Christmas is coming and the Tidal Wave of Indifference is getting fat.
Turkey, mince pies, huge fuck off vol-au-vents and the suspension of our weekly outdoor football match to allow Meadowbank to thaw out means that we’re likely to be a bit on the porky side come early January, and we haven’t even mentioned the copious amounts of booze to be consumed.
Undoubtedly, a lot of that is going to be at various Xmas-themed gigs happening throughout December. So who’s doing what and when? Well here’s a wee round-up for you.
1. Ok, not strictly a Christmas gig this, but it IS happening in December… Last Year’s Girl is the latest internet scribe to ignore the adage “bloggers putting on gigs? It’ll never work” and is dipping her toes into shark infested waters with her first event at on Dec 2. It’s billed as a “Friday Night Speakeasy” – it’s a great line-up, and a massive departure from other blogger nights, in that it’s not focused on quality local talent. Instead, we have former Hold Steady man and accomplished solo artist Franz Nicolay, Londoner Chris T-T and a chap called Dave Hughes who we’re not familiar with.
It’s at the intriguing Old Hairdresser’s venue which is across from Stereo in Glasgow Tickets are HERE:
2. Gerry Loves Records are now an Edinburgh institution and them holding a Christmas party is no great surprise. Nor is the fact that the line-up is all about the best of the bands who’ve put out material on the label, with PAWS headlining and Trapped in Kansas, Wounded Knee
It’s at the Banshee Labyrinth, also on Dec 2 and there’s more info on the Gerry Loves Facebook page.
3. New-ish Edinburgh blog Beard of Truth – which may or not be inextricably linked to the Last Battle – are putting on their Heavy Christmas Pop Party on December 3. Edinburgh NME tips PET are headlining with jangly indie from Spook School and the mysterious Calypso Brown also on the bill. There are also promises of mince pies for gig-goers. Yum! Tickets are HERE.
4. Song, By Toad‘s bash last year at the Queen Charlotte Rooms in Leith last year was absolutely superb and we’re delighted it’s happening again, this time fleshed out to an all-dayer (December 10) and relocated to the St Stephen’s Centre in Stockbridge. Matthew Toad says the emphasis should be on fun, with loose performances and collaborations by the cream of the label’s talent – including Meursault, Rob St. John, Lach and the Japanese War Effort… We’ll see you there, yes? You can get tickets HERE.
5. Details about this one are still a little sketchy, BUT Supermarionation and Trapped Mice will be playing the Wee Red on December 15, with hopefully a few more acts. Sounds like fun, we say. Find out more HERE.
6. Lets move west for what could be a massive mindfuck. The Phantom Band putting on a panto? Oh yes. It’s on the 16th and 17th of December at Stereo. The band will be playing live on both nights with a number of special, secret guests (try RM Hubbert for starters) and DJs. There will be art installations too, and the nights will be dressed up as a ‘proper’ panto albeit with a weird and wonderful narrative and over two nights. Baffling. Tickets HERE though.
7. Then there’s Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Baubles. This went down an absolute storm last year and it must have been an easy decision to bring it back for a second year. The Fence pop maestros are naturally playing, along with Scottish indie über-fan Josie Long, eagleowl and ex-De Rosa man Martin John Henry. Topping the bill are the rather fabulous Slow Club, whose new album has been getting rave reviews all around.
It’s happening at Summerhall in Edinburgh on Dec 17 and tickets are HERE.
8. Last, but not least is Glasgow Podcart’s Nightmare Before Christmas at the Captain’s Rest on December 18. Topping the bill are As In Bear with rather splendid support bill of PAWS (yes, them again), Citizens and Lady North. Tickets are a mere fiver on the door!
And hey – we’re not exactly all knowing like that fella Jesus. Or was it Sauron? Anyway, if there’s a Christmas themed music bash happening that we need to know about, tell us and we’ll update this post!