What's On Scotland 16-23 May: Knockengorroch & more

Charming Galloway music festival Knockengorroch kicks off next week with a gorgeous lineup of local and international acts. Elsewhere, Porridge Radio's lead singer puts on a solo gig, and DJ Surusinghe heads to La Cheetah Club

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 16 May 2024
  • Knockengorroch

It's the first of the summer's (OK it's still spring) big festivals, with delightful hippie music extravaganza Knockengorroch taking place amidst the hills of Galloway on 23-26 May. This year's theme revolves around the idea of sustenance, exploring the creative and cultural ways in which the heart, body and mind can be nourished.

There's an abundance of amazing artists – both local and international – on at the festival's various stages, including the likes of Both Hands, Maranta, N’famady Kouyaté, and Samedia Shebeen. There's also workshops on how to blow really big bubbles (like...huge ones), clowning, mycology, and even a chance to meet some donkeys and hedgehogs (highlight!) – get your last minute tickets here

FemmeDM x AMNESIA invites Surusinghe
La Cheetah Club, Glasgow. 22 May, 11pm
Glasgow party people FemmeDM and AMNESIA invite Surusinghe to the decks. Born in Naarm (Melbourne) and now in London, her international upbringing is reflected in her sonic approach, blending a mix of bass-heavy genres from bass and reggaeton to breakbeat and techno. Image: Melanie Lehmann.

Porridge Radio (solo) + Naima Bock
The Caves, Edinburgh. 18 May, 7pm
Two post-punk legends come together for this intimate show, performing a selection of old and new songs. Known for her raw lyricism and unbounded vulnerability, Dana Margolin’s work with Porridge Radio lends itself to the kind of intimacy for which this bandless gig allows. Image: Matilda Hill-Jenkins.

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Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh. 24-30 May
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Near Field: KMRU
The Flying Duck, Glasgow. 18 May, 7:30pm
Kenyan-born, Berlin-based sound artist KMRU is known for his avant-garde, experimental takes on ambient music, exploring the use of field recordings, improvisation, machine learning, radio art and expansive hypnotic drones to subtle, slowly mutating tracks. Image: Thukia.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
V&A Dundee, Dundee. Until 5 Jan
One for the fashion girlies (gendy neuch), the V&A's new exhibition takes as its subject the cultural, political and aesthetic possibilities of the kimono, tracing its roots from 17th-century Japan to the cutting-edge couture and street fashion of the contemporary world. Image: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. 25 May-26 Jan 2025
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Kontempory Korea: A Double Bill of K:Dance
Tramway, Glasgow. 16 May, 7:30pm
A double bill of two of Korea’s leading choreographers – Cheol-in Jeong and Sung Im Her – Kontemporary Korea presents some of the country’s most cutting edge dance works, exploring the boundaries between the human and the technological. Image: Sang Hoon Ok.

No Soap Tape Zine Launch
Settlement Projects, Edinburgh. 18 May, 7:30pm
New DIY label No Soap are all about platforming slowcore and shoegaze in Glasgow and Edinburgh – they're throwing a little launch party this weekend, with live sets from Spinney and dayydream and a tape and zine to boot.

Sheila Heti: Alphabetical Diaries
The Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh. 21 May, 7pm
Acclaimed Canadian author Sheila Heti is heading to The Portobello Bookshop to launch her latest book Alphabetical Diaries, a collection of a decade's worth of diary entries put in alphabetical order, chaired by The Skinny's Anahit Behrooz.