What's On Scotland 22 Feb-1 Mar: GFF

Glasgow Film Festival kicks off this week and, as per, there's a whole load of cool and interesting things happenin' over the course of the festival. Plus, Groove CairnGorm, Neu! Reekie!'s February Fling, First Aid Kit and more....

Feature by Nadia Younes | 22 Feb 2018

Part of Glasgow Film Festival's Sound & Vision strand, The Unfilmables will see a group of musicians responding to the greatest films never made. BAFTA and Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi collaborates with her sister Francesca on a re-imagining of Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov’s most famous work The Colour of Pomegranates, while electronic pioneers Wrangler join forces with filmmaker Tash Tung and live visual manipulator Daniel Conway to tackle Claire Noto’s script The Tourist.

Also part of the Sound & Vision strand, and coinciding with the Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker's exhibition Circle, a special screening of Margaret Salmon's 2017 film Mm will be held at Tramway on Saturday, featuring a one-off live performance by 2017 Scottish Album of the Year award winners Sacred Paws. Shot on location on 35mm film in collaboration with the all-male motorcycle team, the Berwick Bandits, the film incorporates sounds of speedway alongside live music by the duo.

If you want to see what else is on during the festival, have a read of our handy little guide to the ten events and classics not to miss at this year's festival.

First Aid Kit
O2 Academy, Glasgow. 24 Feb, 7pm
Klara and Johanna Söderberg's star continues to ascend, with the band's latest album Ruins finding them in a comfortable groove. Ahead of a summer of outdoor gigs and high-up-the-bill festival slots – including a gig at the Kelvingrove Bandstand this August – catch the Swedish sibling folk duo at the Academy this weekend. Image: Amy Muir

Django Django
Fat Sam's, Dundee. 26 Feb, 7pm
ECA alumni Django Django sent heads a-nodding when they broke on to the scene with their self-titled Mercury-nominated debut album in 2012. They returned last month with a new album – their third to date – Marble Skies, which has been described as a return to form, and now they're hitting the road, kicking things off in the motherland. Image: Sonia Mallan

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Neu! Reekie!'s February Fling
Leith St Andrew's Church, Edinburgh. 23 Feb, 7.30pm
Neu! Reekie! return for another round of noisemaking, with performances from former Primal Scream collaborator Denise Johnson, award-winning poet Daljit Nagra, Edinburgh garage rockers Rituals (pictured) and more. Neu! Reekie! have kindly offered to give away three tickets to the event, with a free drink each, to one lucky reader. Email zap@theskinny.co.uk by 12 noon tomorrow (23 Feb), telling us your weirdest ritual to be in with a chance of winning.

Lost Map Records and The Fruitmarket Gallery present ‘Strange Invitation’
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. 24 Feb, 6.30pm
One of the latest Lost Map signings, London’s Bas Jan (pictured) celebrate the physical release of their debut album Yes I Jan at the Fruitmarket Gallery, as part of the gallery's Open Out week of performance, film and music. Joining the experimental post-punk trio will be the inimitable Kathryn Joseph, along with Happy Spendy, Lost Map DJs and more to be announced. Image: Kuba Ryniewicz

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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 9 Mar, 7.30pm
On Fri 9 Mar, take a walk on the wild side with avant-garde noisemakers Neu! Reekie! as they join forces with the National Museum of Scotland for an evening of eclectic entertainment and museum discoveries. Explore the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, enjoy a drink and a dance in the iconic Grand Gallery and soak up the unique museum atmosphere after dark at this adults-only event. Over 18s only.

Groove CairnGorm
Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore. 23-24 Feb
Cancel that skiing holiday in the Alps and make a trip to Groove CairnGorm this weekend instead. The UK's only snowsports and music festival allows you to show off your skills on the slopes and catch some cool bands and DJ's at the same time – well not at the exact same time, that would be reckless. Belgian brothers 2manydjs (pictured) and KISS FM co-founder Norman Jay MBE are just two of the acts on the huge bill.

NEHH Presents… Mardi Gras!
Summerhall, Edinburgh. 23 Feb, 9pm
Mardi Gras may not be that big of a thing in the UK, but Summerhall have found a way to put the Carnival-esque celebration firmly on the Scottish events calendar. Seven-piece brass band, and Jazz Bar regulars, Swampfog (pictured) will perform, while The Skinny's very own TB-Sí will be on the decks providing tunes all night. Costumes are encouraged. Image: Allan Ferguson

New Polish Poster Exhibition
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. 25 Feb, 6pm
Bask in some Polish culture at The Old Hairdressers on Sunday, where a selection of posters by young Polish illustrators and graphic designers will be on show, with talks and screenings on the legacy of Polish posters also being held. As well as this, the albums of Polish indie/electronic bands BOKKA and Rebeka will be played and traditional Polish drinks will be available to whet your whistle. Image: Jan Bajtlik

Show presents Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Sub Club, Glasgow. 22 Feb, 11pm
Orlando Higginbottom, aka Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or TEED for short), has been laying low for the last few years, since smashing onto the scene in 2012 with his critically-acclaimed debut album Trouble. He last played Subbie back in 2013 and he makes a welcome return tonight – thanks to the club's Thursday night crew, Show – hopefully with new material also on the way soon. 

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