Well, it’s that time of year… best album of the year, best single of the year, best weekly gig blog on Dear Scotland etc! Yes, it makes sense for me to do my best gig of the year! It’s a tricky one as I’ve seen so many. However, one really sticks in my mind:

Vic’s Gig of the Year

Though there was a day event too which was also great, the evening ‘Showcasing Scotland’ at this year’s ‘South by South West’ festival in Austin, Texas was my gig of the year.

I was compere and host, so was quite apprehensive and nervous of what was going to happen. The bill was very impressive – We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dananananaykroyd, Camera Obscura, The Proclaimers, Glasvegas and Primal Scream – and it looked like a potential winner… but how did it actually go? In all honesty, it couldn’t have been better – the gig was sold-out and at total capacity from Camera Obscura’s set onwards! There was a huge queue down the street and the audience inside the venue seemed to love ALL the bands.

I was honoured to announce them onstage and try to gee-up the crowd. As for the performances, everyone rose to the occasion and I felt genuinely proud to be Scottish!

Dananananaykroyd at ‘Showcasing Scotland’ at SXSW

Dananananaykroyd SXSW Scottish Showcase Austin from NMK on Vimeo.

On tour this week: Just one Biffy Clyro date. See below.


Check out Vic on BBC Radio every week:

Monday Night 8.05pm-10pm, BBC Radio Scotland
Christmas Special with Frightened Rabbit in Session.

Wednesday Night Midnight-2am, BBC Radio 1 in Scotland
Vic has S.Kay in Session

More Vic at www.myspace.com/vicgallowayr1

Scotland on Tour this week

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Photo Credit: Digital.Pyrotechnics