It’s all about festival season this weekend, but first, some weekday shows of note. Sadly, jazz legend Chris Barber is as good as it gets down Dumfries way – the now 87-year-old who helped kickstart Lonnie Donegan’s skiffle career is at Easterbrook Hall
Another veteran in a different genre – Toots & The Maytals are at the O2 ABC in Glasgow, while, same city, Trembling Bells play The Hug and Pint.
And Edinburgh act Smitten are at Sneaky Pete’s in their home city punting brand new album ‘Blame’.
Onto Thursday, when Lush Purr and Lovers Turn To Monsters are at Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy.
The weekend starts early at Mugdock Country Park – Thursday sees Mugstock kick off with The Supernaturals, Bombskare, Rachel Sermanni, Orkestra Del Sol, Yip Man and Dave Arcari among the 50-odd acts over the three days.
Out in the highlands / islands now, ButeFest is, yes, on Bute, at King George’s Park to be precise, with The Wedding Present, Reverieme, We Are Scientists and more.
On Friday, the band they’re calling the Bros of Stronitan – JR Green plug new single ‘Technicolour Native’ at Dram in Glasgow.
In Aberdeen, Bridal Shower, Min Diesel, Depeche Choad, and Casper Heyzeus are at the new-to-us location of 26 Collective Studios.
Also a boat ride away this weekend, Howlin’ Fling takes place on Eigg. It is sold out, but we can taunt you a little with the lineup – Steve Mason, Beth Orton, The Phantom Band, Alexis Taylor (out of Hot Chip), Jens Lekman, RM Hubbert… sorry.
And the Southern Fried Festival is on in Perth this weekend too – Loudon Wainwright III, Rab Noakes and Nick Lowe just some of the big names listed.
Friday sees … well, I have no idea what to call them. Let’s go for shock-haired cartoon electropunks – anyway, Sigue Sigue Sputnik are at the Edinburgh club formerly known as the Citrus – Smash.
This looks like it’s probably part of some kind of festival as well – Gallagher & Lyle play the Botanic Gardens in St. Andrews.
On Saturday chaos will presumably ensure in Glasgow, as Murderburgers celebrate their 10 Year Anniversa-Rammy at Nice N Sleazy.
Entirely a similar scene will occur at Edinburgh Corn Exchange where The Pretty Things will perform, at the Blues and Rock festival (hmm).
Finally, on Sunday, at Tron Theatre, Glasgow, our old favourties, A New International.