Hidden Door Festival, Wild Beasts + Four Tet | Top Events Scotland 27 Mar-3 Apr

Zap by Anna Docherty | 27 Mar 2014
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Hidden Door Festival, Wild Beasts + Four Tet | Top Events Scotland, 27 Mar-3 Apr






As March gives way to April – and the clocks go forward to officially herald the arrival of British Summer Time – this week finds us on even more jovial form than usual, dipping into the nine-day Hidden Door Festival programme; catching our February Northwest England cover stars, Wild Beasts, in a live setting; and seeing just what the ever-intriguing Cryptic lot do with their re-imagining of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Now just to get our April issue off to press, to be with y'all come Tuesday 1 April – hurrah!


The Vaults, Edinburgh
Opens Fri 28 Mar, various times and prices, booking here

Popping up to temporarily transform the 24 disused vaults of Market Street (pictured) over a nine-day programme, Hidden Door Festival kicks off with a grand unveiling of the space through a special light and sound collab – featuring visual lightworks by Adventures in Light, bolstered by live music from Digital Jones, Wearetallorder, and Fridge Master – before taking in work from 70 artists, 50 filmmakers, 40 bands, 20 poets, 10 theatre-makers, and a partridge in a pear tree over the coming days. Read our full preview here.

Sub Club, Glasgow
Sun 30 Mar, 11pm, £10 here

As part of their quest to keep Sunday nights special – and presumably see to it that we start Monday with a pounding heid – Sub Club kick off their new Sunday sessions by handing over the decks to a certain Mr. Kieran Hebden for the full four hours, taking to the stage under his Four Tet moniker for a set of his e'er lovely post-rock-meets-electronica, awash with abstract sensibilities. Listen to his recent Beat This attempt  – constructing a beat in under 10 minutes from samples of Michael Jackson's Thriller – here.

The Arches, Glasgow
Thu 27 Mar, 7pm, £14.50 here

Returning from a sustained absence with the follow-up to 2011's Smother, Kendal quartet Wild Beasts (whom the eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted on the cover of our February Northwest England issue) take to the road to give their elegant new fourth LP – Present Tense (reviewed here) – a live airing, oxygenated by clean synths and carried by Chris Talbot's rich percussion. Support comes from one-man experimental unit William Doyle in his East India Youth guise. Read our recent chat with Wild Beasts here.

CCA, Glasgow
Wed 2 Apr, 8.30pm, £5 here

As Glasgow Comedy Festival draws to a close (finishing up official on 5 April), we wind down with Theoretical Zombiologist Doctor Austin (pictured), who takes to CCA to host another of his educational Zombie Science tutorials – schooling attendees on the science behind a zombie epidemic via a multi-media presentation, interactive demonstrations, and survival tips on what to do if an outbreak occurs (aka WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE). Take the online exam to obtain your full Zombie Science pass here.

VoxBox, Edinburgh
Opens 2 Apr, Wed-Sun, Free

Stockholm-born, Edinburgh-living photographer Jannica Honey showcases a new body of music photography in the fitting surrounds of VoxBox record shop – adorning the walls with images of Scottish-based acts including Honeyblood, Stanley Odd, Withered Hand (pictured, looking shexy in his wife-beater), Roman Nose, LAW, and a bunch more, running as part of Born To Be Wide's 10th anniversary celebrations. Opening night party, 27 March (6pm-8pm) with a live set from Withered Hand, and tipples care of Barney's Beer.

Route 75, Glasgow
Sat 29 Mar, 1pm, £4.50 (bus ticket)

All aboard the Route 75 as busculture returns for a day of live music on't buses, journeying from the city centre (Cowcaddens) to the peripheries of Milton. Over the course of four hours the likes of How To Swim (pictured), First Tiger, Over The Wall's Gav Prentice, and Three Blind Wolves' Ross Clark will provide the musical accompaniment, playing with the performer-audience format to offer something a bit more intimate than yer usual live music fare. Buses leaves from Cowcaddens every 20 minutes.

CCA, Glasgow
Thu 27-Sat 29 Mar, 8pm, £14 (£12) here

The ever-inventive Cryptic lot try their hand at reviving Virginia Woolf's time-travelling, gender-swapping romp across the world – Orlando. And, as with most of Cryptic's work, technology meets performance to suitably dazzling effect, with the production making tricksy use of two new technologies – Living Canvas, and Point Cloud Data Imaging – developed by the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art. Accompanied by an original soundtrack by composers Craig Armstrong and AGF. Expect the magical.

Secret location, Edinburgh
Sun 30 Mar, 2pm, booking here

Yes, it's Mother's Day this Sunday (AKA, quick – buy a card!), and tea party goddess Queen of Tarts is hosting a special pop-up high tea so you can treat your dear maw to a multi-course menu of delights. It'll kick off with an aperitif of homemade ginger beer (served with baked onion rings), followed by a selection of savouries including cheese and sage scones, before the all-important onslaught of sweets – amongst 'em rose meringues, grapefruit polenta cake, lemon mousse pots, and rhubarb sorbet. Full menu here.

The Arches, Glasgow
Fri 28 Mar, 10pm, £20 here

Finishing up early for their summer break (well, we say 'break', but they'll be popping up at the Riverside Festival in Glasgow next month, and the Slam Tent at T in the Park come June), the Pressure dudes host their last regular club outing of the season – bowing out in suitably beefed-up style at The Arches with sets from Jeff Mills (pictured), Nina Kravitz, Karenn, Surgeon, and the Slam residents. Plus, we have it on good authority that Jeff Mills will be setting up with a Roland TR-909 = party!

Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Sat 29 Mar, 10.30pm, £6 (£7 after midnight) here

We end in the loving arms of JP and his magical spinning wheel, hosting an 'At The Movies' special edition of Magic Nostalgic – for which the aforementioned hypercolour, game show-style spinning wheel (pictured) will be landing on and playing a selection of the best tunes to have featured in film soundtracks. Punters can expect everything from Dirty Dancing, to Goodfellas – and let it be noted here and now that we're outta there if they don't play the Ghostbusters theme tune.


Manic Street Preachers tickets: The Welsh trio return to Scottish soil (playing Edinburgh on 3 Apr and Glasgow on 4 Apr) and we've got a pair of tickets to give away to their Edinburgh date. Closes 30 Mar. Enter here.
2-for-1 Never Try This At Home tickets: Book to see Never Try This At Home at the Traverse Theatre (26-29 Mar) and get another ticket for free. Simply quote 'Try This' when calling the box office or in person at the theatre.
2-for-1 NYOS tickets: Get 2-for-1 on any priced ticket for NYOS Symphony Orchestra performances in Dundee and Glasgow this coming April. To redeem the offer simply contact The Caird Hall or Glasgow Royal Concert Hall box office by phone or in person, quoting 'NYOS Spring'.
Skinny on Tour: One of our lovely Skinny readers has escaped Scotland for LA and you could win a copy of My Biggest Lie by Luke Brown, courtesy of our lovely pals at Canongate Books, by answering our daft and unrelated question. Closes 30 Mar. Enter here.
The Skinny/Innis & Gunn Short Film Competition: Filmmakers ahoy – you're invited to submit a short film to be judged by our esteemed panel, with the winning filmmaker(s) receiving £3,000 to spend on making a second short film that will have its world premiere at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015. Full details here.