Stop the Presses: September

Feature by Rosamund West | 01 Sep 2011
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FINAL FESTIVAL: It didn’t quite fit in this issue, but we would still like to recommend Kaleidoscope Festival on the weekend 30 Sep-2 Oct at Kinkell Farm, St Andrews. Winding up the festival season, Kaleidoscope offers an eco boutique style festival bringing together music from a bunch of Skinny faves (including FOUND, Kid Canaveral and Hidden Orchestra) as well as ambient art events, circus and trapeze, quality, ethically sourced produce and even a people-powered cinema. Full line-up and event details can be found at
Tickets start at £59 for the weekend, £30 for Sunday day

WELL DONE US: More specifically, well done the Comedy editor duo of Lizzie and Bernard who not only managed literally hundreds of reviews of the Edinburgh Fringe, thus ensuring that our coverage was up to the minute, expert and informative; they also made sure we were the first people to review two of the nominees for Best Newcomer at the Foster’s Comedy Awards, giving both Cariad Lloyd and The Chris and Paul Show five stars. Round of applause, pat on backs.

MY NAME IS KEN: The GFT celebrate Ken Loach's 75th birthday and 50 year career with screenings of the films he shot up here in Scotland (My Name is Joe, Sweet Sixteen, Carla’s Song and Ae Fond Kiss) and the newly restored reissue of the heartbreaking Kes.

MONORAIL: The mighty Monorail Film Club start back at the GFT after their summer break. Monorail's screenings are always good value, but Martin Clark's pick of 2007 documentary Billy the Kid (25 Sep) is something special.

ULTRA GOSSIP WITH A HEAVY GROOVE: Esteemed house monthlies Ultragroove and Heavy Gossip are merging this month, putting on a new fortnightly soiree at the Green Room and Below Stairs. Their inaugural party on Saturday 24 September will be overseen by Tony Lionni and Chicago house fella Rahaan, with Horse Meat Disco confirmed for Saturday 15 October.

NEW BLOOD AT THE TRAV: The announcement of the Traverse's new artistic director - set to take up the post at the start of 2012 - is the latest installment in the ongoing round of changes across Scottish Theatre. The departure of Dominic Hill from the Traverse for the Citizens has been widely celebrated by the critical community: Hill's enthusiasm for imaginative recreations of classic plays fits perfectly with the Citizen's ethos. Orla O’Loughlin will take up the Traverse role in January 2012. Her track record with Pentabus and the Royal Court suggests that she will be committed to the Traverse's core remit of new writing. She has become well known for her imaginative direction of new scripts – something dear to the heart of British audiences, and her experience at the Royal Court connects her to the new waves of UK authors.

UPDATE: The new office is nice. We’ve got windows.

HI STUDENTS! We’ve got a new guide for you coming out this month. It will tell you how to make the most of your time at uni while quietly mocking your propensity for Pot Noodles and Che Guevara posters. Keep your eyes peeled at Freshers fairs and in your unions for your free copy.

DOORS OPEN DAYS: Every weekend of September sees a different part of Scotland open its doors for the public to have a poke about and judge the curtains. Fancy a guided tour of Hampden? Want to peek inside the projection room of the GFT? Always wondered about the Bo’ness Motor Museum? Well now is your chance. Go to to find out more about events in your area.

ARRRRRR: Arrr, this month, on 19 September, tis' International Talk like a Pirate Day. T' find out more, go t' Aye, me parrot concurs.

SECRET WARS: The Glasgow quarter finals are here! Head along to club 520 on 16 & 30 September to see some heavy paint-off action, with Smug taking on Vues at the first event and Conzo battling Marcus Maguire at the second for a coveted place in the semis. (Secret Wars involve two graff artists fighting for supremacy using only black paint and a white wall, in case we haven’t mentioned this already.)
Club 520, 520 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow. 11pm-3am