THE WEEK AHEAD...
As March gives way to April, this week finds us saying a couple of bittersweet goodbyes, bidding a final farewell to Pin Up Nights (who go out with a very special guests kind of a bang), and Take A Worm For A Walk Week – who play their final show at Stereo. Elsewhere, there's April Foolery in the face of the new Public Entertainment License, Sub Club kick off their 25th birthday celebrations proper, and various artists and musicians take over The Lighthouse for a day of artful merrymaking.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
The biggest party of the week hands-bloody-down goes to Pin Up Nights, who host their final show after what has been nearly nine years of top-class party throwing. They've assembled a line-up to end 'em all, with new Chemikal Underground signing Miaoux Miaoux playing with his full live band, plus acoustic sets from The Twilight Sad, Malcolm Middleton, and Emma Pollock. And, in honour of their campaign to get Jarvis Cocker on the decks after six whole years of harassing his agent, there'll be 'Jarvis' masks for all, plus a 'Best of Pin-Ups' souvenir CD, and, yes, the obligatory cake and balloons.
Sat 31 Mar, 6pm-1am, £8 here
Spaced In The City – whose pop-up micro-festivals move between unique indoor and outdoor spaces – take to The Lighthouse for their biggie of an event; a sprawling all-dayer where various performers explore the relatively hidden space of Gallery 1. It'll include musical dalliances from The Seventeenth Century (pictured), Open Swimmer, Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals, The Japanese War Effort, and Dead Boy Robotics, amongst others, plus a mixed schedule of visual art, performance, and installation taking the viewer to some weird and wonderful places.
Sat 31 Mar, 10.30pm, £10 here
Sub Club officially enter their 25th year this Saturday at the stroke of midnight. And, as is their way, they're celebrating with a mega – five-week! – run of parties (see full schedule here), for which Subculture's Harri & Domenic (pictured) kick things off with a 'best of' night, where they'll be digging deep through their record collections to put together a playlist that defines the sound of the past 25 years. It's then down to an all-star cast including the likes of Blawan, Optimo, Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, and Magda to guide us through the next month and a bit of hangovers. Amen.
Fri 30 Mar, 7pm, £5 (£4 students) on the door
Those avant-garde hellraisers are at it again, coaxing down a selection of Edinburgh-based talents for what will be Neu! Reekie! #15. For it, Withered Hand will be cherrypicking songs from his latest EP, Heart Heart, as well as roadtesting a new song or two, while poets Jenny Lindsay, and Ryan Van Winkle – fresh from travelling the US homelands (read: growing a grizzly beard) – do their spoken word thing. Plus, o'course, animations by Kevin Williamson, house band Emelle, a Raffle of The Absurd, and £2 bevvies.
Sun 1 Apr, noon-6pm, Free
The Glasgow duo behind Gin In Teacups (aka Sarah Lawson and Laurie Macmillan, pictured – who also co-own their own vintage label) make their first trip eastside, hosting their favourited vintage fair in the lavish surrounds of Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms. It'll be chock with their usual handpicked selection of stalls from the local craft mafia, including vintage clothing, handmade jewellery, customised furniture, records, and, yes, the ever-present dose of cupcakes, all set to a vintage-inspired live DJ soundtrack.
When people think of science events, the words entertaining and fun are not typically what spring to mind. Edinburgh International Science Festival proves this need not be the case, as the 2012 line-up incorporates a range of subject matter that is entertaining and accessible to all. There's a schedule of top-class comedy gigs at the Ghillie Dhu and The Jam House (including Festival of the Spoken Nerd, pictured), while the Future Human films programme at the Filmhouse brings classic sci-fi to the big screen (including RoboCop!). Or, fancy some hands-on experimentation? LateLab at InSpace is an evening participatory space for adults where you can interact with art, science, and technology. Science has never been so social!
FULL EVENT DETAILS AND FESTIVAL INFO HERE
Sat 31 Mar-Sun 15 Apr, Thu-Sun (noon-6pm), Free
Following Edinburgh's Embassy Gallery sending residency winner Derek Sutherland down to London at the beginning of the month for a showcase exhibition at N/V_PROJECTS, the artist residency swap is completed with N/V_PROJECTS sending Hazel Dowling up our way. The Chelsea College of Art & Design Fine Art graduate will present an all-new selection of solo work completed during her month-long residency at the gallery, which will open on Friday with an evening preview (7pm-9pm).
Fri 30 Mar, 11pm, Free
Playing a just-announced set, Young Fathers take their rather glorious line in DIY rap to Bloc's wee basement (read: this will turn into one big messy rammy – complete with synchronised dance moves, and possibly complimentary rice and chicken, if you're lucky). They'll be playing tracks from their debut album, The Guide, as well as cherrypicking from their current mixtape (which you can download for free here). We've listened to our favourite track offa said mixtape an unhealthy number of times. Join us: Deadline.
Various venues across Edinburgh
Sun 1 Apr, full info here
In response to the new licensing legislation set to come into play on free events on 1 April, Edinburgh rises up with A Little April Foolery – a day of pop-up events of all kinds: all free of charge, and all unlicensed. Amongst them will be artist talks, live music, film screenings, spoken word performances, and much more (see a snapshot of the events here), with the essence of the whole thing being that they could pop up anywhere, and in any form – which, let's face it, is the beauty of grassroots events anyway. The Third Door then host the evening closing party, at which anyone can get involved musically, artistically, or however else they may wish.
Thu 30 Mar, 8.30pm, £5
Kunt and the Gang (aka Kunt and Little Kunt, pictured) unleash their usual tsunami of filth, obsessed with genitalia, sexual perversion, excrement, and Pippa Middleton (whom Kunt tells us he wants to do obscene things to in a warehouse: read our full interview here). Join 'em as they sing their way through their repertoire, taking in such 'hits' as Angry Birds Gave Me Piles, and Use My Arsehole As A Cunt. Also playing Glasgow's 13th Note the following night.
We end on a suitably noisy note as feral Glaswegian noisemakers Take A Worm For A Walk Week unleash a final blast of unrelentless, discordant thrash upon your ass, as they play what will be their last ever show down at Glasgow's Stereo. Cue a delightful barrage of sneering cynicism mixed with driving hardcore, just how our eardrums like it. Stellar support comes from Adam Stafford and GRNR. The Erin McGrath illustrated poster for the gig is currently bringing us deep joy. View it here.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where one of our readers is perusing the February issue of The Skinny and you will win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 30 Mar.
2.8 Hours Later tickets: Win tickets to the the live zombie game where folks zig-zag across Glasgow looking for survivors, with the aim to get to the final party location for a zombified disco. Oh yes!
Doors Alive tickets: One lucky reader can win themelves a pair of tickets to see The Doors tribute act, Doors Alive. We have it on good authority that they're "Great". Closes 2 Apr.
Streetcar Named Desire tickets: This year Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire reaches the grand old age of 65, and we've got tickets to Scottish Ballet's inspired new production. Closes 2 Apr.
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.
The Art School Cafe Bar: Get 2-for-1 on main meals on the Art School Cafe Bar's new bistro menu when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 20 of our March issue.
Lucky 7 Canteen: Get 20% off at Lucky 7 Canteen when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 44 of our March issue. We're all about their pie of the week!
Hillhead Bookclub: Get 25% off food at Hillhead Bookclub when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 32 of our March issue. We're all about the vouchers this month.