10 things to do in Scotland this week

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.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Scotland this week. Picture: TSPL
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to Scotland this week. Picture: TSPL

Music: Mudhoney / Meat Puppets

ABC, Glasgow

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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.