Christmas gigs and parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh 2013

Christmas gigs and parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh 2013

Kid Canaveral / Photo: Stephanie Gibson

Chvrches, Withered Hand and Dam Mantle among December 2013 gig highlights

He who has Christmas not in his heart will never find it under a tree. But he can get jiggy with the Yuletide spirit at a number of joyous pop bacchanals across our festive, fit-to-bursting central belt.

Edinburgh shall be decked with jingle balls of the Kid Canaveral variety, as the indie-rock charmers host their fourth annual Christmas Baubles knees-up (Portobello Town Hall, Sat 14 Dec) including Edwyn Collins, De Rosa and the michty Canaverals themselves. Auld Reekie also sees the annual Song, By Toad Christmas Party and the launch of their Five Records, Five Years boxset (Henry’s Cellar Bar, Sat 21 Dec), as well as the unmissable charity Christmas Songwriters’ Club, now an annual tradition, which this year welcomes Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, Withered Hand, Karine Polwart, Miaoux Miaoux, TeenCanteen and loads more (Queen’s Hall, Sun 22 Dec).

Femme-pop activists TYCI are set to thrill, Glasgow-style, with a timely synth-pop sermon from electro saviours Chvrches and DJ sets from Sons and Daughters’ Adele Bethel and Pretty Ugly (SWG3, Sat 21 Dec), while erudite hip-hop livewire Louie from Hector Bizerk hosts a festive rap battle, the excellently titled Christmas Rapping (King Tut’s, Thu 19 Dec).

Highlife bring the Yuletide exotica (CCA, Fri 20 Dec) thanks to Auntie Flo and electro-supergroup Lovers’ Rights, which unites Dam Mantle and Golden Teacher, and sounds like all our Christmases came at once.

Song, by Toad Christmas Party

Festive knees-up from the excellent Edinburgh indie record label/blog for a Christmas jamboree.

Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles

An all day indie Christmas party curated by Kid Canaveral.

Christmas Songwriters' Club

A night of original festive songs (no covers) from a mixed line-up of Scotland's indie and singer-songwriter talent including TeenCanteen, Book Group, Supermoon, Al Shields, Broken Records, Discopolis, Ella the Bird, The Lonely Together and Richy Carey. Plus a pop up bar and cafe, raffle and stalls all donated to local…


A club and live event from TYCI, a Glasgow collective run for women by women.

Louie's Christmas Rapping

Festive rap battle hosted by undefeated Louie from Hector Bizerk.