Christmas Gigs in Glasgow & Edinburgh
Tis the season for Dune: The Musical, Trembling Bells gigs and a TYCI party
This article is from 2014.
Stevie Wonder knows his answer already: ‘candles burning low, lots of mistletoe, choirs singing carols, right outside his door.’ But what does Christmas mean to you?
If it’s an elaborately camp, musical remake of David Lynch’s Dune, adding an Alejandro Jodorowsky-style twist, then you’re in luck as Irregular Owl Movements and friends present their space-disco version (Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Dec).
Featuring less glitter and more experimental, elemental, group-harmony singing, the solstice sounds of Trembling Bells and unaccompanied vocal offshoot, Crying Lion, provide a pagan alternative to piped-in, yuletide mall anthems (TB: Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Tue 16 Dec; Glad Café, Glasgow, Thu 18 Dec, both supported by Crying Lion; also CL play Partick Bowling Club, Sat 20 Dec; TB play Flying Duck, Glasgow, Sun 21 Dec).
Offering an antidote to Slade saccharine or Bing Crosby cosiness, Edinburgh sludge-doom trio Of Spire & Throne and Glasgow’s stoned-out riffers, Fly the Friendly, aim to slow pulses with a heavy, visceral pre-Christmas pummelling of eardrums (13th Note, Glasgow, Fri 19 Dec).
TYCI’s feminist collective harness the power of their combined X chromosomes to host a Christmas All-Dayer, featuring art, music and performance, (Old Hairdressers & Stereo, Glasgow, Sat 20 Dec), and if a bloated, post-Christmas comedown threatens, seek out The Cosmic Dead and guests. That’s a night of electro-kraut-psych, and a chance to hear their freshly released 25-minute cosmos-floating jam, ‘Fukahyoocastulah' (Bloc, Glasgow, Sat 27 Dec).
See list.co.uk for more suggestions on the best Christmas time gigs and parties and Hogmanay clubs.