THE WEEK AHEAD...
We start the week with sports. Well, music and sports. Well, more a music festival with an Olympian theme whose strenuous activities stretch to an egg and spoon triathlon. Ah, Insider Festival! Elsewhere, Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of William Friedkin's Killer Joe, we get down to whole lotta Swedish pop, enjoy the gluttonous delights of Queen of Tarts' 10-course tea party, and witness Malcolm Middleton do his full-band Human Don't Be Angry thing. Twice. Read onwards for even more eventful goodness...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 15-Sun 17 Jun, £80 (weekend camping) here
Another weekend, another Scottish music festival scoring our love. Over the weekend the sleepy mountainous surrounds of Aviemore come to life for Insider Festival, boasting a suitably lo-fi Scottish line-up of the likes of Meursault, Stanley Odd, Admiral Fallow, Remember Remember, Rozi Plain, and Roddy Woomble (full line-up and times here), plus the delights of a woodland Optimo DJs takeover on the Friday evening with Organs of Love, Miaoux Miaoux and more joining JD Twitch and JG Wilkes in the backwoods. They also score extra points for doing the ol' Olympian-themed thing, complete with an egg-and-bloody-spoon race.
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jun, 7pm/8pm, £14 here
(Edinburgh) and here
Malcolm Middleton dons his semi-instrumental alter ego, Human Don’t Be Angry, spreading the love between Edinburgh and Glasgow over the weekend as he takes his self-titled new album under said moniker on the road proper, with full band in tow. With his trademark, verse-style lyrics taking a sparser turn, the tunes take on a more atmospheric bent – full of bass-heavy, guitar-based instrumental sprawls. Lovely stuff. Read our chat with the man himself here. And enjoy Miaoux Miaoux's remix of his latest single, 1985: here.
Mon 18 Jun, 8pm, £15 (£12) here
Monday night gets a fair bit more exciting than usual, as Refugee Week Scotland kick off their 2012 programme of events with a bit of a supergig over at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket, for which the reins will be handed over to the ever-reliable Fence Records' gang. Fence head honcho King Creosote (pictured) will headline proceedings, joined by partner in crime The Pictish Trail (aka Johnny Lynch), and new signees Randolph's Leap. You can get your hands on the last few tickets here.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Wed 20 Jun-Sun 1 Jul, See full programme here
Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off what will be its 66th year, and the first under new Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara, whom we chat with here. For it, he's boldly chosen to open with New Hollywood firecracker William Friedkin's Killer Joe (pictured), a stylish comic noir thriller with Matthew McConaughey at the helm (you can read our chat with the director here). There's still a few remaining tickets left for the Opening Night Gala here. And, you can see the rest of our Film editor's EIFF 2012 top picks here.
Sat 16 Jun, 11pm, £5 on the door
Yes, that is a picture of Abba. Never usually known to say no to the sweet sounds of Swedish pop, we'll be celebrating the best of the country's musical output with the Flying Duck's Back Tae Mine crew – where Scandi DJs Eric and Erik will be hi-jacking the playlists with an all-Swedish selection of pop, indie, and rock. Of the relative new kids on the block, First Aid Kit are sure to get a look in, alongside the likes of The Knife, Lykke Li, and, yes, Abba. We'll be requesting this Juvelen gem: Watch Your Step.
Secret location, Edinburgh
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jun, 2pm, Book here
(Saturday) & here
The overly-indulgent, multi-course tea party is a-calling again, as pop-up tea lady par excellence, Queen of Tarts, hosts another weekender of gluttony, all served up in her secret parlour location down't Leith. The menu takes a summery turn, starting off (as per) with an aperitif – this time elderflower champagne and pesto palmier – followed by sweet and savoury treats including summer minestrone with basil cream, redcurrant sorbet, citrus swirl meringues, honey and ginger cake, and white chocolate and violet truffles for the road. See the full menu here.
Fri 15 Jun, 11pm, Free (£3 after midnight)
When a reggae club reaches ten years of being, it's pretty damn noteworthy. This week we'll be heading down't Blackfriars Basement to help Glasgow's Argonaut Sounds celebrate just that – where they'll be serving up a bumper batch of special live performances on the mic, plus giveaways of free session CDs, posters and other memorabilia, and the chance to nominate your favourite tunes from Argonaut Sounds' playlists past. Have yourself a nostalgic photo trip through the last ten years here.
Sun 17 Jun, noon-5pm, Free
Making their eastside trips a regular affair, the Gin In Teacups ladies (aka Sarah Lawson and Laurie Macmillan, pictured – who also co-own their own vintage label) set up shop at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms, where they'll play host to some 25 stalls featuring a hand-picked selection of Scottish vintage sellers and artists.The selection takes in vintage clothing, jewellery, and homewares, alongside handmade illustrations, t-shirts, and, yes, cake. Plus, o'course, the usual oddity of live performances, taking you merrily from strippers to harmonica players.
Fri 15 Jun, 11pm, Free (£7 after 11.30pm)
Favourited Edinburgh techno staple, Substance, welcome summer with their very own Substance Summer Rave! (exclamation mark obligatory), for which they've invited Jerome Hill to add some wonky flavours to the mix – infusing his much-lauded scratching-and-mixing style with ragga, hip-hop, rave, house and old skool, all on 100% vinyl (i.e. this ain't just any old techno). And for those of you who get down early, there's free entry for all before 11.30pm.
St Andrew's Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Thu 14-Sun 17 Jun, Various times, Free
In preparation for the Edinburgh International Film Festival launching official on 20 June (see above), St Andrew's Square Gardens team up with the EIFF to screen a series of classic films 'under the stars' (i.e. outdoors: bring a jumper, or two. And maybe a cider). Jostling on the bill is a selection of older classics – including The Ladykillers, and Back To The Future (pictured) – alongside more recent favourites, amongst 'em Donnie Darko, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, and Toy Story 3. And all for gratis. Full schedule here.
Kelburn Garden Party tickets: We've got no less than three pairs of tickets to the fairytale of a festival that is Kelburn Garden Party, soundtracked by such Skinny faves as The Phantom Band, Miaoux Miaoux, Panda Su, and Washington Irving.
Glenturret Whisky: One lucky booze-hound can win themselves a whole case of Glenturret 10-year old single malk whisky here, helping mark The Famous Grouse Experience's 10th birthday year.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where our Music editor went a-honeymooning with his trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
£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.