Lewis Capaldi

Hailing from Bathgate in West Lothian, Lewis Capaldi's steep rise to fame has come as no surprise to those who follow him on social media. The crooner's very scottish sense of humour, combined with his emotional ballads have seen him rocket into the global limelight, securing the first US number one hit by a scottish solo artist since Sheena Easton in 1981. Someone You Loved, the single that reached dizzying heights in the US charts also secured the number one spot in the UK and stayed there for a whopping seven weeks. Lewis Capaldi is certainly a star on the rise and another of Scotland's great gifts to the world. 

Calvin Harris

Born Adam Richard Wiles, Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, record producer, songwriter and singer. Originally from Dumfries, Harris released his debut album I Created Disco in 2007, which included two top ten singles. With a selection of number one hits under his belt, Harris rose to stardom in 2012 when he released his album 18 Months. Harris signed as the first exclusive resident DJ at MGM Grand's Hakkasan Night Club in Las Vegas in 2013. He also topped Forbes list of the world's highest paid DJs for three consecutive years from 2013-2015.


Chvrches is a Scottish electronic band which formed in 2011. The group consists of lead singer Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. From Glasgow, Chvrches came fifth on BBC's Sound of 2013 list of promising new talent before releasing their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe. Chvrches have toured all over Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. In summer 2015 they released their second album Every Open Eye to positive reviews.

The Proclaimers

Charlie and Craig Reid are identical twins from the tiny village of Auchtermuchty in Fife and founded The Proclaimers in 1983. The band are known for eschewing the natural inclination to sing with a mid-Atlantic accent and instead their strong Scottish brogue shines through in their music. The band have released 10 albums, and while you may not know many of their hits, there are few people in the world who have not heard their iconic tune 'I'm gonna be (500 miles)' which has appeared in movies, TV shows, and adverts around the globe.

Twin Atlantic

A rock band from Glasgow, Twin Atlantic formed in 2007 after attending Hutchesons' Grammar School together. Made up of front man Sam McTrusty, lead guitarist Barry McKenna, bass guitarist Ross McNae and drummer Craig Kneale, the band have enjoyed tremendous success bringing out three albums. Favourites of BBC Radio 1, Twin Atlantic have played hundreds of festivals across Europe including Belladrum, Sonisphere, Glastonbury and in 2015, headlined the Main Stage at T in the Park.

Emeli Sande

A singer/songwriter from Aberdeenshire who delivered magical performances in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. Sande has written songs for artists such as Professor Green, Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah. Her debut album peaked at number one in the UK, and has earned her two UK number one singles.

Franz Ferdinand

An influential rock-band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band won the Mercury Music Prize in 2004, and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME also named their eponymous debut album as their Album of the Year. The band has been nominated for several Grammy awards, making them one of the few Scottish bands or artists to enjoy that honour.

Nicola Benedetti

Benedetti is a classical violinist from Ayrshire. Having made her debut at the Proms in 2010, this now internationally-celebrated musician has performed in solo recitals and with the most prestigious Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras around the world. She was BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004 and in 2008 was the winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classical Performer of the Year.

Paolo Nutini

Nutini ia a singer/songwriter and musician from Paisley who has achieved wide international acclaim, both at home and around the world, with his two albums These Streets and Sunny Side Up. His songs regularly infiltrate US TV shows, featuring on Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, CSI:Miami, CSI:NY. He supported the Rolling Stones in Vienna, and has also graced the stage of the Carnegie Music Hall in New York, Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury and Live Earth at Wembley.

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band who were formed in Kilmarnock in the west of Scotland. The multi award-winning trio have released seven studio albums since their formation in 1995 when lead singer and founding member Simon Neil was just 15 years old. Fans of the band are known for their famous chant 'mon the Biffy' at their gigs and the band have become massively successful throughout the world for their eclectic style that covers all out rock anthems along side haunting ballads.

Simple Minds

A rock band, originating from Glasgow and formed in 1977. In the mid-80s and early 90s they achieved world-wide popularity as well as racking up a number of critically acclaimed albums. However, they are probably best known for their number one single Don't You (Forget About Me) from the soundtrack of John Hughes' film The Breakfast Club. Other hits include Alive and Kicking which went to number three in the US, and Belfast Child which reached number one in the UK charts. The band has sold more than 60 million albums world-wide and continue to perform and tour today.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle rose to fame after appearing on Britain Got Talent in 2009, singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. Her debut album remains the UK's best-selling debut album of all time. Her rise to international fame was meteoric, and she has since made four albums, appeared widely on UK and US television, including Good Morning America, NBC's Today and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and performed for dignitaries and audiences alike. A stage musical of her life opened in the UK in March 2012.