You wait bloody ages for a party and two come along at once, which was why your ever-expanding blogging team from The Pop Cop had no choice but to divide and conquer last night to cover the tastiest tickets in town.
At the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow was the prestigious Tartan Clef Music Awards which, quite frankly, we’re still surprised we got invited to, what with it being a grown-up ceremony attended by the kind of proper celebs that even dads recognise: Peter Kay, Ally McCoist and the man above, Billy Boyd of BEECAKE (more commonly known as Pippin off Lord Of The Rings).
But with it being a who’s who of musicians waaaaaaaaaaay past their heyday – Sharleen Spiteri, Eddi Reader, Orange Juice, The Almighty – it turns out that this wasn’t the most interesting party on Saturday night. Oh no.
That was at your other correspondent’s school reunion, where in attendance was Chris McDonald. Who he? None other than the one-time guitarist of the remarkably durable Dundee indie band MERCURY TILT SWITCH whose finest moment came eight years ago with a beautiful song by the name of Heaven Left Me Where I’m Standing.
And if that’s not enough, there was not one but two X Factor rejects present, including Chris Hannah from The Man Banned, who you can see below reacting heroically to a unanimous snub – although going from one room containing Holly Willoughby to another containing Cheryl Cole kinda softens the blow.