The gigs of the week section is, by nature, a bit odd this week.

Still flying the flag of normal rock’n’roll, on Tuesday 30th, Thin Privilege are at Glasgow’s Bar Bloc, while in Dunfermline, the adjectives “intimate” and “hometown” must surely apply to Big Country‘s show at PJ Molloy’s.
Oh, and in what isn’t really the time of year to be touring Scotland, ska veterans Bad Manners see in the bells at Buskers in Dundee, before shows at Audio in Glasgow on the 1st, and on the second, at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

And then we’re into that ‘special’ time of year – December 31st – when shows may not be actual shows at all and if they are they’re probably long since sold out (check local press for details). Including Bobby Bluebell DJing at Oran Mor, Halfrican at the 13th Note, The Waterboys at Stirling Castle, and Tijuana Bibles play King Tut’s.

Credit to the town of Stonehaven for getting in the Human League for their Hogmanay (I am pretty sure that there will be some sort of fiery procession so Phil Oakey had better watch his fringe), while in Edinburgh at Studio 24, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Prince Fatty and Horseman are at the Wee Dub.

Also in Edinburgh, what can only be described as the ‘big one’ with The Twilight Sad, Young Fathers and Twin Atlantic, freezing their collective asses off.

Finally, if you’re in Aviemore… well, why in the name of the wee man would you be in Aviemore if you weren’t already going to Detour? Miaoux Miaoux and Hector Bizerk plus Fatherson and Prides the following day – more at