Optimo and Alasdair Roberts highlights of Glasgow's West End festival
The French Wives and Fence Collective also on bill
1. Fence Collective
There are dozens of good musical reasons to take yourself to the West End Festival this June. How about Fife’s favourite indie-folk collective for starters? The line-up’s a secret until the day, but the name ‘Fence’ is all the badge of quality you need.
Oran Mor, Sun 5 Jun.
2. Electric Honey Records Showcase
The Stow College-based indie label which launched the careers of Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro goes from strength to strength, presenting here Miniature Dinosaurs, The French Wives, Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers and the launch of White Heath’s debut album Take No Thought for Tomorrow.
Oran Mor, Sat 4 Jun.
3. Alasdair Roberts & Tannahill Ensemble
A West End Festival exclusive, as highly-regarded Scots indie-folk musician Roberts presents an evening of works by Robert Tannahill, the ‘Weaver Poet’ and contemporary of Robert Burns, with help from members of the Second Hand Marching Band, John Knox Sex Club and more.
Oran Mor, Thu 14 Jun.
4. Brain Burner Noise Night
Sample folk, jazz or indie at venues like Brel, Cottier Theatre or the Rio Café? Or, how about this instead, which had us at ‘rare and cult short films, with local underground musicians providing one-off improvised scores’? Plus it’s in the West End’s most reliably bleeding edge basement venue.
Captain’s Rest, Sun 5 Jun.
5. Optimo in Dub
What a way to end the festival. With indoor and outdoor stages, and a family-friendly barbecue, Glasgow’s most learned DJs present a day of dub, reggae and dancehall sounds to set us up for summer.
SWG3, Sun 26 Jun.
Various venues, Glasgow, Fri 3–Sun 26 Jun. westendfestival.co.uk