THE WEEK AHEAD...
A week that kicks off with a brand spanking new mini arts festival is always going to be a good 'un, so we're obviously suggesting you get your arses to Outskirts Festival and bask within the loveliness of Vashti Bunyan, Aidan Moffat, Alasdair Gray, and Thom Scullion et al across a mixed programme of live music, spoken word, performance, and art installation. Elsewhere, Cry Parrot turn five in style, Matthew Dear and Andrew Weatherall take to Sub Club, and sonic alchemists The Leg do their best to start a riot in a disused old bookbinders.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 28 Apr, 3.30pm-10.30pm, £6 (£10 with food) here
Lighting up the week is new music, performance and visual art festival on the block, Outskirts, debuting with a dynamic array of musicians playing through the day, including a short acoustic set from Vashti Bunyan (accompanied by Kieran Evans' documentary about the lady herself, From Here To Before), plus Aidan Moffat, and Future Pilot AKA. Additionally, there will be a cultural programme of delights, including live readings from Alasdair Gray, roaming performances from Emma Snellgrove, and Thom Scullion's interactive installation, Play [Station], where audience and artist bond through the medium of computer games. Buses picking up from Mono at 3pm (tickets £4 from Mono direct).
Tireless DIY nurturers of a wealth of left-field talent, Cry Parrot host their fifth birthday bash in the sprawling, multi-layered warehouse space of The Glue Factory. For the night they've got three-deck wizard DJ Auntie Flo (aka Brian D'Souza) headering a rather fine bill alongside purveyors of pure analoque joy, Silk Cut, and the righteous post-punk jams of Sacred Paws, plus Dam Mantle, The Rose Crucifixion, and Blue Sabbath Black Fiji. Special Hits (aka Mother Ganga) will kick it all off in his inimitable transcendental techno-pop way.
Sat 28 Apr, 11pm, £15 on the door
As Sub Club draw their 25th birthday celebrations to a close, Subculture pull out the big guns with DJ, producer and remixer extraordinaire Andrew Weatherall sharing deck duties with minimalist techno specialist Matthew Dear (pictured). That's one dream pairing right there, helped along by Subculture residents Harri & Domenic. Oh, and a 4am license. And those good chaps at Sub Club have kept back 200 tickets for the door. The final installments of the birthday celebrations then go a little something like this: Magda (4 May) and Carl Craig (5 May). Amen.
Mon 30 Apr, From 8pm, £6 here
(or £8 on the day)
The Beltane Fire Society stage their annual celebration of the coming of summer, with this year marking the 25th anniversary of the festival. They'll be marking the occasion in time-honoured tradition: with a whole lotta fire, facepaint, dancing, nudity, drumming, and, well, all the fun one can have up a hill in the dark with pyrotechnics. Over 300 performers will lead the procession, before culminating in the usual messy post-party where ceilidh dancing and dubstep beats collide in one riotous whole down at The Caves.
Sat 28 Apr-Thu 10 May, 11am-6pm daily, Free
It's that time of year again when we play host to the exhibition of our RSA New Contemporaries winner from the previous year's show, and so this week sees 2011 Skinny Award Winner Stephen Thorpe brighten the walls of Whitespace with his beautifully vibrant and obsessively immaculate paintings (Throne Room with Nautilus, pictured), produced in oil, canvas, and expanding foam, all roughly-hewn around the edges. View more of his work in his official Skinny Showcase here.
To kick off festival season, The Skinny (yeah, us) is heading to annual new music showcase The Great Escape in Brighton next month, (10-12 May). In conjunction with the SMIA, we’ll be hosting a stage which features three of Scotland's brightest new hopes. Here, Philip Taylor of abrasive punky drawers PAWS looks forward to the occasion…
Where are you playing?
We are really excited about The Great Escape. We played a show for Vice in Brighton at the end of March and had a total blast. It was our first time in Brighton and the whole town is awesome. It felt nice to be by the sea and everyone was so chilled. We are playing three shows at Great Escape and I am very excited about playing on the end of Brighton Pier.
Will you take the opportunity to catch other acts on the bill?
For sure, that's one of the best parts of it all! I can't wait to see Novella, Eagulls, EMA and Cloud Nothings.
Tell us a secret about the VIP area...
It's just a bunch of portakabins filled with drunk people!
FULL INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL HERE
Sat 28 Apr, 7.30pm, £8 (from Waterstone's, George Street) or on the door
Continuing their series of monthly talks, Canongate provide our dose of educational magic this week with accaimed neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer taking to Surgeons' Hall Museum to discuss the subject of creativity, which he addresses in his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works (reviewed here). He'll be illuminating our little brains by explaining how new research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination, shattering the myth of the creative 'type'. Scroll down to Reader Offers to find out how to get your hands on 2-for-1 tickets.
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Apr, noon-4pm, Free
Having kept us entertained with their delightfully random offerings for the best part of two months, Behaviour Festival draws to its merry close over the weekend. One of the highlights of the final few days of the schedule looks to be the site-specific hairdressser's experience, which will see a group of ten-year-old children – after a week of training – set up shop in Alice Rocks salon testing out their hair-cutting skills on willing participants... As in, real children. Near your head. With scissors.
Sat 28 Apr, 6pm, £5 deposit here
Post their album preview set with Paul Vickers where they basically started a riot in the medieval catacombs of Mary King's Close, sonic alchemists The Leg launch their new album proper, for which they're taking to a disused bookbinders in the Old Town – such is their propensity for causing mayhem in tranquil places. The meeting point for the evening is The Wash Bar, where there'll be a brief pre-gig string quartet, before revellers will walk en masse to the (somewhat hidden) venue point. Get your exclusive invite by putting a £5 deposit on their album here.
Celebrating the pleasures of fashion, beats and dancing 'til you drop, Nightwalk returns to the runway for its annual club-meets-catwalk outing, with a handpicked selection of local designers showcasing their spring/summer 2012 collections – amongst 'em Swedish-born, Glasgow-based designer Jenny Lööf (pictured) and Scottish jewellery designer Bonnie Bling. All of course backed by a live soundtrack from founder, director and official runway DJ Angie 'Ursula' Koorbanally.
Wed 2 May, 6pm, Free
We end as all good weeks should – with free stuff! If you fancy discounted tickets, VIP party passes, free drinks, and other such nifty benefits for use during the Edinburgh International Festival, and throughout the following year, then get yersel' down to the IN Festival launch where they'll be revealing details of the INsider membership programme and the exclusive opportunities a golden INsider pass can bring. Attendance is free, but you'll need to book in advance by emailing INsider@eif.co.uk before 30 April. Visiit www.eif.co.uk/INsider
for more information.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where The Skinny's publisher spotted this pair (pictured above) showing some love for the March issue of The Skinny and you will win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 30 Apr.
Jonah Lehrer on Creativity: Get 2-for-1 tickets on collection at Waterstone's (George Street) when you mention 'The Skinny'. Full details of the Canongate talks series can be found here.
Errors tickets: We've got a pair of tickets (plus the full merch kit of t-shirt, CDs, 7-inch singles etc.) up for grabs to see our former guest editors, Errors, down't the Arches in May. Win them here.
Paint Your Own Mural: Offcut are calling all artists to submit their ideas for the chance to design a large mural for their new store. Deadline closes 27 Apr. Full details here.
Knockengorroch Festival tickets: Win a pair of tickets to the rollicking musical beast that is the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, set in the beautiful mountain river valley plain in't Dumfriesshire. Closes 30 Apr.
Stag & Dagger tickets: Get yersel' a bumper package including a pair of tickets to Stag & Dagger's musical all-dayer – with some 50 bands on the bill, including Django Django and The Phantom Band – plus free scran courtesy of Captain's Rest. Closes 30 Apr.
Saint Judes 2-for-1 Meals: Get 2-for-1 main courses during April on Saint Jude's new Pan Asian menu, created in collaboration with their pals at Bar Soba. One word: yum.
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.
*PLUS* Any budding songwriters amongst you can download and print off an application form for the Billy Kelly Songwriting Award. You can get your form here, then all you need do is enclose your demo and post it to: Billy Kelly Songwriting Award, Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX. Alternatively you can apply electronically by emailing three tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org.