A week of big names in bigger venues – on Tuesday 21st, Mogwai play Aberdeen Music Hall… note also, the following night in the same venue, it’s Manfred Mann.
In Glasgow that same night, Eagulls are at King Tuts while Holly Johnston – famously banned by UKIP poster boy Mike Read – is at the O2 ABC.
And in Edinburgh, Seth Lakeman is at the Queen’s Hall
Wednesday sees DFA 1979 at Glasgow’s Garage, and the folowing night, Aberdeen Music Hall rocks once again with Twin Atlantic. In Perth, Schwevron are at the Green Room, and Withered Hand are back home, at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. And Rachel Sermanni will doubtless be plugging her current ‘Live In Dawson City’ album rather closer to home. at Stirling’s Tolbooth.
Things get rather busy come Friday. Deep breath… renowned folkie June Tabor is at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, while Spook School have a show at Sneaky Pete’s. 80s folk-punk ensemble The Men They Couldn’t Hang are in Glasgow at King Tut’s, United Fruit play Nice’n’Sleazy. Twin Atlantic have two nights at the Barras – Saturday as well – while revived C86ers The Wolfhounds are at Stereo. Oh and in Paisley, Carnivores are at the Bungalow.
No letting up on Saturday – Randolph’s Leap visit the salubrious surroundings of Stirling’s Albert Halls, while 808 State are at Glasgow’s O2 ABC. Just down the road, and presumably on some sort of tour, Carnivores are at the 13th Note, and The Pearlfishers are on the southside, at the Glad Cafe (where else?)
In Aberdeen on Saturday, at Tunnels 1, a Keeping It Peel show from those Interesting Music Promotions people. Half a dozen bands paying tribute to the great man: Kasule, Min Diesel, Autumn Hang, Kitchen Cynics, Sonically Depicting, Best Girl Athlete, plus Strawberry Wine DJs
And in what looks suspicious like it might be some sort of Freshers’ event, St Andrews University Students Union hosts Withered Hand, Washington Irving and Broken Records.
Finally (phew), Sunday. where John Cooper Clarke is at Glasgow’s O2 ABC, and at Stereo, it’s A New International.