The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct (4 stars)

The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct

Ella The Bird

Line-up included Ella The Bird, James Yorkston, art collective METASITU and Stuart Murdoch

Glasgow boasts many glorious buildings. Yet hidden down a lane off Buchanan Street sits one of its best kept architectural secrets. Now the secret is out as on Friday 24 October The Lighthouse, together with The List, presented a celebration of architecture and design with talks, music, film, exhibitions, workshops and complimentary drinks.

The night’s host music journalist Nicola Meighan, introduced the festivities which spanned all five of The Lighthouse’s floors, before inviting acoustic gem Ella The Bird onstage.

As the crowd pouring into the tight gallery knew all too well, Ella The Bird’s talent was unmistakable, her captivating vocals soaring and falling onto the tapestry of melodies she wove with her guitar and piano.

Later on, Scottish folk musician James Yorkston performed with the confidence of an artist at at the top of his game, explaining the stories behind his songs.

After, the GFT presented some entertaining and highly creative pieces from their Short Film Programme, and Belle and Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch candidly introduced his debut film God Help The Girl. a Glasgow-set musical drama that’s been an instant hit with Belle and Sebastian fans since its August release.

Also on the night, art collective METASITU documented rural to urban area transitions in their Urbanography Series, an unusually fascinating collection of shorts.

But the heart of the night was about design, something speakers Ken Garland, Jonathan Barnbrook and Tony Brook know a little something about. The highly respected graphic designers gave anecdotal accounts of their careers, discussing their clients over the years, from the CND to David Bowie.

The workshops added a great interactive element to the evening, whether it was poster design with Gabriella Marcella or contributing to Alice Dansey-Wright’s collaborative piece ‘Legitimate Likenesses’, which will be exhibited at the venue until January 2015 to commemorate the first Lighthouse Late. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many.

The Lighthouse Late

A fabulous celebration of design, music and cinema sprawling across all five floors of The Lighthouse. This time round the night features Edinburgh experimental electro poppers FOUND, synth pop duo Apache Darling, the new formation of Meursault, Supermoon and the noisy, tuneful and triumphant The Spook School. Not content…