Jonathan Geddes picks 10 acts to catch at King Tut's music festival...

T In The Park might be fading into the memory already, but Glasgow's gigging summer is only just getting warmed up.

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, recently crowned the best small venue in the UK by NME, will launch its Summer Nights programme tomorrow.

And this time it'll be local acts getting to shine.

For 15 consecutive evenings until July 28, Tut's will host the best fresh talent throughout Scotland.

Four bands will be on the bill each night, while the downstairs bar at the gigging mecca will put on extra acoustic acts and DJ sets.

In total, more than 70 singers, bands and DJs will appear, with experienced, popular groups such as Found, Aerials Up and Sonny Marvello among them, while the fact the bash is sponsored by Sailor Jerry means various food and drink offers will be on in the bar, too.

Here's 10 of the best acts...

THE MISS'S (Tomorrow)

The Miss's is one of Scotland's most promising groups.

The all-girl four-piece pride themselves on their harmonies, rightfully so. They're impressively catchy, combined with plaintive acoustic backing.

They've already released their own EP, as well as a good-natured Christmas track called Mrs Claus, and are an emerging act that shouldn't be, err, missed.

LITTLE ESKIMOS (Friday July 15)

Winners at the recent Scottish Alternative Music Awards, Little Eskimos has become well-kent faces on the local gigging circuit.

Fronted by Kevin Harper, the band's fast-paced garage rock has a raucous, giddy nature, shown on the Stirling outfit's recent Rather Be Right single.

BLOCHESTRA (Sunday July 17)

For something completely different, Glasgow bar Bloc's so-called orchestra of the people takes a support slot.

Every Monday at Bloc regulars have been encouraged to lend a hand with whatever instrument they can bring along, tackling different material alongside some local musicians.

The ad hoc orchestra's merry take on anything from the Cure's classic, Friday I'm In Love, to the Knife's, Heartbeats, can prove invigorating. Surprises will surely be in store for their Summer Nights showcase.

VERSE METRICS (Tuesday July 19)

Launching their new double A-side single on the same night that they open for Found, Verse Metrics has already been tipped by Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly, as well as earning radio airplay from the BBC's Tom Robinson.

It's not surprising, as they whip up an indie rock racket that toys nicely with quiet/loud dynamics, but has a refreshing individuality to it as well.


Appearing on the same night as Verse Metrics is another band proving that Scottish guitar music is in a healthy state.

The Edinburgh outfit plies its trade in full-on pop-rock, best heard on the delicious Funny For A Girl track that titled a recent EP.

There's a dash of the more jittery likes of Talking Heads in there too.

CARNIVORES (Wednesday July 20)

If the above acts all sound rather too poppy, then Carnivores should satisfy any taste for hard rock.

Listing Nirvana, Idlewild and prog-rock maestros Rush as influences, the Paisley band manage the nifty trick of sounding like there's an army onstage. Ferocious, threatening and superb.

VAL VERDE (Saturday July 23)

Dunfermline act Val Verde was good enough for Bon Jovi, as they recently supported the, Livin' On A Prayer rock gods at their massive Murrayfield show.

Val Verde has the tunes for such epic stadiums, as one listen to the epic, shimmering Glass Girl In A Cage confirms, and its collection of sing-a-longs in waiting should blow the roof off Tut's.

GAV LIVZ AND MC-VA (Sunday July 24)

It's not all about guitars at Summer Nights, though, and hip-hop gets a chance to bask in the spotlight on Sunday July 24.

Rutherglen rapper Gav Livz supported De La Soul early in his career, and has since become an established presence on Scotland's hip-hop scene.

Along with his compadre MC-VA he provides a distinctly Scottish slant on the genre's rapid-fire wordplay and dance-floor- friendly tunes.

ENDOR (July 26)

Named after the planet in Return To The Jedi, Endor's songs won't quite take listeners to a galaxy far, far away, but they're pretty special nonetheless.

Blessed with folk influences, the group are equally skilled at tender ditties as they are at rockier numbers, and the Glasgow outfit can get a crowd clapping wildly along to either style.

Comparisons to the all-conquering Mumford and Sons aren't too far off the mark.

BEAR BONES (July 27)

Fresh off playing the new Communion club night, and with a date at the Wickerman Festival coming up, Bear Bones are already making waves.

The eight-piece outfit may face a few difficulties simply cramming the whole band onto the King Tut's stage.

However, their folksy, spellbinding tunes that mix up accordion, brass, banjos and drums should have no problem in winning the hearts of the audience.