Edinburgh’s gig calendar reaches a crescendo before shutting up shop until next year, but there is one more item of interest, Particularly, Being 747‘s educational musical, Amoeba to Zebra. Despite being filed under ‘Kids’ in the Free Fringe programme, it is recommended as a full-scale rock opera-cum-Darwinism by numbers (numbers, geddit?)

Former Felson Dean Owens plays a show with The Erskine Strings at Douglas Robertson’s Photography Studio, 42 Royal Park Terrace. www.deanowens.com

Over in the capital (ok, Glasgow), reliably cutting edge promoters Sounds in the Suburbs & We Can Still Picnic present a kind of Creeping Bent extravaganza – The Sexual Objects play Subway Sect with singing by Vic Godard , plus Jock Scot & Gareth Sager, and Roy Wilkinson reads from his new book Do It For Your Mum which is published by Rough Trade.
That’s on Sat 27th August at The Old Hairdressers (opposite Stereo), on Glasgow’s Renfield Lane.

And last but not least, we’ve already told you, but here’s a reminder the much-vaunted Retreat festival takes place again – Broken Records, Meursault, Ballboy, The Scottish Enlightenment, Jesus H. Foxx, Eagleowl and many more, at Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall on Saturday and Sunday.