gigs of the week – what to see live, and when

8th October 2018

What better way to kick off your week than a visit from Wowtown’s most famous resident? (more…)

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24th September 2018

Right kids – tonight (Monday 24th) songwriting legend Joan Armatrading is at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow (she’s also at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, the following night).
In Edinburgh, on Monday, Yassassin play Sneaky Pete’s.

On Tuesday, LA surf rockers (possibly) La Luz are in Glasgow, at Mono, while Lush Purr play The Hug and Pint, and in Edinburgh, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West are at Sneaky Pete’s.

Edinburgh singer-songwriter Callum Beattie embarks on a Highland tour – on Wednesday he’s at The Sound Archive in Kirkwall, and Thursday he’s back on the mainland, at Blackstairs Lounge in Wick. On Saturday his travels take him to Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Wednesday night also sees 90s alt.rock combo Bivouac play Edinburgh’s Mash House, while the rather thrilling Nightingales play Stereo.
They’re also at Opium in Edinburgh on Thursday 27th.
Nice to see Kilmarnock get some live music, it’s not been the same since Biffy left home… and on Thursday 27th, Alabama 3 play the town’s Grand Hall.

Similarly, in the relatively musically-starved environs of Falkirk, local lads doing good, Pleasure Heads, along with Moonsoup, play Behind The Wall. In Edinburgh, L-space are at Sneaky Pete’s while also in Reekie, esteemed folkie Alasdair Roberts plays Sneaky Pete’s, punk veterans Discharge are at Henry’s Cellar, and local electro duo Birdhead have a show at Brig Below (wherever that is).

On Friday in Aberdeen, up-and-coming rockers Bloodlines are at Krakatoa, and KT Tunstall plugs new album ‘Wax’ at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh.
Also on Friday, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets i.e. the Drummer out of Pink Floyd not doing The Hits, at Glasgow’s Armadillo.

On Saturday 29th, Mickey 9s play Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom – there must be some other acts on the bill surely? – while Man of Moon, Love Sick and Folda are at King Tut’s.

On Saturday, reformed indie combo Collapsed Lung (remember ‘Eat My Goal’?), with bis on tow, are at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint.

Also on Saturday, The Deadly Winters play a new-to-us venue, Thainstone Exchange Centre in Aberdeen.

Larry, The Rev and their congregation continue their travels on Friday – as the Alabama 3 are at Montrose Town Hall while just dow the coast, Beta Waves have a show at Buskers in Dundee.
Same city, same night, Joe Mcmahon (Smoke Or Fire), Billy Liar, Cory & Kirsty Call at Conroy’s Basement.

On Saturday in Dundee, L-space will plug their new album for the Last Night From Glasgow label, with a gig at Conroy’s Basement.

Also i.e. the main competition, there’s yet another open-air show at Slessor Gardens – this time it’s The Magic Numbers.

On Saturday, Icelandic producer Ólafur Arnalds is at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, A Certain Ratio play The Voodoo Rooms, Wolf Eyes are at Wee Red Bar, while out of (that) town Bwani Junction are at Carnegie Hall (the Dunfermline version), doing that Graceland thing.

On Sunday, Alabama 3 are at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh, while in Glasgow, it’s Hooky and the Boys (or to give him his Sunday name, Peter Hook & The Light, at Glasgow’s SWG3, while at the Hydro, Kylie Minogue.
Anna Calvi is at St Luke’s, and Song, By Toad alumni Faith Eliott is at the Glad Café.

Also up *that way* this weekend – at Ullapool it’s the UK’s favourite palindromic festival. Loopallu 2018 has Bluetones, John Coper Clarke, British Sea Power, and the ever-present Alabama 3.

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10th September 2018

Ok, put your feet up, since although Monday looks like a night for watching the football on telly, the rest of the week could be a busy one… (more…)

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3rd September 2018

This week’s guide is more about quality than quality, but read on… (more…)

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27th August 2018

Enjoy the first part of the week in the dry, as the festival season re-ignites at the weekend (despite it being early autumn).

Butter merchant John Lydon drags Public Image Ltd. around Scotland this week, kicking off at Ironworks in Inverness, on Tuesday.

That is followed by PiL playing The Assembly in Aberdeen the following night.

Also in town (Furryboots Town that is) on Wednesday is Kyle Falconer out of The View – his solo show is at Tunnels in Aberdeen.

On Thursday, rap legends The Sugarhill Gang re in Edinburgh, in a new-to-us venue, The Old Dr Bell’s Baths, which may in fact be in Leith.
Same night, SAY-nominated, and indeed 2/3 SAY-winning combo Out Lines are at Paisley Arts Centre.
Also on Thursday, Titus Andronicus stretch musical boundaries, the NJ punks playing at The Blue Arrow Jazz Club in Glasgow.
Also in Glasgow, at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me are surely worth going to see on the strength of their name, while at The Garage, another one worth investigating could be Love Zombies, given that they’re possibly named after a Monochrome Set album.
And in Stirling, the regular Strange Behaviours event at the Tolbooth in Stirling, with Adam Stafford, with support from PAWS’ Phillip Taylor plus Death Bed.

And we promised you some weather, which is surely heralded by Electric Fields – at Drumlanrig Castle (well, the grounds), near Dumfries, you can catch Noel Gallagher, Leftfield, Hames, Teenage Fanclub, Public Service Broadcasting, Young Fathers and Idlewild, Tracyanne and Danny, Idles, Stanley Odd, Ride, Ezra Furman, Ghostpoet, The Coral and The Horrors.
On Friday, The Sugarhill Gang are at St Luke’s in Glasgow while at The Tron, Looper make a rare live appearance.
Also on Friday, Mr Lydon and PiL pals are at Church in Dundee (so hopefully they’ll do ‘Religion’ then).
Another fest from Friday – Sunday is the Orkney Rock Festival. In Kirkwall, The Sea Atlas and Bitter Divide are among the acts on the bill.

Slam play Dundee’s Reading Rooms on Saturday, while in Edinburgh, Cress headline a show at the Banshee Labyrinth. I mention this because it seems that they might be some sort of Crass tribute. Also playing are AOA, Aktifist, and Mark Ayling.

Also from Friday, in Midlothian, it’s the Midstock Festival – quite the lineup, with 2 Unlimited plus Example & DJ Wire, Ash, The Darkness, JJ Gilmour and Noisettes

On Sunday, Chris Helme out of the Shirehorses – sorry, Seahorses – plays Dunfermline’s Firestation Creative, but before that – i.e. it’s an afternoon thing – in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park, Party in the Park – Indigo Velvet, Luke La Volpe, the Gimme Gimme Gimmes and Jason Sweeney out of the King Lot, all compered by that nice Jim Gellatly fella.

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6th August 2018

Is that the rain on? We’ll be keeping everything crossed for those hardy souls at the various open-air shows this week. (more…)

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30th July 2018

Monday always seems an odd night for a gig, but since Apache Darling and Federation of the Disco Pimp (more…)

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