What's On Scotland 28 Jun-5 Jul: Music Festivals

The weather is scorching, and just in time for Scotland's music festival weekender, which includes Kelburn Garden Party, TRNSMT and Fiesta x FOLD. Plus, XpoNorth, Glasgow Comic Con, Statis Summer Party, EH-FM Launch Party and more...

Feature by Nadia Younes | 28 Jun 2018
  • Ibibio Sound Machine at Rock En Seine 2017

Kelburn Garden Party kicks off tomorrow, with headline performances from Goldie, Krafty Kuts and Ibibio Sound Machine (pictured) taking place across the weekend. On Saturday, The Skinny will be taking over the Pyramid Stage with a line-up featuring some of our favourite new Scottish bands and artists, including Future Get Down, DTHPDL and ST.MARTiiNS. Be there or be square!

If camping's not your thing though, you've got other options. TRNSMT hits Glasgow Green this weekend, and though the line-up may appear at first glance like a bit of a lad fest, look further down and you’ll find some real life, actual women on there. Over the weekend, you can catch performances from the likes of Manchester rapper IAMDDB, 00s indie icons Interpol, Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid and Australian party troupe Confidence Man. Oh, and Arctic Monkeys and Liam Gallagher.

For a bit of disco fever (or is it just sunstroke), head to Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park for Fiesta x FOLD, a new festival by The West End Fiesta in collaboration with Nile Rodgers & Chic. The disco legends themselves will be headlining the festival on Friday, while fellow disco dons Earth, Wind & Fire headline on Saturday, with De La Soul and the Pointer Sisters also on the line-up.

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Various venues, Inverness, 27-28 Jun, times vary
Scotland’s leading creative industries and showcase festival, XpoNorth returns, with a load of seminars, workshops, film screenings and live music performances spread over the course of the weekend. This year’s showcasing artists include alt-pop group Acrylic, grunge four-piece CRYSTAL (pictured) and electronic artist Edwin Organ. Image: James A. Grant

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Glasgow Comic Con
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. 30 Jun, 10am
The cosplay crew will be out in full force on Saturday for Glasgow Comic Con, so expect to see lots of adults dressed up like their favourite superheroes and reliving their youth in the most extroverted way possible. No, you’re not still drunk from the night before, that really is a grown man dressed up as Spiderman, and it’s not even Halloween. Image: Sinead Grainger

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EIFF Closing Night Gala: Swimming With Men
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. 1 Jul, 5.15pm
Billed as ‘The Full Monty in Speedos,' Swimming With Men stars Rob Brydon as a man going through a mid-life crisis, who finds purpose in an all-male synchronised swimming team. The film will get its UK premiere as part of EIFF's Closing Night Gala on Sunday, but there are still plenty more films you can squeeze in over the next few days before it wraps up.

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Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
Tron Theatre, Glasgow. 28 Jun-14 Jul, times vary
Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young join forces for this irreverent, all-female adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, Pride & Prejudice. Written by Isobel McArthur and directed by Paul Brotherston, Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of) follows five vaguely familiar young women who all have a story to tell, as they fight over men, money and microphones. Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

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Stasis Summer Party – A Sedation
David Dale Gallery, Glasgow. 29 Jun, 8pm
Continuing their summer garden parties, David Dale Gallery host Stasis Summer Party, featuring a new film in collaboration with Daniel Cook, accompanying music by Ailie Ormston and performance interventions. STASIS is made up of Aniela Piasecka, Olivia Norris, Isabel Palmstierna and Paloma Proudfoot, a group who work across dance, theatre, live art and installation. Image: Daniel Cook

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EH-FM Launch Party
Custom Lane, Edinburgh. 29 Jun, 12pm
New community radio station EH-FM officially launches on Friday, with a day party at Custom Lane, featuring live broadcasts from Edinburgh DJs and a pop-up record shop from Paradise Palms and pals. They'll be carrying on into the night at Sneaky Pete's as well, where two of the station's founders, Andrea Montalto and Percy Main, will go back to back all night. Image: Chris Scott and Hidden Door

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Crews Against Child Poverty: Day & Night HopScotch Fundraiser
Fireside, Edinburgh. 30 Jun, 12pm
13 hours of partying for a great cause? Sounds pretty good to us. Crews Against raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK at their debut outing at Bourbon in April and they're back for their second outing on Saturday, this time raising money for local children's charity HopScotch. Music will be provided by DJs from 12 Edinburgh-based crews, including Capri Collective and Hector's House.

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