The week ahead...
This week begins with the so-big-we-couldn't-fit-it-in-the-email-subject-line gem that is Whatever Get Your Through The Night, featuring exclusive new words and music from over 20 Scottish creatives. It looks to be bloody glorious, so it does. Elsewhere it's a boat party here, and a midsummer picnic there, plus o'course the obligatory dose of summer-y festival action – this week in the form of the delightful Hidden Lane Festival, and West End Festival's finale gig: i.e. We Were Promised Jetpacks, Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells, Withered Hand, RM Hubbert, and Errors on one almighty bill!
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Wed 27-Fri 29 Jun, 8pm, £12 (£18 with book and album) here
Our June cover stars (that's some of 'em in the image above – probably the most people we've had on our cover, ever) combine forces for Whatever Gets You Through The Night, a unique storytelling project featuring words and music from over 20 Scottish creatives, amongst them Errors, Withered Hand, Alan Bissett, RM Hubbert, Meursault, Conquering Animal Sound, Kieran Hurley, and Eugene Kelly. You can read our exclusive preview interview with a handful of them here. Taking in music, cabaret, storytelling, and even circus, each featured act will capture a moment that happened between the hours of midnight and 4am. And so the magic begins... Watch a preview trailer: here.
Sun 24 Jun, 3pm, £15 here
West End Festival draws to a rather epic finale, with Oran Mor hosting an all-day live-band showcase of Scottish talent. Headlining in the Auditorium space are We Were Promised Jetpacks, making the most of the 5.1 Surround System with their rolling drums, big guitars, and massive effing finales. Also on the bill are Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells (pictured, aka the newly-crowned winners of the SAY Award – read Moffat's track-by-track guide to said winning album here), RM Hubbert, Remember Remember, Errors, and Withered Hand. Aye, that's some bill.
Sat 23 Jun, noon-9pm, Free
Glasgow's creatives are out en force for their annual celebration of midsummer – Hidden Lane Festival – where myriad stalls line the cobbled lane selling handmade jewellery, crafts, and fashion from Scottish designers including Bonnie Bling and Chouchou Couture. In addition there's live music from the likes of How To Swim (pictured), Nevada Base, and Selective Service, plus open studios, art installations, a fully-stocked bar care of the Ivy and Williams Bros, and a hog roast BBQ. SWG3 take care of the after-party action, where yer man Miaoux Miaoux will be amongst those manning the decks.
Jolly Edinburgh folk-popsters, The Last Battle, take to our favourite little BYOB church hall for the launch of their orchestral-tinged new single, Hope Is Gold, which will be available on the night in limited-edition cassette form. For the occasion they'll be joined by a selection of indie and folk friends alike – in the form of Star Wheel Press, William Henry Miller, and Where We Lay Our Hands. And, in honour of said new single, if you turn up wearing or bearing something gold you'll be in with a chance of winning a prize. Listen to the new single here.
Sat 23 Jun, 6pm, £25 (including food) here
We take to the outdoors for a bit of art-meets-picnic action in the glorious surrounds of Jupiter Artland's sculptural park (pictured). Now a bit of an annual affair – taking place on the nearest Saturday to midsummer – the park opens its doors for a special evening celebration where all you need bring is yourself and a blanket – they'll provide the summer's picnic of salad, fruit, and wine. It'll also be a chance to view Anya Gallaccio's new outdoor installation, coinciding with her current exhibition in the gallery space (yes, the 10,000 red roses one).
Fri 22 Jun, 8pm-11pm, £25 here
Electric Frog team up with the mighty combined DJ force of Optimo, Melting Pot, and Vitamins (pictured) for a riverboat shuffle down The Clyde. Setting sail from Glasgow Science Centre at 8pm (boarding at 7pm), The Waverley (aka the last sea faring paddle steamer in the world, fact fans) will journey up to the lighthouse in Gourock and back, with back-to-back sets from yer DJ hosts, before things get even messier at Sub Club's official after-bash, with the DJs stepping ashore to do it all over again. Ouch.
Sat 23 Jun, 7.30pm, £10 (£8) here
The mighty 50-odd piece ensemble that is Tinderbox Orchestra teams up with a duo of special guest bands – Broken Records, and North Atlantic Oscillation – and Hidden Door arts collective for a bit of an orchestral riot, backed by five screens featuring clips and films from a selection of Scottish filmmakers and artists. Factor in the addition of a 30-piece choir specially for the evening and you're close to imagining what an audio-visual treat this'll be. We'll be there if only to see just how you fit that many bodies on one stage.
We find reason to head Stirling-way this weekend, where collaborative arts group, Freedom Versions, unveil the massive 110-metre painted wall that they've been working on for the past week (pictured, in progress), housed in the courtyard of Stirling's Old Town Jail. It'll launch as all good things should – with a bit of a party. Live music will come from Ben Butler and Mousepad, and An Echo, with DJ collective Jelly Roll Soul taking to the decks. If you want a wee taster of what the artists are capable of, check out their transformation of a hotel in John O'Groats: here.
Thu 21 Jun, 7.30pm, £5 here
As collaborative forces go, this one's gearing up to be something a bit special – as Rick Redbeard (aka The Phantom Band's Rick Anthony) and former Y'all Is Fantasy Island mainman Adam Stafford team up for a trio of gigs, celebrating the launch of their split 7-inch. Edinburgh's Henry's Cellar Bar is their first port of call, where they'll be joined by Wounded Knee (aka Drew Wright) doing his inimitable freak-folk thing (full gig schedule and support act details here). And you can have a listen to their collaborative tracks here.
Sat 23 Jun, 2pm/7pm, £4 here
Continuing their series of illuminating talks, Canongate welcome Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman for a duo of talks on Saturday, where he'll be exploring the themes discussed in his latest novel, The Antidote, namely why our constant effort to feel happy is the very thing which is making us miserable, and that true happiness involves embracing uncertainty, insecurity, and failure. Deep stuff. You can pick up a free copy of the book outside the Dalai Lama event at the Usher Hall this Friday (22 June), giving you around 24-hours to power through it before the talks... A copy of the book will also be given to all talk attendees.
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. Closes 22 Jun.
Nas tickets: Act fast for your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to see legendary Queens MC, Nas, play his first Edinburgh gig. Closes 24 Jun.
7 Days in Havana tickets: Bag yourself entry to an exclusive preview screening of 7 Days in Havana, followed by a Cuban-themed after-party (i.e. drink loadsae rum), by winning tickets here.
Stockton Weekender: The Teeside weekender returns with a line-up chock with the likes of The Pogues, We Are Scientists, The Go! Team, and Willy Mason. And you can win a pair of tickets here.
Shameless DVD: Win yourself a copy of the first series of the US-of-A's take on British TV series, Shameless, about a dysfunctional family living on Chicago's South Side.
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.