Three up-and-coming bands have won the chance to perform in front of tens of thousands of fans at the home of Scottish Rugby.
The Laurettes, from Inverclyde, and Edinburgh’s Daytime TV and Go To Girl have been announced as the winners of Scotland’s Playlist, a nationwide competition to play live at Murrayfield ahead of three international matches.
The musicians will now perform in the fan village prior to Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series matches against Tonga, Australia, South Africa and Japan.
Their music will also feature on Scottish Rugby’s social channels in the build up to games.
When the Scotland men’s rugby team play a home international in front of a crowd for the first time in 20 months on Saturday, The Laurettes, also known as best friends Lynette Beaton and Lauren O’Donoghue, will be there to warm up the crowd.
The pair will not only have the chance to play the North Stand stage prior to Scotland’s match against Tonga, but also before the national team kick-off against South Africa on November 13.
O’Donoghue, a 28-year-old from Wemyss Bay, said: ”We were ecstatic to say the least.
“Scotland is at the heart of our songwriting and to be able to perform and support our national team is an honour and a dream come true. We hope our songs will get the fans and players in high spirits before the game.”
The duo raised more than £10,000 for Scottish charities through live virtual gigs during the pandemic.
Daytime TV will take to the stage before the game against Australia on Sunday, November 7, while Go To Girl will perform before Scotland’s final match against Japan on Saturday, November 20.
Scottish Rugby head of group marketing and commercial, Toni Blackhurst, said: “As we get back on our feet as a sport we want to show our support to others too and open our platforms up to aspiring music talent that’s had a rough time of it recently.
“It has been a tough 20 months for us all, but particularly the performing arts and music industry – we wanted to show our solidarity.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the entries and it’s been great to see the response from performers eager to get involved.
“We want Murrayfield to have a party atmosphere. There are so many incredible up-and-coming Scottish bands out there, so it was an incredibly tough decision but we’re certain the bands we’ve chosen are more than up to the challenge of getting our fans ready to get behind the Scotland team this autumn.”
Scottish Rugby will be paying appearance fees agreed in partnership with the bands themselves.