The Great Western: Five Must-See Artists

The Great Western festival returns to Glasgow this weekend; we dig into the programme to pick out five bands and artists to check out

Preview by Max Pilley | 08 Nov 2021
  • Anna Meredith live at Oran Mor, Glasgow, 8 Feb

Anna Meredith
The prodigious South Queensferry composer has gone from receiving commissions from the BBC Proms and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad to scoring the sublime Eighth Grade and releasing her own interpolation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but it is her searing, provocative solo electronic records Varmints and Fibs that stand above all else. QMU, 10pm

Yard Act
One of the buzziest bands in the UK, the Leeds quartet are set to release their debut album, The Overload, in January, following their highly celebrated singles Fixer Upper and Dark Days. The sharp, acerbic wit of frontman James Smith is matched by the chippy, angular post-punk of the rest of the band. Catch them before they become a huge deal. The Hug & Pint, 2pm

Cassandra Jenkins
The Brooklyn alt-folk singer-songwriter’s second studio album, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, is one of the year’s most acclaimed releases, a delicate blend of conversational writing and precious, ambient-flavoured atmospherics. Her light, dream-like touch should not be underestimated, however: Jenkins’ songs conceal profound emotional depths too. The Hug & Pint, 5.15pm

Nuha Ruby Ra
An effortlessly cool performer, Nuha Ruby Ra is a London-based composer and singer who channels the spirit of Poly Styrene and FKA twigs, without sounding much like either. Her debut EP, How to Move, is an innovative, original statement, offering a path through the darkness for its listeners, just as it did for Nuha herself. An emerging name to keep an eye on. Burbank Bowling Club, 6pm

Oracle Sisters
Woozy, psychedelic vibes inhabit the Paris-based duo’s two Paris EPs, marrying strung-out sundrenched indie guitars with electronic flourishes. Invoking the 60s pop greats in much the same way as The Lemon Twigs or Foxygen, they are the perfect act for a long day at a festival. The Glue Factory, 6pm

The Great Western festival takes place at various venues, Glasgow, 13 Nov