and melody. Her new album Present Tense was released in November and has been met with critical acclaim, nominated for Celtic Music Radio and The Weekender album of the year (results pending) and featured as the 'Record of Note' on BBC Scotland's Roddy Hart Show, as well as national press and radio play across the UK. Highlighting issues around motherhood in the music in dustry, Becci’s latest work is a candid expression of the light and darkness of being a mother at the forefront of a profession that demands relevance. Writing across genres and co-writing on the Pearlfishers Love and Other Hopeless Things, Catherine Rudie’s Mobius Kiss and Loki’s Government Issue Music Protest she has proven to be a versatile and dynamic artist. Becci runs That’s What She Said- a podcast highlighting women in the U.K music industries and is Co-Creator of SongSeeds Online Songwriting Retreats.
Currently teaching Commercial Music and Songwriting at UWS while researching a hip-hop education PhD, music is not just something Becci does, it is her life. A champion of upcoming and established artists, Becci aims to highlight the importance of community in music in all that she does.
HEADLINER - CLOUD OF STARLINGS – MUSIC
Cloud of Starlings are a 3 piece Melodic Rock band from west of Scotland. Pairing subtle low-fi verses with heavy choruses and screaming guitar solos Cloud of Starlings take you on a sonic journey through soaring highs and crashing lows. Taking inspiration from the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Joy Division, Jimmi Hendrix and Pink Floyd they have created a sound that incorporates elements of rock, grunge, funk and acoustica. Their full blooded sets have everything from the stomping anthem ‘New York’ to the Black Crows inspired bluesy groove of Like a Stone and the Indy rock rhythms of Lessons Learned. They have played various venues across Glasgow, the highlight being opening the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games stage on Brunswick Street, and while at home in small sweaty venues their sound is also well suited for the larger stage and they hope to better this amazing experience in the future.
Stay Tuned! More unbelievably brilliant acts to be introduced next week…