What's On Scotland 24-30 May: Hidden Door

It's a female affair for the opening night of Hidden Door tomorrow, and there are plenty more exciting events to follow. Plus, LCD Soundsystem, Queer Classics Film Festival, Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, Neu! Reekie! Spoke In The Wheel and more...

Feature by Nadia Younes | 24 May 2018
  • Dream Wife live at Stereo, Glasgow

Back at Leith Theatre and bigger than ever, this year's Hidden Door line-up features some huge names from across the worlds of music, film, art, theatre, dance and spoken word.

This year, the festival will also be opening up the nearby State Cinema, making use of another previously disused space in typical Hidden Door fashion. We take a closer look at the festival's theatre programme being staged at the Cinema, speaking to Rosanna Hall, Village Pub Theatre, Annie Lord and The Golden Trailer Collective about their new shows. We've also announced our own night, taking place at the festival on 31 May – tune in to next week's Zap for more on that.

This weekend though, you can catch Hidden Door's all-female opening night, with live music from Cornish and Welsh language singer Gwenno, a solo set from Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood, London punk trio Dream Wife and a headline set from Nadine Shah. On Saturday, there's another massive music line-up headed up by North Carolina synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso, with two fantastic Scottish support acts in the form of Glasgow's Happy Meals (aka Free Love) and Edinburgh's E M I L I E, followed by a DJ set from techno maestro Daniel Avery. Good, right?! 

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ADVERTISEMENT | Mark Leckey: Nobodaddy
Tramway, Glasgow, Until 1 July
Inspired by a small statue, infiltrated by technology and grown to human proportions, Nobodaddy combines digital replication, video and surround sound audio in a hugely atmospheric installation. Created by Turner Prize winner Leckey for Glasgow International, it was described by the Art Newspaper as "one of the festival’s most powerful works." The exhibition continues in Tramway’s main gallery until 1 July. Free entry.

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Ezra Furman
O2 ABC, Glasgow. 28 May, 7pm
Ezra Furman may as well be considered modern day rock’n’roll royalty by now. At only 31 years old, the American singer-songwriter already has seven albums under his belt. His latest, Transangelic Exodus features some of the best song titles you’ll ever hear, including Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill and Peel My Orange Every Morning. Oh, and he’s great live, so there's that too.

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LCD Soundsystem
SWG3, Glasgow. 27-28 May, 6pm
LCD Soundsystem touch down at SWG3's Galvanizer's Yard this weekend for two nights of sheer unadulterated bliss. The first night is sold out, so grab tickets for the second while you still can, and if LCD isn't already enough of a sell, support comes from Edinburgh trio Young Fathers who are still riding high after releasing their incredible third record, Cocoa Sugar. Image: Cameron Brisbane

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Queer Classics Film Festival
CCA, Glasgow. 25-26 May, times vary
Over two days, the CCA will host the Queer Classics Film Festival, screening a selection of films depicting iconic representations of LGBTQ+ people across the decades. Just a few of the films lined up include Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary on New York’s voguing scene, Paris Is Burning and Sean Baker’s iPhone shot 2015 film following the life of transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, Tangerine.

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Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh. 25-27 May, times vary
Need we say more than craft beer, street food and DJs on bank holiday weekend? Well, if we must, the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival will see more than 40 breweries in attendance, with over 300 beers available over the course of the weekend. There will also be plenty of food from all the usual street vendor suspects and DJ sets from Mogwai, Two Door Cinema Club and more.

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Neu! Reekie! Spoke In The Wheel
Leith St Andrews Church, Edinburgh. 25 May, 7.15pm
Our lovely pals at Neu! Reekie! are raising money for the #saveleithwalk campaign that's currently going on to stop the demolition of a stretch of Leith Walk, which features much loved small venue Leith Depot. Tonight's N! R! as ever features a beautiful mix of spoken word and live music; performers include Rev Magnetic (pictured), Salome Benidze, Helen Mort, Erin Friel and The Honey Farm. Image: Jassy Earl

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Burnt Church Film Club: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Flying Duck, Glasgow. 29 May, 7.30pm
Stock up on white face paint, dig out your best fishnets and get ready to do the Time Warp, as Burnt Church Film Club are screening the cult classic musical Rocky Horror Picture Show for their latest shindig. Fans of the film take the dress up side of things pretty seriously, so you better start planning your outfit asap (if you haven’t got one looked out already).


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