COMPETITION! High Places and Umberto @ The Arches

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GUM has teamed up with the Glasgow Music and Film Festival (part of Glasgow Film Festival) with a fantastic gig competition for readers. Three winners will win a pair of tickets each to see High Places at the Arches on Thursday 16th February and also Umberto at SWG3 on Saturday 25th February as part of the festival.

DIY dance-punk bedroom experimentalists High Places recorded their debut album in 2008 using anything they could get their hands on – a 12 string guitar, banjo and kalimba as well as plastic bags, mixing bowls and other household objects. The result was an idiosyncratic combination of elements – global polyrhythms, hip-hop beats, post punk basslines and field recordings, bound together by a rough, DIY production which hovers somewhere between a dance punk, folk and lo-fi aesthetic. Live, it’s much the same ethos, with Mary manipulating her vocals with delays, pedals and loops, and Rob creating percussion with drum pads, samplers and IRL percussion like wood blocks. Now relocated to LA from New York, they’ve been swept up in the wave of nu-cool, experimental bands– touring with Deerhunter, Yacht, Dan Deacon and last year’s GMFF guests Lucky Dragons, to name but a few.

The alter ego of musician Matt Hill, Umberto is a one-man band crafting horror score creep-scapes for the digital age. Umberto’s music is a hypnotic, all-consuming journey, reeling you into a foggy, neon-lit world of graveyards, stalkers, haunted houses, witches and blood-stained corpses. Evoking the unsettling progressive rock of Goblin and the sinister, dystopian synth-work of John Carpenter, his acclaimed releases have garnered considerable praise for their staggering, gothic take on italo disco and new-wave synth pop. Flying over exclusively from Kansas City, Missouri, Umberto will be performing a live soundtrack to a secret film, with support from power-sleaze duo Organs of Love & Strange Vice DJs. Join David Barbarossa, Claudia Nova, Older Lover and Henry Fondler at the official afterparty at SWG3 from 11pm-2am. More at

Now in its fourth year, the Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a series of one-off events combining audio and visuals. Lovingly co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from the Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, the results range from the entertaining to the inspirational to the downright weird.This year’s festival runs from 16th-26th February 2012 and and comprises a series of gigs at venues across the city, complemented by a programme of music documentaries and fiction films at the GFT. If you’re not lucky enough to win this time, tickets for High Places, Umberto and all GMFF gigs are available from both the GFT (0141 353 6535) and Arches box offices (0141 565 1000). You can also book online/get more festival information at

Just answer the following question:

From which American city did High Places originate?

Please send answers, with your name and mobile number to [email protected] by Wednesday 15th February to win!

Terms & Conditions:

Competition open to over 18s only
Prize is not transferable
Prize is three winners to receive a pair of tickets each for High Places and Umberto as part of GMFF


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