Spring gig highlights with Skiddle

Get ready for a spring packed with great gigs, clubs and festivals across Scotland with our guide to some of the hottest tickets around, presented by Skiddle

Advertorial by The Skinny | 24 Jan 2018
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Groove Cairngorm Festival @ The Cairngorms, Aviemore, 23-24 Feb

Groove Cairngorm is still very much in its infancy as a festival and is currently the UK’s only resort-based snowsports and music festival. This year sees the festival hit new altitudes with performances and DJ sets coming from Example, DJ Wire, 2 Many DJs, Norman Jay, Ava Love and the Fun Lovin’ Criminal himself – and BBC 6 Music DJ – Huey Morgan. Oh, and Glasgow supergroup Start to End will be performing Daft Punk’s Discovery in full. Ski all day and party all night. Up a hill. What’s not to love? Day tickets £43.60, two-day festival pass £75.55, two-day festival pass + two-day mountain pass £129.33

Lee Scratch Perry @ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, 11 Mar

There aren’t many people out there still plugging away at the age of 81, but age hasn’t stopped one of the undisputed pioneers of reggae music, Lee “Scratch” Perry who touches down tonight at Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele. Throughout his career, which now spans an impressive seven decades and 60 years, Perry has worked with everyone from Bob Marley and the Wailers to the Beastie Boys. This is one show not to be missed. Tickets £25

This Feeling with Calva Louise @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 24 Mar

Promoters This Feeling are, according to one Mr Noel Gallagher, “the best club in the UK for future rock’n’roll stars”, and I guess we can’t argue with him when it comes to their show at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s tonight featuring London three-piece Calva Louise. Having just played a couple of big London dates for This Feeling at the end of last year, and with their unique brand of rock, you’d be mad to miss out on catching them in the intimate surrounds of Sneaky’s – this is one show you’ll definitely need your earplugs for! Tickets £7

Terminal V Festival @ Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 1 Apr

Easter weekend in Edinburgh sees Nightvision taking over the simply gargantuan Royal Highland Centre once again for another of their parties to end all parties. This will be their second Easter party at the Ingliston venue, but their third following their elrow collaboration for Halloween last year. As well as featuring state-of-the-art audio visual installations, 2018’s Terminal V event will also feature some of the very best names in house and techno including Kolsch, Bicep, Artwork and Peggy Gou among others. Tickets from £49.45

The Urban Voodoo Machine @ Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox, Glasgow, 14 Apr

If you like your music with a sliver of ska, a smattering of burlesque and a big old glug of scuzzy gypsy punk, then The Urban Voodoo Machine are the ones for you! The collective have been satisfying ears since 2003, with all manner of instrumentation including guitars, twin drummers, fiddle, trumpet, tuba, banjo, washboard, upright bass and sousaphone all included in their set up amongst others. They’ve taken their show all over the world and tonight they hit Glasgow for a cabaret-style party worth leaving the house for. Tickets £11

Submotion Orchestra @ The Art School, Glasgow, 21 Apr

Formed in Leeds in 2009, the Submotion Orchestra are hitting the road this spring. They take in Glasgow’s Art School tonight, thanks to Fiesta Bombarda, with their kaleidoscope of electronic music. Firm nods to trip-hop and ambient jazz puts them firmly in the ‘what you’d expect to hear on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 Music show’ camp, with comparisons to be drawn with the likes of Bonobo and Nitin Sawhney. Their first release of 2018, Kites, is a beautiful rolling composition hinting at more new music to come this year. Tickets £16.75

Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 @ Bakers, Kilmarnock, 27 Apr

Find every yellow item you own and get ready to join the yellow movement as the Colonel arrives in Kilmarnock tonight. Expect big party vibes and discoball headgear from the Glasgow collective who promise to have you dancing from the moment they step on stage to the moment they leave, and probably far beyond. There’s definitely something infectious about this group of mustard clad musicians but they need to be seen to be believed. Tickets £12.65

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival @ Belladrum Estate, Inverness, 2-4 Aug

Since its 2004 origins, Belladrum Tartan Heart has thrived on its communal atmosphere, referred to lovingly by the locals as simply Bella. The last nine years of the festival have sold out and their 2018 line-up so far is easily gearing them up for a tenth with a plethora of Scottish acts already set to perform. Already confirmed are The LaFontaines, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five and Amy Macdonald, along with Selkirk’s finest, Frightened Rabbit who’ll be performing their Midnight Organ Fight album in full as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Saturday day ticket £91.59, two-day weekend ticket £129.93, three-day weekend ticket £155.49 

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