THE WEEK AHEAD...
We start the week on an artful note, as Edinburgh College of Art open their doors for their Degree Show 2012 (with Glasgow School of Art following suit next week). We then take to the outdoors for the Meadows Festival, and then Knockengorroch Festival, in the hope that that shiny thing in the sky comes out again... If all else fails there's always the gloom fest that is Daisyfest VIII (a celebration, if you will, of songs about dying) where we may well be found swaying to a Jeff Buckley song or two, whilst sobbing into a pint o' beer.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 2-Mon 11 Jun, 10am-8pm (5pm weekends), Free
Edinburgh College of Art opens its doors for the annual Degree Show round-up, showcasing the fruits of over 400 graduating artists, filmmakers, designers, and architects. This year promises to be as eclectic as ever, with inspiration coming from everything from bingo halls to Hollywood Westerns. And, as per, the annual art school piss-up (aka The Revel) kicks things off on the Friday evening with an apocalyptic-themed party, with dancing tunes provided by The Machine Room, Blank Canvas, and Magic Eye, amongst others, plus live DJs, karaoke, and a whole host of radge costumes.
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Jun, 10am-6pm, Free
The big ol' green space of The Meadows comes to colourful life for the annual Meadows Festival weekender, held on the first weekend of June since time immemorial (read: 1974). For it, the space is taken over by myriad stalls snaking up the Meadows' pathways, selling vintage goodies, second hand CDs, books, and DVDs, antiques, handcrafted items, and more. There's also a full live band schedule over the weekend featuring the likes of The Stagger Rats (pictured), and The Edinburgh Samba School (full line-up here), alongside a proper old-school funfair resplendent with the joys of hook-a-duck and candyfloss.
Our intrigue has well and truly been piqued by Spare Snare musician Jan Burnett's new collaborative music-meets-storytelling project, with vocalists Sanjeev Kholi, Emma Pollock (pictured), Jill O'Sullivan, Calamateur, Calamity Horse, and Celie Byrne, given a brief to steer towards the dark and poignant, then joining Burnett in his bathroom to record their vocal, which he's then layered with separately composed loops, vintage synths, and homegrown noises. Tonight they all take to a live setting for the first time, sans bathtub. Preview a few tracks here.
Thu 31 May-Sun 3 Jun, From £80 here
It's officially outdoor music festival season, meaning we'll likely be notching up at least one a week from now until September. And so, this weekend brings the fun with Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, well-loved for mixing music from the Celtic diaspora with an eclectic bunch of others, alongside workshops, live dance, and plenty more besides. Musical highlights include Auntie Flo, Hector Bizerk, The Pictish Trail, Stanley Odd (pictured), and the ever-reliable high octane folkathon that is the Peatbog Faeries. And dancing. Lots of drunken dancing.
Thu 31 May, 8pm, £7 (£5.50) here
The 48 Hour Film Project (y'know, where a bunch of amateur filmmakers run riot in the city for two days making their own mini film, with just a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue as their starting point) celebrates its fifth birthday with a special 'best of' screening at the Cameo, for which they'll be showing their favourite films from the past five years, including the 2012 winner (8.50pm, tickets here). There'll also be a wee pre-screen bash in the bar from 8pm, with a free beer and a cupcake for the first 48 folk to present their ticket to the bar staff.
Fri 1 Jun, 11pm, £5 (£4) on the door
One of our favourite madcap club nights, Hispanic Panic (hosted by the Glasgow University Hispanic Society), makes its live return this week – bringing their most tropical offering to date to Stereo's basement, where they'll be decorating the space with blow-up animals, colourful foliage, and the like, before playing their inimitable selection of Hispanic, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and reggaeton rhythms within said makeshift jungle. And, as is their ever-generous way, they'll also be handing out free fruit to all. We'll be the ones overdoing it on the tequila.
Secret location, Glasgow
In celebration of the extra-long bank holiday weekend, Subculture and Sensu lock horns for what we reckon to be the best way to (not) celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – taking over a unique indoor and outdoor location in the West End of Glasgow for seven hours of mayhem. For it, the residents will be joined by Thunder Disco Club (pictured) opening proceedings Italo disco style, followed by Sunday Circus, and then Subculture's Harri & Domenic versus Sensu. Space is limited to 250, so we'd recommend booking early here.
Sun 3 Jun, 7.45pm, £7 (£5.50) here
For this month's Geek Film Night – where well-kent faces screen their favourite guilty film pleasure – Glasgow-born and based crime writer, playwright, and comic book writer Denise Mina chooses the decidedly non-cliched vampire offering that is Tomas Alfredson's 2008 gem, Let The Right One In (pictured, and reviewed here). At its heart a tenderly drawn portrait of two young outsiders (one a vampire, one a bullied 12-year old), it's a film that's sure to ignite an interesting post-screen discussion between Mina and host, Mark Millar. Watch the trailer: here.
For the first time in front of a live audience, political activist and former manager of MC5, John Sinclair, joins infamous author Howard Marks (aka the Oxford-educated, dope smuggling charmer who once occupied a place on Britain's Most Wanted list), to talk about their respective colourful lives (which Marks also discusses in his book, Mr Nice, the film adaptation of which he chatted with us about here). Sure to be more than a little illuminating. They also take to Edinburgh's Electric Circus the following evening.
Sun 3 Jun, 7pm, £4 on the door
We end on the cheery note that is death, dying, and Dundee, as Dexter's Bar play host to Daisyfest VIII; an intimate candlelit evening dedicated to songs about dying and of the dead. Nice. For the occasion, a host of local musicians – including Gary Moore and Michael Mcfarlane of indie racket The Mirror Trap, and the Cha Cha Heels' Cragg Stromo – pay homage to the likes of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and Jeff Buckley, with the dress code marked as 'Sunday Mourning'. We leave you with this Death Cab For Cutie tear-jerker: I Will Follow You Into The Dark.
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. Closes today!
RockNess tickets: We've teamed up with our boozy buddies at Drambuie to offer one lucky reader tickets to this year's RockNess, which boasts an eclectic collection of headliners including Metronomy, Justice, and Friendly Fires. Closes 3 Jun.
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. Closes today!
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. Closes today!
£20 off at Xile Clothing: Xile Clothing are offering £20 off when you spend over £80. Simply enter 'SCORED' at the checkout. Details here.
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. Closes 31 June.