THE pick of the best events and festivals in Scotland this week, including RockNess, goNORTH and Eden Festival for music fans, Bill Bailey in Edinburgh and the start of Glasgow Science Festival.
Music: Mudhoney / Meat Puppets
Wed 5 Jun, 7pm, £16; more info
Some band called Nirvana may have taken most of the grunge glory back in the early 1990s but their Seattle peers Mudhoney made the dirtier, more desperate garage rock noise. They may never have set the mainstream alight but, more than 20 years on, they haven’t lost their ﬂailing punk edge nor irreverent humour. Plus the presence of their Phoenix forebears Meat Puppets on the bill makes this gig heaven for old punks.
Festivals: goNORTH and RockNess
Inverness and Dores
Wed 5 - Sun 9 Jun; gonorthfestival.co.uk, rockness.co.uk
The music industry heads north this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, the goNORTH festival takes over Inverness, with showcase gigs at venues across the city introducing audiences to Scottish acts such as Woodenbox, Jo Mango and The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. And on Friday, RockNess returns to Loch Ness for three days of live music from Basement Jaxx, The Vaccines, Camera Obscura and more. Look out for more goNORTH and RockNess coverage on WOW247 over the next week.
Families: Glasgow Science Festival
Various venues, Glasgow
6 - 16 Jun; more info
Glasgow Science Festival returns on Thursday, and includes a tribute to Paisley-born ornithology pioneer, poet and illustrator Alexander Wilson; musical comedy from self-proclaimed science geek Helen Arney; a Science Sunday at Glasgow University (on 9 June); a weekend devoted to exploring Scotland’s role in Cern and the Higgs boson discovery; and Dead Sleazy, an evening of comedy, music and “hard zombie science”. The festival continues until 16 June.
Comedy: Bill Bailey
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Thu 6 - Sat 8 Jun, 8pm, £26.50; more info
The popular stand-up, TV panel show regular and musical maestro takes his latest tour, Qualmpeddler, to Edinburgh at the end of this week. Expect the usual mix of rock parodies, brilliant satire and sharp philosophical inquiry from this witty but warm all-rounder.
Theatre: Some Other Mother
Thu 6 Jun @ Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, 7.30pm £12/£10/£5; more info
Fri 7, Sat 8 Jun @ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 8pm £15.50/£11.50/£6
What effect does seeking asylum have on parents and their children? This is the question posed by AJ Taudevin’s Some Other Mother, which opens in Kirkcaldy on Thursday before embarking on a Scottish tour. Taudevin is an activist as well as a playwright; her recent work Chalk Farm (co-written with partner Kieran Hurley), a powerful piece about the London riots, is soon to be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Festival: Eden Festival
Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway
Fri 7 - Sun 9 Jun, £99; more info
With June now upon us, there’s barely a weekend without a festival of some description between now and September. While RockNess steals the limelight up north this week, Eden Festival offers a more alternative weekender in Dumfries & Galloway. It’s overtly eco-friendly, family-friendly and relaxed, and there’s everything from Klezmer to ceilidh dancing on its many stages.
Outdoors: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Fort William, Inverness-Shire
Sat 8 Jun, 8.30am-7.30pm, Sun 9 Jun, 8.30am-5pm, £15; more info
Once again Fort William is the location for the most prestigious event on the mountain biking calendar, as adrenalin junkies from around the world gather for two days of high-intensity, high-speed action. As well as the competition, the World Cup Village at the Nevis Range base station will host the teams’ technical areas, trade stands, demonstrations, live music and more. In short, it’s a mountain biker’s heaven.
Clubs: Axel Boman, Petter and Kornel Kovacs @ Huntleys & Palmers
Sat 8 Jun, 10pm-3am
Saint Judes, Glasgow, £8-10; more info
Deep house Swede Axel Boman is joined by fellow countryman Petter (they also perform as a duo, Man Tear, and last month released a debut EP on James Murphy’s DFA imprint) and Kornel Kovacs for a Studio Barnhus showcase. You won’t get a better chance to see the Scandinavian trio’s distinctive aesthetic, fun and weird in equal measure.
Festival: West End Festival
Various venues, Glasgow
Until 30 June; more info
Glasgow’s vibrant West End Festival continues throughout June. This Sunday in particular has plenty to choose from, with the colourful Mardi Gras Parade taking over Byres Road, the free Scottish Seafood Showcase in Ashton Road car park, a screening of a David Lynch documentary, a talk from writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway and a Fence Records live music showcase at Oran Mor.
Art: SJ Peploe
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Until 23 June; more info
When an exhibition is on for a long time, you lose any sense of urgency and it is easy to ﬁnd it is over before you have got round to seeing it. Peploe at the SNGMA has been on since November, but it ends on 23 June. It is a major show and a big event in Scottish art. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should and if you have seen it, it is well worth a second look.
Find more things to do on our events website WOW247.co.uk.