Sound Of Scotland

Your mu­sic ex­pert Lisa-marie Ferla pre­views a mas­sive Glas­gow-ber­lin link-up and the best of the fests

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Your colum­nist Lisa-marie Ferla looks at an ex­cit­ing fes­ti­val link be­tween Glas­gow and Ber­lin

AU­GUST brings the in­au­gu­ral Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships to Glas­gow – and with it, an im­pres­sive cul­tural pro­gramme.

The new multi-sport event is be­ing hosted jointly by Glas­gow and Ber­lin. The cen­tre­piece of Fes­ti­val 2018 is a live-linked con­cert in Ge­orge Square and Ber­lin’s Eu­ro­pean Mile on Bre­itschied­platz on Au­gust 7, fea­tur­ing stu­dent mu­si­cians from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scotland, Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Scotland and Ber­lin’s Univer­sität der Kün­ste, Europe’s largest art school.

Fes­ti­val 2018 kicks off ahead of the sports, with a big Ge­orge Square open­ing party on Au­gust 1. The Ay­oub Sis­ters, SAY Award-win­ners Sa­cred Paws and Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize-nom­i­nated com­poser and mu­si­cian C Dun­can are just some of the Scot­tish acts sched­uled to per­form. The party con­tin­ues with street food, sport­ing high­lights and a city-wide car­ni­val pro­ces­sion, plus the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra (Au­gust 2), a rare open air con­cert from elec­tronic dance mu­sic duo Or­bital (Au­gust 10) and Mog­wai’s Barry Burns (Au­gust 11). Celtic Con­nec­tions cu­rate the clos­ing night on Au­gust 12 with an evening of the best Scot­tish and world mu­sic.

I’m sure I’m not the only Glaswe­gian with fond mem­o­ries of the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games, when the cul­tural events prob­a­bly ri­valled the sport­ing ones to cre­ate a mem­o­rable sum­mer in the city. Throw in open-air con­certs ev­ery night at the Kelv­in­grove Band­stand (July 30-Au­gust 11), fea­tur­ing the likes of Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison and Roddy Frame; and three mas­sive gigs at Bel­la­hous­ton Park un­der the Sum­mer Ses­sions um­brella with Kings of Leon (Au­gust 22), Cat­fish and the Bot­tle­men (Au­gust 25) and Ken­drick La­mar (Au­gust 29) – and I’d say Glas­gow is the place to be this month. Cryp­tic’s fes­ti­val of vis­ual and sonic art, Son­ica, also re­turns this month, with three ma­jor fam­ily-friendly free events tak­ing place across the city – two of which tie in with the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships. Rob­bie Thom­son’s Por­tal (Au­gust 2-12) will trans­form the Clyde Tun­nel into a sub­ter­ranean ad­ven­ture play­ground of light and sound, while Aus­tralian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey re­turn with Pivot (Au­gust 1-12) – a pair of gi­ant, talk­ing see­saws which prom­ise to help Fes­ti­val 2018 at­ten­dees un­leash their in­ner child. A third au­dio­vi­sual in­stal­la­tion, Visauri­he­lix, will be housed in the Mack­in­tosh Tower at The Light­house un­til Jan­uary, 2019. Away from the city buzz, Au­gust also of­fers a slate of fes­ti­vals across the coun­try. Start­ing north and work­ing south, you’ll find the award-win­ning Bel­ladrum Tar­tan

Heart (Beauly, In­ver­ness-shire, Au­gust 2-4) with Paloma Faith, Pri­mal Scream and Amy Mac­don­ald; Party at the Palace (Lin­lith­gow, Au­gust 11-12) with James, Texas and Em­brace; Groove Loch Ness (Au­gust 18) with Marc Kinchen, Han­nah Wants and THAT Idris Elba; Elec­tric Fields (Dum­fries, Au­gust 30-Septem­ber 1), with Noel Gal­lagher, Left­field and Idlewild; and Mid­stock (Dalkeith, Au­gust 31-Septem­ber 1), with 2 Un­lim­ited and Ex­am­ple.

New mu­sic to get ex­cited about this month comes from re­united Dundee punks UNI­FORMS, whose Rea­sons to Breathe 7” sin­gle (Make-that-a-take/tns Records) is a sneer­ing mael­strom of con­tem­po­rary protest. The band are plan­ning UK dates around the re­lease.

Whit­burn’s Lovers Turn To Mon­sters cel­e­brates the fifth an­niver­sary of his lo-fi weepy-folk mas­ter­piece of mor­tal­ity, nos­tal­gia and pop cul­ture The Skele­tor EP by bring­ing it to vinyl, cour­tesy of Scot­tish Fic­tion/com­mon Records. And glo­ri­ous Glas­gow nine-piece coun­try-soul act The Gra­cious Losers re­lease their rich, swoon­some de­but al­bum on Last Night From Glas­gow records – catch their en­gross­ing live show at the CCA (Au­gust 31) with sup­port from la­bel­mates Kidd and Cloth.

UNI­FORMS have re­formed Sam Spiers

Art in­stal­la­tion Pivot

Cryp­tic Por­tal in the Clyde Tun­nel

The Gra­cious Losers

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