Upcoming tours, festivals and special events

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Anna Massie & Mairearad Green

Scots duo with multi-instrumentalist Massie and border pipes from Mairearad Green.

Arcadia Quartet

Romania's Arcadia Quartet blew everyone away at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition, winning both the first prize and the Beethoven Prize for their interpretations of Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

Balkan Beat Box

Israeli band who blend a myriad of styles and traditions, including gypsy punk, world, funk, electronica and hip-hop.

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden

Old hands (literally, we suppose) at the comedy game get together for another of their regular shows. Expect jokes older than they are.

Ben Kenney

Former Roots and current Incubus bass player on a solo outing.

Bipolar Sunshine

Genre-bending hip-hop, indie and drum & bass from Manchester musician Adio Marchant.

Born To Be Wide

Music industry seminar/social club that aims to bring musos, journalists, promoters, record shop workers and musicians together.

Boxsmall

Family-friendly festival including a market and children's activities.

Brendan Benson

The White Stripes' favourite indie pop troubadour takes time out from The Raconteurs to concentrate on his solo material.

British Red Cross Refugee Week Comedy Night

An evening of first class stand-up, brought to you by the Red Cross, featuring Hardeep Singh Kohli, Danny Bhoy, Susie McCabe, Scott Gibson, Bruce Morton, Gary Little and compere Ray Bradshaw. All funds raised support our Glasgow Refugee Services Centre.

Calvin Harris

The Dumfries producer and DJ has become of the biggest EDM artists in the world, behind huge hits and even bigger collaborations including 'I Need Your Love', 'Blame', 'Summer' and 'We Found Love' with Rihanna.

Carl Donnelly & Chris Martin

Carl and Chris hash over their new ideas and material for their Carl Donnelly & Chris Martin Comedy Podcast.

Carter Tutti

Electronic pop duo Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Charlie Baker and Ivo Graham: Work in Progress

The duo get together to go over material for their 2015 Fringe shows.

Chloe Hanslip

Lavishly talented young violinist in solo recital.

Chris Barron & Lach

Lead singer of the Spin Doctors, while Lach married punk and folk to create anti-folk.

Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham

Literature's comedy double act, authors Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre, goad each other as they talk crime fiction.

Chvrches

Glasgow-based electro pop trio touring in support of their second album Love Is Dead.

The Coin-Operated Girl: A Sex Workers Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

A closer look at the sex industry from Miranda Kane, who worked as an escort, pulling in £2000 a night.

Colour Me Wednesday

Uxbridge riot girrl pop punks jump around with like minded colleagues.

The Computers

Rock'n'roll spliced with hardcore punk in a Chuck Berry-meets-Minor Threat sort of way.

Crafty Pint Market

A weekly craft market with over 20 stalls selling items from local craftspeople. The market raises money for eight different charities.

Daniel's Beard

Daniel's Beard is the West End-based group of Glasgow musicians who, when not performing classics of the chamber repertoire, curate the Cottier Chamber Project.

Dare ProtoPlay

Dundee capitalises on its digitally-capable status with Scotland's biggest free video gaming education and consumer festival with games, talks, conferences and workshops for the general public as well as those in the games industry.

Deadly Creatures

A night of alternative music.

Disko @ Dusk

Disco and funky house.

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Where cabaret meets life drawing – the models are burlesque divas, strapping hunks of manhood and circus freaks. Win alcohol and fancy art supply prizes at this antidote to solemn, lifeless classes.

Dundee Arts Cafe

Regular talks from a variety of different speakers followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss the topic. Everyone welcome.

Duo Van Vliet

  • Written by: Britten

Duo of Ian Anderson (violin) and Rafal Luc (classical accordion) in recital.

Eccentronic presents: Neurovision

Eccentronic / Laughing Horse Free Festival Electro-comedy duo Eccentronic (Miss Hypnotique and John Callaghan) enters Eurovision. It's boom-bang-a-bang to world peace, radical choreography and avant-garde Eurodisco. But will you, the jury, be wowed by award-worthy theremin and musical mash-ups from ABBA to Kraftwerk…

Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal

Traditional and contemporary folk duo on fiddle, guitar and vocals.

Elisabeth Leonskaja & Emerson String Quartet

  • Written by: Schubert

The distinguished pianist and equally distinguished quartet in a chamber music setting.

Eminem

The hip hop superstar returns to perform 'My Name Is' and 'The Real Slim Shady', along with recent hits 'Monster' and 'Rap God' to his legions of fans. All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating.

Eric Ranzoni

London-based Anglo-Italian blues pianist and singer, with an ongoing sideman gig in Mud Morganfield's band whenever the son of Muddy Waters goes on tour in Europe.

Feargus Hetherington and Mira Opalinska

Hetherington (violin) and Opalinska (piano) play music by Scottish composers and Bach.

Federation of the Disco Pimp

Jazzy funk tuneage and disco groove from the Glasgow-based seven-piece.

Gallon Drunk

Swampy rock'n'rollers return after stints for various members playing with Nick Cave and Lydia Lunch.

Gledhill and Callaghan

Amy and David, respectively, with some brand new funny material.

Glow Quartet

Pianist Gareth Williams teams up with saxophonist composer Trish Clowes in this new collaboration, with rhythm section Calum Gourlay (bass) and Chris Higginbottom (drums).

Good Vibrations

An underground night with a range of styles, fronted by Joe Campbell and joined by a range of special guest DJs.

Hart Voices

Amateur choir based in Fleet, which gives four concerts per year.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge

If knowledge is the food of the soul, then let us FEAST! This travelling parlour of enlightenment combines exceptional experts & erudite amateurs in a fiesta of learning & fine cocktails. Prepare to be delighted by unusual characters, exquisite libations and wisdom of the most eye-opening variety in the decadent…

The Hour

Hosted by Hendrick’s Gin 'When evening quickens in the street, comes a pause in the day's occupation that is known as the cocktail hour'. So said Bernard de Voto. The Cocktail Hour is the most delightful ritual, and one worth considered cogitation. Let us make our journey through the mystical hour together. Cocktails…

Human Library

In an equalities project aimed at challenging prejudice, the Human Library lets you 'check out' a fellow human being for a short conversation.

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus

The twosome perform a selection of blues and Americana.

Ikhlaq Hussain

Recital by master sitarist Ikhlaq Hussain.

Inkubus Sukkubus

Goth and pagan rock are at the heart of this Gloucestershire-based threesome.

Innes Watson and Mike Vass

Two of the leading multi-instrumentalists on the folk and roots scene.

Intronaut

American progressive metal band.