Interesting Things

A Music Festival for the Curious.

Stirling’s award-winning music and arts venue the Tolbooth has announced Interesting Things – a new music festival showcasing some of the best Scottish and international indie, alternative, electronic, pop, jazz and experimental music.

Taking place on multiple curated stages throughout the historic and iconic Tolbooth building, Interesting Things promises to be an immersive showcase of the most exciting and groundbreaking live acts around. Unrestricted by genre, and championing artists who are pushing boundaries, the festival is a welcome addition to the Tolbooth’s already burgeoning contemporary music programme.

Headlining the live auditorium will be acclaimed Danish composer and producer ML Buch – fresh off a sold-out UK tour in support of her critically lauded 2023 double-album Suntub.

“A dazzling cross-stitch of chamber pop, shoegaze, avant-classical and downtempo ambient trips” — Clash

“Churning pulses, alternate tunings and dense harmonic worlds… all the strings being heard at once” — The New York Tim

Joining the live stage will be Liverpool ensemble Ex Easter Island Head – a hypnotic quartet using unconventional techniques to create and perform avant-garde minimalist works. Renowned for their unique energy and mesmeric live show, they promise to be a stand-out act on the day.

“Free flowing genius” — The Guardian

“Churning pulses, alternate tunings and dense harmonic worlds… all the strings being heard at once” — The New York Tim

Meanwhile, some of Scotland’s most compelling and acclaimed producers will take the stage in the Attic, a specifically curated audio-visual space, with the likes of Konx Om Pax of revered electronic label Planet Mu, and the solo soundscapes of The Ninth Wave’s k.yalo performing.

Elsewhere, some of the finest homegrown talent will be on show, including sets from ex-Phantom Band guitarist Duncan Marquiss, DIY legend Apostille, frequent Optimo collaborator Isa Gordon, Lost Map resident Susan Bear, local experimental troubadour Adam Stafford, fierce Glasgow two-piece Comfort, the new alt-pop group Goodbody, featuring Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand, and the dark-ambient stylings of Devotion.

Further lineup announcements, local food and drink serving details, and photographic and art exhibition details will come in the following weeks, so keep an eye out for updates.

Taking place on multiple stages, Interesting Things promises to be an immersive showcase and inclusive celebration of music unbound by genre. We’ll also be announcing details of art & photography exhibitions, plus local food and drink offerings throughout the day.

£37.50 general admission / £30 for under 25s and students.

Those purchasing student or under 25 tickets will be asked to show ID on arrival.

The event will run from mid afternoon (first band around 4pm) til 11pm (in time for last trains back to Glasgow and Edinburgh).


Event Info

Cost - £30/£37.50

Date - 31 Aug 2024

Doors - 2:00 pm



Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE

+44 (0)1786 27 4000


Tolbooth Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

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