rockers Francesqa will be making the trip up north to play a date at the city’s Cafe Drummonds. Support on the night comes from two great local pop-punk bands: Autumn in Disguise, who are currently recording a new video, and Adrienne, previously known as Only the Brave. Adrienne member Finlay Urquhart said: “In my opinion Francesqa are one of the best bands in the UK at the moment, so it’s a great opportunity to be able to play with them. “In the coming months we’ll be releasing our first single – Statues – and we’re also in the process of booking a lot of out-of-town shows. “These are exciting times for us.”
ABERDEEN Gig Promotions has recently announced a series of Access All Gig passes, which will allow access to every AGP event from now until August 30. As well as putting on shows from fantastic touring bands, AGP always strives to represent Aberdeen’s best musical talent and each gig usually features some brilliant local supports. Ross Calder of AGP said: “I’ve introduced the passes to try to encourage people to check out bands they might not have heard of before. “AGP has always enjoyed putting on up-andcoming bands and any way we can make it easier for people to come along and perhaps find their new favourite band is great for the local music scene.”
POPULAR: Lady Gaga has a unique sound. and Gaga puts it down to the fact they all found themselves on uncool fringes when they were growing up. “It’s nothing short of revenge of the nerds when it comes to Fernando, White Shadow and I,” she explains. “All three of us, we’re part of that same mentality.” She talks about how one of the album’s big themes is about how you deal with having been bullied as a kid, later on in life. “Maybe that’s the reckoning with this album. Do I want to be one of them or not?” Aside from such selfreflections, Gaga insists everything she does is for her fans – those “Little Monsters” who hang on the every word of “Mother Monster”. But Gaga’s plugged in enough to know you don’t become one of the biggestselling album artists in the world without some mass appeal too. “It’s not just kids who feel disenfranchised who listen to my music, all sorts of people do,” she says, understanding there’s no point in preaching acceptance if only minorities feel comfortable at Gaga shows. “I love the fact my music gets played on a pop radio station and people from all sort of different walks of life love it,” she says. “That’s the whole message behind it!” In a world of style over substance, it looks like pop has finally found someone who’s got both.
SONGWRITER: Craig John Davidson.
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