There’s every Reason for young band to believe
An Airdrie band are hoping to take their gigging to the next level after receiving a special Young Scot grant.
Four-piece rock/indie outfit The Reason have been given nearly £500 from the Nurturing Talent fund which aims at forging development opportunities for creative youngsters.
The Reason are opening at the Eagle Inn’s all-day event on Saturday, before taking to the stage at the Garage in Glasgow towards the end of the month.
And frontman Martin Lynch admitted the band are excited about expanding their horizons. The 19-year-old said: “We’ve been given £485 and that is extremely valuable for us as we are an ambitious band.
“We want to play in front of new crowds at bigger venues but you need the necessary funds to play at these places.
“It’s possible to make a bit of money out of gigging but only really enough to book your next one, so this grant can help us in terms of that.
“We can also use it to print posters, our own tickets and put some of it towards recording as well.
“We’ve played most of the smaller venues in Glasgow and headlined the ABC main stage recently, but we want to expand and play to bigger crowds.” Singer Martin shares stages with bandmates Chris McCann, Bruce Murray and Scott McCutcheon.
They initially formed to compete in a North Lanarkshire battle of the bands but after placing third decided to stick at it.
Their bassist revealed that they draw on local inspiration in their quest to make it to the big time.
Bruce , 18, added: “As we progress we keep seeing more strangers in the crowd and it’s quite funny.
“Support slots are big opportunities for us so playing the Garage before Altered Sky will be great. There are bands from around the local area who are a big inspiration to us.
“Tijuana Bibles from Coatbridge are a fantastic example and they don’t realise how many bands look up to them.
“I’m hopeful we’ll get another good crowd at the Garage on August 25 and then after that we’ll look at how is best to use the funding we’ve been given.”
Martin added: “The more people that see us play live the better, and that starts with our next two gigs.”
For tickets for either of their performances, contact The Reason
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Sights set highThe band want to play at larger venues soon