A Monday night in. Unless you know any different…
So on to Tuesday 19th, and first up, The Skids and Big Country, one one bill, and, presumably, two sets in one night for Bruce and Jamie Watson at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
On Wednesday, Leicester post-rockers Her Name Is Calla are at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh.
Idlewild are at Summerhall in Edinburgh on Thursday, while in Leith, Adam Stafford gives fine new album ‘Fire Behind The Curtain’ a bit of a push, at Leith Depot.
In Glasgow, it’s scary-but-melodic noise all the way, with Damn Teeth plus Cutty’s Gym at Bar Bloc.
Friday night has The Vaselines at Mackintosh Church, or further afield, Perthshire to be exact, it’s the Solas Festival. Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Tide Lines, Siobhan Wilson, Jonnie Common, Adam Stafford, Catholic Action, Withered Hand, Wuh-Oh… the list actually does go on, for quite a bit. It lasts from Friday – Sunday though.
The following night another Glaswegian legend, Lulu, is at Kelvingrove Bandstand, and get there early, as The Strange Blue Dreams are opening.
Saturday night in Glasgow also has some smooth soul with George Benson at the Royal Concert Hall, while there are some less smooth sounds – not in a bad way, you understand, but ‘From Russia with Jazz’ doesn’t exactly promise to be Kenny G. Instead, it’s a unique event at Platform in Easterhouse on Friday 23rd June. The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) will ‘take on’ Goethe-Institut musicians from Germany, with a DJ as referee. VAR may come into play.
And also on Saturday, Roddy Woomble, C Duncan and Brownbear are among the acts playing at Upside Doon, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.
And in Inverness, a hometown show for Lional at Ironworks.
In a field in Dalkeith (ok, a country park), Let’s Rock Scotland 2018 takes place. It’s quite the ‘eclectic’ lineup – Billy Ocean, ABC, Bow Wow Wow, Heaven 17, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Altered Images, Midge Ure, Electronica, Marc Almond, Hazell Dean…
A similar but different event tales place on the same night, at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Well, it’s indoors for starters. And it’s to celebrate Rip It Up, the new exhibition opening at the National Museum. Stanley Odd, Emma Pollock, Broken Records, Be Charlotte, Babe, Modern Studies, Withered Hand and (hopefully) Carla J. Easton are all on eh all-day bill.
Oddly, on Sunday at Dalkieth again, it’s a more modern lineup… well, kind of. Sunday Sessions, in some way involving Alan McGee, has Kaiser Chiefs, Peter Doherty, Happy Mondays, Feeder, Sugar Hill Gang, Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, British Sea Power, The Lorelei, Patersani, Mechanical Arms and Tamzene. But no Hazel Dean – just saying.
Also on Sunday, another old stager who prefers his venues to have a roof – Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
Finally, in Glasgow, the similarly sensible Kristin Hersh (out of Throwing Muses – how soon you forget), at Mackintosh Church.