Noticeboard NewsGossipOpinion Hinterland enjoyed audiences of over 6000 last year
Hinter wonderland As the Hinterland festival prepares to make its return for a second year, organiser Mike Oman explains why less is more Words: Anna Millar
I t’s no secret that small scale festivals have suffered in the current economic climate, but in Glasgow, self-confessed ‘little guy’ Hinterland festival is trying to fight back. Considerably smaller than its competitors, the festival’s inaugural 2-day event, last spring, brought 12 venues and 120 musicians together. A surprising success for a first outing, 2009’s line-up boasted, among others, The Fall and Simian Mobile Disco. This year, organiser Mike Oman has taken stock and decided less can be more. Following suggestions by gig goers that 12 venues was too many, this year will see the festival brought together over one day. ‘It’s always a bit hard for the little guy, so we had to find a way around it, to make it work,’ says Oman.
‘Glasgow’s got a great music scene, and has a
reasonably small city centre that’s easy to get around, and it felt like there was a bit of a gap in the market for us,’ explains Oman. ‘We realised it could be: spend a tenner, see some great gigs and DJ sets, go clubbing and then stagger home.’ Much like 2009, this year’s line-up will include local and international talent. The action will be centred around the Arches, Sub Club, MacSorley’s, The Admiral and Pivo Pivo, with more to be confirmed. ‘We wanted to create a smaller, closer affair – the feedback suggested that we tried to pack too much in, and used too many venues over the two days. We want the set times to be staggered so that people don’t miss anything.’
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■ Edinburgh based hip hop producers Capitol 1212 are adding their name to the long list of acts using their music to help the Haiti cause. The pair, also known as Fly- T and Professa Fresh, will join a roster of MCs from home and abroad to create a downloadable EP, with all profits going to medical organisation, Doctors Without Borders. ‘So often music is about money, money’, explains Fly-T, real name
David Boyd. ‘We just wanted to keep it real. After seeing the devastation and misery caused by the earthquake in Haiti, we really wanted to do something.’ The EP will feature MC talent
from the UK and the US; with A- side ‘Fiyah’ featuring Edinburgh based Profisee, London MC Serocee, Liverpudlian Mr Bang On and Boston talent ED-OG. The EP will be available through Rubadub and digitally, via Amazon and iTunes from 8 March. See www.myspace.com/capital1212.
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