Stirling’s music scene

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You may have seen an article about some of the massive artists coming to play in Scotland this month, but Stirling’s own music scene is also thriving. From open mic nights at the likes of Kilted Kangaroo and local artists playing at a plethora of venues in the city to bands on tour coming to play at the likes of the Tolbooth and the Albert Halls, there’s something for everyone.

One of the major concerts coming up in the next year is, of course, Runrig’s final farewell show in August. Some of the big names coming to the Albert Halls include Britain’s Got Talent’s Collabro on November 24 and UK country music star Nathan Carter on April 8.

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At the Tolbooth there are some great gigs coming up, including former Marillion frontman Fish on December 6 and award-winning UK folk band Talisk on December 8.

But it’s not just big concerts that make the local music scene so exciting. Thanks to the Stirling DIY Press Collective, there has been a rise in cultural pop-up gigs with artists from all over the country. They host events in venues from Mediterranea to Fubar with a variety of acts including indie artists and house/techno DJs.

One of the biggest events at the Tolbooth is their regular alternative music night ‘Strange Behaviours’. This year it has been reinvented as the ‘Strange Behaviours Festival’, a boutique multi-stage festival celebrating the best of both celebrated and grassroots Scottish music.

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The first day took place back in June for the ‘summer party’ and the second day is coming up on November 18 for the ‘winter party’. On the night, a wide variety of artists from across Scotland will be playing across three intimate stages all located in the Tolbooth. Some of the artists playing on the night include Pictish Trail, A cappella group The Lochbacks and singer-songwriter Jason Riddell. It is guaranteed to be one of the most unique nights of entertainment you’ll see in Stirling and a great opportunity to see some up-and-coming artists up close and personal.

To be in with the chance of winning three tickets to the ‘Strange Behaviours Winter Party’ check out our Facebook page for more information.

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