10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October

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  • 30 September 2019
10 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October

Max Cooper's Aether / credit: Michal Augustini

Highlights include SQIFF, Sonica, Dance International Glasgow and Hannah Lavery's The Drift


Cryptic are now on their fifth instalment of Sonica, featuring another programme of top-notch visual sonic arts which plays out across Glasgow over 11 days. This is a truly international festival, too, with nations such as Argentina, Japan, Slovenia, Canada and Mexico all represented. Among the highlights are Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, Oslo collective Verdensteatret and musician Max Cooper's Aether, plus modern composers such as Ela Orleans, Nicolás Varchausky and Klara Lewis.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 31 Oct–Sun 10 Nov.


The leading Scottish film festival for the LGBTQIA+ community has a series of intriguing shorts, plus movies featuring religion, the Navajo Nation, and lesbian sexploitation.
CCA, Glasgow, Wed 2–Sun 6 Oct.

Dance International Glasgow

This is the third ever DIG with a programme of groundbreaking commissions mixing rising and established stars of dance including Colette Sadler, Trajal Harrell, Scottish Dance Theatre, Deborah Hay and James Batchelor.
Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 4–Sat 26 Oct.

Hannah Gadsby

After the comedy game-changer that was Nanette, the Australian comic sets aside all those plans to quit stand-up with anther gem, this one entitled Douglas (named after one of her dogs).
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 30 Oct.

Electronic Glasgow

The city's electronic music culture gets a hot boost with this festival featuring the likes of Dungeon Acid, Bosco, A Love From Outer Space, and Shaka Loves You.
Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 11–Sun 20 Oct.

Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface

The queen of Scottish children's theatre Shona Reppe brings us a new work featuring a character called Atlantis Banal, partly inspired by visual artists who work with found objects, including one Yoko Ono.
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Wed 9 & Thu 10 Oct; Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Sat 19 Oct.

Eddie Izzard

Wunderbar is the semi-surreal genius' latest blockbuster show in which he aims to bring the world together in these divisive times with the help of talking dogs and animal superheroes. Of course.
King's Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 2–Sat 5 Oct; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Oct.

The Drift

Directed by Eve Nicol, Hannah Lavery's theatrical exploration of Scottish history takes in notions of place, family and loss, steeped in the author's own experiences as a mixed-race woman in Scotland.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 11 & Sat 12 Oct.


Could this be the next Game of Thrones-style hit that HBO have been hotly pursuing? Alan Moore's comics classic is given the small-screen treatment in the hands of Damon The Leftovers Lindelof.
Sky Atlantic, Mon 21 Oct.

The Dualers

(Chosen by Ska band Bombskare)
We're very much looking forward to seeing the Dualers when they hit town in September and October. These guys are epic, a nine-piece ska / reggae band from London and something of a role model for us. They have a solid DIY ethic, managing to storm the charts with no label or industry support and selling thousands of albums all on their own. They've even managed to get their tunes into Hollywood films which is impressive by any measure. Added to that, they're a genuinely great live act, although they have been described as the best ska and reggae band in Britain, so naturally we are going to have to fight them. We don't make the rules.
Bombskare, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Oct; The Dualers, SWG3, Glasgow, Fri 6 & Sat 7 Sep; Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Fri 18 Oct.


Cutting edge performance by established international artists, crossing the boundaries of music, theatre, visual and electronic art. It is produced by Cryptic, who are responsible for some of the most fascinating live performance work in the country. Since its launch in 2012, the festival has presented over 400 events by…


Scotland's ska juggernauts raise the roof.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Scotland’s annual celebration of queer cinema heads online in 2020. The film programme is available on Vimeo on Demand throughout the festival, plus virtual events include online watch parties, workshops, Q&A sessions, discussions, parties and a closing night quiz.

Dance International Glasgow

This biennial dance festival is produced and programmed by Tramway, with events happening all across Glasgow.

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar

The legendary comedian is back with a brand new show, Wunderbar, which he is touring across the country at 40 venues. Izzard hints that his new show covers everything from talking dogs to animal superheroes.

The Drift

Spoken word show by Hannah Lavery, exploring the experience of being 'mixed' in Scotland.

The Dualers

The Dualers are a 9-piece Jamaican Rhythm & Blues band from South-East London. They first hit the headlines when the single 'Kiss on the Lips' stormed in to the UK top 30 despite no industry or professional backing, the follow up single Truly Madly Deeply charted at number 23 & featured in Hollywood blockbuster…

Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface

Children's show about the artist Atlantis Banal, set in a pop-up art gallery.

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

The brave and groundbreaking Australian comedian, basking in her overnight success that was ten years in the making, is back with her new show, named after a dog.

Electronic Glasgow

The music collective host two weekends of live electronic music performances to celebrate the city's history with the genre, which will include appearances from Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston's A Love from Outer Space, Sweden's Dungeon, a Let's Go Back to Acid special with DJ and promoter Bosco, workshops with…

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