PREVIEW: BBC Tectonics Returns to Glasgow for a 3rd Year

‘BBC Tectonics Returns to Glasgow for Third Year’ was published in The Student Advertiser, April 2015


Alcohol? Never tried it, but go on then!

Yoga? Sure – won’t knock it till I’ve tried it.

Being a student is all about experimenting (oi, you – behave!). Uni’s important because it’s the first chance you’ve had to really try new things and, well, find your feet and all that. Every society is fair game. In fact, everything is worth a try. You’ve made it this far; the world is your oyster!

Same sex football? Why not?!

…A weekend of classical music at Tectonics Glasgow 2015? Eh…you what, mate?

There was a time in the not too distant past when classical music was shunned among all students not studying it beyond the school classroom.

Gruesome thoughts of Standard Grade past papers might enter your mind when Classic FM is even mentioned – never mind someone suggesting you attend a festival centred around the same kind of music. (Scotland has an orchestra?)

But, it is far too widely assumed that songs not boasting computerized instruments or moody front men with tattoo sleeves and dip-dyed hair, will somewhat be unsuccessful among the greater student population. This is simply because there is a stigma attached to classical music: everything is merely overly-complex orchestral pieces lasting for hours, featuring one too many violin solos.

However, while there are not producers throwing £1million contracts at many conductors, the classical music scene is ever-thriving, and unlike your typical pop culture it does not have an expiration date. In fact, the majority of orchestras’ fundamental repertories still feature pieces as early as Mozart and even before that. As with the Tectonics Festival, people have realised the fundamental component of classical music is that it is, well- classic! The exciting part is watching artists experiment and bless each piece with a 21st century lick of paint, hearing those old tunes played more excitedly each time and celebrating with new boundary-testing pieces inspired by, still, these same influential works.110

It’s actually not unlike how you’ll be experimenting with all sorts of different methods of intoxication at uni (only, you won’t lose friends the morning after a night of classical music).

Tectonics Festival will be returning to Glasgow from 1st – 3rd May. Now in its third year, it is clear there is still a desire to discover new things. With entry costs starting at £12 for a day pass and £18 for a whole weekend pass (concession only – yep, students, that is you guys!) there is even more reason to get along to City Halls this summer. A full-weekend pass grants you access to all the performances across the entire weekend. It is a great opportunity to discover the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Rhodri Davies and other international artists who will be travelling to Glasgow exclusively for this festival. Given the fortunate timing of the event, most university exam seasons will have barely begun – so, why not bring your books along to a performance and channel your productivity to the beat of Elaine Radigue’s fantastic new works – exclusively conceived for this festival?

As if top-notch musical talent and cheap all-weekend entry were not enough to inspire you, it is worth attending Tectonics 2015 solely to see The Old Fruit Market lit up in all its glory. Not only is it one of Scotland’s best venues acoustically, it is also delightfully cosy, featuring stalls lined with mini rainbow lanterns and iconic original Fruit Market signage.

Go on. Experiment.

(N.B. I must assure you that this is a weekend of elegant classical discovery.

It is not T in the Park. There will not be tents. Cool? Cool.)111

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