A busy week for gigs even if it wasn’t for a certain urban festival at the weekend, so best crack on…

A New International play Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room on Wednesday while in Glasgow at the CCA, it’s electronic marvel Ulrich Schnauss. Same city, same night, Le Thug are at the Glad Cafe, and Pronto Mama plug a new single at King Tut’s.

Kicking off the 6 Music festival at what seems to be the official ‘fringe’ is Song, By Toad’s night at The Glad Cafe on Thursday, 23rd, with performances from Meursault, Jonnie Common, plus recent label signing Siobhan Wilson. And Man of Moon are at Oran Mor, quite possibly in something 6 Music-related.

Friday sees a Ulrich Schnauss gig at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, but we we wonder if taking in that show and the set from Bristol punks Idles are Tunnels might be do-able. . They’re also at Dundee’s Bar 15 on the Friday, and Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday.

If you’re in Dundee on the Thursday, folk-pop icon Martin Stephenson (sans Daintees) is at Clarks on Lindsay Street.

Southern Tenant Folk Union continue their tour with shows on Thu 23rd March at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness; Fri 24th at An Lanntair on Stornoway, and then Mon 27th at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre

On Friday Newport-on-Tay’s back on the gig map, at the Rio Community Centre, with Kid Canaveral.
In Edinbiurgh, back from their travels, The Spook School, at the Southside Social, wile at the Wee Red Bar, The State Broadcasters launch their debut album. Rachel Sermanni’s at Summerhall.
On Friday 24th, at Perth Green Room, Halo Tora – they’re also at Aberdeen’s Vulture Lounge the following night and at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh on Sunday.

But this weekend is all about the 6 Music festival… it might be easier to link to our original news item, and also kind of pointless as everything has rather famously sold out, but in summary: Mary Chain, Goldfrapp and Sparks, Grandaddy Saturday, Belle and Sebastian and Depeche Mode Sunday, and a couple of mammoth daytime events at the Tramway with music from the likes of the Wedding Present and chat with John Lydon and Ian Rankin.

In Perth at the Concert Hall on Saturday, former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond.
And at Falkirk, the premier all-female Ramones tribute act, The Ramonas (of course) play the Warehouse in Falkirk.
A non 6 Music event at Glasgow Stereo, is John ‘Really Free’ Otway.
Another 6 Music fringe show, King Creosote on Saturday at the Rum Shack.
At Inverness Ironworks on Saturday (and with a new single in the offing), former Specials man Neville Staple.

Finally, on Sunday, at Aberdeen’s Tunnels – comedy rock legend John Otway.