THE WEEK AHEAD...
This here is a week of many and varied delights, which finds us taking in a comedy gig in the dark, getting jiggy at a playback of The Twilight Sad's rather mega new remixes album, scouring for vintage togs and accessories by the £15 kilo, and getting rather wet at a performance piece in a Glasgow swimming pool. And that's all before we've even mentioned our top pick: the exquisite experimental music weekender that is Eastern Promise...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 5 & Sat 6 Oct, 7pm, £15 (£9) here
Platform's annual mini-fest returns for a third surveying of some of the finest alternative music-makers around. Friday kicks off with a dose off transportive loveliness from Teenage Fanclub's Gerard Love (under his Lightships guise), alongside dark folk troubadour Adrian Crowley, celebrated jazz pianist Matthew Bourne, and the lo-fi loveliness that is Jill O'Sullivan and Jenny Reeve duo-ing as Body Parts, before Saturday finds recently reformed London brigade The Monochrome Set headering a suitably eclectic bill (full line-up here). So, aye, that'll be about every genre of music ticked off in one neat weekend. Buses run each day from Mono at 6.30pm.
Glasgow's own tropical thrash noisemakers take to the CCA to launch their rather fine debut album, Cokefloat! (reviewed here), with stellar support from treble-heavy riffers North American War and the added indulgence of Coke and rum ice-cream floats. Have an exclusive first listen to the album here, where we chat with the trio about its inception over a few, yes, Coke floats (pictured)... We have a feeling they may never want to see a Coke float again by the end of this.
Fri 5 Oct, 11pm, £10 here
A simple concept perhaps (a selection of comedians will literally perform with all the lights off), but it's what each comic does with it that makes this a truly offbeat experience – with each performer utilising new skills to deal with the pitch black environment. Note: this once involved tonight's MC Mark Olver clambering through the audience blind during Comedy in the Dark's Edinburgh Festival run. On the bill for the Glasgow leg of their UK autumn tour is Stephen Carlin, Davey Connor (pictured), and John Robbins.
We wouldn't tend to head out into the big, bad night just to hear an album played back, but, well, this is something a bit special – The Twilight Sad have chosen Electric Circus for a one-off listening party for their forthcoming remixes album, No One Can Ever Know: The Remixes, for which they've handed over tracks from the album to a series of guest producers, amongst 'em Liars, The Horrors, and Com Truise. They'll also be giving away tickets for their upcoming Barrowlands gig. Superfans unite.
The vintage specialists behind Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair bring their sister project, the mighty Vintage Kilo Sale back to Edinburgh. The premise is pretty simple; they'll be stuffing Leith's Drill Hall with stacks (2.5 tonnes to be exact) of vintage clothing and accessories, from which shoppers can choose a pic'n'mix selection and pay just £15 a kilo (which will get you around four or five items). The rails will be replenished throughout the day, and they promise plenty of winter-friendly sheepskin, Barbour, and wool.
Fri 5-Sat 27 Oct (not Sundays), various times, £12 (£9) here
Taking us on a more unique theatrical journey than most, The Arches' artist in residence, Adrian Howells, explores our complex relationship with water in a piece part devised from conversations with the local community. Using Govanhill Baths' training pool as the setting, Howells (as the 'lifeguard') attempts to teach a young man to swim. The piece is offset by a live score, special lighting, and an original film projected onto the bottom of the pool. Audience attire: swimwear and/or waterproofs.
Sat 6 Oct-Sun 7 Apr, Mon-Sun, Free
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery present a unique and rarely seen series of photographs by Aberchirder-born commercial photographer Fred Bremner, who spent some 40 years working in India. Entitled Lucknow to Lahore, the collection spans his own travels in the Indian subcontinent from 1882 to 1922, during which time he exquisitely detailed the people and places of Imperial India. Go see the fruits.
Fri 5 Oct, 11pm, £10 here
Celebrating six years of party-throwing in the capital, Substance do their best to top last year's shenanigans (where electronica mastermind Nathan Fake squared up to legendary DJ-cum-remixer DJ Pete) with another very special double billing, for which Numbers lynchpin Jackmaster (pictured, and chatted with here) will be going back-to-back with percussive maestro Blawan. Substance's own resident techno expert Gavin Richardson offers the ever-reliable support.
Nightwalk returns to the runway for its autumn/winter club-meets-catwalk outing, with a handpicked selection of local designers showcasing their new collections – including pieces from Swedish-born, Glasgow-based designer Jennie Lööf (pictured, and chatted with here), exotic headpieces from Fair Feathered Friend, and tight stuff from Betsabelle Latex (the clue's in the name) – all set to an electronic DJ soundtrack with resident spinner Ursula.
Tue 9 & Wed 10 Oct, 5.50pm, £7.50 (£6) here
As the 48-Hour Film Project takes to the streets of Glasgow over the weekend (y'know the drill: a bunch of amateur filmmakers run riot making their own mini film, with just a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue as their starting point), the GFT screen the fruits of their labour over two evenings a few nights later (9 & 10 Oct, 5.50pm) where you can meet the filmmakers and vote for your favourite – with the winning filmmaker being shipped to Filmapalooza in glitzy LA, no less.
All Night Horror Madness tickets: The infamous gore-fest that is All Night Horror Madness returns for its fifth installment on Sat 13 Oct, and you can win a pair of tickets simply by telling us what your favourite scary movie is and why. Closes 11 Oct.
Document 10 festival passes: Glasgow’s most loved documentary film festival (that'd be Document – keep up, eh?) celebrates it tenth anniversary this month, marking the occasion with a programme of the highest calibre – for which you can win one of two all-access festival passes here. Closes 16 Oct.
Play Poland tickets: Win one of three pairs of tickets to any event at the Play Poland Film Festival, aiming to present and promote contemporary Polish cinema all across the UK - and you can use your tickets for whichever city you may wish! Closes 19 Oct.
Mercury tickets: Get your Queen on with top Freddie Mercury tribute act, er, Mercury, who have apparently received the blessing of Freddie Mercury’s own Mama, no less. Closes 11 Oct.
Damien Dempsey tickets: Get your ears acquainted with the lovely Damien Dempsey, aka 'the Bob Marley of Dublin', as he introduces his brand new album in what will be a Scottish exclusive at the Paisley Spree. Closes 15 Oct.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where The Skinny's own lovely Kyla is reading her trusty copy of the magazine (yes, it's a bog somewhere) and you could win yourself a boozy prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 31 Oct.