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THE SKINNY: April 2018

Irvine Welsh, Glasgow International, McLuckie's Line, Todd Haynes, Project Pablo, Makeness, Solareye, Wye Oak, Wide Days, Outskirts Festival and more...

THE SKINNY SCOTLAND ISSUE 151

This month we are mainly looking forward to what should be a biennial rite of spring – Glasgow International arrives with a city-wide celebration of visual art in galleries, public halls and forgotten spaces. Given the forecast currently says it’s going to snow for the next four days, the spring part may be optimistic. The celebration is real though – GI is under new management, as 2018 represents the first outing for new director Richard Parry, who we spoke to last month (find it on the internet, kids!).

This month our art team have trawled through the programme and approached 25 of their favourite artists and curators to find out about what they have planned. We also have a closer look at one of the exhibitions in the Showcase – the centre spread features work from Yon Afro Collective, who’re presenting four artists in Govanhill Baths with the aim of amplifying the voices of Black women and women of colour in Scotland.

In Music, we speak to electronic-pop soloist Makeness aka Kyle Molleson about recording in a 200-year-old barn, being pressured into being a folk musician and debut album Loud Patterns. You’ll be able to catch him at our Hidden Door night next month, more details TBA online shortly. Solareye, aka Stanley Odd’s Dave Hook, aka Scotland’s foremost doctor of hip-hop, is releasing his long-gestating solo record this month and talks to us about politics and the voice afforded by the genre. We also meet Wye Oak to hear about rubbish band names, Confidence Man’s Janet Planet offers some thoughts on recording in rural hot tubs while drunk, and Home$lice explain why they’re so insistent on sticking with a band name with a dollar sign in the middle of it even though they’re from Glasgow. "I thought it would be funny if it had a dollar sign in it, aesthetically. Because I wrote it down, and it just looks pure shite without a dollar sign!" says guitarist Scott Whitehill.

In the second part of our desperate anticipation of a summer of music basking in sunlit fields, we have a guide to the best music festivals happening across the UK this year. In more immediate festival news, we look at the programmes for Outskirts and Wide Days, happening in Easterhouse and Edinburgh respectively this month. Justin Lockey of Editors, James Lockey of Minor Victories, and Grant and Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit have somewhat secretly formed a new sibling-tastic group whose debut will be unleashed on 6 April – they each share some of their formative influences to offer a taste of what to expect from Mastersystem.

In Film, we have some words with Todd Haynes, a long-standing key voice in American cinema, about new film Wonderstruck. Robin Campillo discusses channeling his own memories of being part of AIDS activism collective ACT UP for new film 120 BPM, and we offer some incentive to take a trip to the Borders this month as Hawick’s Alchemy Film Festival rolls back into town with another exciting line-up of experimental moving image.

Dead Man’s Trousers is definitively the last outing for the Trainspotting crew, or so author Irvine Welsh claims. We meet the man himself for a wide ranging discussion of the changing state of Britain in the past three decades from youth culture to the end of labour. Theatre meets the duo behind new play McLuckie’s Line, playwright Martin Travers and actor Martin Docherty, who aim to broaden the audience for Scottish theatre and combat the increasing class divide highlighted by actor (not physicist) Brian Cox that can be felt behind the scenes and front of house. In Comedy, our editor has been trawling through the Fringe archives again and come across a pair of startling discoveries – first, that Glasgow started the Edinburgh Fringe cos well obviously, Glasgow smiles better (also reasons); secondly, he’s unearthed the first recorded usage of the term ‘fringe’ used to describe the entity.

We close the magazine as is traditional, with a look at another facet of Scottish design in Local Heroes’ ongoing mapping exercise. This month, the first of two studies of the vibrant world of contemporary ceramics including work referencing Renaissance painting and macaroni. [Rosamund West]

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