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St Andrew's Day Celebrations

The capital celebrates Scotland's patron saint with a programme of free events in St Andrew Square. There's storytelling in the Spiegeltent with Jess Smith and Aiden Moffat; Scottish dance workshops led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; a Family Ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band and demonstrations on the…

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov


All events are free but some workshops and performances are ticketed. Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

The Feastival of St Andrew

Some top-notch Scottish street food, music, spoken word and street art at this feastival in honour of St Andrew's Day.

SWG3, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£5 (free before 2pm; children free all day) / 0141 357 7246

The Who

The union jack clad British rockers known for anthems including 'Who Are You' and 'I Can See for Miles' return to the stage for their 50th anniversary tour, probably with less smashing of instruments than their early performances. The Who were formed in 1964 by singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist…

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sun 7 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 945 6000

With Plus Special Guests.

Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

Fri 5 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 412 4624

With Plus Special Guests.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tue 2 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Special Guests.

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John Grant

The former Czars singer has a baritone to die for and a handful of critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt.

The Sage Gateshead

Fri 28 Nov

£22 / 0191 443 4661

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

£18–£22 / 0131 228 1155

Accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.


Lead singer of Bloc Party, Kele has been branching out onto the decks in a new DJ/Producer section of his career.

Brighton Dome

Thu 11 Dec

£14 / 01273 709709

  • 20:00 – 23:00 Kele Brighton Dome

Gorilla, Manchester

Sat 29 Nov

£14 / 0161 407 0301

SWG3, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£15 / 0141 357 7246

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Christmas Carols

Christmas carols and mince pies in a cocktail bar – a festive combination, if ever there was one. If you really get into the spirit and wear that Christmas jumper you've got stashed in the back of the wardrobe, you get a complimentary mulled wine on arrival.

Archer Street, London W1D

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 020 7734 3342

Joyeux Noel: French Music for Christmas

An evening of French choral music including Charpentier's 'Messe de Minuit', Poulenc's 'Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noel', Daquin's 'Noel for Organ' and French carols. There's also seasonal refreshments.

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

£10 (Children free) / 0131 225 6293

Singing: Workshop (Ages 7-23)

Learn to be more relaxed performing, have more confidence, improve your presentation skills, have more fun, access and use more energy, be more creative and express yourself better at work, school and home.

Kings Theatre, Chatham

Fri 28 Nov

£21 ( £15) / 01634 829468


A blend of klezmer, Balkan, gypsy punk and electronic beats featuring live music, bellydancing, Balkan rakija brandy tasting and a live jam session.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 6 Dec

£10 (£9)

Mystere de l'est guest.

Studio 24, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 3758

Mystere de l'est make their Scottish debut.

Hot Dub Time Machine. Best. Party. Ever.

An all night long mashup of instantly recognisable tunes from the 60s to the present day, presented against a video backdrop.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Wed 10 Dec

£18.50–£20.50 (£17.50–£19.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Thu 11 Dec

£18.50–£20.50 (£17.50–£19.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Fri 12 Dec

£18.50–£20.50 (£17.50–£19.50)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

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Ceilidh at Christmas

Traditional Scots ceilidh dance with live music form the Robert Fish Band.

The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Over-18s only

£13.50 / 0844 693 3008

Fri 5 Dec

£13.50 / 0844 693 3008

Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

£8 / 0131 553 1876

The End of Year Bash with Honeyblood (solo), Kirsty Logan, Loki with Becci Wallace, Duglas T Stewart (spoken word slot) and Moon Hop (DJ Whisky Stephen with FOUND).

  • 19:00 – 23:00 Neu! Reekie! Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

The Caves Edinburgh Hogmanay Party

Bring in 2015 in one of the city's most unique clubbing venues. Expect a ceilidh, choons old and new, and bags of fun to welcome in the new year.

The Caves, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Dec

£16.87 / 0131 557 8989

Clutha Trust Launch Night

The trust launches with a night of live music featuring performances from Bombskare, Rose Room, The Girobabies, Mickey 9s, The Mighty Sparrahawk and Carlton Jugband.

Barrowland, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£10 / 0141 552 4601

Hogmanay Ceilidh

Ceilidh into the new year with live music from Willie Fraser with caller Ken Gourlay. No stilettos or high heels, please!

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Dec

£25 / 0131 339 5374

£8 / 0131 339 5374

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The Orchids

Glasgwegian indie veterans promoting their Beatitude #9 album.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£6 / 0141 636 6119

With Bodyheat.

Afrika Bambaataa

One of the godfathers and true originators of hip hop behind the seminal 'Planet Rock' which helped kick start the entire scene, way back in 1982.

O2 ABC, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£8.55–£15.75 / 0141 565 1000

O2 Academy Liverpool

Fri 28 Nov

prices vary / 0141 565 1000

O2 Academy Oxford

Sat 29 Nov

£9.56–£15.75 / 0141 565 1000

Big Girls Don't Cry: A Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Oh what a night you'll have at this tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with all the hits from 'Sherry' to 'Grease is the Word'.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£19.75–£27.50 / 02476 553055

IndigO2, London SE10

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 220 0260

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 30 May 2015

£16.50–£18.50 (£17.50) / 0141 332 1846

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The Mikado

  • Directed by: Thom Southerland
  • Written by: W S Gilbert (lyrics)

A Noel Coward-inspired, re-conceived take on Gilbert and Sullivan's popular operetta, featuring Rebecca Caine as Katisha and Mark Heenehan as The Mikado. Directed by Thom Southerland.

Charing Cross Theatre, London WC2N

Fri 28 Nov

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

Sat 29 Nov

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

Mon 1 Dec

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

…and 26 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 19 Dec

£12.50–£16 (disabled £6.25–£8; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6) / 01382 434940

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0141 353 8000

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Thu 18 Dec

£11–£22.50 (disabled £5.50–£11.25; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s £5) / 01224 641122

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah needs a good rub-down every time it gets performed, and here it's presented in a chamber orchestra format with a master of historically informed performance at the keyboard, Richard Egarr. Also appearing are Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Claudia Huckle (contralto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Ashley Riches…

City Halls, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£14.50–£28.50 / 0141 353 8000

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Sat 29 Nov

£11–£22.50 / 01224 641122


Annual freestyle rap battle tournament with live performances from hip hop artists. Featuring Manchester's Shotty Horroh.

Audio, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£8–£12 in advance; £15 on the door

Russell Watson

  • Written by: Claude-Michel Schonberg

One of the country's most popular crossover singers returns to the stage.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 24 Mar 2015


Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 26 Apr 2015

£28–£45 / 08441 717620

Derby Cathedral

Mon 1 Dec


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