BMX Bandits were formed in the ex-industrial town of Bellshill by songwriter and lead vocalist Duglas T Stewart out of the ashes of The Pretty Flowers, a group featured Stewart alongside Frances McKee (The Vaselines), Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub). BMX Bandits are celebrating their 30th anniversary between Summer 2015 and Summer 2016, kicked off by headlining The Phoenix stage at 2015 Wickerman Festival and we’re ecstatic to have them perform at MugStock 2016 as part of the celebrations.
BMX Bandit’s songs mix melodic qualities and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Stewart has written many of the group’s best loved songs solo, including ‘Your Class’, ‘The Sailor’s Song’ and ‘Doorways’ but also has collaborated with many of the group’s other members.
The band’s most recent album release BMX Bandits In Space (Elefant Records) has been hailed as their most accomplished release so far, “a stunning, brilliant and beautiful album”. A highly acclaimed feature-length documentary called Serious Drugs – Duglas and the Music of BMX Bandits was premiered in Glasgow in 2011, followed by a series of international festival screenings and an international DVD release.
Catch then on Sunday at MugStock Festival 2016.