For the week of June 29 – July 5, 2009.

Camera Obscura in Ohio and Pennsylvania

After a massively successful jaunt to the USA and 6 shows at the world-renowned ‘South by South West’ showcase in Austin Texas, Camera Obscura’s star is very much in ascendance. They recently played live on my BBC Radio Scotland show and were absolutely superb. Their confidence, vitality, songwriting and musicianship increase in quality as they continue their idiosyncratic career, seemingly growing in popularity with every release – especially in the USA and mainland Europe. Having signed to the amazing 4AD label, home to legends such as Pixies, Breeders, Throwing Muses, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and many more, they’re out playing songs from their new ‘My Maudlin Career’ LP which is up there with their best work so far. This is heartfelt, bittersweet, cerebral pop music for people who want more from their hum-along tunes than Lady Gaga!

Monday Jun 29 2009 – Wexner Centre, Columbus, Ohio
Tuesday Jun 30 2009 – Mr Small’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Alex Smoke in Berlin

Alex Menzies is another of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. People often assume Scotland only pumps out indie and rock bands of quality, but our electronic music scene is also up there with the best of them. Alex is known as a techno DJ, but has his own label ‘Hum + Haw’ which releases all kinds of oddball hip-hop and experimental sounds as well as his own compositions. He’s also collaborated with an orchestra and has shown that techno has brain as well as brawn! I’ve seen him live too… and he blows the roof off the place! Laptops, keyboards, decks and effects can be used to create a maelstrom of amazing grooves, rhythms and off-kilter melodies. Check him out!

Saturday Jul 4 2009 – Vakant 5 Years@Rechenzentrum     Berlin, Germany

Also on tour this week: Glasvegas, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Simple Minds, Average White Band, and Rod Stewart. See all dates below.

Vic Galloway

Check out Vic on BBC Radio every week:

Wednesday Night Midnight-2am, BBC Radio 1 in Scotland

This week Sparrow & The Workshop in Session

Monday Night 8.05pm-10pm, BBC Radio Scotland

This week Kat Flint in Session

More Vic at


Jun 30 2009     O2 Arena (with Kings of Leon)     London
Jul 3 2009        Roskiilde Festival     Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 4 2009        Ruisrock Festival     Turku, Finland
Jul 5 2009        Eurokeenes Festival     Belfort, France


Tue, Jun 30th 2009      K15 Festival     Bochum,     Germany
Wed, Jul 1st 2009         Effenaar     Eindhoven,     Netherlands
Thu, Jul 2nd 2009        Patronaat     Haarlem,     Netherlands
Fri, Jul 3rd 2009           Beauregard Festival     Caen,     France
Sat, Jul 4th 2009           Rock Werchter     Werchter,     Belgium
Sun, Jul 5th 2009          Furia Sound Festival     Paris,     France

Franz Ferdinand

Jul 1 2009 The Volt Festival Sopron, Hungary
Jul 3 2009 B’Estfest Bucharest, Romania
Jul 4 2009 Werchter Festival Werchter, Belgium
Jul 5 2009 Arras Festival Arras, France

Simple Minds

Jul 3  2009        Milan, Italy
Jul 5  2009       Rock um Knuedler, Luxembourg

Average White Band

Jun 30 2009      Seminole Hard Rock Casino     Hollywood, Florida
Jul 4 2009      Walker Air Field     Fort Monroe,Virginia

Rod Stewart

July 2 2009          Soccer Club, Plymouth, England
July 4 2009         Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland
July 5 2009        RDS Stadium, Dublin, Ireland