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Arts / Nine bands to play festive ‘Riffmas’ event celebrating local rock scene

A FESTIVE celebration of Shetland’s alternative music scene is taking place this weekend – with a total of nine bands set to perform.

The inaugural Riffmas event is taking place at the Gulberwick Hall on Saturday (16 December), and it is open to ages 16 plus.

It aims to showcase the isles’ busy non-traditional music scene.

Those who attended the Tall Ships in the summer may recognise some of the names on the bill, such as metal flagbearers Ten Tonne Dozer, alt-rockers The Fiction and the genre-bending Big Time Quell.

The Fiction. From left to right: Chris Coles, Keirynn Topp, Barrie Scobie, Joe Robertson. Photo: Naomi Lewis

Folk metal act Trowsholm will also celebrate the launch of their debut album.

Elsewhere metallers Quantana will make an appearance, and new pop-punk covers band (the) 3310 will make their debut.

Also on the bill are the fun-filled Delorean and newcomers Zumba Crisis and Khmer Rouge.

One of the organisers Callum Anderson said there is hope that Riffmas could become an annual event.

“After noticing a quieter period for the alternative scene in Shetland post-Covid, we have decided to bring the scene together again to kick off the festive,” he said.

“With lots of original bands playing, and new cover bands, there is something for everyone and it is looking to be a great night to remember for local bands and audiences.”

Doors open for Saturday’s gig at 6pm and tickets can be bought online.

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