Festival season weighs in with a thud this weekend, but first, plenty of more under cover gigs…

On Monday Spook School are at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labrynth. They also have a show at the Glad Cafe on Glasgow’s southside on Tuesday.

Er, that’s it for the first part of the week, but on Thursday 28th, Tongue Trap are at Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh launching EP ‘Girl Crush’ along with Nice Church and Fuzzystar, while in Glasgow, Murderburgers play the 13th Note.

And festival season starts here!
Mugstock, at Mugdock Park. Emma Pollock, Girobabies, Stanley Odd, Colonel Mustard, BMX Bandits, Nick Harper
Butefest on, er, Bute. Idlewild, Skerryvore, The Magic Numbers
And Prestfest is in Prestwick, with The Mauraders, Seaside Sons and Little Fire on the lineup

On Friday Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters is at North Church in Perth…
while, curiously, fellow Nashville natives Skinny Molly – with former Lynyrd Skynyrd man Mike Estes – are at Hootenanny’s in Inverness. They’re also at Matchmakers in Kirkwall on Saturday,

On Saturday, Yakima are at the Record Factory in Glasgow while Kid Canaveral are launching their new album ‘Faulty Inner Dialogue’ at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. Same night, Halfrican are at Leith Depot – they’re also live in Dundee on Sunday.

A Saturday album launch too from The Royal Male, the new solo project from Ali out of Woodenbox. ‘Plastic Trhone’ is on Olive Grove Records and they’re at The Hug and Pint. Support is from labelmates Henry & Fleetwood.

Finally, on Sunday, pub rock king Nick Lowe is at Perth Concert Hall. while Halfrican play Conroy’s Basement in Dundee.