The Inverness-based music industry event has announced the timetable for it’s music showcase including the Inverness Gigs stage.

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Bite Night playing the Eagle in early 2014.

Following on from hosting last year’s fringe event, that saw acts including Pale Honey and Devil’s Queen play, Inverness Gigs will host four acts on the 11th of June at The Room.

Leading up the stage are Bite Night who launched their debut EP in October of last year and have already been announced as mainstage openers for Belladrum 2015.

When we asked frontman Ben Zebrowski about the aim of Bite Night he said “first and foremost having a bloody good time doing something that we all love but also because we put together a set of tunes that we all really enjoy playing/listening to and so we wanted to put them out there and hope the public like it as much as we do.”

Check out their first video, ‘Bears to Tears’ which promises to “create the most (un)necessary, homo-erotic, fight scene, music video of all time.” It succeeds.

Returning to Inverness are The Mirror Trap who we first saw back in 2011 when they supported The View at the Ironworks. Since then the Dundee based band have continued to build momentum including touring with Placebo in Russia,the UK and Ireland.

They were described by Q magazine as having “unite[d] the political passion of Billy Bragg with the angular chops of Franz Ferdinand to create razor-sharp, soapbox post-punk”. May and June also sees the band hit the road on their own 12 date headline tour of the UK finishing June with three European gigs.

Having just been announced as part of King Tut’s Summer Nights event, AmatrArt  whose debut single ‘Souls’ was described by Scottish Fiction as “A quirky electro track with a dark, haunting vibe”. Identified by Vic Galloway as one of the “artists to watch in 2015”, the Glasgow based five piece have been winning fans and plaudits for their brand of electronica. Check out their debut three track EP below;

Ending the night is another Glasgow band in Nieves  who featured on The Riverside Show for STV earlier in the year. Defining themselves as alternative/indie/folk the band originated as a songwriting project for Brendan Dafters and Herre de Leur although evolving since their inception in 2013.

Of their debut performance at King Tuts, Rave Child enthused “Vocally Dafters is perfect, unashamed to sing in his broad Glasgow accent his voice has a tone that is sweet yet anxious and gritty and delivers beautifully crafted lyrics with honesty, sincerity and depth.”

Check out the teaser for their forthcoming EP below;

Check out the full line-up for XpoNorth, with all of our coverage appearing here.