Neon Waltz To Play Old Wick High School in October 2016

TICKETS ON SALE 7PM, SUNDAY 5TH JUNE 2016.

Neon Waltz are set to play their first hometown show of 2016 - and it's part of a very special night to mark the closing of the Old Wick High School.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 1st October, will see them play to their biggest Caithness audience to date in a venue that is steeped in history for the band.

Support comes from the incredible DOMICILES who describe their sound as “saturated in aural familiarity and unreservedly unique, retro, and futurist in equal measures; a universal representation of the concept of psychedelia that strikes you, consumes you and spits you back out”.

Tickets (£10, subject to booking fee) go on sale at 7pm on Sunday 5th June, available from www.CaithnessGigs.com.

Age restrictions: 16+ (U-18s with Adult).

XpoNorth Music: Thurso Networking Event and Digital Marketing Workshop

Wednesday 21st October 2015, 6.30pm-8pm Cafe Tempest, Thurso Harbour, Thurso, KW14 8DE FREE Admission

Derick Mackinnon from New Found Sound will deliver an introduction to digital marketing workshop offering practical tips on how best to promote your band across digital platforms and how to use mailing lists to develop your fanbase. It will also look at the basic creation of Electronic Press Kits [EPKs] and offer advise on engaging with media.

Derick founded New Found Sound in 2006, Wide Days music business convention in 2010 and has worked as a Marketing Manager, created press and social media campaigns for organisations like Drake Music Scotland, goNORTH, Born To Be Wide, We Make Music Work, Saltire Taverns and artists as diverse as, Curtis Stigers, Bombskare, Stanley Odd, PianoPiano and The Levellers. Derick has worked on large scale music experiential marketing campaigns, tours and festivals with Miller Genuine Draft and Kopparberg- as well as creating his own festivals and live music nights. He currently manages press and social media for Scottish Music Centre, [including Music Plus+ and Hit The Road youth music projects], and writes a weekly Artist of the Week feature for the Scotland On Sunday newspaper.

Alex Smith from XpoNorth Music will also be on hand to deliver an overview of the music industry network and discuss attending and showcasing at XpoNorth (formerly goNORTH).

The Side Are Back! New EP & Wick Show Announced

The Side are back, and are set to play Blackstairs Lounge in Wick on Saturday 4th July with a new line-up consisting of original members Hugh "Winnie" Winton (Vox/Guitar), John "Muff" Ross (Drums) & Ryan Golder (Bass / Backing Vox), with new addition Ruaridh Campbell (Keys).

Formed in 2005 in Alness, The Side have enjoyed remarkable success over the years for an unsigned act, with appearances at Belladrum, Bfest and Rockness as well events in France, Russia and Luxembourg. However, their finest hour to date came in 2010 when they supported Bon Jovi ad the O2 Arena in London, playing to 23,000 people, as well as playing before the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, having penned Ross County’s cup final anthem that year.

The band re-launched at Mad Hatters in Inverness in May, and their new EP, due for launch in July, will feature 4 tracks - Lucy, Fight the Feeling, Starting Over and Running Away. A run of Scottish dates will support the EP launch, with a mixture of new material and old favourites due to be performed at the Blackstairs Lounge in Wick on Saturday 4th July.

Support comes from local musician and producer Andy Williamson, who launched his own solo career in late 2013 after working behind the scenes as a session performer and producer for many other artists. With a 26-date UK tour and a single release already under his belt in 2015, Andy has been working in the legendary Abbey Road studio in London preparing new material for forthcoming releases.

Entry to the show is free, on a first-come-first-served basis, with doors opening at 7pm.

Cactus & Cardigan Return to Wick!

Cactus&Cardigan make their long awaited return to Wick later this month when they play Blackstairs Lounge on Saturday 23rd May.

Described by XFM’s Jim Gellatly as "Rifftastic" and having "huge riffs and unorthodox lyrics" by influential blog RaveChild.com, it will be the Caithness 3-piece’s first Wick show since they tore apart Bfest in 2013.

Fans can expect a full-on night of noise-rock with a good degree of humour thrown in - with song titles like "Smegma", "Wizard’s Sleeve" and "Trust Me, Reggie Yates Is Our Messiah" in the setlist, you know this is a show not to be missed!

Doors open at 7pm and this is a free entry show.

Nick Mercer Jr Returns to Wick

Caithness Gigs are delighted to be bringing the enigmatic former Sergeant frontman Nick Mercer Jr back to the far north, for what will be his fourth visit to the county when he plays the Blackstairs Lounge in Wick on Friday 24th April.

Formed in Glenrothes, Fife, Sergeant had a sharp rise in the Scottish music scene after they were signed to Mercury Records in 2007. They went on to play T in the Park and Glastonbury the same year, as well as supporting Oasis and the Fratellis on their UK tours. Their first visit to Wick was in 2009 when they sold out the 600 capacity Assembly Rooms with a show supporting Diabetes UK.

6 years later and Nick Mercer Jr is back writing music after a period of “falling out of love” with the scene. “I felt stunned by the experience we had with the industry at the end of Sergeant’s time, we were signed to a major label and supporting Oasis and then the record label decided not to release the album. We were young though and I look back on the time with only fond memories…”

Quitting his job with Pretty Green in London, he put pen back to paper and is on the road with a selection of new songs as well as revisiting Sergeant’s back catalogue - including K-Ok, Sunshine and Counting Down the Days. Speaking recently, Nick said he was very much looking forward to coming back to the far north and playing to a crowd that has always given him a great reception over the years.

Support comes from local musician and producer Andy Williamson, who launched his own solo career in late 2013 after working behind the scenes as a session performer and producer for many other artists. With a 26-date UK tour and a single release already under his belt in 2015, Andy has been working in the legendary Abbey Road studio in London preparing new material for forthcoming releases.

Entry to the show is free, on a first-come-first-served basis, with doors opening at 7pm.

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