BTN Student Nominated for BBC Folk Award!

CRYSTAL Return For Gig At The Grand

Ex-students CRYSTAL are coming back to #BehindTheNoise to close #GigAtTheGrand on Wed 18th April.

Since leaving the project Anna and the guys have been attending UWS and The Academy of Music developing their writing, performance and production talents.

CRYSTAL recently opened for Paolo Nutini in Edinburgh and featured on infamous producer Tony Visconti’s ‘Unsigned Heroes’ for Sky Arts.

The band have just been announced to play at Electric Fields Festival 2018.

Welcome home guys!

Check out CRYSTAL below
Gig At The Grand tickets here



Gig At The Grand Hosts – Vic Galloway & Nicola Meighan

BTN are delighted to announce that our hosts for this year’s Gig At The Grand will be Vic Galloway & Nicola Meighan.

These champions of new music regularly feature on BBC Scotland, 6music and write for a number of music magazines and newspapers.

Nicola will host on Wednesday 18th and Vic on Thursday 19th April at the Classic Grand in Glasgow.

We’re really looking forward to having these guys at the shows to welcome all of our hard-working young performers to the stage.

Some tickets still available online here – don’t miss it!

Tickets for Wed 18th
Tickets for Thur 19th

Listen to this year’s line up here





Due to the cancellation of last weekend’s event because of severe weather and the knock-on effect it’s having on the schedule we’ve had to make some important changes to the upcoming events so please read carefully below. Thanks!

BTN PRE-PRODUCTION DAY will now take place this coming SATURDAY 10th March, 2pm-4pm on the first floor of The Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica St. Glasgow.
On Saturday you will receive your ticket allocation for the shows, your very cool looking printed posters and we’ll launch all of this year’s recordings live on Soundcloud. The whole BTN team will be there to take you through a number of things that you’ll need to know for the upcoming rehearsals and the shows which are getting closer by the day. We expect to see all of you there!

VIDEO WORKSHOPS will also go ahead as planned on Saturday at your usual time slot UNLESS we have contacted your group directly to re-arrange. For Glasgow schools this is the case for Springburn, Bannerman and Rosshall only. Remember to bring all film clips, images and good ideas with you. We’re also looking for each group to bring some short interview footage with some of your group members about their journey through BTN this year. The more prepared you are, the better your film will be. Check out some from last year HERE

We are postponing your video workshops this weekend and will re-schedule with each group when we see you at the launch day on Saturday. This decision was made in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council due to the Rangers v Celtic match taking place on the same day. With the football starting and finishing at a similar time to your workshops we felt it best to avoid you having to travel at the same time as the supporters.

Sorry guys! These changes have been somewhat unavoidable.

Any questions then please CONTACT US

Team BTN




Music For Youth Exchange – March 2018

Music For Youth Exchange returns to SWG3 on March 16th and 17th 2018.

If you’d like to attend or perform at the event Click Here




Academy of Music Open Day

Academy of Music Open Day – The Academy of Music are hosting a free practical open day, Sat 10th Feb 2018.
Instrument, performance and song writing sessions.

Click here for more info




BTN – Work Experience at The Academy of Music


One Week Studio Work Placement at The Academy of Music & Sound

Your one week placement will be as an assistant in the recording studio and will take place at a suitable time to be agreed with your school. If interested in taking part you will need to email Marc Sharpe at The Academy with the following information ASAP – limited spaces are available!

  1. Your full name.
  2. Your school.
  3. Your date of birth.
  4. A contact phone number for you.
  5. The name and department of a teacher at your school who can help with scheduling the date (email address if possible).
  6. A few lines as to why you think the placement could be of benefit to you.

Send your email to



Further Education Open Day 2017

Sat 2nd December 2017, 12pm -3pm at The Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica St, Glasgow, G1 4QD – MAP

The Further Education Open Day 2017 is a great opportunity to hear from a variety of Universities and Colleges about available courses in music performance, sound production and music business. Brief presentations will be made by UWS, West College, Academy of Music & Sound, Glasgow Caledonian, SAE, Glasgow Kelvin and hopefully The Royal Conservatoire Scotland. Afterwards you will be able to speak with lecturers about your options in a relaxed and friendly environment. BTN team members will be on hand to help if you need us.

The event kicks off at 12.00pm sharp so don’t be late!


Check out these short videos about the general application process and various funding opportunities.




Gig At The Grand 2017 Videos

The Gig At The Grand 2017 Videos are now live from Wednesday 14th June. One song from each bands performance has been coupled to their intro video and has been uploaded to our Behind The Noise Youtube Channel.

Click the icon in top left of player to access all other vids and remember to subscribe !

@GlasgowESPTeam @CreativeScot @MusicforYouth @ScottishMusicCentre @RenCouncilNews @Paisley2021
#behindthenoise #btn2017 #GigAtTheGrand






The Noise Floor

Behind The Noise trainees are making a scene this Sunday at Stereo!


The Noise Floor // Sunday 30th // Stereo Café Bar // 1pm-4:30pm // £5 // Age 14+



This Sunday afternoon at Stereo, the BTN trainees have pulled together a special lineup of xBTN musicians and performers:

Crystal – Fresh off Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Stage supporting Paolo Nutini, five piece band Crystal are an xBTN act influenced by grunge, 80’s rock, blues and punk. We’re delighted to have this amazing outfit headlining the Noise Floor.

Lizzie Reid Band – Behind The Noise veteran Lizzie Reid is a haunting folk singer/songwriter accompanied by a stellar line up of young talented musicians. She blew the audience away with her headline set at this year’s Gig At The Grand. Check out Lizzie Reid at Gig at the Grand

Last Light – Fresh off the Gig At The Grand stage, Last Light are a three piece indie outfit from Glasgow. These guys made such an impression with their original track “Sunder” that we just had to have them at The Noise Floor! Check out their track Sunder HERE.

Cara Rose – When Cara’s voice came through the PA system at this years Gig At The Grand, you could hear a pin drop. Her performance oozes personality and character. You do not want miss her this Sunday at The Noise Floor. Check out Cara at Gig at the Grand

The Good Arms – An explosive hard rock band with punching guitar rhythms and solid drum beats. Recently returned from a tour across Finland as part of a college exchange programme, The Good Arms are raring to go at The Noise Floor. Guitarist Janne recently rocked it at the Royal Concert Hall as part of Behind The Noise’s David Bowie tribute. Check out their track HERE.

As well as a fantastic line-up, there will also be tracks by local up-and-coming artists to play between the bands.

The intention is to help strengthen the Scottish Youth music scene. Be a part of it, come along and support us this Sunday at Stereo!


The Noise Floor // Sunday 30th // Stereo Café Bar // 1pm-4:30pm // £5