EK singer is ready for a spot of T in the Park!

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

A La­nark­shire singer is get­ting ready for T time - after land­ing a spot at T In The Park.

De­clan Welsh, from East Mains in East Kil­bride, has won a place on the T Break stage for emerg­ing tal­ent. That means he’ll be ap­pear­ing at Scot­land’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­val, which takes place at Strathal­lan Cas­tle in Perthshire. And the singer’s de­lighted to go to a fes­ti­val he’s pre­vi­ously at­tended as a punter He told the Ticket: “It’s the Sun­day I’m play­ing ( July 10), and there’s so many great bands that day - I’m a mas­sive fan of LCD Soundsys­tem, and it’s amaz­ing to be play­ing the same fes­ti­val that they are.

“It’s start­ing to sink in a bit now that I’m get­ting to play T and I’m just buzzing about it all.

“I’m chok­ing to get out there and play the show now.

“I went to T when I was 18, be­cause it’s like a rite of pas­sage to go when you’re that age.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing Pulp play, and.the Strokes and Weezer were play­ing that year too, so it was a great line-up.”

While this year’s bash will fea­ture big names like the Stone Roses and Calvin Har­ris, De­clan be­lieves that some­thing like T Break, which picks 16 new Scot­tish acts to join the bill, is a vi­tal part of the fes­ti­val.

He added: “It’s so im­por­tant that they give new acts a plat­form, es­pe­cially if they have some­thing to say.

“I think mu­sic has a real pur­pose, and some­thing like T Break gives you a plat­form and a chance to air your views.”

Those views can be heard on De­clan’s up­com­ing dou­ble A side sin­gle, which is slated for a re­lease later this year on Glas­gow la­bel Dead Beet Records.

The first song, No Pasaran, is fo­cused on deal­ing with in­tol­er­ance and fas­cism, while Do What You Want is cen­tred around LBGT rights.

He said: “They’re both deal­ing with more ma­ture themes than just go­ing out.”

And the singer is grate­ful for the sup­port he’s re­ceived from pals in East Kil­bride, go­ing back to his days with the band Stag Firm Col­lapse.

He added: “I’ve al­ways been in­spired by East Kil­bride in my writ­ing, and there’s quite a few ref­er­ences in the songs to things there.

“This op­por­tu­nity won’t have come about with­out sup­port from peo­ple there, and it’d be great if any of them could make it along to T and help sup­port me.”

Gear­ing up De­clan Welsh is ready to play T In The Park

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