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Don’t want to spend August sitting in front of your TV? You don’t have to, as Karin Goodwin brings you some of the weird and wonderful events taking place in and around Glasgow this month

2 August

Mackintosh Kids Club, Mackintosh Church, Garscube Road

Entertain the kids for the day while they learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald through puppets, painting, animation and performance. The beautiful surroundings of the Mackintosh church are sure to inspire creativity in future designers and painters aged 5–17. Classes include a paper sculpture lesson followed by a performance based around Glasgow’s most famous designer. For details call 0141 946 6600.

5 August

Sunday in the Square, Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire

With the castle only recently transformed with an explosion of colourful street art created by Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gemeos, Nina and Nunca, the organisers of the Graffiti project are set to unveil yet another piece of work. This time Nunca has returned on his own to create a carving for the waterfallpool, influenced by indigenous Brazilian culture. Music will also be provided by bands, including the Kazoo Orchestra, Gecko 3 and the George Penman Jazz Band. More details, including video clips and stills are available at

6 August

Auchinlea Festival and Carnival procession, Greater Easterhouse

It may not be a household word, but it’s one of the biggest festivals in the city, attracting more than 9000 people last year, who watched the colourful carnival procession wind its way through the streets of Glasgow. This year’s theme is Space and Time, so expect robots, aliens and all-things intergalactic. The procession leaves Auchinlea Park at 1pm, while the festival entertainment includes local bands, breakers, Djs and drummers.

6–12 August

Piping Live!

Join pipers and pipe lovers from all over the world as Piping Live! returns to Glasgow for its fourth year. Watch the World Piping Championships or the solo piper’s competition, Pipe Idol; join in the ceilidh or watch free performances in the street. There are also talks, lectures and special events, day and night, at venues across the city. See

8–25 August

Summer of ‘69, Pavillion Theatre

Reminisce about days gone by in this coming of age comedy where school pupils try to get rid of their teachers for long enough to enjoy their school dance. Stars from River City and High Road join in this romp through the summer of love with hits from the era including ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’. For further details call 0141 332 1846 or visit

16–19 August

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

This Campbeltown-based festival was founded in 1993 and has grown in size and stature every year since. Events include a Friday night ceilidh and a grand parade, which this year will be led by the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band. Glasgow’s Latin outfit Sambayabamba are also taking part. The Stranglers, who headline on Saturday night, complement a mixed programme of Irish and Scottish bands and traditional music workshops. More details can be found at

17 August–14 October


The rivalry between Scotland’s two largest cities is well documented and this exhibition at the Lighthouse invites leading Scottish and international architects to come up with innovative, sometimes fanciful, means of connecting them. The show takes Patrick Abercrombie’s unrealised 1946 Clyde Valley Regeneration plan as its starting point, an unashamedly modern vision to transform a whole area that was considered unfit for purpose. Proposals include the GRAS team proposal for ‘M8-Park’ (pictured), which imagines the zone between the two urban centres as a sustainable park. It beats sitting in traffic on the M8 any day.

18–19 August

Psychic Healing Fair, Royal Concert Hall

If your chakras are a bit out of sorts, or you’re looking to get back in touch with your inner energies, then take a trip to Glasgow’s annual psychic healing event. There’s a range of holistic alternatives on offer, from crystal therapy to complementary medicines and organic remedies. And if you’re looking for a bit of mysticism there are fortune tellers and psychics on hand. Tickets start from £3 for the day and are available on the door.

21-22 August

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation Tour at the ABC

The seminal US band make their only Scottish stop midway through a reprisal of their critically acclaimed 1988 Day Dream Nation tour. That album marked an important shift in Sonic Youth’s style and has since been widely considered one of the most important albums of the era. In 2006, it was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Whether or not you remember it the first time around, it’s a must-see gig. For tickets see

25 August

Melting Pot Club and Boat Party

Following on from the success of their July event, those nice people from Glasgow club Melting Pot have put together a final summer package to get you disco dancing before the autumn nights start to draw in. Upstairs, live music will be provided by Remember, Remember, with DJ support from Andrew Back and James Pole, while downstairs there’s a rare UK appearance from Italian DJ legend Danielle Baldelli. Then at 3am it’s time to transfer from the Admiral (the club’s relatively new venue) to the river for a boat party where you can dance til 6am and watch the sun come up.

Ricky Gervais at the SECC

The king of toe-curling comedy rolls into town for one night only as part of his Fame tour. The writer and star of cult shows The Office and Extras goes back to stand-up, wringing laughs out of anecdotes about ordinary life – well, as ordinary as life can be for a superstar like Gervais who claims he regularly hangs out with A-listers David Bowie and Ben Stiller. See

25–26 August

Genesis Tribute weekend at the Renfrew Ferry

This one is sure to be a bit like marmite – you’ll either love it or loathe it. The first Genesis Convention to be held in Scotland, the event will feature no less than five tribute acts to the 70s/80s band featuring Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. Doug Melbourne and Tony Patterson, G2 and four-piece Face Value are among those doing the honours. Check out to buy your weekend pass for £35. Priceless.

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