Summer’s here, but before festival season kicks off – this weekend – The Burning Hell are back, and on Tuesday they’re at Mediterranéa in Stirling, with Adam out of Randolph’s Leap also on the bill.
A somewhat bigger show (but size isn’t everything) – Richard Ashcroft out of the Verve, plays the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Alternatively, another ‘out of’, Stanley Brinks – aka Andre Herman Dune – is at The Hug and Pint in Glasgow.
More golden oldies in Perth on Wednesday – soft reggae specialists UB40 are at Horsecross while in Dundee, former reality TV contestant (but one of the more credible ones) Lucy Spraggan has a show at Tropicana & Vogue, which apparently used to be Fat Sam’s – which tells you it’s in Dundee.
In Aberdeen, Dancing On Tables play Cafe Drummond, and Edinburgh has the Sun Ra Arkestra, who are at Summerhall, Edinburgh. And The Burning Hell plus Randolph’s Leap‘s Scottish odyssey takes them to The Blue Arrow in Glasgow, with Adam being joined by the rest of the Leapers for this one.
Thursday 25th sees Angus Munro trail his forthcoming EP, ‘Mirror Man’, in his hometown of Edinburgh, at the Voodoo Rooms while up the road a bit, Dancing On Tables are at The Caves.
Rufus Wainwright is in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, and in the east end of the city, Nouvelle Vague, featuring singers Mélanie Pain and Élodie Frégé, are at St Luke’s.
The Burning Hell and Randolph’s Leap, meanwhile, will be on the ferry / hydrofoil / private helicopter to Mull, for a show at An Tobar on Tobermory.
On Friday, Nouvelle Vague are at Edinburgh Liquid Room, and Toyah, aptly for a sometime Songs of Praise presenter, plays Church in Dundee.
A Marti-less Wet Wet Wet have a show at Perth Concert Hall, and perhaps most retro act of the week, the UK Subs, are at Beat Generator, in Dundee.
In Aberdeen, a triple-header at Krakatoa – with Beta Waves, Zoe Graham, and Lizzie Reid, while at Glasgow’s The Old Hairdresser’s, the return of Multiplies, along withBratakus. Same city, same night, Foreignfox are at King Tut’s, and Dancing On Tables play The Garage’s Attic Bar.
And A New International, fresh from their successful run of theatre play/musical The Dark Carnival, perform a special acoustic narration kinda event at Glasgow University Union Debating Chamber.
And another festival, of the indoor variety – Platform in Easterhouse has its annual Outskirts fest,with a variety of performance, music and visual art including Eilidh Rodgers (out of Sacred Paws) and Free Love with a unique performance of ‘Easterhouse Conversation’.
It’s also, as we said earlier, festival season, down Dumfries way – they may have lost Electric Fields, but Eden Festival 2019 goes ahead, from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th, with This is The Kit, John Cooper-Clarke, Optimo, Lau, Auntie Flo and a host of others on the bill.
And it’s technically a festival, but a mud-free one = at the Dobbie Hall in Larbert, Shuffledown, which has Pleasureheads and Nickajack Men on the Friday night of its two-parter.
And the Saturday all-dayer, Paper Machine Music, Wojtek The Bear, Callum Easter, Broken Chanter, and headliner Malcolm Middleton.
On Saturday in Inverness, Toyah‘s at Ironworks, while it’s a four-band bill for Beta Waves, alongside Scarlett Randle, Zoe Graham, and Alligator, at The Tooth & Claw. Another travelling indie act, Brownbear , are at MacGregor’s, while even further north, Miracle Glass Company have a show at Blackstairs Lounge in Wick.
The Xcerts play Beat Generator in Dundee, and The Ninth Wave are at Carnoustie Library, Dundee (honestly not sure if that is a library IN Dundee or actually in Carnoustie. Check local maps for details.
The Orb are at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Saturday, while in Glasgow, Mt. Doubt launch new single ‘Unraveing’ at The Hug and Pint.
Finally, on Sunday, The Burning Hell and Randolph’s Leap are in Dundee, at Clarks on Lindsay Street (which leads us to suspect they actuay do have a helicopter), Foreignfox play the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, and in Milngavie Folk club, folk legend alongside Brooks Williams.