THE WEEK AHEAD...
This week sees summer kick off official. Well, in our eyes anyway, as the first Scottish outdoor music festival of our year throws open its metaphorical doors – and it's BrewDog's inaugural offering, Brew at the Bog, no less. If we survive the resulting beer slump, we'll also be taking in the likes of the mighty New Order, Words Per Minute's final swansong, Aberdeen's The Big Beach Ball, and a choice meeting with The Terminator... Yup, he's back.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Bogbain Farm, Inverness
Aye, outdoor festival season is officially nigh, with the first weekend of May throwing up a brand new musical all-dayer in the beautiful surrounds of Bogbain Farm in Inverness – with BrewDog's inaugural festival outing, Brew at the Bog. The pretty stellar line-up takes in the likes of Washington Irving, Stanley Odd, Endor, Fatherson, Over The Wall, Kitty The Lion, The Seventeenth Century, Three Blind Wolves, Open Swimmer, and plenty more besides, alongside acoustic sessions, film screenings, and food stalls for all your scranning needs. Oh, and beer. Loadsae lovely beer. Full line-up and information here.
Sun 6 May, 7.30pm, £5 on the door
Mono comes to life for an ambitious project in which myriad Glasgow-based bands and artists will attempt to interpret the end of our world through a series of collaborative sonic and visual artworks. So, yes, we're not entirely sure how that'll play out either, but as part of Pipe Factory's GI programme, and with the likes of North American War, Organs of Love, Remember Remember, Happy Particles, 1990s, and Ultimate Thrush working alongside various visual artists, we're pretty sure it'll be a winner.
Sun 6 May, 1pm-midnight, £27.50 here
Sunshine or no we're taking to beachside Aberdeen for the all-day delight that is The Big Beach Ball, which'll be doing its best to bring the mayhem to the salty shores of the granite palace. Headering up the bill are Friendly Fires on DJ duty, playing alongside the likes of Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, producer/DJ duo Slam (aka Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle), and live bands including Bwani Junction, and The Little Kicks (full line-up here). Additionally, there'll be an indoor vintage market, dedicated mojito bar, and the deal-sealer of an ice-cream van. Read our preview here.
Sat 5 & Sun 6 May, 7pm, £35 here
Bernard Sumner and co hop between Glasgow and Edinburgh over the weekend, with the current New Order line-up (sans Peter Hook, as of the 2007 parting of ways) taking to the stage for the Scottish leg of their first proper UK tour in six years. They'll be treating fans to a selection of iconic tracks, whie also using it as a bit of a warm-up ahead of their set at T in the Park come July. The Glasgow show's all sold out, but you can get the last remaining Edinburgh tickets here
. And read our illuminating chat with drummer Stephen Morris here
Sun 6 May, 4pm, £5 on the door
Things get a bit bittersweet as Words Per Minute stage their final regular Sunday edition, for which they're pulling together an all-star cast of their favourite folk from the last two years – naturally including yer man Alan Bissett, alongside local poet Michael Pedersen, and author Allan Wilson, plus live music from Becci Wallace, and Michael Cassidy. We also hear that the seven foot beatboxer behemoth that is Bigg Taj (pictured) will be just one of the secret special guests dropping by. Watch him in action here.
Joining PAWS and Admiral Fallow on SMIA's stage at The Great Escape next Friday are Edinburgh quartet Bwani Junction, who recently earned themselves a nomination on the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award long-list with their Caribbean-inflected debut, Fully Cocked. By way of introduction, you can read our sweary encounter with the band here. While guitarist Dan Muir fills us in on the band's summer festival patter:
Which festivals are you playing this summer?
This summer we're playing Latitude, Eurocultured in Manchester, LeeFest, Sound City in Liverpool and Stag and Dagger. There are others but we're not allowed to announce them unfortunately...
Will you take the opportunity to catch other acts on the bill?
Yeah hopefully. We always read the line ups and say 'aww we've gotta go see them', but we always run out of time. We'll need to get the finger out.
Tell us a secret about the VIP area...
We'll tell you when we're allowed in the VIP area! But would imagine there aren't actually many very important people in them.
FULL INFORMATION On THE FESTIVAL HERE
Fri 4 May, 11pm, £10 here
Fresh from his set at Sub Club's 25th birthday celebrations last week, DJ, producer and remixer extraordinaire Andrew Weatherall joins forces with regular cohort Sean Johnston (aka one half of disco editing duo The Hardway Brothers) to bring their eclectic London night, A Love From Outer Space, Scotland-way. The mighty duo will be playing back-to-back over a four-hour takeover of The Caves' dank lair, joined by residents Justin Wilson, and Steve Cass. Hear 'em in action here.
Thu 3-Sat 5 May, 9pm-11pm, £10 (£8)
As Glasgow International Festival draws to a close, multidisciplinary arts impresarios 85A Collective present their very first Glasgow International Fringe event, where they've taken Judd Brucke's short film, CHERNOZEM – a horror about a man struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world – and developed it into an all-singing, all-dancing, multi-chambered 'total cinema' experience. It'll show half-hourly in the suitably cinematic Glue Factory between 9pm and 11pm. Email 85Acollective@gmail.com for tickets, or pick up from the Art School Bar.
Post their launch night last month with Hot Chip's Felix Martin, new electro rock'n'roll night on the block, Processed Beats, takes to Chambre 69 for another dose of its eclectic club-night-that's-not-really-a-club-night shenanigans. For it, they've got another fine selection of live bands, producers and DJs taking to the fore, including Optimo's JD Twitch (pictured), Cutters Choice, and Glasgow quartet Sons & Daughters turning DJs for the evening, alongside live band sets from Any Colour Black, and The Dirty Cuts, amongst others.
Fri 4 May, 7.30pm, £6 on the door
Official Star Wars Day (May the 4th, geddit?) brings with it themed shenanigans at The Flying Duck, who host a cantina party featuring a pre-club Star Wars screening voted for by the punters (7.30pm), before turning to club mode resplendent with 'intergalactic decorations, galactic drinks, and Tattooine toast'. Elsewhere, there's fancy dress and free hotdogs at Sense Scotland's fundraiser screening of Episode IV, and Edinburgh Tekno Cartel take over Henry's Cellar for their ominously-titled Star Whores rave-off.
Fri 4 May, 11pm, £7 (£5.50) here
We end pretty much as all good weeks really should – with a dose of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Regular providers of a classic 80s screening or two, Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema dust off James Cameron's classic post-apocalyptic thriller, The Terminator, for a late night airing as part of their new After Dark schedule (the rest of which goes a little something like this). And, pleasingly for all you Glasgow folk, GFT then follow suit a few weeks later (18 May), where it'll screen as part of the UK Green Film Festival. Enjoy the scene to end 'em all: here.
Errors tickets: We've got a pair of tickets (plus the full merch kit of t-shirt, CDs, and 7-inch singles) up for grabs to see our former guest editors, Errors, play their biggest headline Glasgow gig to date down't the Arches in May. Win 'em here. Closes 8 May.
Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge: Win yourself a rather bloody swanky Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge (normally £289) for all your wireless hi-fi needs, letting you stream all the music on earth in every room of your pad. Nice.
HebCelt 2012 tickets: Get your hands on weekend passes and travel for HebCelt 2012, where The Waterboys, The Proclaimers, and Kassidy will be headering up the main stages, alongside the likes of Admiral Fallow, Roddy Woomble, and Washington Irving.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this pair of Glasgow-based musos have taken their trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
Free Coffee at Avenue G: Simply present the voucher on page 45 of our shiny, re-designed May issue and you'll get a free coffee at the rather lovely Avenue G, plus entry into their prize draw to win a meal for two.
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 email@example.com.