THE WEEK AHEAD
Every week we tell you to go to a gig so you can dance, sing and be merry, but with this week’s recommendation you can do all of the above and also support a good cause by attending the Save Sighthill Stone Circle concert, where some musicians (Aidan Moffat, RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock et al) are trying to stop some ancient stones from being pushed out to make way for a glorified sports day. Talking of sport, get your sweat pants on and down half a dozen raw eggs, cos Rocky is screening at the GFT and we feel a montage coming on. But if that gets you too hot under the collar, check out Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica at The Lighthouse for a cool down.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite gathers together a mighty collection of local talent to converge on Platform to play a one-off benefit in aid of Save Sighthill Stone Circle – which Glasgow City Council plan to demolish to make way for Commonwealth Games redevelopment. With his shaved head and supergig cast of musicians, Braithwaite's basically the musical equivalent of Professor Charles Xavier. And lo', we have it on good authority (aka their Facebook page) that The Twilight Sad will be on hand to play a special stripped-back set. Go support the cause.
Chargrilled meat and the finest live music – is there any better combination? This weekend finds Broadcast hosting a special BBQ show, joined on the night by the talented songstress Jo Mango, Fence eight piece folk-pop outfit Randolph's Leap, five piece alternative rockers Ripley, the one-man miracle that is Beerjacket and a selection of special guests. Go chow down on incinerated animal flesh from specialists Toner's Kitchen while listening to lovely melodies... Nowt says summer like it.
From 31 Jul, 1pm, From £7.50 here
So, if you didn’t know, Edinburgh is about to get pretty mental for four weeks or so, what with its streets becoming a cavalcade of creativity/filled with talentless showoffs [delete as appropriate]. Why not ease yourself into the madness gently with Making News. From the writers of the 2012 festival hit Coalition, Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky pitch up at this year's Fringe with a fast-moving satire about the BBC, starring Phill Jupitus as the Director General charged with keeping things together when a crisis threatens to bring down the whole corporation.
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jul, 3pm, Free
New Projects Festival is a one-off event spanning the audio and visual fields, promoting new and innovative work by emerging artists and musicians and representing the colourful and diverse community that exists around the margins of the Glasgow School of Art. The line-up includes Fucking Unlimited (members of Golden Teacher and Wavy Graves), Loveletter to Glasgow (aka Leafwrist), Top 10 (aka In Posterface) and many more, plus a barbecue in the lane beside The Art School Union.
Fri 26 Jul, 22.30pm, £10 here
Jackhammer come up trumps with the visit of Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson – responsible for seminal vocal-driven hits Big Fun and Good Life, and generally recognised as being the producer responsible for bringing Detroit’s mechanised future music to a wider audience – and fellow Motor City outfit Scan 7. Trackmaster Lou of Scan 7 on the other hand has always operated on the underground plain, and yet he has amassed a loyal and substantial following with his punchy productions on Underground Resistance and Tresor.
A CELEBRATION OF COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS >>>
Stripped is the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s exciting new strand of over 40 events showcasing the world’s most exciting comic and graphic novel creators. The programme features legends like Melinda Gebbie, Grant Morrison and Joe Sacco, rising talent including Will Morris and Hannah Berry and Scottish institutions 2000 AD and The Beano. With an exhibition of comic art and a Mini Comic Fair, this is an experience no fan of comics or graphic novels can afford to miss!
Browse events and buy tickets on the Book Festival website.
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FULL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL DETAILS HERE
Opens Fri 26 Jul, Mon-Sun, Free
Us Scots love to moan about the weather, but we’ll have little to complain about after visiting this show. Indulging our wonder at how folk live in sub-zero climes, Architecture and Design Scotland host the premiere of a new touring exhibition – Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica
– presenting some of the most innovative examples of contemporary architecture in Antarctica, focusing on the design of five case study buildings and highlighting the cutting edge science that went into 'em.
Sat 27 Jul, 7pm, £25 here
The long-running and well-loved Glasgow house night Subculture Boat Party sets sail on The Waverley down't Clyde on the first of its popular summer boat parties, with Numbers residents Jackmaster and Spencer in tow for some 'serious ship-shape shenaningans,' followed by an after-bash at Subbie. Given the fantastic weather we've been enjoying, it's perfect conditions for some boat party action – beats ahoy, then, and remember to pack sunscreen! The boat leaves from Glasgow Science Centre.
Festival Site, Dundrennan
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jul, £95 weekend (£65 day)
One of Scotland's best small festivals, Wickerman's lineup is topped by Primal Scream, with an embarrassment of riches on offer elsewhere. Dominating the goNorth and Solus stages are rising stars Fat Goth, Honeyblood, Vukovi, Hector Bizerk and Casual Sex. Dance music fans will thrill to electro godhead Dave Clarke backed by the likes of Justin 'Lionrock' Robertson and Meat Katie, while back on the larger stages you can catch the likes of KT Tunstall, Chic and Nile Rodgers, and Admiral Fallow. And the end of it all, witness the burning of a massive pagan effigy. Quality!
Opens Sat 27 Jul, Mon-Sun, £7 (£5 door)
Delve into the world of magic and myth in this new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Discover how witches and witchcraft have been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and William Blake, plus pieces by 20th century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki Smith. Through 16th and 17th century prints and drawings, learn how the advent of the printing press allowed artists and writers to share ideas, myths and fears about witches from country to country.
Fri 26 Jul, 11pm, £7.50 (£5.50) here
Yo, Glasgow! It's me, Rocky. You know, Rocky Balboa. The Italian Stallion. My movie’s screening at the Glasgow Film Theatre this Friday, Yo. What’s that you’re saying? Rocky movies suck! Not this one, punk. I ain’t no bum. This one was the first one. This is the one where I meet Adrian. This is the one where I fight Apollo. This is the one that won the all those Oscars. We beat Taxi Driver, Yo. It’s good. In this special late night screening Robert Florence from Burnistoun is the Master of Ceremonies (aka on official introducing and Rocky worshiping duties).
Skinny On Tour: Guess where these young lovebirds met (clue, it was at The Skinny's first birthday party back in 2006) and you could win yourself a copy of Ben Brook's latest book, Lolito, care of our chums at Canongate Books. Closes 28 Jul. Enter here.
Fiddler on the Roof tickets: Win one of two pairs of tickets to an all-new production of musical favourite Fiddler on the Roof, directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood. Closes 28 Jul. Enter here.
The Huxley: Edinburgh eating and drinking den The Huxley is currently offering any hotdog from the menu plus a glass of Prosecco, or a bottle of Pacifico, for a tenner. Available all-day, seven days a week, right through the summer! Full details here.
Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol: Back by popular demand, Edinburgh’s favourite drinking show returns to the Fringe to once again celebrate the lost art of enlightened elbow-bending. We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the show! Full details here.