It’s time for film fans across the land to come out to play as the Glasgow Film Festival kicks off on Thursday.
But whether you’re a movie buff, muso or even high fashion follower, there’s something on the go in Glasgow for you this week.
We’ve rounded up 14 of the best gigs, foodie happenings and more, so that you can start planning a packed week now. Have a blast, and be sure to let us know how you get on via our dedicated WOW Glasgow Facebook and Twitter pages.
1. Go backstage with ’90s legends
The Southside Film Festival continues its brand of cool, low-key movie events with a showing of Hit So Hard at The Glad Cafe on Tuesday (17 Feb). Presented in association with the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, P. David Ebersole’s tale of overnight success, addiction and eventual redemption focuses on Patty Schemel, drummer for Hole – with plenty of off-the-cuff footage of Kurt and Courtney backstage.
1006A Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG, 0141 636 6119, more info
2. Catch a new play
Theatremakers of tomorrow line up for a chance to showcase their work at the annual Glasgow University playwriting competition – and the time has come for those shortlisted few. The STaG New Works Festival is on at Websters Theatre (the former Lansdowne Church) Tuesday to Thursday (17-19 Feb) with a different play on each night.
416 Great Western Road, G4 9HZ, 0141 337 2311, more info
3. Dim the lights for a film or two
Our fair city may be abuzz at the best of times, but when the Glasgow Film Festival rolls around it’s hard to know where to start on planning your week. GFF kicks off on Wednesday (18 Feb) with 12 days of premieres, one-off movie events and more than one red carpet do – not to mention later Glasgow Short Film Festival and FrightFest strands. With too many to mention here, it’s over to our in-depth guide of what’s good at the fest this year.
Venues across Glasgow, 0141 332 6535, more info
4. Party at the Regal
And speaking of the film festival, there’s a music strand to all that movie-going this year – kicking off with A Night at the Regal: Lost Map, Joe McAlinden, British Sea Power on Thursday (19 Feb). A celebration of the O2 ABC – formerly the ABC Regal – this is a blend of high art, cinema and music, including new film EDIT, live scored by McAlinden, and BSP performing alongside the Scottish premiere of Penny Woolcock’s From the Sea to the Land Beyond.
300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA, 0141 332 2232, more info
5. Bear witness to the beef
Bar Bloc‘s self-confessed Mad Chef Danny McLaren mixes fresh beats and culinary feasts at Bath Street’s Mini Bar this Thursday (19 Feb), kicking off a series of monthly foodie pop ups. Audio Beef is something of an anti-pop up, trying to do away with overpriced grub and upping the music stakes at the same time – and with seven dishes per person from Danny’s weird and wonderful menu ideas, it’s safe to say you should bring a hearty appetite.
244A Bath Street, G2 4JW, 0141 332 2732, more info
6. Step back to the Scottish enlightenment
Girl power in 18th century Edinburgh? Apparently it was a thing. Lucy Porter’s The Fair Intellectual Club – a tale of teenage love, friendship and betrayal at the dawn of the Scottish enlightenment – was well received at last year’s Fringe, and arrives at the Tron Theatre on Thursday (19 Feb) for another airing.
63 Trongate, G1 5HB, 0141 552 4267, more info
7. Give a cheer for Gruff
Ever beardy Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys is back in town on Thursday (19 Feb) for a solo outing. The Welsh language champion has a knack for presenting music thematically (and occasionally a film, book and phone app alongside) – so The Art School seems a fitting venue for the madcap indie favourite.
20 Scott Street, G3 6PE, 0141 331 1328, more info
8. Say no to sectarianism
Serious subject matter from Confab on Thursday (19 Feb) as Cocktail: Fear, Pain, Power shows at Easterhouse venue Platform. Based on interviews with Scots who have experience sectarianism, it’s a contemporary account of an ongoing Glasgow problem, complete with a live band, movement, song and former MSP Rosie Kane in the mix.
The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, G34 9JW, 0141 276 9696, more info
9. Discover hidden gems in cult cinema
Monthly movie meet-up Matchbox Cineclub is back in action on Thursday (19 Feb). Described as a film night for cinematic orphans, outcasts and outliers, this is a step away from the usual box office fare – think cult cinema, banned films and those that have slipped through the cracks (until now) – best of all, it’s free to head along to The Old Hairdressers for it.
10. Bring in the year of the goat
Fancy a five course banquet? All you have to do is get into the swing celebrating the new year of the goat. Ever-trendy eatery The Hanoi Bike Shop is throwing a party for Vietnamese New Year. All firecrackers and dragon dancing, TET is on Thursday (19 Feb) and it’s safe to say that booking is essential for this tiny Ruthven Lane venue.
Ruthven Ln, G12 9BG. 0141 334 7165, more info
11. Club for a good cause
It’s clubbing for a cause over at the Queen Margaret Union on Friday (20 Feb) with a MAGIC Dance-a-thon in aid of Glasgow mental health charity Flourish House. The usual weekly club night out kicks off at an early 4pm, with the DJ taking to the decks by 10pm and the dancefloor filled until 2am – pick up tickets and a sponsorship form from the QMU reception in advance.
22 University Gardens, G12 8QN, 0141 339 9784, more info
12. Gender bend at The Shed
Theatre at The Shed gets serious this Saturday and Sunday (21-22 Feb) with a radical retelling of Crime and Punishment. There’s a gender swap in this version, and female protagonist Rodion Ramonvich Raskolnikov is spiralling downwards – questioning the validity of war, significance of gender, and life itself. Deep thoughts for the weekend, then.
26 Langside Avenue, G41 2QS, 0141 649 5020, more info
13. Suit up in Scottish fashions
Fashion fans will flock to Glasgow University on Saturday (21 Feb) for a student-run catwalk show with a good cause at heart. Black tie event GUCFS After Dark is raising money for the Beatson Pebble Appeal – and it’s a chance to catch up-and-coming Scottish fashion stars, including Alan Moore of ten30 and Rachel McMillan.
Hunter Halls, Main Building, University Avenue, G12 8QQ, more info
14. Bow down to Royal Blood
Brighton-based duo Royal Blood arrive for two nights of high octane gigging at the Barrowland on Sunday and Monday (22-23 Feb). Touting big riff alt rock, the Radio 1 darlings were named in the BBC Sound of 2014 poll – so a legendary Glasgow venue should be no problem to them.
244 Gallowgate, G4 0TT, 0141 552 4601, more info
Main image: Royal Blood at T in the Park
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