Top Ten Events Scotland 20-27 Jun: West End Festival All-Dayer, Insider Festival + Flash Fiction Day

Zap by Anna Docherty | 20 Jun 2013
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Top Ten Events Scotland 20-27 Jun: West End Festival All-Dayer, Insider Festival + Flash Fiction Day





We commence the week with the obligatory dose of summery music action, in the form of Oran Mor's second annual West End Festival All-Dayer, and the ever-lovely Insider Festival's winning combination of live tunes and mountainous surrounds. Elsewhere, we say our goodbyes to Collective Gallery's Cockburn Street digs, watch on as Eats Everything hogs the Subbie decks for four hours straight, and mark National Flash-Fiction Day with a diminutive story about a monster chicken. FYI, we're pretty much measuring the rest of the week in monster chickens now...


Oran Mor, Glasgow
Sun 23 Jun, 3pm, £18 here

Taking in all three stages of the building  (that's a basement, bar, and a gargantuan auditorium), Oran Mor host the sophomore West End Festival All-Dayer – featuring a healthy crop of indie rock talent who've had their fair share of biggin' up within The Skinny's pages, with conquering heroes The Twilight Sad (pictured) headlining, alongside Fatherson, plus support from [deep breath] Meursault, the resurgent BMX Bandits, Washington Irving, Conquering Animal Sound, Adam Stafford, Casual Sex, Campfires in Winter, and Pronto Mama. Basically, if you can't make a festival this year – go to this.

BMX Bandits, Washington Irving, Conquering Animal Sound, Casual Sex, Campfires in Winter and Pronto Mama. - See more at:
BMX Bandits, Washington Irving, Conquering Animal Sound, Casual Sex, Campfires in Winter and Pronto Mama. - See more at:
BMX Bandits, Washington Irving, Conquering Animal Sound, Casual Sex, Campfires in Winter and Pronto Mama. - See more at:
Inshriach House, Aviemore
Fri 21-Sun 23 Jun, £110 (weekend camping) here

The sleepy mountainous surrounds of Aviemore come to life for the yearly delight that is Insider Festival, boasting a suitably lo-fi Scottish line-up of the likes of Sparrow and the Workshop (pictured), PAWS, Miaoux Miaoux, Stanley Odd, and a special Olive Grove Records showcase, alongside a few token non-Scots, including London-based electronic wizard Matthew Herbert, and Liverpudlian trio Stealing Sheep. Turning festival into all-out party will be backwood DJs, an on-site cake shop, and a dress-up 'Around the World' theme. Browse the full line-up here.

Sat 22 Jun, 7pm, £5 (£3) on the door

Edinburgh spoken word troupes Blind Poetics, Illicit Ink, Inky Fingers, and Writers' Bloc come together to celebrate National Flash-Fiction Day, at which various Edinburgh writers will perform their works of flash-fiction – for the uninitiated, that's very tiny, very compact stories. After sifting through the submissions they've narrowed it down to a nine-strong line-up of well-kent faces and fledgling new ones – amongst them Lynsey May, Morag Edward, and Ross McLeary – with themes ranging from Bedroom Tax to a night-roaming monster chicken.

Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Fri 21 Jun, 7pm, Free

This week finds Collective Gallery vacating their 23-year home on Cockburn Street (before moving to the literal highs of the City Observatory on Calton Hill), for which they're hosting an open door leaving bash on midsummer's eve. Acting as a chance for one-and-all to say their final goodbyes, they'll be projecting the walls with a visual timeline of all the artists who've shown there, alongside a live band set from Total Jerks, free-flowing whiskey, and an 80s-themed DJ playlist chosen by the staff – musically charting the gallery's birth decade one nostalgic track at a time.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Fri 21 Jun, 8.15pm, £16 (£12) here

Continuing the Refugee Week Scotland programme of events (which runs until 23 June), Tron Theatre play host to the seventh annual British Red Cross Comedy Night – at which local lass Susan Calman will be your diminutive (she's 4"11), shouty (she used to be a lawyer) raconteur of a host, introducing sets from filthy-mouthed American chap Dave Fulton (pictured), 6"3 ex-con Gary Little, stream-of-thought Scotsman David Kay, and he of the dead granny gags, Chris Forbes. That do you?

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West Corner Galleries – at the corner of West Regent Street and West Campbell Street – is not particularly pretty. Affectionately known as Eczema House, the maze of rooms house an eclectic group of local artisans squirreling away at their crafts. In the basement Rig Bike Shop fix the fixies, while Velodromo Cafe provide the coffee fixes. At street level, there's more bespoke sports – with roller derby at 5th Blocker Skates, and martial arts at Devil's Own Apparel. Meanwhile, Lady K & Bones paint pictures, Danni McWilliams designs clothes, and Jetpace screen-print band merch. Go investigate.

Sub Club, Glasgow
Fri 21 Jun, 11pm, £10 here

Following on from their first takeover at Subbie (with Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO), London-based community radio station Rinse FM make a return visit – this time bringing with them Bristol-based producer Daniel Pearce (pictured), better known as Eats Everything, who'll be hogging the decks for the full four hours, drawing the dots between UK bass and deep Chicago house. And, rather excitedly, they'll be doing their first north of the border live broadcast on the night (from 1am-3am), streaming via the Rinse FM and Sub Club sites.

Opens Sat 22 Jun, Mon-Sun, £7 (£5) on the door

Following its unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery open their doors for the first major museum retrospective of Man Ray's photographic portraits – featuring over 100 works dating from his career in America and Paris between1916 and 1968, taking in his two most significant muses, Lee Miller (pictured) and Kiki de Montparnasse, American author Ernest Hemingway, and fellow artists Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali, amongst others. Plus covetable accompanying catalogue, obviously.

Thu 20 Jun, 7.30pm, £5 here

The MILK lot (aka they of the milk-themed gig-meets-club night) venture out of their Flat 0/1 lair for a special outing at The Art School Union, for which they're presenting a special set from Glasgow synth-pop experimentalist Douglas Wilson, playing under his Giant Fang guise. For it, Mr Fang (surely what he insists being called) has assembled a new group with Olympic Swimmers' Jonny Scott, and Prides' Stewart Brock and Calum Wiseman. Support comes form The Yawns and Plum, with after-party action at Flat 0/1.

The Arches, Glasgow
Thu 20-Sat 22 Jun, 7pm, £7 (£5) here

Indulging their imagination, and ours, for a trio of evenings (20-22 June), the students of the Adam Smith Physical Theatre diploma present In Extremis – a pick 'n' mix night of ten vignettes of visual and physical theatre that examine the body’s responses to being in 'that' place (i.e. in extremis) where you meet the consequences of what you've done, and from where you can then go no further – usually involving death in an existential sorta way. Nowt too heavy or that, then.

Flat 0/1, Glasgow
Thu 20 Jun, 5pm, Free

The creators of fashion showcase event Bold Souls pop-up for a one-off shopping outing at Flat 0/1, bringing together five local designers to showcase exclusive new ranges of fashion accessories – with pieces from fashion labels Chouchou, and ten30, print designer Aimee Kent (pictured work), and Tres Demented Designers Katie Lees and Jay McLean. Shoppers can meet and chat with the designers in person, place bespoke orders, and – in time honoured 'won over by free booze' tradition – there's free apple and cucumber Collins cocktails for the first 20 down.


Wickerman tickets: We've got a pair of weekend camping tickets up for grabs for Wickerman's twelfth outing, boasting headline sets from Primal Scream and Amy MacDonald, alongside the likes of The Rezillos, Public Service Broadcasting, and Kissy Sell Out. Closes 30 Jun. Enter here.
Belladrum tickets: Homegrown in't Highlands, this year Belladrum celebrates its tenth anniversary year with headline sets from James and Twin Atlantic, bolstered by the likes of Seasick Steve, The Horrors, and Noisettes. We've got a pair of weekend camping tickets to giveaway. Closes 28 Jun, Enter here.
Beat Herder tickets: The Beat-Herder Festival returns to the Ribble Valley in the heart of Lancashire for another three-day installment of beats and barminess, DJs and live acts, comedians and drag queens, and much more. Closes 21 Jun. Enter here.
The Big Speakeasy tickets: Like beer? The Big Speakeasy is an All American Beer Festival taking place in Stockport's Victorian Market Hall, with emphasis on American microbreweries, bourbons, cocktails and classic hotdogs served up in the atmosphere of a 1920s Prohibition-era speakeasy. Closes 30 Jun. Enter here.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this Skinny reader is perusing their trusty copy of the mag and you could win yourself a copy of Jonathan Grimwood's latest book, The Last Banquet, care of our chums at Canongate Books. Closes 30 Jun. Enter here.
Alpine Bikes: Leading Scottish bicycle retailer Alpine Bikes is offering Skinny readers 5% off bikes (and 10% off everything else) on presentation of the cut-out voucher on page 39 of the June issue. Terms and conditions apply. See magazine for full details.
The Huxley: Edinburgh eating and drinking den The Huxley is currently offering any hotdog from the menu plus a glass of Prosecco, or a bottle of Pacifico, for a tenner. Available all-day, seven days a week, right through the summer! Full details here.