STS’s Highlights of 2018 – #5: The Lutras

The Lutras

What a year it has been for Dumfries band, The Lutras.

We remember seeing The Lutras at their first ever gig at what was then ‘Wh? Not’ in Dumfries, back in 2013. Even back then they had an enviable fanbase for such a new band. Shortly after that, we were handed their very first demo CD. We knew then that they were definitely a band to keep an eye on.

After a break and a small line-up change they returned a couple of years later, and we have helped promote them ever since through Small Town Sounds.

This year, however, has really seen their music careers take off. 

Over the last 12 months they’ve been busy gigging all over the country, with slots at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, as well as in Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Manchester. They’ve played at festivals including Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in Inverness and London’s Camden Rocks too. And they’ve not forgotten their hometown either, playing gigs in Dumfries and nearby in Carlisle.

Their much anticipated debut single release of ‘Run & Hide was extremely well received, and rightly so. At the time of writing this post, it had received over 25,700 plays on Spotify alone. That’s pretty impressive for a track that was only released just over 5 weeks ago. Have a listen to it here and see what all the fuss is about.

They marked the success of the single by returning to their hometown on the Friday before Christmas to play a sold-out gig at The Venue. If you were there, it was a gig you won’t forget in a hurry. For anyone who missed it, you’ll probably have seen the many videos taken by the audience of the night unfolding, including the band’s own take on Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’. 

With their fanbase continuing to grow across the country, The Lutras end their successful year tonight with a return to King Tuts. We absolutely can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for them.

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