THE WEEK AHEAD...
We've got a sneaking suspicion that we will be mere shells of human beings by the end of this week: but then that tends to happen when one starts the weekend with a PSYCHEDELIC FOREST DISCO! We'll probably never learn. Which is likely the reason why we then proceed to spend the rest of the week at local hellraisers Divorce's rammy of an album fundraiser, Cabaret Voltaire's official re-launch bash, Auntie Flo's late night set down't Sneaky Pete's, and Errors' biggest Glasgow headline set to date...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 12 May, 6pm-4am, £23 here
Really, we'd be happy if all weeks started with the words: Psychedelic Forest Disco. And so party under the stars we will, as Kelburn Castle and Country Park turns al fresco club for The Psychedelic Forest Disco all-nighter. London's Zombie Disco Squad (aka Nat Self) will be headlining the main stage – buoyant house tunes at the ready – playing alongside the likes of Billy Woods, Kris Wasabi, and DJ Astroboy, while Chungo Bungo, DJ NoFace, and Floyd are amongst those taking over the Elektrical Tent, with your dancefloor for the night the sheltered forest canopy. Amen. Read our full preview here.
Fri 11 May, 8pm, £4 on the door
Local screamers par excellence, Glasgow quartet Divorce are currently busy recording their debut album (due for release in the summer) for which they promise "some rather brutal next-level shit". And so, this Friday they let themselves out of the studio for one night only to host a special album fundraiser – for which they'll be joined by Ben Butler and Mousepad, Ultimate Thrush, The Cosmic Dead, and Ex-Servicemen for one hella noisy line-up. Go support the cause, eh?
Thu 10 May, 10pm, Free
Cabaret Voltaire stage their official re-launch, to which you're all invited to come marvel at the pared-back re-design, which includes a brand new ground floor bar, newly-discovered windows, and beefed-up soundsystem. For the night they'll be handing over the reins to I AM's Beta & Kappa, who make the move Edinburgh-way especially for the occasion. They'll be pumping out their usual fine mix of electronica and bass, ably assisted by dub maestros Chungo Bungo (pictured) on special guest duty. The rest of the monthly schedule then looks a little something like this.
Sun 13 May, noon, Free
We're vintage market-ing it up across the central belt, as Glasgow plays host to Little Birds Market, who celebrate their first birthday with the usual handpicked selection of vintage, craft, and design pieces, jollied along by the on-site vintage tearoom. Over on the eastside, the Gin In Teacups ladies (pictured) host their second ever 'burgh market, stocked with vintage clothing, jewellery, customised furniture, and records, set to a vintage DJ soundtrack, plus live performances from magicians through to strippers – a coupling that frankly terrifies us.
Opening 10 May, 5pm-9pm, Free
The Skinny (aye, us) are brightening the walls of Glasgow's Urban Outfitters, presenting a showcase exhibition of seven artists' work handpicked from previous Skinny magazine showcases (view the full batch here, and watch interviews with some of the artists here). All the prints will be available to buy, including Good Wives and Warriors' Mandala 1 (pictured). You're also invited to join us for the opening night, where Miaoux Miaoux will be manning the decks and we'll be enjoying complimentary drinks care of Williams Bros Brewing Co, plus an exclusive 20% off at Urban Outfitters. Exhibition runs until 30 Jun.
Image: Euan Robertson
The Skinny is heading Brighton-way this weekend, teaming up with SMIA to host our very own stage at The Great Escape. Joining PAWS and Bwani Junction on The Skinny/SMIA stage this Saturday (12 May) is Louis Abbott and his merry six-piece, Admiral Fallow, who'll be doing their usual rousing collective rabble of a thing, showcasing tracks from their new LP, Tree Bursts In Snow. You can catch them all at The Warren (Brighton), from 12.30pm. Full information and set times here.
FULL INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL HERE
Sun 13 May, 8pm, £2 donation
Our dose of cinematic wonder this week comes courtesy of KinoKlub, who continue their tour of the Institutes (well, if L'Institute Francais last month, and Scotland-Russia Institute this month counts as a tour?), with a mini-retrospective of the enchanting stop-motion films of Ladislas Starevich, who used insects and other animals as his tiny protagonists. There will also be a special screening of Will Anderson's The Making of Longbird, who'll be on hand for a live Q&A. Oh, and beer... Lovely, Russian beer. Get in the mood with Starevich's epic tale of infidelity among insects, Cameraman's Revenge: here.
Sun 13 May, 10pm, £5 here
Post the official Glasgow launch last week of his new mini-album, Future Rhythm Machine, Weegie-based producer, DJ and promoter Auntie Flo takes to Sneaky Pete's for a late night full live set to give said new album its official eastside airing – a bold merging of rhythms and samples from African and South American music with a bit o' contemporary house. You can also catch him at his regular Sub Club residency, Highlife, later in the month – celebrating the night's second birthday, no less. Read our chat with the man himself here.
Fri 11 May, 7pm, £10
Glasgow's own understated electronic funk ensemble (aka they who we entrusted to take over our February issue), Errors, take to The Arches to play what will be their biggest headline show in Glasgow to date. For it, they'll be armed with their new LP, Have Some Faith In Magic, a gorgeous mix of sensuous rhythm, synthesis, and hypnotic loops a-plenty. Read the band's track-by-track guide to the album here. And cast your eyes upon Rachel MacLean's trippy video for single Pleasure Palaces: here.
Thu 17 May, 8pm, £21.50 here
Tousled-haired comedian, actor, screenwriter, TV presenter, and all-round talented bugger, Simon Amstell returns to the live circuit with his brand new comedy show, Numb. As honest as ever, he'll essentially be laying himself open in full-on self-deprecating manner, his talent being making some brilliantly-nuanced comedy out of the most tragic of existential quandaries. And being funny... Obviously being funny. Norwegian comic Daniel Simonsen will be his guest on the evening.
Fri 11 May, 11pm, £12 here
We end as all good weeks really should – with a big ol' techno hit, as Podium and Figure label head Len Faki plays his rescheduled date at Return To Mono. Known for his epically long, untamed DJ sets that meander in style and tone, we're eager to see what he fits into the typically short Scottish club times (bloody loads, we'd imagine). Support comes from regular hosts Slam (aka Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle), who are set to release their newest offering, Campana, on Faki's Figure imprint come summer.
Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge: Win yourself a rather bloody swanky Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge (pictured, 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.
20% off at Urban Outfitters: All y'all can get an exclusive 20% off at Urban Outfitters Glasgow this Thursday evening (10 May) between 5pm and 9pm, when attending our Skinny Showcase exhibition launch night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.