The whole Plugged In & Wired production process has been something wonderful, from learning curves to getting to know all these wonderful individuals who we're honoured to have in the programme. We're also stoked with the press interest its attracted, with ace coverage in this article in PCN Magazine and we were delighted to kick off the week with a great article by Catriona Stewart in The Glasgow Times. The impact of the festival that's become more and more apparent is a message of hope, giving hope to creatives in an otherwise bleak time. And we hope we can beam that good vibing in to your homes from the 26th of March.
We're in the final week of intros, with this being the penultimate blog introducing you to all the acts and we have a bumper of a beaut of a blog for you today. Meet rockers Black Star Jackals, Glasgow treasure SambaYaBamba, creator of magical worlds Claire Casey, the talented and funny lady Andrea, adopted Glaswegian from Barcelona Guillem Gené , song writer Paul Rice, writer and performer of spoken word Sean Wai Keung, well known crime author Morgan Cry & the esoteric Green Finch. As ever, we're here, not to just provide a prime performance platform for quality Southside creatives but we really encourage you to show your support for all these talented individuals. It's been a really hard year for us all and especially creatives. Hit up their socials with some Southside loving and where linked please support them that one step further and throw what you can afford in to their virtual tip jars. We're always appreciative of any support you can give our festival too and our own virtual tip jar can be found here.
BLACK STAR JACKALS - MUSIC
Up and coming rockers Black Star Jackals perform a short live set of their newest songs. The Glasgow based 4 piece are quickly garnering fans across the UK thanks to their infectious melodies and hard rock vibes with the aim of bringing rock music back into the mainstream. Described by A&R Factory as a "melodically gifted powerhouse", Glasgow based Black Star Jackals burst on to the scene at the start of 2019. The alt-rock/indie 4 piece have quickly garnered new fans, radio airplay and positive reviews from industry professionals thanks to their infectious melodies and hard rock vibes.
SAMBAYABAMBA - MUSIC
This is SambayaBamba finds Glasgow-based SambaYaBamba giving a vibrant and energetic live performance from the Encontro Street Band Festival, edited over their original song Brown Shoe. Pure, organic, dance music - powerful and irresistible. SambaYaBamba is a musical tour-de-force hailing from the sun-drenched streets of tropical Glasgow. A 30-odd-piece drumming bateria and brass section rooted in the musical traditions of the Brazilian carnival yet at the same time, very much tailored to a the Glasgow crowd. They are equally at home on a huge stage, in a street parade or in a basement club. Their set twists and turns from full scale samba to drum and bass and beyond with a tightness and commitment to the rhythm that is a joy to behold. The organisation's mission is to spread the love of Brazilian street music by providing access, performance and progression opportunities to all. This is achieved through constant beginner adult classes, brass taster sessions, dance workshops and a thriving and vibrant Youth Band (www.sambayabamba.com/youth-band). Having begun as a community arts project in Paisley, the band has been in existence for over 20 years and has gone from strength to strength playing an incredible roster of gigs large and small far and near including many for the national teams at both Hampden and Murrayfield, all the important festivals and legendary samba get-togethers from here to Brighton, Coburg and many more. In recent years SYB and Glasgow have been hosting the samba community, inviting bands to come and play on the streets of Glasgow in the ambitious and extremely successful Encontro Street Band Festival taking place in the Merchant City.