New acts added to the Northern Roots Festival lineup include; BoohooHoo, Indigo Velvet, Kvasir, Pronto Mama, Skjør, The Vegan Leather and Wuh Oh.

In recent years, Scotland’s music scene has flourished. Last year’s industry tipped Scottish acts have gone on to establish themselves on a national and international level. Artists such as Be Charlotte and Catholic Action have received Radio 1 airplay and performed at SXSW.

Roots Festival are delighted to announce several bands from this year’s “25 Scottish acts to watch”, are performing at Bogbain Farm this summer. Wrap your ears around some of the most exciting bands to emerge onto the Scottish music scene this year.


“The DebutHooHoo EP is a glorious collection of 80s-fuelled electro pop. They cut it live too” – Jim Gellatly, The Scottish Sun

“BooHooHoo know how to get the room going. Their neon riot of a set draws from 80s pop, Prince-styled funk and electropop, creating something entirely danceable and kinda irresistible, but it’s their DIY approach that keeps things interesting” – The Skinny

BooHooHoo have been named in Vic Galloway’s ’25 Scottish Artists to watch in 2017′ and in Jim Gellaty’s ‘New Music for 2017’ list. ‘Mould Me’ (featured in DebutHooHoo) was made ‘Single Of The Week’ on the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. The band are currently recording and will be releasing a new single in March 2017.

Indigo Velvet

 “They’ve developed into one of the most exciting young bands in the country. With shades of Vampire Weekend and Bombay Bicycle Club, Indigo Velvet create a wonderfully upbeat sound that can’t fail to put a smile on your face.” – Jim Gellatly

Indigo Velvet are a young Tropical-pop quartet from Edinburgh. They kick-start 2017 on Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland) and Jim Gellatly’s (The Sun) ’one’s to watch’ lists, after a landmark 2016 saw them championed by The Metro, Scotland On Sunday, Clash Magazine, The Sun, The Skinny Magazine and industry publication Record of the Day. Thanks to a steadily growing fanbase, they’ve clocked up over 225,000 plays via Spotify and performed to sizeable crowds at XpoNorth, Lindisfarne Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and T In The Park (securing a spot play on Radio 1). They’ve had airplay on BBC Introducing, Radio X, and live sessions on Amazing Radio and the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Indigo Velvet ended 2016 with a 12-date UK TOUR (sold out Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh), accompanied by the release of new single ‘Sunrise’ via Spinnup.


“Compared to Daft Punk, M83, Röyksopp, the debut EP is a wonderful slab of EDM” – Jim Gellaty 

“You can already tell this is an act destined for bigger things” – F*UCK YES

A heady, warped piece of euphoric techno-pop that’s part-way between the OST for a Blade Runner spinoff and a Street Fighter boss battle.

Pronto Mama

THE thrilling combination of unequivocally brilliant musicianship, a wry, agile wit and indisputable commitment to excelling at their craft are the key components which have long made Pronto Mama one of the best bands in Glasgow bar none. Having well and truly earned their stripes after years as a ‘hotly tipped’ prospect, 2017 is the year in which the band’s grand vision finally comes to the fore on their upcoming debut album Any Joy. – Tenement TV.

Pronto Mama are a past post-modern bug-eyed beatnik group from Glasgow who are just as confused as anyone else. They are soulful. They believe irreverent wordplay, clean musicianship and a dirty dedication to song-writing is how you do it. The music is built around the songs written by Marc Rooney and Ciaran McEneny. Their debut Album ‘Any Joy’ will be released on Glasgow record label Electric Honey.


“Shimmering Indie Rock” –  Nicola Meighan, BBC Radio Scotland

Edinburgh-based indie rock band Skjør (pronounced ‘sure’) released their debut single ‘Self Control’ and B-Side track ‘Without Hope’ on the 25th November 2016. ‘Self Control’ became Track of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland the following week.

SKJØR are a 4-piece band who have been finely crafting their own version of indie, dream pop in the outskirts of Edinburgh since 2014.

Inspired by adventures in Norway, Louise McCraw has beautifully sequenced her distinctive and poetic lyrics with the band’s guitar driven melodies. Influenced by indie rock, pop and funk bands, SKJØR’s bold and heartfelt melodies, with help from bassist, Jack Dorrian, guitarist Callum La Barre and drummer Toni McVey, encapsulates an accessible but distinctive sound.

SKJØR have had the pleasure of supporting the likes of the Paper Kites, Lisbon, Teleman and Lanterns on the Lake, have performed at Hidden Door Festival, The Big Discovery Festival and toured across Scotland with November Lights and Five Cousins in 2016.

The Vegan Leather

“Fusing elements of a myriad of genres together into a heady and infectious mix that’s bound to get you dancing” – Tenement TV

“One of the best live acts I’ve seen this year, their art pop stylings recall Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem” – Jim Gellatly

The Vegan Leather are an Art Pop four piece. Creating complex pop music for your soul, mind, hips and feet.

Wuh Oh

“Scotland has produced some great electronic music over the years… this artist continues with that legacy.” – Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland

By painting nu jazz and electronic broad strokes on a hip hop canvass, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist plies together the seemingly incongruous for a sound both unique and otherworldly which Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thomson has likened to ‘J Dilla on Irn Bru’!

Releases may be thin on the ground, but the hype surrounding Wuh Oh is completely justified. Having acquired an almost cult following through his explosive live shows (he recently headlined King Tuts and also supported DJ Shadow last year), his brand of joyous, sample-sexy beats have got the crowd going wild. He can also count tastemakers like LuckyMe’s Eclair Fifi and Ryan Hemsworth as fans – the latter inviting Wuh Oh to release the ridiculously popular ‘Wolverines’ on his Secret Songs platform.