Solas has always been about nurturing up-and-coming talent: the Fresh stage is a great place to see some of the best young and emerging artists. Download our 2017 programme here, and our Daily Diary here, for full information and times.


Home$lice band photo
Fresh faces Home$lice play the sort of lo-fi post punk that is perfect to dance to with a beer in your hand on a sunny day. Their debut EP Young Creatives made a splash in the Spring and we expect to hear much more from them.

The Micro Band

The Micro Band group photo

The Micro Band are an Edinburgh-based, 7-person band, that play an eclectic mix of music guaranteed to get any crowd buzzing. Mixing pop, soul, jazz, afrobeat, rock ‘n’ roll and a touch of just about everything else, they have created an original live show that emanates energy and positivity.

St Martiins

St Martiins band members in front of clematis

Dundee’s brightest young things, St Martiins – yes with two i’s – play shimmering guitar pop that mixes with dancable beats and a great femail vocal lead. Not to be missed.

Dancing on Tables

Dancing on Tables band members standing on railway tracks

The Kingdom of Fife gets more than a footnote in the history of music, and Dancing on Tables are the latest to go on to make it in the big city, being invited to play King Tut’s in Glasgow three times last year alone.

Big Hogg

Members of Big Hogg standing outside church building

Syncopated jazz-pop and psychedelia coming to you live from the mid 1970s. Fronted by Justin and Sophie, this six-piece band make it clear that prog aint dead, it’s just back with better synths.

Josephine Sillars

Photo portrait of Josephine Sillars

Highlands singer-songwriter, Josephine Sillars is a musician now living in Glasgow. Over the past few years she has toured nationally and internationally, and sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her EP was met with positive reviews and was nominated for Solo Record of the Year for The Local Music Scene Awards 2015.


Age-otori performing onstage. Photo credit: Isabel Mya

Age-otori is a Japanese word meaning to look worse after a haircut. However, in this context we mean not that, but the soulful musings of up-and-coming musician Sam Kay.

Black Doves

Black Doves band photo

Perhaps Scotland’s most fabulous party band, Black Doves are often to be found playing to rooms full of glitter on Sauchiehall street in the early hours of the morning, so it’s a joy to have their unique cabaret-pop at Solas.


Tantra bring the indie-punk sound from Perth and Dundee, with classic riffs and hair to match.

Stop the Rain

Stop the Rain performing onstage

Up-and-coming five piece from Perth, Stop The Rain may be fresh faced, but with their tight rhythm section, raw vocals and recent gigs at the ABC and King Tut’s, they’re definitely a band worth keeping an eye on.


Benedictus playing onstage

Straight Outta Abertay, Benedictus are a young band peddling high-energy, hard hitting rock and roll that deals with growing up working-class on the East Coast of Scotland.


Longstay busking on street

Perth’s finest have battled it out for a slot at the Festival. Come and see the winners perform.

Jim McAteer

Jim McAteer

Elvis meets Ivor Cutler. Jim McAteer is a singer and guitarist from Glasgow who has toured from New York to Nowheresville playing his idiosyncratic blend of whimsical country, folk and blues.