Gigs not to miss in Scotland this October
- Kirstyn Smith
- 10 October 2017
Appearing north of the border this month: Be Charlotte, The Spree, Lost Map's Strange Invitation and LaKyoto
If there's anything that's going to make you leave your cosy living room and brave the Scottish pre-winter, it's got to be a sweaty venue with warming beer and fellow punters sharing their body heat by standing too close. Be Charlotte continues her reign with a handful of gigs, (Reading Rooms, Dundee, 24 Oct; King Tut's Glasgow, 25 Oct; Lemontree, Aberdeen, 26 Oct; Mash House, Edinburgh, 28 Oct), taking her fierce beats and damn good vibes on a mini Scottish tour. She's also one of a handful collaborating with Scottish Opera as part of BBC Arts Digital #OperaPassionDay, alongside Carla J Easton from TeenCanteen. Opera singers have worked their magic on 'One Drop' and 'Impossible Stuff' respectively, to give a unique spin on the tracks, and show that opera's more accessible than you might think. These tracks, among others, will be broadcast across BBC channels on Thu 19 Oct.
If all that culture's got you feeling classier than you're used to, Buckfest (Sat 21 Oct) could be the antidote. Presented by the Bucky Rage, their carnival of fun features some of their musical buddies: Kosher Pickles, the Pharisees, Thee Girl Fridays, the Animal Mothers and the Kidney Flowers to whet your appetite. DJs also available to keep you on your toes between acts. On the other side of the festival coin, The Spree (Fri 13–Sun 22 Oct) is over a week celebrating the tip top of Scottish arts and culture. Across the 10 days, expect luminaries such as Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert (Sun 15 Oct), Lost Map's Strange Invitation (Sun 22 Oct), featuring Pictish Trail, Alabaster Deplume, Savage Mansion and Ed Dowie (among many sparkling others), and Dougie MacLean with De Temps Antan (Wed Oct 18).
Final tip for this month is LaKyoto. From the Be Charlotte / Pronto Mama / VanIves stable, the Edinburgh four-piece (formerly known as SHVLLOWS) released their debut single, 'Shake' in April and are treating their hometown to their synthy electropop at the Mash House on Fri 13 Oct (lucky for some).