Hec­tor ready to take their fi­nal bow at Band­stand

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

La­nark­shire rap act Hec­tor Biz­erk are set to split up - but they’re set for an out­door party first.

The group will head­line the Elec­tric Honey Ses­sions this Fri­day (Au­gust 12) at the Kelv­in­grove Band­stand in Glasgow. The show, in con­nec­tion with the stu­dent-run la­bel from Glasgow Kelvin Col­lege, will be one of the band’s fi­nal gigs as they pre­pare to move onto new pas­tures. How­ever they’re look­ing for­ward to the Band­stand show, where they will be joined by sev­eral acts with con­nec­tions to the record la­bel. Drum­mer Au­drey Tait, from Ruther­glen, said: “The Band­stand will be our big­gest gig to date and I just hope it stays dry!

“Pronto Mama are play­ing as well, and we’re good pals with them, and with Colonel Mus­tard, so it should be a fun day with some of our pals.

“I went to one of the band­stand gigs last year, and it was a bril­liant place for a show.

“It was a nice day and peo­ple were just en­joy­ing it. The seat­ing’s re­ally per­fect, so it’ll be a nice one to do.”

Au­drey ad­mit­ted that the re­ac­tion to the news that Hec­tor were split­ting up took her by sur­prise. Over the years they have re­leased a string of al­bums and gigged with acts as di­verse as the Lib­ertines and Juras­sic 5.

Ear­lier they were listed for the Scot­tish Al­bum of the Year prize for their record The Waltz of Mod­ern Psy­chi­a­try.

They also re­leased their new­est al­bum The Sec­ond City of the Em­pire, col­lect­ing four EPs that the band had re­leased in 2014.

And news of their break-up prompted many fans and other mu­si­cians to praise the band heav­ily for their im­pact on the Scot­tish hip hop scene, which has been ex­pand­ing heav­ily over the past decade.

Au­drey added: “It was quite over­whelm­ing. Even though we’ve been go­ing for a few years, there’s still some folk who think it’s just Louie (Hec­tor’s front­man), and it was nice that peo­ple were ask­ing what the rest of the band are up to now, too.”

Join­ing Hec­tor at the Band­stand are Colonel Mus­tard and the Di­jon 5, Pronto Mama, Be Char­lotte, the Sun­shine So­cial, Mickey 9s and the Clara­massa.

The acts were all picked by stu­dents at Glasgow Kelvin Col­lege, who run Elec­tric Honey. Tick­ets are on sale now, priced at £15 and the

show starts at 3pm.

Finale Hec­tor Biz­erk will play Kelv­in­grove Band­stand

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