It’s the last week before Christmas, and there’s a plethora (good word) of ideal nights out for your office party.

Take Tuesday 19th at Leith Depot – original Scottish punks The Valves are back, reprising (I assume) classic singles ‘Ain’t No Surf in Portobello’ and ‘Robot Love’.

In Glasgow, first of two nights at the O2 ABC for Idlewild to perform ‘The Remote Part’ 15 years on, with support from (as far as we can tell) Neu Reekie accompanied by Scott out of Frightened Rabbit.

On Wednesday 20th Idlewild are back at the ABC, while in Aberdeen, Happy Mondays are in the Christmas party mood at the Beach Ballroom.

More legends capturing a certain audience, as on Thursday, at Dumfries Venue, Big Country.
Same night, Happy Mondays head cross country to Ironworks, in Inverness,

Friday also has a weirdly retro feel – Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour (I’m no expert, but may contain some original members of the London 80s rock band) are at Bannerman’s in Edinburgh, while not far up the road, or indeed far removed vintage-wise, Angelic Upstarts are at Smash (they seem to contain roughly the same percentage of original members i.e. Mensi, but haven’t changed their name).
Also, Last Night From Glasgow label signings BooHooHoo are at The Mash House,

In Dunfermline, Shambolics UK (lest we confuse them with any other Shambolics) play P.J. Molloy’s. More punk rock at Bathgate’s Dreadnought Rock – Cash From Chaos are a covers act, but they’re a decent one, and it is Christmas after all.

The Happy Mondays bus pulls up at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, and in Glasgow at King Tut’s, a Joe Strummer tribute night with old punks The Zips, tribute act Combat Rock, the Doghouse Ska Band, and the 10.1ers – could they be a 101ers tribute?

At the O2 ABC, hitting the big stage, Honeyblood, as is Gerry Cinnamon, remarkably playing the first of two Barrowland shows, while on a somewhat smaller (but perfectly formed) venue, and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 are at St Lukes.
Foreignfox are at The Hug and Pint and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 are at St Lukes
In Dundee, if it isn’t The Rezillos, at Beat Generator, and their compadres from back in the day, The Valves, play Perth’s Green Room

On Saturday, Happy Mondays arrive back, refreshed, after their wee sojourn to the highlands for a show at the O2 Academy Glasgow. Don’t confuse that with the 02 ABC, though I’m sure The Silencers would make for a perfectly adequate replacement.
Kilmarnock gets on the gig map again, this time The Rezillos play the Bellfield Tavern

In Edinburgh, Jamie & Shoony play Stramash, Edinburgh, UK
while Foreignfox have a hometown show, at P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline. Finally, presumably also returning home for Christmas, The Little Kicks are in Aberdeen, at The Tunnels.