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Revellers to rock Inverness

The Revellers will perform at 'XpoNorth' in Inverness.

TWO prominent Shetland acts have been selected to perform at a Scottish music industry festival this week.

The Revellers and Arthur Nicholson will play at the XpoNorth event in Inverness, which starts tomorrow.

They are two of around sixty acts asked to perform showcase sets at the festival, which was formerly known as Go North.

Both isles acts have been no stranger to performing on the UK mainland in recent years.

The Revellers have regularly toured Scotland – hitting cities such as Aberdeen and Edinburgh – whilst Nicholson has been a regular presence at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections event.

Speaking to Shetland News, The Revellers’ frontman Magnus Bradley said that the folk-rockers are playing the event having had to turn down an invitation in 2014.

“We’re very excited to be invited to play at XpoNorth in Inverness,” he said. “It’s something we had to turn away last year as some of the boys were away elsewhere that weekend. We’ve played Ullapool a couple of times and have been intending to play Inverness soon anyway, so it kills two birds with one stone. We’ve heard it’s a great festival, so we can’t wait.

“It’s even better that Arthur will be down for it too, we’ll surely get a pint or two with him and hopefully catch his set too. I guess us and I’m sure Arthur feel quite proud to be representing Shetland at the festival and hope we all manage to leave Inverness with the Shetland acts viewed in a positive light.”

Singer-songwriter Nicholson added: “I’m delighted to have been accepted. I’ve never played a solo show in Inverness before so I’m really looking forward to playing.

“XpoNorth is a great opportunity to showcase yourself, it would be great if something more can come from it. It’s great that The Revellers are also going to be there.”

The Revellers will take full advantage of the situation by playing a few other gigs on the mainland at the same time.

They will rock the Moorings Bar in Aberdeen on Friday night.

The group have previously played at the city centre venue, with the bar saying that they were “easily one of the best acts” they hosted last year.

The kinetic seven-piece will then play a headline show at the Pitmedden Music Festival on Saturday.