It always feels like there’s very little on for ages, and then as soon as the sun comes out and you have exams to do, everything good is happening. This May is jam-packed with great gigs across both Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is what we are definitely going along to. On the 6th of May is the first of Song By Toad’s ‘Dingus Rock Slop Fest’ nights at Paradise Palms with Halfrican, Dune Witch Trials and Wendell Borton. Every Wednesday in May, Song By Toad is showcasing the amazing scottish guitar bands that are taking the country by storm. Highlights for the rest of the dates are Passion Pusher/DTHPDL/Breakfast Muff on the 13th and Plastic Animals on the 27th. Although for free shows, there’s no excuse for not wandering along to Paradise Palms every Wednesday and seeing them all. Sneaky Pete’s is host to the launch of new poetry/spoken word/writing magazine Hot Tub Astronaut on May 7th. The launch includes spoken word and poetry readings and drone from Super Inuit. That night Summerhall plays host to another ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ night, Randolph’s Leap and The Son(s) will be taking to the dissection room. Fundraising for Scottish Women’s Aid, Teen Canteen present ‘The Girl Effect’ also at Summerhall on May 9th. This will show bands like The Spook School, Broken Records and Teen Canteen themselves, covering classic girl group songs. Someone will be being the Sugababes, this is not one to miss.
We’re particularly excited for Joey Fourr at Henry’s Cellar Bar on the 16th. Finally, touring bands playing our fave venues in the city. Things are happening! We’re getting impatient and emotional about finally seeingAmerican Football at SWG3 on the 17th. Honeyblood are playing at Summerhall on May 21st, it’s been a while since we last saw them, and ever longer since they played for us (R.I.P Hypstonite) so seeing them grace the stage, supported by Jesus H. Foxx, will be super exciting. If Honeyblood aren’t for you, and you’ve been thinking ‘where is Spanish indie pop when I need it?’ then HINDS (formally known as Deers) are playing Broadcast in Glasgow on the same night. Friday the 22nd of May marks the start of Hidden Door Festival. Last year they converted the Market Street vaults into a creative hub, and this year they’re doing the same to a space on Kings Stables Road. The line up is extensive, there’s something for everyone, from theatre to art to music, and is running in conjunction with the Bongo Lives music festival. Highlights include Jonnie Common/C Duncan and more on the 22nd, Supermoon/Adam Stafford/Garden of Elks/Youngstrr Joey/Le Thug/Numbers are Futile on the 23rd, Admiral Fallow on the 26th, Stealing Sheep on the 29th and Errors mark their return to Edinburgh by closing the festival on the 30th. It’s a fascinating festival, and you can visit the site and see the instillations for free up until 6 o’clock every day.
Over in Glasgow, the wonderful Fuzzkill Records are having a house party! Fuzzkill have released some of the best, and most fun, guitar bands in Scotland, like Secret Motorbikes and Catholic Action and are where most great music is coming out of in Glasgow. Tickets are super cheap, there will be a BBQ and you can see Secret Motorbikes, The Pooches, Fruit Tones, loads more AND still make the last train back to Edinburgh. At the end of the month, GoldFlakePaint is turning 5 years old, and to celebrate they’re taking over The Glad Cafe for Sucker Punch. From the 29th to the 31st, bands like Tuff Love, Small Wonder, Bruising, Rob St. John and Kathryn Joseph are playing, along with a screening of ‘Heaven Adores You’, the Elliot Smith documentary to round the weekend off.