Scottish Music Highlights: 19-31 Dec

Get firmly in the festive spirit with our Christmas and New Year gig highlights...

Preview by The Skinny | 19 Dec 2017

Idlewild @ O2 ABC, Glasgow, 19 & 20 Dec
Roddy Woomble and company celebrate 15 years since the release of third album The Remote Part with a pair of shows in Glasgow. Expect a run-through of the album, and a host of tracks from the band's back catalogue as well. 

Have Yourself a Honeybloody Christmas @ O2 ABC, Glasgow, 22 Dec
Glasgow-based duo Honeyblood are inviting us all to have ourselves a Honeybloody Christmas, and they’ve enlisted a whole host of musical pals to join in the festive fun with them at the O2 ABC. They’ve promised loads of stalls with festive fare and zines, plus party DJs and loads of surprises, and we (Honey)bloody love surprises! Support comes from The Spook School, Man of Moon & Emme Woods – get yourself in the mood with Stina's Christmas playlist here.

Away in a Mash House @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 22 Dec
Ava Love and BooHooHoo join forces for a Christmassy party in the capital. There'll be sets from both bands, as well as a super-special festive team-up of both bands that promises some Christmas bangers.

Kathryn Joseph @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen, 28 Dec
Christmas is a distant memory. You're sick of your family and itching to get out the house. Then look no further 'cause The Tunnels have you covered with an eclectic post-Christmas, pre-New Year jamboree of musical offerings. There'll be the delicate sounds of Kathryn Joseph, the dark electronica of HQFU, techno from Biomechanoid and Move On Up DJs. Sorted!

Happy Meals @ The Rum Shack, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Glasgow’s favourite transcendental disco duo Happy Meals play a live set to bring in 2018 at The Rum Shack in the Southside. They’re joined by two-thirds of the Loosen Up crew, with Charlie McCann and David Barbarossa promising a set of 'huge soca screamers and afro belters.'

Catholic Action + Friends Hogmanay Special @ Nice 'N' Sleazy, Glasgow, 31 Dec
Fresh from a second-place finish in our Scottish Album of 2017 readers' poll, and with a new Christmas single out now, Chris McCrory's glam rockers are here to help you power up ahead of the bells. Join them in the Sleazy's basement for an end-of-year party with plenty of oomph.

The Vegan Leather @ King Tut's, Glasgow, 31 Dec
There are worse ways to see out 2017 and welcome in 2018 than catching one of our favourite young Scottish bands of the year. The Paisley art pop four-piece have had a strong year filled with numerous live dates, festival appearances and radio sessions having released some utter dancefloor bangers in 2017. The Vegan Leather are surely the perfect band to dance into 2018 with and they cordially invite you to their ‘Pink Tie Hogmanay’ tonight at Tut’s and promise some surprises along the way. SOLD.

Looking for a Hogmanay club night? Scroll on for our guide to the best nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow this New Year, or click here if you're on mobile...