What's On Scotland 1-8 Feb: Jorja Smith & more

Scottish R'n'B fans won't know what to do with themselves this week, with a triple whammy of gigs from modern day genre royalty to choose from. Plus, Fashion Forum: Design for Diversity, Flint and Pitch, Born To Be Wide, The Grandmothers Grimm and more...

Feature by Nadia Younes | 01 Feb 2018
  • Jorja Smith live at King Tut's, Glasgow

Kicking off R'n'B week in Glasgow on Monday is Drake's protégé, (rumoured) brief Kylie Jenner sidepiece and Grammy-nominated hit-maker PARTYNEXTDOOR. Prepare for a rollercoaster of emotions, as you dutty wine to the dancehall-influenced Not Nice and cry to the emo-R'n'B banger Come and See Me.

Next up, but in Edinburgh this time, is another one of Drake's pals and winner of the 2018 Brits Critics Choice Award Jorja Smith (pictured). The young Londoner's silky smooth jazz-tinged vocals and lyrics about social justice prove her to be wise beyond her years (she's only 20 years old).

Finally, Jhené Aiko closes proceedings back in Glasgow on Wednesday. Aiko released a new three-part project in September, consisting of a 23-minute long film and a 22-track album, both entitled Trip, and a poetry book filled with a lifetime of writing. Image: Rory Barnes

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Witness presents Mina
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. 2 Feb, 11pm
Now in their new monthly Friday slot at Sneaky's, Witness bring in their first big guest of the year. London DJ Mina's influences include afrobeat, dancehall and UK funky and she has collaborated with vocalists and producers from Peru, Sierra Leone and Ghana, so you can expect a globe-spanning set.

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Incinerator: Electro Disco
Summerhall, Edinburgh. 2 Feb, 10pm
All-female party crew Miss World bring along Eva Crystaltips, Brian Hutchison and Joe to join them for a night of electro, disco, dance and techno at Summerhall. Speedily setting Edinburgh's clubbing scene alight, Miss World also recently announced a new monthly residency at Sneaky's. Image: Noa Snir

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Fashion Forum: Design for Diversity
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. 2-8 Feb
The Diversity Network – a collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk – have put together a week-long programme of events exploring new, inclusive approaches to fashion. It will include a screening of the documentary Advanced Style at Filmhouse and a series of talks hosted by the likes of Caryn Franklin MBE (pictured) and Mal Burkinshaw. Image: Laura McCluskey

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HIIP Priest Party
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. 3 Feb, 2pm
They may be new on the scene but Glasgow-based DIY promotions company HIIP PRIEST are gearing up for a huge second year in existence. To kick things off, they've put together a massive line-up of local bands for their all-dayer on Saturday. SAMA 2017 Best Newcomer award winners Shredd will play alongside the likes of WYLDE and Natalie Pryce, to name a few. Image: Allan Lewis


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Flint and Pitch Presents: This Script (and other drafts)
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. 1 Feb, 7.30pm
A superhero on her period. Poems based on comments on PornHub videos. These are just a couple of subjects that award-winning spoken word poet Jenny Lindsay covers in this edition of Flint and Pitch. Lindsay's new work sees her exploring sexual politics, gender, feminism and more in a series of new poems, through some very intriguing subject matter. Image: Ryan McGoverne

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Born To Be Wide
Various venues, Edinburgh & Glasgow. 1 & 2 Feb, 7pm
Born To Be Wide celebrate their 14th birthday with two special nights to raise funds for the charity Help Musicians (HMUK). The first takes place in Edinburgh tonight at The Pleasance, beginning with Scott Hutchison (pictured) in conversation with Olaf Furniss, and tomorrow it makes its Glasgow debut at Citizen M Hotel, with a panel discussion on Preparing for Industry Events. Image: Edmund Fraser

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Legacy Russell: Glitch Feminism
CCA, Glasgow. 2 Feb, 6pm
New York-born, and now London-based, writer, artist, and cultural producer Legacy Russell coined the term Glitch Feminism in 2013, describing it as "feminism for the digital age," in an article for The Society Pages. Russell has since written about the topic for numerous publications worldwide, including BOMB and The White Review, and she will give a performative lecture on it at CCA on Friday.

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The Grandmothers Grimm
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh. 3-6 Feb, 7pm
Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder – sounds like a nice way to spend your weekend, no? Following a sell-out debut at the Edinburgh Horror Festival last year, Edinburgh-based production company Some Kind of Theatre bring The Grandmothers Grimm back for round two, this time as part of Annexe Arts Hub's week-long Formation Festival.


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