Mindhorn and nine other unmissable May events in Glasgow and Edinburgh

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  • 12 April 2017
Mindhorn and nine other unmissable May events in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Mindhorn / credit: Steffan Hill

Highlights include Hidden Door, May West Festival, Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival and the return of Twin Peaks

Why do we like May? Well it has two bank holidays for starters, and Star Wars Day (May 4). Here we round up the gigs, films and festivals to look forward to in Scotland's biggest cities during the month of May.

1. Hidden Door
The people behind Hidden Door have been thoroughly adept at opening up spaces in Edinburgh which had lain largely dormant to creative pursuits. But this time, they've unlocked their biggest coup to date by reinvigorating the old Leith Theatre which has been left derelict for almost 30 years. So, across ten days, the likes of Anna Meredith, Bossy Love, Kathryn Joseph, Hidden Orchestra and Idlewild will be among those bringing the sound of music to this decaying space while there will be visual art, film, theatre and literary treats aplenty.
Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 26 May–Sun 4 Jun.

2. Riverside Festival
Electric Frog and Pressure are more than proud to present the bank holiday clubbing weekender to end them all. Sven Väth, Nina Kraviz, Derrick Carter and Jackmaster will all be on the banks of the Clyde for a very special party.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Sat 27 & Sun 28 May.

3. Twin Peaks
It is happening again. A quarter of a century after Dale Cooper became gripped by the spirit of Killer Bob, David Lynch's era-shaping smalltown comedy-drama is back with some familiar faces (Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, David Duchovny) joined by the new likes of Naomi Watts, Michael Cera and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Get the coffee and cherry pie on.
Sky Atlantic, Mon 22 May.

4. May West
Nothing to do with the actress whose lips were turned into a surrealist sofa, and everything to do with getting Glasgow Green back in the music festival diary, the city's newest event features Public Service Broadcasting, the Stranglers, Dreadzone and Roddy Hart.
Glasgow Green, Sat 27 & Sun 28 May.

5. Mindhorn
A washed-up 80s actor gets the chance to reprise the detective character which made his name as an actual serial killer is on the loose. Co-stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby have collaborated on the writing duties for this movie which aims to do for the Isle of Man what Bergerac did for Jersey. We spoke to Simon Farnaby about the creation of the film and working with Julian Barratt.
General release from Fri 5 May.

6. Edinburgh International Children's Festival
The festival previously known as Imaginate delivers another barnstorming programme with a firm emphasis on thinking way outside of the box: some shows being performed underwater, on a grassy stage and in a tiny house.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Sat 27 May–Sun 4 Jun.

7. The Other Side of Hope
The first movie in six years from Finland's legendary director Aki Kaurismäki is a wonderful distillation of everything that's brilliant about his work. His melancholic yet boisterous dual tale features a Syrian refugee arriving in Helsinki and a travelling salesman seeking a fresh start.
Selected release from Fri 26 May.

8. Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Scotland's first global craft beer gathering features over 30 internationally renowned brewers alongside local producers. Plus there's an abundance of food and DJ sets.
Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, Fri 26–Sun 28 May.

9. Mayfesto
Gigging and theatre come together as a central core of this year's Mayfesto with Horse McDonald and A Band Called Quinn both involved while there's a tribute to BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer Daphne Oram and another episode of The Glam Rock Dialogues.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 3–Tue 30 May.

10. Professor Brian Cox Live, chosen by comedian Chris Forbes
'What is the meaning of life? Are we alone in the universe? Is it true that, in space, no one can hear you scream? Some of the biggest questions we have about our own existence are interconnected with a fascination about what lies beyond our own tiny sphere. I've always been captivated by space. Whilst at Glasgow University I took an extra credit course entitled, 'Exploring the Cosmos'. As educational as that was, not one of the lecturers were able to convey the same sense of enthusiasm and clarity about the inner workings of our solar system like the floppy-haired, ex-D:Ream keyboard player Brian Cox. I like to think that astrophysicists and comedians are pretty similar. Me and Brian Cox are both, after all, dedicated to observation. Just in different ways. That's what I tell my mum anyway. Speaking of comedians, this show also features the brilliant Robin Ince.'
Professor Brian Cox Live is touring the UK throughout May. Chris Forbes is at The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 2, Thu 13–Sun 16 Apr, Mon 1 May; Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Sun 22 Apr; The Stand, Glasgow, Tue 2 May.

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