AN INITIATIVE to support the recovery of Scotland's live music industry is coming to Forth Valley next week.

Scotland on Tour comes to Stirling's Tolbooth on Wednesday, August 17, with indie-rock-pop band Honeyblood.

Then, on Friday, August 28, world-renowned GNAC and artist Jemima Thewes will co-headline the same venue.

The acts are added to the exciting line-up of Golden Hum, a string of events in Stirling celebrating live music and artists.

Honeyblood is the stage name of singer/songwriter Stina Tweeddale who, backed by her live band, has shot to global fame over the past few years.

Having shared stages with acts such as Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice, she has also sold out headline tours across the UK, US, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Stina said: "Being able to bring Honeyblood to many incredible Scottish venues is a real honour.

"Each of these places is uniquely steeped in local history and all individually have an incredible cultural impact on their communities.

"As a Scottish artist, the opportunity to perform in these places means so much and I am delighted to be part of this initiative.

"The impact of the pandemic is still felt through the touring community – artists and venues alike. The work Scotland On Tour is doing to support full time artists and venues is vital to support the music community."

McAll Stephen, promoter at Golden Hum, added: "Stirling has a vibrant new music scene with some incredible young songwriters coming through in the last years, but it's caught between the two behemoths Edinburgh and Glasgow, so gets overlooked when touring bands come to Scotland.

"This in itself draws young musicians to the bigger cities where they see more stuff happening.

"My intention with Golden Hum is to bring my favourite bands to beautiful Stirling and to pair them with excellent local support. But with the small crowds here, it's very hard to make that work financially.

"The support from Scotland On Tour takes the financial pressure away and allows us to concentrate on making some incredible shows for the artists and the people of Stirling.

"It's a real honour to be part of the project and to be able to pass the benefit on to Stirling's thriving creative community."

Scotland on Tour supports the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland.

More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative.

The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities.

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