EDITORIAL : Scotland votes to stay with the UK – should the BBC look for a Scottish Act for Eurovision 2015?

BBC 2015 Eurovision. Photo : BBC

BBC 2015 Eurovision. Photo : BBC

Scotland has voted in their Independence Referendum to remain part of the United Kingdom. It got us thinking that the BBC in their search for their 2015 Eurovision Act should look to the abundance of talent that Scotland has on offer from the well-known to the up and coming artists?

The last time a Scottish artist represented the United Kingdom at Eurovision was in 1988 when Scott Fitzgerald came second to Celine Dion by 1 point.

So what Scottish Artists could be an interesting prospect for the UK at Eurovision 2015?


Well we could all name off acts like Calvin Harris and Nina Nesbitt but we thought we would take a wider look at the Scottish talent on offer that you may not have heard of. Thanks to our favourite Scotsman Ewan Spence from ESC Insight for just that – his Insight on Scottish musical talent.


Kid Canaveral


Kid Canaveral is a Scottish indie pop/indie rock band that formed in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, but are now based in Edinburgh. Since 2007 the band have released a number of well received singles, an E.P. and an album on their own label, Straight to Video Records. The band have received praise for their pop hooks and melodies, and their energetic and engaging live performances. Their second, and most recent, record ‘Now That You Are a Dancer’ was nominated for the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award.


Twin Atlantic


Twin Atlantic formed in February 2007. All members previously played in other small local bands. During 2007 they built up a strong reputation both locally and nationally. Building on support from Kerrang!, the band’s profile was boosted enough for them to land support slots with Biffy Clyro and they were personally chosen by Jimmy Chamberlin to support Smashing Pumpkins at Glasgow’s SECC in early February.Over the following months, they also supported American acts The Matches, Blink-182, Finch and Say Anything on their respective UK tours. Twin Atlantic played many festivals in Scotland, including T in the Park, Belladrum Festival, Wickerman Festival, RockNess, Live at Loch Lomond and Connect Music Festival.


Unicorn Kid 


Oliver Sabin, also known as Unicorn Kid is a Scottish electronic music composer and musician from Edinburgh, educated at the Leith Academy. When asked about the name of the act, Sabin states “There’s no real story behind the name, it just kind of came about and fitted in with the fun, magical nature of the music.” Sabin has had a number of BBC Radio 1 appearances including an early live session on the Vic Galloway BBC Radio 1 show and a BBC Maida Vale Studios session for Rob da Bank. In September 2014, he called it quits for Unicorn Kid to pursue a different alias that is yet to be announced.


The Twilight Sad



No not a review of the performances of Robert Pattinson in the ‘Twilight’ movies but The Twilight Sad are a Scottish indie rock band. The band are currently signed to Fat Cat Records and have released three full-length albums, as well as several EPs and singles. Their 2007 début album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, drew widespread acclaim from critics,who noted Graham’s thick Scottish accent and MacFarlane’s dense sonic walls of shoegazing guitar and wheezing accordion. The Twilight Sad’s notoriously loud live performances have been described as “completely ear-splitting,” and the band toured for the album across Europe and the United States throughout 2007 and 2008. Here they are performing with the Scottish National Orchestra.

Have Mercy Las Vegas


If you are looking for a modern folk/county band then look no further than Have Mercy Las Vegas. Their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair as a nod to their Scottish roots has earned them rave reviews of their studio material in the form of their debut EP and new single Pappy. However it’s the live performances that make HMLV stand out which is exactly what you need at Eurovision.



Little Eye


Possibly one of our own personal favourites are Little Eye. They were formed in 2008 by Glasgow born front man Allan Sieczkowski. They were the 2009 winners of the “Clyde 1 In Demand Band Of The Year Award”.Since then, they have released their first album ‘Fighting The Future’ on 8 June 2014′. The band have filmed various session music videos, from stunning urban New York to the beauty of Loch Lomond. The band also cover songs such as Paramore’s ‘Monster’, receiving over 260,000 hits on YouTube. The band released their single ‘Fighting the Future’ on 17 April 2014. It is receiving positive reviews and is currently #22 on the iTunes alternative charts. They are managed by Malcolm Blair and R&B singer Alesha Dixon.



So isn’t it time that the BBC looked to north of the Kingdom for some Eurovision talent and celebrate that Scotland decided to stay part of the UK thus avoiding a tricky situation at subsequent contests.


Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source : Eurovision Ireland

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