Your gig guide for the week kicks off any time now, as on Monday 22nd (quick, quick!) Shed Seven are at Tropicana & Vogue (TVFKA Fat Sam’s) in Dundee, while in Glasgow, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes play the Barrowland, and across the way, The Libertines are at Saint Luke’s.
Which may seem like a weird juxtaposition of venue sizes, but fear not, Pete Doherty and pals aren’t in decline, it’s just a more intimate show before The Libertines are at the O2 Academy on Tuesday.
Same night, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are in Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange (or whatever it’s calling itself now) while Declan Welsh & the Decadent West are at The Caves.
Oh, and in Inverness, at Ironworks, it’s The Shambolics.
On Wednesday 24th, a choice, of Japanese Television, at Broadcast, or just along the road, The Wife Guys of Reddit are at Nice n’ Sleazy.
Thursday 25th sees Freya Beer play at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s, while in Glasgow, Alabaster dePlume is at Broadcast.
In Aberdeen, Rick Witter and his fellow Shed 7-ers have a show at The Music Hall, Aberdeen.
Then, on Friday 25th, Shed Seven schlep down to Glasgow for a show at the Barrowland, or you can plump for Man of Moon, who are at Oran Mor.
Mark Burgess out of The Chameleons is also on the revival circuit, playing Dunfermline’s Legends on Friday, and in another gigging outpost, The Pigeon Detectives are in Kilmarnock, at Pressure.
In Edinburgh, Grandmaster Flash plays The Biscuit Factory, and Idlewild have a show at Summerhall, and in Aberdeen, Big Country are at The Lemon Tree.
In Dundee from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th 28th, Book Yer Ane Fest 2021 takes place at Dundee’s Rad Apples and Conroy’s Basement, with Stonethrower, Seas, Starry, Kaddish, Minerva Wakes, Paper Rifles, Uniforms, and MC Salum among the 30+ acts playing over the three days.
On Saturday 27th, it’s Salsa Celtica‘s turn to play the Lemon Tree, while your gig-going choices if you’re in Glasgow include Porridge Radio at Mono, Skinny Lister, who are at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and Bis, plus The Fat Cops, at Stereo.
Shed Seven play their second night at the Barrowland, The Capollos are at Broadcast, Mark Burgess has a show at Audio, and former Y’all is Fantasy Island and Adam Stafford collaborator Robbie Lesiuk is at The Georgic.
Also in Glasgow, technically – in the People’s Republic of Shawlands, The Glad Café hosts a fundraiser for its latest venture, Glad Radio. On the bill: flinch., Adam Ross (out of Randolph’s Leap), Man of the Minch, Jill Lorean, Raveloe, Broken Chanter, and BBC Scotland employee Roddy Hart.
On Saturday it’s also Edinburgh’s turn to host their own The Great Western, except of course it’s called The Great Eastern. Very little doubling-up of acts who played the Glasgow version a couple of weekends ago, apart from TracyAnne and Danny, but a slew of other acts including Field Music, BC Camplight, Beak>, Hamish Hawk, Sacred Paws, Broken Records, The Ninth Wave, Wrest, Free Love, Wife Guys of Reddit, and Many Many More. It’s an all-dayer, across six stages, but four of those are in Summerhall, and the other two are Kings Hall and Queen’s Hall, which are just round the corner. So not too much trudging around in the snow…
As if that wasn’t enough, Idlewild are at the Usher Hall, Mungo’s Hi Fi and Marina P play La Belle Angele.
In Glasgow on Sunday night there’s A Fundraiser for Tiny Changes, at Saint Luke’s, celebrating what would have been Scott Hutchison’s 40th birthday – Lanterns On The Lake, Fiskur, Cloth, and Carla J Easton among the acts on the bill.
While Edinburgh is still doing ok for live music – Porridge Radio play The Mash House, and a reborn Republica are at The Biscuit Factory.
Finally, in Aviemore on Sunday, at the Old Bridge Inn, Blue Rose Code.