THREE Scottish acts that stormed to success in 2017 hope to blaze into the New Year with fresh plans to leave their mark on the music scene.

The Van T's, Siobhan Wilson and Be Charlotte have had a tremendous past 12 months.

The Van T's – formed in 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson – have built up a solid fan following with their grungy alt-rock.

The Glasgow-based quartet, comprising of Hannah and Chloe (vocals, guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums), took home the prestigious Best Live Act gong at the eighth annual Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs).

With many stellar appearances under their belt – including a prime performance at Carnival 56 – the band stepped up to the plate and knocked it out the park with tracks Fresh Meat and Bitter Sweet.

About their 2017 achievements, Hannah noted: "So much has happened it's quite difficult to choose, but our highlights have to be some shows we have played. Our favourites have been Amsterdam, supporting The Jesus & Mary Chain, TRNSMT, The Scala supporting Clean Cut Kid and The Great Escape."

The Van T's will hit the road at the beginning of the year to keep up the momentum.

Hannah said: "In 2018 we are going to record and put as much music out as we can and tour as much as we can. We already have a tour booked in February/March which we are looking forward to."

The band – who recommend for readers to also check out the sounds of Wuh Oh, Shredd, and Feet – wished to thank everyone who took the time to listen to their music, go to their shows and support them throughout the year.

Hannah added: "Thanks to all the bigger bands for letting us support them, DF Concerts for TRNSMT, Creative Scotland for the Great Escape, and the English promoters for hooking us up with our first shows there and helping make sure they weren't empty."

Scottish songstress Siobhan Wilson also has a packed 2018 planned following a brilliant year in which she released her beautifully dark and stormy record, There Are No Saints.

The Elgin-born singer-songwriter said: "2017 was a total game changer. Too many highlights to mention, but looking back over the year possibly the best was the Glasgow album launch gig in the Glad Cafe in July. It was the first of many seriously fun gigs to come and first time playing the new material from the album."

As well as returning to the studio this year, Siobhan will next be seen onstage at The Mackintosh Church on February 3 as part of Celtic Connections.

Over 2018, she noted: "Expect to see and hear lots from me."

Siobhan, who agrees that The Van T's are superb, recommends a few others acts to check out.

She said: "I make playlists of my favourite songs old and new, including Honeyblood, the Cocteau Twins, Rachel Sermanni, RM Hubbert, Aidan Moffat, This Mortal Coil and The Jesus & Mary Chain. You can find some of them on my Spotify playlists."

Siobhan, who launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her next album, wished to thank everyone who donated and helped to smash her £5,000 target.

The now Edinburgh-based artist added: "I'm so happy that people care about my music and my next projects."

Charlotte Brimner – AKA Be Charlotte – also had a fantastic 2017.

The Dundonian played to a home crowd at Carnival 56, performed gigs across Europe, and was chosen to represent Scotland at the Solheim Cup handover in Iowa last August. The golf tournament – the female equivalent of the Ryder Cup – will be held at Gleneagles next year. The band's stateside performance was broadcast across the globe into more than 350 million homes.

Charlotte said: "2017 was an amazing year of exploring new places and just working really hard on the songwriting side of things to be honest.

"I pushed myself right out my comfort zone and at times it was a little scary but it's been great to work with lots of talented people.

"Playing some different shows and festivals around Europe was definitely a highlight, still can't quite believe some of the countries my team and I have visited. I'm very grateful."

Charlotte is set to release new music this coming year.

She added: "I'm very, very excited. Hopefully there will be some more shows to follow the releases and probably lots more writing too."

Charlotte, who recommends for readers to check out Icelandic singer-songwriter Hildur for a fresh sound this year, wished to thank everyone who went along to one of her shows in 2017.

She added: "I never released any new music so it was amazing to still have support from the songs that came out in 2016.

"I'm looking forward to meeting even more people in 2018."