THE WEEK AHEAD...
This week we could have easily compiled a top 50, such a shedload of seriously good cultural goodness there is on offer in the next seven days. Masterfully, we've whittled it down to a top ten, starting off with Malcolm Middleton showcasing his new side project album, as Human Don't Be Angry, with none other than old Arab Strap pal Aidan Moffat on support. Elsewhere, things gets seriously scary at FrightFest, Errors get us heading Dundee-way, and Queen of Tarts make everything alright with cake and scones...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 25 Feb, 7.30pm, £15 here
The rather ace Margins Book and Music Festival returns for its second year, with a schedule that has got us (and our Books editor) mighty excited (full listings here). On Saturday evening Malcolm Middleton, under his semi-instrumental Human Don't Be Angry guise, launches his new album, showcasing tracks for the first time with his full band. And, rather neatly, support comes from his Arab Strap partner Aidan Moffat, who will in turn be accompanied by his longtime collaborator, Bill Wells. Now, that's a dream trio right there. Middleton also promises to play some old classics from previous solo albums, more's the joy. We'll be down't front hoping for a bit of No Modest Bear, from his 2005 album Into The Woods. Have a listen: here.
Fri 24 & Sat 25 Feb, Various times, £55 pass here
(or £8 per film)
Glasgow Film Festival continues in blood-splattered glory this week as the annual favourite that is FrightFest returns to do its worst. Over the course of the weekend the schedule takes in anti-death medical experiments (yes, zombies) in War of the Dead (pictured), cannibalism in The Day, and first-time director Padraig Reynolds showcases his murderous and downright menacing debut, Rites of Spring, introducing the film and taking part in a live Q&A post-screen. Watch the trailer: here.
Edinburgh music blogger Stu Lewis (aka The Tidal Wave of Indifference) hosts his second showcase gig night down't Wee Red Bar, for which he's bagged Glasgow up-and-comers of the superfuzzy, tropical thrash-oot variety, PAWS (pictured), for a headline set, alongside Edinburgh School for the Deaf, and Sebastian Dangerfield. And, a little on the hush-hush, we hear there's also to be a set from Broken Records' frontman Jamie Sutherland, kicking things off with a short solo set of new songs and old.
Special gig mention of the week (i.e. well worth a wee roadtrip Dundee-way) goes to our February cover-stars – who also staged an issue takeover that month – Errors, taking to the Doghouse armed with their new LP, Have Some Faith In Magic, a gorgeous mix of sensuous rhythm, synthesis, and hypnotic loops a-plenty (read the band's track-by-track guide here). They'll be joined by multi-instrumentalist Graeme Ronald's live rabble of a band, Remember Remember. You can also catch them in Aberdeen the following night.
Sat 25 Feb-Tue 6 Mar, noon-6pm (Tue-Sun), Free
The Artist Book Group – set up by Jenny Smith in 2009 (whose studio the group meet in six times a year) – come together once again, working in a variety of mediums to explore the process of book-making in all its myriad glory; including fold-up, pop-up, cut-out, and journal-style gems, alongside a selection of wall-based works. There'll also be regular interactive workshops encouraging participants to make their own books (3/4 Mar, £8), live wall writing, live readings from the Words On Canvas group, and an artist in residence each day doing their book-making thing.
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Fri 24-Sun 26 Feb, Various times, £14 festival pass (or £6 per event)
Arika12 return for the second strand of their delightfully experimental mini fest, this time placing focus on music and performance. Over the course of the weekend audiences will get the chance to take in the likes of anarchic composer Walter Marchetti (pictured) staging his final composition, channeled through Spanish performance artist Esther Ferrer, and Dawn Kasper taking live theatre to new highs, using every type of performance at her fingertips to re-enact death scenes. As in, we're so very there for that one. Full listings here.
Secret location, Edinburgh
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Feb, 2pm, Booking here
(25th) and here
We're preparing for our first tea party of the year (ah, welcome back Queen of Tarts!) as our favourite pop-up tea ladies host a weekend of indulgence. Both parties will be a gluttonous, multi-course selection of handmade creations, kicking off with an aperitif of feta and smoked paprika straws (accompanied by a basil and mint shot), followed by such delights as lemony leek tart and a mini ploughmans, with the sugar hit coming from pineapple sorbet, rosewater and cardamon polenta cake, ginger scones with rhubarb jam, and coffee creme choux buns (full menu here). Get you tickets quick, as there's only a handful left for each day.
Fri 24 Feb, 9pm, £6 advance here (£8 door)
The Pin Up Nights crew return for their penultimate party, pulling out all the stops for another of their notorious 'ladies' nights, for which there'll be a trio of burlesque acts causing havoc – including a certain Mr Tom DeLish (most probably semi-naked), alongside live headliners Kid Canaveral, coming out of second album-writing hibernation specially, and Wild Beasts taking on DJ duty for the night. And we'd suggest diary-ing their final party, where new Chemikal Underground signings Miaoux Miaoux will be amongst the guests, and y'all can also get behind their campaign to get Jarvis Cocker on the decks (there's a petition and everything).
Fri 24 Feb, 11pm, £18 (from Ripping Records)
Post their 5th birthday celebrations at the tail-end of last year, Substance pull it out the bag big-style, nabbing techno pioneer Jeff 'The Wizard' Mills for a headline set, with the man himself rocking up to The Bongo Club with his trusty ol' Roland TR909s in tow, ready for a three-hour set of wonder. Those of you familiar with his pounding, fast-paced brand of techno will know what a treat you're in for. Your best bet for a now golden ticket is to hot-foot in to Ripping Records for their last few physical tickets.
Sun 26 Feb, 3pm, Free
We end on a whimsical note as Dagda Bar play host to the quite delightful-sounding village-fete-in-a-pub-setting that is Pub Bazaar. It's essentially the kind of event that Sundays were made for, going all out with competitions for best miniature garden and best fruit/vegetable creature (make of that what you will, people), live pom-pom making, a bringalong your own homebaking policy, live acoustic sessions from a selection of local talent, and, yes, all the booze you can tank. Amen.
£150 iTunes vouchers: This is when we wish we could enter our own competitions! Alas, we wish you all well in winning £150 of lovely, music-filled iTunes vouchers. Enter here.
Disney's John Carter tickets: Win preview tickets to Disney's new action-adverture, John Carter, a whole eight days before its actual release. Closes 26 Feb.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where one of our readers is casually browsing the January issue of The Skinny and you will win a lovely prize of the booze-y type, courtesy of our lovely chums at Vino Wines.
Michael Mayer tickets: Get your hands on a pair of tickets to see one of Germany's finest proponents of all things electronic do his thing over a three-hour set. Closes 19 Feb.
Free Delivery at Real Foods: Ethical shopper's delight Real Foods are offering free delivery on all orders over £15 on their online shopping site here.
OKO Express: All you avid Skinny readers can get yourselves 20% off your bill at Asian Glasgow delight, OKO Express, simply by showing the cut-out voucher on page 27 of our February issue.