Event Recommendations 9th – 15th October 2017

Written by: Ruarí MacManus & Alkmini Nikopoulou

The Mackintosh Festival

1/10/2017- 31/10/2017 – Free Entry – (see more information in link below)

Once again, the annual The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of exhibitions, events, workshops, talks & tours in venues throughout Glasgow and further afield. We’ve attached a link down below for the full list of events!

More info: http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com/festival

 

Continue reading “Event Recommendations 9th – 15th October 2017”

Event Recommendations 2nd – 8th October 2017

The Internet’s Own Boy @ The CCA

2/10/2017 – 19:30 to 22:00 – Free Entry 

The Internet’s Own Boy tells the story of a programming prodigy, information activist, and Reddit founder Aaron Swartz. The filim generates questions about academic freedom, corporate power, and the impact one person can have on society – a personal story about what we lose when we are tone-deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/open-rights-group-scotland-the-internets-own-boy

Continue reading “Event Recommendations 2nd – 8th October 2017”

Grimes @ Glasgow’s O2 ABC

Grimes_1200

Photo from Read: Tidal online

 

Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, knows she can take Glasgow’s 02 ABC by storm. The 27 year old from Vancouver is upbeat and confident from the get-go, as she plunges the audience into her unique and addictive brand of powerful and ethereal electropop.

 

One thing that characterises Grimes is that her gigs aren’t just about her – the show is a team effort, and it abounds with personality as a result. She is joined onstage by support act Hana, whose own distinctive voice and style allow her to slot seamlessly into that badass “Girl Gang” vibe that Grimes likes to project. The two backing dancers are every bit as central to the performance as Grimes herself, and they skilfully work the spotlight for much of the show. The sheer uncontained force and energy of their movement is captivating and infectious. Grimes herself really knows how to command the stage, purely by virtue of being so impossibly energetic. Her onstage chat is also delightful – too hyperactive to beat about the bush when it comes to introducing songs, she cheerfully propels the set from one song to the next without letting the energy drop for an instant.

 

The newer material gels well with the old; defying claims that Grimes’ newest release, the distinctly pop-ier ‘Art Angels’, was too far a departure from the more experimental, electronic sound of ‘Visions. In fact, Grimes is a musical master at the height of her powers, and the seamless, carefully considered composition of the live experience is proof of her artistic, ahem, vision. She gives the impression of someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and where they’re going as an artist.

 

Crowd-pleasers such as the hugely popular ‘Flesh Without Blood’ and ‘Genesis’ are complimented by some pleasant surprises. ‘Go’, originally a collaboration with Blood Diamonds, has an almost euphoric resonance in the packed venue, while less celebrated tracks off the new album like ‘World Princess Part II’ really come into their own. Grimes’ remarkable versatility as a performer is also striking – in the absence of Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes, she declares that she, Grimes, will be performing the verses of ‘SCREAM’ in Russian. And she absolutely kills it.

 

As the set draws to a close, Grimes has a confession to make. She doesn’t actually like encores, because the etiquette is awkward and stressful. So she’s just going to launch straight into what would ordinarily be the encore song, ‘Kill V. Maim.’ And who could blame this adorable human? Everyone has been won over, everyone has already had the time of their lives, and everyone wishes they could be up onstage dancing with Grimes and her friends. For such a huge and hectic gig, the atmosphere is overwhelmingly warm, light-hearted and welcoming, and this is undoubtedly what sets it apart as one of those gigs that you remember for months, perhaps even years, to come.

 

By Cat Acheson

A Live Review of The Hummingbirds

Pic-©-The-Hummingbirds

 

Not to be dramatic, but the Hummingbirds’ gig at the Hug and Pint last week is one of the best that Glasgow has seen in recent months.

 

The evening kicks off with support from Laurence Made Me Cry – a beautiful singer with a beautiful voice who writes her own music. She hands the audience members a pack of seeds after her set with a download code on them (‘I ran out of CDs’). She’s launching her EP on the tenth of April and you should get yourself along and check her out, she’s amazing.

 

It’s safe to say that the Hummingbirds do not disappoint in any respect. After all, who could be anything less than content with a nice pint and five Liverpudlians serenading them. Looking around the audience in the intimate venue, each person loves what they hear and most are dancing along. During their set their passion and enjoyment of the music is clear to see and we are told afterwards that most of their music is written to play to each other’s likes and strengths, which is probably why their music sounds so natural and works so well.

 

They’ve been playing together for about five years, starting out as a couple of lads messing around with guitars and then building on the music they were making by adding new members and slowly creating their own sound. Of course, we are hesitant to ask five boys from Liverpool about their artistic influences, but before we have even finished the question they are laughing and confirm that the Beatles are pretty important to them. They seem flattered when we say that their image and sound was similar to the Fab Four. Indeed they are very humble and pleased with these compliments – ‘Imagine someone saying you sound like the Beatles!’ Jay exclaims.

 

The Hummingbirds’ album ‘Pieces of You’ is being released at the end of March, check them out on social media (fantastic Instagram) and at their website: wearethehummingbirds.com

 

By Alice Tully

A Live Review of John Williams

Glasgow concert hall

 

Stalls are packed tonight as The Royal Scottish National Orchestra prepare to perform the music of John Williams. Williams provided the music screen hits such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Hook, E.T and Jurassic Park, as well as many other countless film titles.

The whole performance is spectacular – the instruments played by a number of talented musicians serve as paint brushes, depicting imagery witnessed on the screen many times. For whether it is a battle scene between Luke Sky Walker and Darth Vader or the first encounter of a candlelit Hogwarts by Harry, Ron and Hermione, the music evokes feelings of nostalgia, excitement, awe, intensity and melancholy – all in the space of two hours.

It is hard to forget the music played in “Star Wars” as the musicians visit it many times throughout the whole performance and play so beautifully and powerfully. The theme tune in particular comes out of nowhere and takes everyone by surprise. It is a very cinematic experience.

Another notable part of the performance is the composition from “Far and Away”. The film tells the tale of an Irish Family who migrated to the U.S in the 1890s and then make their quest to Oklahoma – the Free Land. Though this film is perhaps one of his lesser known films, Williams does a good job of depicting an image of the family’s journey through a beautiful blend of classical music with playful traditional folk music. In addition to the music, this piece sparks thought about a current issue. By reminding us of the migration rates between Europe and America in the nineteenth century – when many Scots and Irish were forced to flee their homes – we are reminded that many individuals today are being forced out of their homelands and turning to the UK to seek safety.

Also grasping the attention of the audience this evening is conductor Richard Kaufman who gives praise to John Williams, describing him as “memorable creative voice”. His music gave these films a character which really drew audiences, and made classical music much more accessible to the general public.

To add, in his speech Kaufman gives notable praise to music in general: “Life can be tough and it can be difficult to deal with at times. This can sometimes be dealt with by seeking peace, beauty and refinement”. This comes in the form of nicely composed, classical pieces performed by a talented orchestra, who are always in residence at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

 

By Greg Marlborough

Death by Glitter

Annie2

 

Here at GUM we have always had a spark for all things fashion, especially when it’s from our very own Glasgow. From GSA graduates to established brands, we have featured a string of inspiring designers in our editorial spreads. Back in 2013, Obscure Couture graced our pages. An award winning brand, Obscure Couture also found themselves in the pages of Vogue and on the backs of numerous celebrity fans. Unfortunately, after 5 vibrant and sparkly years, the brand is shutting its doors.

 

The adored Scottish label announced their closure after years at the top of its quirky game, offering stage-ready couture and ready to wear lines. The bold and contemporary look was worn by the likes of Arianna Grande and Marina and The Diamonds. The brand had a cult following due to its unique mix of a fairy tale fantasy with a hard edge.

 

Not to be shut down quietly, Obscure Couture will be partying until the end. Taking over BLOW Finnieston for the most fun wake ever, the salon will be playing host to a farewell party on January 30th from 7pm.

 

Not to be forgotten, samples and stock will be available to buy on the night while an online auction is underway. The event Death By Glitter is the perfect chance to celebrate the creativity of Glasgow as well as bagging a piece of fashion history. If you’re a fan of great hair and all that sparkles, this is the event for you.

 

The end may be nigh for Obscure Couture but your wardrobe doesn’t have to suffer. Help them blow out with a bang at Blow Finnieston this weekend.

 

Annie1

 

By Anne Devlin

Interview with The Basement Sessions

Basement 2

 

Enter into Broadcast: a laid-back space with open fireplaces glowing from every TV screen, an impressive list of White Russians on a blackboard and friendly faces in every corner of the bar. A steep and narrow stairwell will take you down to the hidden underground. The roof there is so low you can barely stand tall. The room is so small people have to crowd to see the stage. Everyone clutches his or her plastic cups of beer in eager anticipation.

 

Then the music begins…

 

Kathryn and Calum are the founders of The Basement Sessions. They met when they were playing in the same band and remained good friends. In the beginning of 2015, they noticed there was a lack of live music in the Glasgow nightclub scene and decided to change that. Even though Kathryn is a full-time student in events management and Calum both works and plays his own music, they have managed to make their vision of bringing live music into a club setting come true. Today, The Basement Sessions arrange monthly gigs in the basement of Broadcast.

 

Kathryn: It is quite nice for the shows to be a bit of a treat. Once a month is perfect.

 

Basement 3

 

Each night gathers around 130 visitors, eager to see handpicked bands from the Glasgow music scene.

 

Kathryn: The music scene is very vibrant in Glasgow. Right now, the techno and the garage scene are trending. But despite all the trends, there is always a place for live music. In the past 50 years, there has been a decline of it. But the last ten years, it has started to increase again. Live music is just something that will never die. It is just a completely different experience.

 

The Basement Sessions’ nights are always free. This makes it possible to move freely. You can go outside, come back in, sit upstairs for a while and then go back to listen to your favourite band. In addition, you don’t have to commit a full evening: you can pop in on your way out or on your way home. If you don’t like one band, you can come back and listen to the next.

 

Lately, Kathryn and Calum have started to move away from the one-man acoustic acts.

 

Calum: It doesn’t grip people on a Friday or Saturday night. People want to have a good time and dance. But we organise other events as well, so there is space for all kinds of different acts. We want the crowd to have fun and to feel free to move around like in a club with a DJ.

 

Kathryn and Calum have been involved in the music scene of Glasgow, so it has been quite easy for them to find great talents. As Glasgow is a small city, many bands are friends with each other and are willing to support one another. Their selection of bands is based on a mixture of word-of-mouth, Soundcloud, music blogs or the bands contact them on their own. They work hard to create a musically coherent night, with three acts: two bands and a DJ that complement each other. The DJ plays a big part, as their job is to wrap up the night. They can interpret what the crowd wants and knows how to create a fun and entertaining environment.

 

Basement 1 

 

Kathryn: We are not specifically looking for certain types of bands. It just comes down to what we enjoy, what we think will be received well by the audience. The Basement Sessions is a place where people can discover new talents.

Calum: We want to make a really good night for people to have fun. We don’t wanna loose sight of what we are doing now: giving up-and-coming local bands exposure.

 

In the past, The Basement Sessions have had themed nights, of which one was a hiphop special that attracted many people and talented musicians. However, Kathryn and Calum’s best memories are from a mini festival they arranged earlier this year in August.

 

Kathryn: We did a mini festival, showcasing the best bands and DJs that had performed for us so far. Alongside, there were some local artists and local clothes brands. It was a celebration of all the talents Glasgow has to offer. It became a huge success. It is nice to bring different talented people together. Everyone can network, learn from the event, from each other and gain new experiences.

 

If you want to brighten up your Friday night and experience something groovy: get off Netflix, change out of your pyjamas and grab some friends. You can still make it. It only begins after 11 pm. Head down to Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street for a night of dancing and sweet tunes.

 

 

The Basement Sessions have collaborated with GUM to create our Launch Party at The Art School on December 4th. Visit our event page to find out more and how to buy tickets.

 

 

By Sofia Linden and Saara Antikainen 

 

Let’s Talk

 

‘Let’s Talk’ Providing Safety and Support on Campus

 

Let's Talk Article Image

 

Sexual violence and discrimination are never acceptable, and a group of students at Glasgow University are making a positive stance to challenge sexist action and assault. The campaign, ‘Let’s Talk’ is a joint initiative built upon the foundation of varying societies who provide campus support and outreach including GU Amnesty International, Sexpression, Isabella Elder Feminist Society, GU Feminist Society and GU Mental Wealth.

 

Asking Glasgow University to build a communication system for reporting rape, make necessary resources available to survivors and provide education on bystander intervention, ‘Let’s Talk’ hope to launch a campaign that will actively support safety on campus and involve Glasgow in UK-wide university pledges against sexual violence.

 

The launch of ‘Let’s Talk’ will take place on 3rd December at 6pm in the Queen Margaret Union. The evening will include a screening of acclaimed documentary ‘The Hunting Ground’ about rape culture on US campuses, an introduction by Sarah Bacom, a talk by Ailish Carroll-Brentnall from Sexpression and Rape Crisis, and the launch of the petition to the university outlining important demands. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of campus reform from the ground-up.

 

Tickets are free and available online at lets-talk-campaign.eventbrite.co.uk

 

By Heather O’Donnell

Review: Metric at the O2 ABC

Metric_Synthetica_by_Justin_Broadbent

 

It’s been six and a half years since the last time Metric paid Glasgow a visit and one might be wondering whether the Scottish crowd has forgotten about the Canadian four-piece after such a long time. But as soon as Emily Haines and her band take over the stage, after an outstanding support set from Dublin duo All Tvvins, all doubts are immediately blown away.

 

Even though the O2 ABC is not sold out, from beginning to end the audience is dancing, jumping, and singing along and Metric do their best to keep them happy and entertained. From being dressed as mystical creatures during the intro, and wearing giant illuminated sunglasses in the dark, to Emily Haines’ multiple outfit changes, including a fluorescent neon cape and huge black glittery wings decorated with multi-coloured lights, there’s absolutely nothing they have missed out on. And the fans clearly appreciate all this effort by heating up the atmosphere and after about half an hour into the set, one can even spot the people in the back dancing along.

 

Albeit just having released their new album “Pagans in Vegas” in September which is, as expected, heavily feature tonight, nearly every song gets the same sing-along response from the eager audience no matter if it is their latest single “The Shade” or “Help I’m Alive”, one of their biggest hits to date.

 

Determined to keep the crowd on their toes, the credits for the energetic live show especially go to guitarist James Shaw, with his fast, fulminant guitar solos and 41 year old singer Emily Haines who dances and jumps around in high heels, hot pants and a sexy corsage that puts every 20 year old to shame.

 

After about an hour the band leave the stage only to return a couple of minutes later supported by loud “one more tune”-chants and pick up exactly where they left off, pleasing their fans with four more songs: “Empty”, “Celebrate”, followed by an acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy” which especially manages to wow everyone in the O2 ABC.

 

Finishing off the show, with “Breathing Underwater”, an anthemic disco-number and every member of the band smiling, dancing and getting the most out of their instruments, ensures that everyone leaves satisfied – but sweaty.

 

After more than 15 years in the business, Metric certainly know how to put on a memorable show. And after witnessing this 90 minute adrenaline-soaked set, it is no wonder that the Glasgow crowd have not forgotten about them after more than 6 years.

 

By Sarah Stockinger

Review: Jamie XX at the 02 Academy

Review Jamie xx, O2 Academy, 17.10.15

 

jamie-xx-in-colour

 

Entering Jamie xx’s sold-out show at the O2 Academy on Saturday – part of his European-wide ‘In Colour’ tour – one is unsure what to expect from him. Will he be performing a live show or a DJ set? Will he be showcasing only his own material or also that of others? The Young Turks label head – real name Jamie Smith – appears as an enigmatic figure in the world of electronic music. He finds himself positioned somewhere in the middle-ground that separates the scene’s proudly underground artists – those who are firmly immersed in club culture and care not for global fame – from those who have embraced the mainstream and adjusted their sound accordingly to appeal to a wider audience. Despite sharing both similarities and differences with both sides of this spectrum, Smith’s work is neither representative of the average underground club DJ nor the average EDM act.

Regardless of this, his musical talent is undisputed. A string of solid EP releases, a critically acclaimed rework of the music of Gil-Scott Heron, and two masterfully atmospheric albums with indie band The xx all culminated in June when he oversaw the release of his first full length solo album, ‘In Colour’. The album was received positively although failed to encapsulate his full capabilities as a producer.

Revered selector and local favourite Spencer is on warm-up duties tonight. It is a surprisingly dreary two hour set from the Numbers label co-founder and one that only really comes to fruition in the last fifteen minutes or so when two upbeat, old-school New York house numbers are preceded by Italo-disco classic ‘Take a Chance’ by Mr Flaggio. Finally, Smith takes to the stage, to rapturous applause, and the sounds of his steel-drum laden ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ slowly filling the venue. Sample-heavy and paying homage to 90s rave culture: both the tempo and mood of this track are ideal for the opener and get the crowd moving accordingly.

Sadly, the tone and the quality of music takes a turn for the worse shortly after this. Some mundane piano house is followed by a couple of big-room tracks – fitting for the inappropriately oversized venue – that comes complete with EDM-esque crescendos and an overblown light show. As if attempting to steer his set away from the mainstream EDM road it is now heading down, Smith drops two ‘90s UK Garage tracks in quick succession. The latter, ‘138 Trek’ by DJ Zinc, ought to throw him a lifeline but the venue’s sound system allows for only a fraction of the song’s euphoric nature to be captured. The remainder of the set seems to be filled with Smith to-ing and fro-ing between mainstream crowd-pleasing tracks and throwing in something with a degree of obscurity to illustrate the depth of his musical knowledge. For someone endowed with such a degree of musical ability, the overall performance is distinctly off the mark. It gives the impression of someone who is not at ease in his current state of limbo between underground and mainstream and it appears his live performances could be taking a hit as a result.

2/5 stars

 

By Michael Lawson

GUM Meets Barrientos

p02mh0jx

 

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in November, we are invited to Barrientos’ Studio on Union Street in Glasgow. Behind a mysterious door with a sign saying ‘Illyus’, we find ourselves in a cosy studio. It feels like a time capsule: sound-proofed from the on-goings of the outside world and with dimmed lights that blur the concepts of night and day. One of the walls is lined with synthesizers and opposite stands a large computer screen. Over a large mixing table, a couple of his vinyl EPs hang on the wall. We sit back in a comfy leather sofa and Barrientos shoots us a relaxed smile from behind the coffee table.

 

Barrientos is not like any DJ we have met before. When we ask him about his life at the moment, his first complaint is not having a bigger kitchen.

 

  • I love to cook! I never even allow my girlfriend into the kitchen. There is simply not room for two people in there.

 

We laugh at the breaking of gendered roles and our prejudice that Scottish people only eat ready-meals and take-out food.

 

  • My mom is Chilean, so I have grown up with homemade food. My mom hates ready-meals. She scolds me and still asks ‘Are you buying ready meals?’ to make sure I’m eating healthy. Anyway, I can’t eat crap food otherwise I can’t concentrate.

 

Barrientos has an unusual background for a DJ. He grew up in Glasgow, with an English father and Chilean mother, and fell into classical music at an early stage in life.

 

  • When I was in high school, I played classical music, so I spent a lot of time learning piano and flute. I used to go to the music school, RSAMD, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. I was really into classical music.

 

The gap between classical and dance music may seem distant, but Barrientos’ musical development began in his early teens, when visiting the music festival Rockness:

 

  • A DJ called Erol Alkan was performing in a tiny tent, with 400-500 people. He was completely in control of the crowds. Everything he did the crowd appreciated. I had never seen anything like that before. It was very tribal and he was really into it. I got shivers watching it.

 

From that day, Barrientos knew that he wanted to DJ, but his parents thought he needed something safe to fall back on.

 

  • I only wanted to do music, but my parents told me I couldn’t rely on music because it is an unstable career. At the time I didn’t want to hear that cause I had my mind made up, but my parents were just looking out for my best interest.

 

Even though Barrientos has been a DJ for ten years, he has still managed to finish an engineering degree, a medical master and now he is in the middle of a PhD.

 

  • It really freaks me out that it has already been 10 years since I started doing dance music. You need to be persistent. You need to know people. You can’t expect to have gigs if no one knows you. I always make sure I am nice to people so that they remember me as a nice person.

 

It certainly has been a long journey for Barrientos. His first gig took place in the basement of Nice’n’Sleazy’s, and after that, it was a steep learning curve. He never had anyone tell him how something is done, so he had to learn to use all the computer software himself, by reading magazines and watching tutorials on Youtube. After a while, he made more contacts and the ball started rolling. Rob Etherson from the duo Mia Dora listened to his tunes and gave Barrientos constructive feedback. Blogger Colin Brownbill of SynthGlasgow loved his music and promoted Barrientos on his blog. Finally, Mylo’s former manager Kevin McKay heard his mixtape for SynthGlasgow and offered him to remix Romanthony.

 

12250347_10207012805350755_1358817031_o

 

Today Barrientos has reached international acclaim with tours to London, Ibiza and Austria, but he still loves the Glasgow scene.

 

  • It is such a ridiculously good city. It has a really appreciative crowd. If you come to a gig and you are pretentious, you will get told. Dance music is a big community here too. DJs know each other: we support each other. People really like a good night and many DJs are coming to play in Glasgow because of that.

 

It is difficult not to like Barrientos. He is an extremely talented, but humble person. When he talks about his music, he stresses that it is not about him but about the crowd. Just like his first experience of dance music at Rockness, his music has always contained a social element.

 

  • For me, writing music has always been for people, not for me. When you are having a club night, it is about people’s experience and their night. They appreciate your music and they are having a journey. I always try to remember that. I don’t want to be too self-indulgent with music.

 

We tell him it must be difficult to stay grounded after playing to crowds of 7000 people.

 

  • I’ve got friends who I have been friends with for years now and they always bring you ‘back to the ground’. It’s so good to have honesty around you. Also, playing to larger crowds you can kind of play anything to certain extent. With a smaller audience, you can see more reactions and if they lose interest they will leave. If you are going to the right direction you can see them get into it, you see they are enjoying it and filming it with their phones. It is more personal. I like to stay to the end, shake hands with the audience and chat to people.

 

Barrientos’ has recently thought more and more about what direction his music should take, which has resulted in some major changes.

 

  • You begin to realise the more you DJ and who you DJ with, the type of music that you like. I realised we weren’t playing our own music anymore. The music was going back to more like a European sound. But, it is difficult to change a sound entirely, so we have worked hard in the studio and slowly changed it. We have been writing so much. I am predominantly a writer: I write the music and Illyus is the head of production and styles the sounds. We are planning for next year at the moment cause it is not long left.

 

Next year is packed with amazing new releases that you won’t want to miss with singles on Suara Records, Toolroom Records, and Glasgow Underground, plus a compilation CD called Toolroom Live 04 with Technasia and Ramiro Lopez.

 

A strong ‘80s-style diva voice emanates from the speakers as Barrientos plays us one of his latest tracks. It is clear that he has put a lot of work into it. There are over 40 layers in the track and each sound is styled to perfection. We immediately find that we can’t sit still to this kind of music and start to long for a dance floor.

 

To be a successful DJ is more work than you can imagine. We begin to wonder if Barrientos ever feels like he wants to give up in the face of the competitive music scene.

 

  • Music is still fun for me. The last year it has become more serious, which is good. Even if I never get to the stage of having a career or doing it full time, I will still do music. If not DJing, then in some other form. For example, I devoted so much time to play piano and when it stopped, the music did not. It just changed form.

 

Two hours have passed while we were in the studio and chatting to Barrientos. It feels like only ten minutes. As we exit the building and enter the depressing Glasgow rain, we look forward to the GUM Launch Party on December 4th at the Art School Assembly Hall. We can’t wait to let down our hair, dust off our dancing shoes and dance to the groovy tunes of Barrientos, our very own and much-loved Glasgow DJ.

 

 

Tickets to see Barrientos perform at the GUM Launch Party can be bought at:

https://boxoffice.src.gla.ac.uk/product/gum-launch-party-glasgow-issue

 

By Sofia Linden and Saara Antikainen

Your Guide to Glasgow’s Music Venues

SWG3-optimised

 

In Glasgow there is music pulsing through almost every café, pub, church and venue as well as along the streets connecting them. However, this broad range of venues might feel overwhelming, and it is easy to end up at the bigger and more well known stages like King Tut’s or Nice’n’Sleazy. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going to a big venue, but if you feel like digging deeper into what Glasgow’s music scene has to offer, GUM has a few suggestions for you to start discovering.

 

The Hug and Pint

171 Great Western Rd

www.thehugandpint.com/

 

Still one of Glasgow’s newest music venues, The Hug and Pint has been successfully wrapping its arms around the local scene since June of this year. A quick step inside the place sets you on the top floor, where you’re immediately embraced by the warm woodworking that makes up the café and bar area. If their ever-revolving vegan menu or the craft beer does not impress you, step downstairs where you’ll be welcomed by sounds of local musicians and their playful banter. It doesn’t get more intimate than standing among the instruments waiting to be played on stage – so head over to The Hug and Pint for the friendliest of feels.

 

 

Mono

12 King’s Court

www.monocafebar.com

 

Tucked away in Glasgow’s Merchant City, Mono makes innovative use out of a section of an ex-railway station. Primarily a vegan café, the wide-open space fosters creativity through ample table space, arched ceilings, an in-house microbrewery and an expanding record store all under the same roof. The stage is quite roomy and plays host to not just music but film screenings, book readings, and poetry nights. Though music isn’t booked for every weeknight, the Monday-Thursday food and coffee deals make up for it. This cavernous venue is full of the happenings of a welcoming community and well worth the journey!

 

 

Bar Bloc

bloc.ru

117 Bath St

Bath Street is home to the independent venue known as Bloc. With a stacked calendar spanning all genres, avoiding this venue is a task in itself. From open-mic nights, to community orchestras, to earth shattering metal bands and their mosh pits, to club nights almost every week, you’re doing something wrong if you’re not hanging around Bloc. Did we mention all their shows are free? That means all the more reason to try their next level pub food, which is too epic not to take a picture of. Just be sure to check their house rules listed on their website before making this venture!

 

The 13th Note

50-60 King St

13thnote.co.uk/

Many bands have started their musical journeys in the dusky basement venue of The 13th Note. The venue is like a small dark cave, where the audience is close to the band since the stage is not elevated. This makes the 13th note a welcoming venue for up-and-coming bands. A wide variety of genres are presented, though they usually lean towards rock, metal and heavier tunes. Be sure to play some foozball upstairs and try the vegetarian food in the cozy ivy-covered pub. For emerging Glasgow bands this is one of your go-to places with affordable gigs almost any night of the week.

 

The Glad Café

1006A Pollokshaws Rd

www.thegladcafe.co.uk/

 

Take a bus southwards to the eclectic Glad Café, a creative hub for music, poetry, art and film. Walk through the colourful cafe to find the door to the intimate venue, which offers acts ranging from experimental electronic to indie and folk. Although it’s located far from the West End, the vibrant atmosphere of the Glad Cafe makes up for the trip. We would recommend making an afternoon of it – try the locally roasted coffee and home-baked goods in the café, before migrating to the venue towards the evening. You are sure to find something to your liking in their diverse line-up.

 

SWG3

100 Eastvale Pl

www.swg3.tv/

If you are tired of the usual snug pub venues then SWG3 will give you a unique and Berlin-esque music experience. Located in an old warehouse in the outskirts of the West End, SWG3 offers electronic DJs as well as alternative live acts. SWG3 is a non-profit creative community, and within the warehouse there is an art gallery and studio space for artists, designers and musicians. If you are in the mood the venue also hosts club nights and warehouse parties in their smaller room known as The Poetry Club. This is also where you will find events with spoken word, local DJ’s and emerging live bands. It’s probably the most exciting thing happening in a warehouse in Glasgow, and definitely one of the cooler venues available.

 

By Gina Pieracci and Lara Sindelar

An Interview with Rhodes – The ‘Wishes’ Tour

71LwHJCR7OL._SY355_

 

Listening to Rhodes’ album ‘Wishes’, it’s fair to say that this is an introspective experience. The album takes you on a journey and it’s clear that this journey is meant to take place within- through all the suppressed memories, the subconscious emotions and the internal battlefields.

 

Tonight, a huge crowd gathers at King Tuts to see the man behind the music. The fact that it is a sold out show speaks volumes with regards to just how many people his music touches, and this becomes even more apparent as the atmosphere tightens the moment he sets foot onstage.

 

On his album, Rhodes sings and plays solo, but the ‘Wishes’ tour called for a four-piece band to support him. Despite this, Rhodes is able to maintain a stage presence as if it really were just him singing. Intimate would be a bit of an understatement, as it truly feels like Rhodes is singing to just one person and every person in the audience believes that it is them. His back up guys add that much more power to his performance and his voice rings clearer than it did on his album.

 

‘Breathe’ definitely stands out as it feels like it has the opposite effect of its intentions – rather than breathing evenly, it is as if Rhodes takes the breath out of the room. To say the least, he’s a captivating performer, who seems extremely comfortable in the spotlight. Yet every song is followed by a sultry ‘thank you’, with a rather shy tone – which is a bit surprising to hear after speaking to him for twenty minutes prior to the show when GUM got a chance to chat to Rhodes about getting in the right headspace, going solo, and his feelings about his debut album.

 

Glasgow University Magazine: How are you finding the tour?

Rhodes: It’s cool. I’m feeling it a bit now. I mean this tour has only been going for about just over a week. I know I’ve been talking like ‘oh the tour starts on Monday’, but really I’ve been touring for months. But it’s great, it just feels like every night it’s getting a little bit closer to where I want it to be and that kind of thing.

 

GUM: And where do you want it to be?

Rhodes: Just with the band and stuff like that, because I spent a lot of time playing on my own, just with a guitar. In my head I kind of have this vision of how I wanted it to sound. I’ve kind of created that within the production on the album and it’s about translating that to the live setting.

 

GUM: Has it been a really long process trying to reconcile everybody?

Rhodes: Yeah, yeah it has. Finding the right people was quite hard and going through different people is kind of hard for me to do because I get really close to people and attached to the sentimental side of hanging out with someone. Suddenly you realize it might not be working musically, and that can be really difficult. But no, these guys are amazing and we’ve been working hard. It’s tight now. The guy [James Kenosha] who produced the album with me was at the show last night and he was so pleased. He’s like my second set of ears. Because obviously when I’m on stage I can’t tell how it sounds out front so it’s nice to have somebody there who probably knows the songs better than I do because he’s literally sat there, mixed it and gone through every take.

 

GUM: That’s one thing with venues too- artists can’t tell how they sound on stage versus when you’re in the audience. So what do you think of King Tut’s in terms of how you sound?

Rhodes: Yeah, I’ve never played here with a band, but I always really love playing here. I think the sound guys are so good. They seem like such veterans at what they do.

 

GUM: Do you have a favorite city that you’ve played so far?

Rhodes: I like a lot of different places. I haven’t done that much traveling before doing this. So traveling around Europe is amazing. I love going to Paris and Amsterdam is an amazing city to play in. It’s one of those places where I had a misconception of what it was going to be like before I went- and I went there and realized it wasn’t just druggies.

 

GUM: I know tonight’s been rushed, but do you have a pre-show routine that you get into or something to get you in the right headspace?

Rhodes: I think it’s really important to try and switch off and leave everything behind before going on stage. I think it’s really important to leave any worries or troubles or little things you’re thinking about in your mind. It’s hard to do anything when you’re preoccupied. So I’ll probably go back to my hotel room and just read my book for a bit and just chill out for a while. I do warm-ups on my voice and make sure I’m feeling good. I wasn’t naturally singing before and I’m still finding it a little hard. It’s really important that I’m on that particular thing for that hour I’m on stage and make sure that I’m completely. My mind starts wandering on to other things and it’s horrible.

 

maxresdefault-2

 

GUM: The songs on ‘Wishes” are quite personal right?

Rhodes: They are very personal, yeah. I can’t really imagine any other way. I mean I don’t really write stories. It’s more about overcoming fears, family, friends and relationships that I’ve had-not just romantic ones but more people close to me drifting apart and growing up and leaving town- things like that. All of those things I think a lot about before I start to write. I was going through this time where I felt like things weren’t really going my way, and I felt to blame for that, like it was my fault. I had to just detach myself from the world I was living in because there was no other way of me finding out what I was really supposed to be doing and where I was supposed to be because I was so caught up in this world. At the time I was playing bass in a band and just enjoying myself a bit too much. So I just detached myself and spent a lot of time on my own. I was working during the days and then writing at night- getting a lot of time to think about how I ended up where I was.

 

GUM: You were playing bass in another band- what was that like trying to break away from that and do your own thing?

Rhodes: It was tough because they were my best friends- they still are my best friends really. I felt like I was turning my back on them. I felt like I was letting them down and I think they were really upset. I think I dealt with it in the wrong way- my only way of really doing it was just by turning my phone off and being like ‘I just can’t face this’. So it wasn’t the best way of doing things.

 

GUM: Going back to your album, what was the hardest song for you to write?

Rhodes: I think ‘Breathe’ was probably one of the hardest songs to write because it’s about something so sensitive. I wrote it for a friend and it embodies the sentiment of what I was writing about when I wrote the album. It’s just that importance of being there for one another, helping people out, not being too afraid of asking other people to help you out if you need it. My friend had depression and it’s kind of hard to watch. I think the songs that I’ve written are very intentionally left open to interpretation. Some people get the actual meaning and some people apply their own meaning. I like that a lot. I’ve always liked that in music too. You know sometimes you’ll have a favorite song, and you’ll be singing along and you’ll know the words, and you’ll be like ‘oh I love this bit’ and then you read the lyrics and you realize you’ve been singing the wrong words. Music touches people in different ways and that’s the beauty of it. It’s subjective and you can take what you want. I think that’s very important. It’s not that I don’t like talking about the songs, but I prefer it when they’re just listened to- because that’s what they’re for.

 

 

GUM: Do you think that there’s a song that audiences love to hear the most from you?

Rhodes: People seem to like hearing ‘Breathe’ quite a lot. I always find it kind of hard at my gigs because everyone’s just so silent. To me I’m thinking, ‘are they enjoying it?’ Now I think they’re being silent in a good way. So it’s really hard for me to tell, but it varies from place to place- it’s quite strange.

 

GUM: Someone quoted you saying that ‘Close your eyes’ was a song about your own stage fright- is that right?

Rhodes: Yeah, it wasn’t so much stage fright- I didn’t have stage fright because I was always on stage. It was a fear I had of actually singing. I was so, so frightened of singing. I never even sung backing vocals. I still hate listening to myself. With the album I spent so long- so, so long recording the vocals. I kept re-doing them because I wasn’t happy with them, and I’d have all these fits of rage, crying, and all this shit. And James went off and mixed them and he ended up using some of the first few takes on every song. It just goes back to not over thinking things. Sometimes you can try and be too perfect and that detracts from what people actually like about what you’re doing in the first place. I don’t listen to my own music. I mean sometimes. I had this thing when I started writing the songs- I was drinking quite a lot at the time. I don’t drink anymore when I’m touring- otherwise I lose my voice. I used to get drunk and listen to the songs, and smoke and that was my way of feeling comfortable, listening to what I was doing. I still find it so hard listening to my voice. ‘Close your eyes’- that phrase comes from when someone said to me, ‘think of where you feel the most comfortable singing- when you’re on that stage you just need to close your eyes and imagine lying on your bed, playing your own songs. That’s kind of the mechanism I started used to cope with that. But then I thought that that sentiment can apply to so many different things, any fear, any sort of troubles. I tried to broaden the lyrics so they weren’t all about me.

 

GUM: Do you try to constantly write or do you take time to sit down and write?

Rhodes: I like to sit down and finish things. The idea of writing on the road sounds appealing but it’s not easy because you’re just constantly doing something. When you’re in the van it’s just cramped and it’s weird. So I do need to be in the right headspace.

 

GUM: Do you have any artists that you’re dying to collaborate with in the future?

Rhodes: I’d love to collaborate with someone who’s a real classic, or someone who’s a real heritage singer. I’d love to work with the National, or Justin Vernon, or something like that.

 

By Gina Pieracci

The East is Rising

Insane line-up for East End Social Last Big Weekend

The East End Social hit Glasgow this April for the first time and is already providing the east of the city with an exciting and eclectic string of musical events and community workshops in musical disciplines such as beatboxing and percussion. Previously based in Bridgeton, the festival’s relocation this year was based on the opportunity for widespread recognition that the Commonwealth Games provided. With the world’s eyes on Glasgow, the opportunity for far-reaching impact was supplied by the boom in tourism from the end of June. As well as this, the project’s presence in Glasgow simultaneously to the Commonwealth Games contributed variety and contrast in terms of events available to the public.

 

Run by Chemikal Underground, an independent label based in the east end of Glasgow, the project aims to improve the community’s access to music and to stimulate the arts in the area of the city that the label calls home. Chemikal Underground, the label behind acts such as Mogwai, RM Hubbert, and The Phantom Band, also aim to bring music to the
part of the city that has struggled in past years to keep up with the cultural events hosted throughout the centre, west end, and south side. The combination of community projects, intimate concerts, and large-scale events promise a thrilling month for the city as the Social reaches it’s end in August.

The project’s crowning glory is The Last Big Weekend, a two-day long festival in Richmond Park on the 30th and 31st of August. The show is headlined by Glaswegian legends Mogwai, in the same year of the release of their eighth studio album, Rave Tapes and the reissue of their 1999 LP, Come On Die Young, and so the Last Weekend will top off a triumphant year for the band. Day tickets will set you back £38.50, and weekend tickets are £70; don’t let that stop you though, as the weekend promises a thrilling combination of genres courtesy of a stunning line-up. Homegrown talent prevails with Scottish acts such as Honeyblood, Hudson Mohawke, former Sub Club residents Optimo, and 2014 Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Young Fathers taking the stage alongside other acts from throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The wealth of talent that will be gracing the stage in Richmond Park will be the climactic culmination of months of musical events and workshops, and is surely a weekend not to miss.

 

The East End Social can be caught around various areas of the city, such as cinemas, libraries, and parks. It runs through to the end of August. Tickets for all events, including The Last Big Weekend, can be bought online at www.eastendsocial.com.

Art Screen from the BBC

GUM Art Screen

 

ART SCREEN – Celebrating Arts Documentaries

 

The BBC is proud to announce the details for a brand new arts documentary festival – Art Screen.  Taking place as part of the Glasgow International Festival, Art Screen will showcase some of the world’s best arts documentary films and include highlights from the BBC archive.

 

Accessibility for students is a central to the aims of the festival, and full-time students will be able to access substantial discounts on ticket prices, as well as several free events.

 

The diverse four-day festival will take place in two of Glasgow’s renowned art spaces, the Glasgow Film Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts from the 10th-13th April 2014. The programme will include screenings of documentaries on visual arts, architecture, music and photography alongside accompanying events and discussions featuring major international artists, filmmakers, and critics. Kirsty Wark and Tim Marlow will chair interviews and participate in panel discussions offering conversational sessions across the festival.

 

Art Screen will also include Arts in the Archive, a strand dedicated to the many hours of extraordinary arts footage in the BBC’s own archive. Arts in the Archive, screening at the CCA, will provide access to many hours of rarely seen footage, from throughout the BBC’s history.

 

Highlights of the festival include two world premieres which will be screening in the GFTOur Glasgow and Facing up to Mackintosh.

 

More details about the festival, including the programme, can be found on Art Screen’s website

20 Years of Subculture with Harri and Domenic

20ysc         

Recently voted one of DJ Magazine’s Top 5 Intimate Clubs in the world, it’s no wonder that Sub Club’s longest running resident night is receiving a lot of attention this month. In fact, the Saturday night ‘SubCulture’ is one of the longest running club nights in the world. Residents Harri and Domenic were spinning records to a sweaty crowd before you’d been pushed out your mother’s womb: that’s right, a whole damn twenty years. Well known to any Glasgow resident with a shade of self-respect, over the years Harri and Domenic have become more than just a club night… they are an integral part of the city itself.

 

So to mark the double decade since opening night almost to the day, Sub Club are kicking off the first Saturday of April 2014 in typical SubCulture style: a Residents Party with Harri and Domenic B2B all night. Over the past 20 years Sub Club’s Saturday night crowd has been greeted by the intrepid duo’s DJ booth alchemy; and their sheer passion is what paved the way for Sub Club to become the globally recognised bastion of the underground that it is today.

 

Of course, over this time Sub Club became a platform for presenting fresh local talent as well as hosting some of the biggest names in top quality house and techno. So in order to keep the celebrations going –and the hands hitting the ceiling – for the next few months, SubCulture are inviting back some old friends and introducing some new ones.

 

Following on from the official anniversary party on April 5th, Saturday’s will turn into a flurry of highlights from the SubCulture story. The series kicks off with the fearsome performer and French Kiss producer Lil’ Louis on April 12th. One of the most dynamic characters ever to grace the Subbie decks, he literally throws body and soul into everything he does, so standing still is not an option when this man gets on the case. Extra-specially, Louis is bringing along his own film crew to ensure the posterity of the event, promising some real surprises in typical Glasgow party spirit!

 

Building on that will be the legend that is DJ Harvey (Locussolus) on the 3rd of May, a pretty big deal as his first UK appearance of 2014 and his first in Scotland since 2001! As one of the most in demand DJ’s around the globe this night will be a unique opportunity to catch him in the intimacy of the Sub Club setting.

 

Rounding up the list of heavyweights at the end of May, in time for those post-exam celebrations or commiserations, New Jersey house hero Kerri Chandler will be back gracing the decks. Always bringing soul to his sets, Kerri is never shy of getting down and deep with his audience whether he’s thumping it out or lightening it up, and as a total perfectionist there are few to match him technically around the world.

 

But that’s not all –in between times Harri and Domenic will continue to mix it up with a vast array of artists lined up to keep you shuffling through the spring including an overdue visit by Sheffield house stalwart Chris Duckenfield of SWAG fame, a live set from Juju & Jordash and a much anticipated visit from Tama Sumo. Also look out for a surprise appearance from ÅME at one of the surprise parties in the offing.

 

As more events are expected to be announced over the coming weeks and months – and with some very special parties and one-off events already in the pipeline – it’ll be all eyes on that tiny red emblem to ensure you’re not the one who can’t say you were there for this month of historic events.

 

– Words, Katie Arthur

Exhibition Review: Gabriella Marcella: Super Signs

 GUM Leila's piece

 

Back at the end of January, I went along to the launch of Gabriella Marcella’s ‘Super Signs’ at the Arches; an exhibition inspired by the zodiac, showcasing a series of 12 prints and a video installation of Marcella’s take on the symbols of the zodiac. These prints were incredibly lively compositions, vibrant with colours and shapes. I caught up with her to ask her a few questions about the exhibition, the ideas behind the images, and her work.

 

What is the inspiration behind these beautiful, colourful pieces?

 

Well, apart from the obvious influence and inspiration I’ve drawn from the zodiac, I’ve been really interested in symbolism and the different symbols you come across pretty much everywhere. I guess the prints in this exhibition are almost an immediate visual reaction of the symbols from the horoscope. I don’t normally do things for pleasure as, in order to actually make any money, I have to unfortunately surrender to making work for more commercial purposes.

 

GUM Leila Image III     GUM Leila Image II

 

What materials did you use to process these images?

 

These images were processed digitally and made through screen printing in my studio. I was awarded the Deutschbank Award after I graduated, which was a grant that helped me set up my own studio, meaning that I can design and print all of my own things.

 

Could you tell us a bit more about the other projects you’ve been involved in prior to ‘Super Signs’?

 

I was actually involved with a really great project in the summer of 2011. I had the exciting opportunity to go to Philadelphia in the US to work as a design intern, designing the graphics for carrier bags for Urban Outfitters which were distributed all over the country. It was such an amazing project, I had a lot of fun working on it.

 

GUM Leila Image IV   GUM Leila Image V

 

Do you have any projects coming up later this year?

 

I try to engage in personal projects every month, in order to keep myself busy. I’m actually hopefully going to be working on a clothing range in Edinburgh quite soon, with textile and fashion designer Emily Millichip. We will be working with fabrics, where I’ll be designing the patterns and Emily will be creating the outfits and pieces.

 
 

Gabriella, 23, is from Edinburgh, and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2012. She currently runs the Risograph Print & Design studio Risotto in Glasgow, and is available for working on and producing promotional material. Find out more about Risotto, or contact Gabriella, through their website or blog, or on Facebook.

 

– Words and Interview, Leila Khoshoie

Gaming – The Glasgow Game Jam, A Weekend Well Spent

Screenshot Game Jam GUM

Productivity is something many of us aspire to in today’s world – but what exactly does it mean to be productive? In my book, a “productive weekend” amounts to little more than getting the shopping done and making a dent in the dirty dishes. For games designer John McKellan, one weekend in 2013, it meant prototyping an iPad game that would go on to be spotlighted by Apple on the App Store, distributed by Starbucks across North America and reach more than 130,00 players worldwide. John and his team couldn’t have imagined the success awaiting their 48-hour project as they toiled away in the wee hours of the morning last January, but it’s likely they’d have returned to this year’s Scottish Game Jam in any case; for participants of the jam, taking part is its own reward.

 

Now in its sixth year, the Scottish Game Jam is a test of character, ingenuity and endurance that demands a real passion to create. The event is part of the Global Game Jam, an internationally co-ordinated effort in which participants gather to develop fully functioning games in the space of a single weekend. Adhering to this deadline is no mean feat: even the most humble of video games can require thousands of lines of code, a wealth of art assets and at least some audio effects – if not an entire original soundtrack. Once you take into account the fact that many locations host competitions to determine their best entrant, it all begins to sound a bit nerve-racking.

 

John would appear to agree: “the last few hours are pretty stressful. I’ve seen grown men cry,” he jokingly admitted in his opening speech at Glasgow Caledonian University this year. However, he was quick to reinforce that game jams are primarily about having fun and experimenting with new ideas. “it’s a great time to try something I don’t get to do normally which is quick iteration, quick development. So it’s a bit more rewarding after the fact.” Richard Lemarchand, a designer whose credits include the Uncharted series, echoed this sentiment in a pre-recorded keynote message, urging participants to pursue “something entirely new, in a style we’ve never seen before, or with a core mechanic that is completely unique.”

 

It’s this fundamental thirst to discover new possibilities of expression that is the heart and soul of the Global Game Jam. The ballooning development cost of high-profile video games has discouraged the major studios from making any radical changes to their design philosophies, meaning that grass root movements such as jams have become an increasingly important source of innovation in the medium. More than competition, game jams are about fostering an environment in which enthusiastic pioneers can freely explore the boundaries of what is still a young and burgeoning art form. Furthermore, jams help to cultivate their local development communities. Dundee and Edinburgh are very much industry hotspots thanks to Abertay’s government funded games programme and Rockstar North respectively. Glasgow, on the other hand, has less of a reputation for video game culture, despite its prominent art scene. Even so, attendance at the Scottish Game Jam has grown from a modest 23 in 2009 to over 170 this year, suggesting that an appetite for interactive media certainly does exist in the city.

 

This growth might well be attributed to the greater accessibility of game development in general in the last few years. While the majority of attendees at the jam were already involved in creating games academically – either via Caledonian University itself or at the University of the West of Scotland – there were plenty of others who proved that it’s perfectly possible to make games without formal experience. Daniel Callander and Scott Goodwin, whose Prism Saga was awarded second prize by the judges, had never completed a game project before attending and yet found that software like Unity made the process relatively straightforward. Granted, the pair posses a high technical proficiency – Daniel is studying computer science at Glasgow University while Scott has a degree in 3D art – but most of what they achieved during the weekend, they admitted, was learnt on the fly. Another first timer, Alex Wozniak, a philosophy graduate and community manager for a Glasgow-based game studio, certainly wasn’t impeded by a lack of technical knowledge. Even without any programming experience, Alex managed to produce one of the more conceptually ambitious projects of the weekend, Man is the Measure of All Things. Written using open source software called Twine, the game explores the relationship between actions and their psychological implications by representing the protagonist’s conscience as an autonomous character with whom the player can interact. Alex is confident that the project will be the first of many now that he knows what he’s capable of: “I want to try to do more things with [Twine] instead of just interactive stories, to look at what other people have done, try and incorporate their inventory systems, maps, health bars, and give it some more interactivity”.

 

For those like Alex who already have jobs in the industry, the Scottish Game Jam is a chance to pursue passion projects outside of work and to apply their design sensibilities in new ways. For students however, it can serve as a significant steppingstone towards a future career. Employment in the games industry is scarce so a robust portfolio is essential for those looking to be taken seriously. “The field is very competitive,” explained Alastair Hebson, a Caledonian graduate now employed by Guerilla Games in Amsterdamn. “It’s not so much about looking for the jobs as it is making yourself as employable as you possibly can be.” Clearly this sentiment was a strong motivation for a number of participants, many of whom worked through the night with little interruption. Alysha, an artist and animator, had come to the jam specifically to accumulate material ahead of “Game in Scotland”, an industry recruitment fair held in Dundee in March. “I’ve had about 3 hours sleep,” she said on Saturday evening – smiling nonetheless.

 

By Sunday, signs of fatigue were more evident. Desks were lined with the discarded coffee cups and energy drink cans of the bleary eyed participants, some of whom were still in pyjamas from the night before. Nevertheless, it was with a celebration that the jam drew to a close, with prizes awarded the teams that particularly impressed the judges. Even the less successful games, they stressed, contained elements which could be used to great effect if further refined or incorporated into future projects. After all, some of medium’s most important works have evolved from Jam projects, a notable example being thatgamecompany’s critically lauded Journey. Whether any of this year’s projects have such a prosperous future in store remains to be seen, but before that you’ll be able to play all of the games made during the weekend at a public showcase on the 10th of February, held as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. If I get through the rest of these dishes, maybe I’ll see you there.

 

Words – Andrew Gordon

Review – Don Pasquale

Scottish Opera’s Don Pasquale

 

It seems unfair to compare Scottish Opera’s recent staging of Don Pasquale  to the Met’s production—usually considered the yardstick by which all Don Pasquale  productions are measured—not merely due to the gulf in both the quality and size of the cast, but because much of this new production’s charm comes from its modern reimagining. While the classic story remains the same, it is set in 60s Rome, and a backstory is woven regarding Pasquale’s love of cats, despite an allergy to them. The set is cluttered with ornaments of cats, and Sofronia’s hair subtly sticks up like a cat’s would when she meets for the first time to woo him. In the final scene Sofronia presents him with a particularly feline-looking dog.

 

Set Designer Andre Barbe creates a wonderfully abstract and understated set of a small Italian pensione, using lines of drying sheets and clothes to transform the minimal staging. The staging is itself played with—a maid struggles to pull down a rope to move the clothes, revealing the setting of the next scene, and comic strip-style speech and thought-bubbles drop down in one scene.

 

The performance of the cast was decidedly average, other than that of Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson (known mostly for playing Zerlina in the Scottish Opera production of Don Giovanni  last season), whose Norina was spectacular. She’s no Netrebko, but her performance was without fault, and I hope to see her appear in more. The rest of the cast was decent, and while it’s hard to offer much real critism (Pasquale and Malatesta’s mosso  mid-third act aria Aspetta aspetta  was disappointing, but not entirely unexpectedly so—it’s somewhat known for its difficulty), it largely lacked a certain energy. The acting, at times, was a little hammy, but it seemed to fit the opera. Of all the Don Pasquale  productions I’ve seen, this is by far the most unabashedly comic—the music from the garden serenade Com’e gentil  appears to come from a turntable on Ernesto’s bicycle, and is interrupted by a shoe thrown by an irate resident, presumably awoken by the noise. Francesco Corti, returning to conduct after Emmanuel Joel-Hornak’s departure at the end the Company’s last season, performed wonderfully. the music was fresh and largely well-organised, if at times a touch loud.

 

Widely advertised and anticipated, this revival was a certain success for Scottish Opera, and I’m glad they seem to have gotten over their major worries. The debut performance (24th Jan.) was more-or-less sold out, with a healthy queue at the day tickets desk.

 

Scottish Opera’s next production is a revival of Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly  by Puccini. The Glasgow premiere is on the 21st May, 2014.

 

— Anon.

 

Scottish Opera’s Don Pasquale .

Alfonso Antoniozzi — Don Pasquale

Aldo Di Toro — Ernesto

Ruth Jenkins-R obertsson — Norina / Sofronia

Director: Renaud Doucet

Conductor: Francesco Corti

Designer: Andre Barbe

Go Green Week – Call for week of action

GUM people and planet

Go Green Week: Get Involved

 

10th-16th of February is 2014’s Go Green Week, called for by student action group People & Planet. Go Green week is part of a larger international campaign to encourage divestment from fossil fuels, a move that the University of Edinburgh last week indicated that it is considering.

 

14th February is the biggest day of Go Green Week; students at many universities will be delivering giant Valentine’s cards to their chancellors demanding that fossil fuels be dumped, and urging that they ‘stop in the name of love’. If you think this sounds like an excellent alternative to the usual Valentine’s schmaltz, or if you have any ideas for further Go Green Week action at Glasgow, head to People & Planet’s website. This is a student-led initiative, so People & Planet welcome input and ideas. They are concerned about more than just climate change too, so have a look around the site to find out about getting involved in campaigns on issues such as sweatshops and workers’ rights.

Special Performance For The Cecilians

GUM cecilians

 

 

Special Performance For The Cecilians & Winter Show Information

 

 

Musical theatre society, the Cecilians, are always in high demand during the Christmas season, but this year they were delighted to receive a request like no other, to perform as part of a proposal flashmob in Royal Exchange Square. Organised by Katie Hart and Alex Lyne, a small number of the society’s membership rehearsed Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Everything Has Changed’ for the special occasion.

 

The society’s president Laura Campbell commented: “We had perhaps unrealistic ambitions to become a youtube phenomenon overnight, so filmed the entire event. It also means the couple’s family have a recording of the big moment.”

 

Evidently, the experience was special for all involved; with Katie Hart celebrating “ticking performing in a proposal flashmob off my bucket-list”’ and later reflecting, “my legs were shaking so much it was hard to stand still. I was crying by the end.” Meanwhile, other members invested emotionally from a distance, Alex Lyne commenting: “I was gutted I couldn’t be there. I waited with baited breath for the influx of “SHE SAID YES!” messages that bombarded the society’s social media from about 9pm last Saturday night.”

 

Leading man Will Carlyle posted on the society’s facebook page a heartfelt thanks:
“Thank you so much for making my vision a reality and my fiance’s dreams come true…I’ll be telling everyone about you. Your new biggest fan, Will.”

 

A proposal flashmob is far from a normal venture for the Cecilian Society, but according to long standing member Ben Galloway the project was “a welcome break from intensifying rehearsals for our upcoming production of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. It’s not everyday you’re offered the chance to share in one of the most defining moments of someone’s life.

 

The Cecilian Society was founded in 1952 and turned 61 at the end of October. As they look forward to staging ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ in February 2014, Director Ronan Radin notes “the society are relishing the challenge of a show that will sharply contrast in thematic content and musical style to very successful productions of ‘Annie’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Oklahoma’ over the past couple of years.” Laura Campbell adds “‘Jekyll and Hyde’ will see a talented cast of new and returning members and a clear directorial vision from Ronan Radin combine to capture the iconic tale in all its darkness and light; featuring a stunning score handled by musical director Niall Murray and given stage presence by choreographer Catherine Higgins. It’s not to be missed.”

 

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ will take place in Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre from Wednesday the 26th February to Saturday the 1st of March, with evening performances at 7.30pm and a matinee performance on the 26th at 2.30pm. Tickets are £13 (adult) and £8 (conc) when purchased in advance, £15 (adult) & £10 (conc) on the door.

 

Tickets can be purchased by emailing:
[email protected]

 

Find out more about The Cecilian Society on their facebook, or website

Events List, December

Events in Glasgow December 2013

 

The Speculative Bookshop presents…

 

1st December, 18:30 – 23:00
The Old Hairdressers, 20- 28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Suggested donation £3
First event of the Speculative Bookshop. Come around to check out some local writers. The event includes readings from the Southside kiwi writer Alexander Abraham, Edinburgh based comic artist and writer Stephen Goodall, writer of novels, short-stories, poems, scripts and screenplays Hal Duncan and more.
Additional information can be found on the Facebook event site.

 

House of Fraser presents

 

GUM spec book

 

Image by House of Fraser Archive
1st- 5th December, 8th- 12th December, 15th-19th December, 22nd-26th December
Times vary (9:00- 19:00, 9:00- 21:00, 10:00- 18:00), or go to House of Fraser Glasgow’s details online here
House of Fraser, Glasgow
Admission Free

 

The department store organises a boutique in honour of Scottish fashion designers Rebecca Torres, Saunt & Sinner and Joanne McGillivray. Each of them getting two weeks to parade their models for the crowds of Christmas shoppers.

 

GUSH Christmas Collection

 

5th and 6th December

Donations to the SRC service desk, wrapping in the Williams Room, John MacIntyre Building, Friday 6th from 5pm.

 

Glasgow University Service to the Homeless are looking for Christmas donations, as well as help wrapping. There will be tea, coffee, cake and loads of socialising on Friday, when the wrapping will take place in the Williams Room. Donations are welcome, either on the day, or dropped off at the SRC Welcome Desk in the John Mac building from the 5th. Donations of male toiletries, blankets, and toothbrushes would be particularly appreciated.

 

The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 152nd Annual Exhibition

 

1st – 8th December, 10:00 – 18:00/ 19:30
McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street
Admission free
Newly rebuilt McLellan Galleries on Sauchiehall Street is opened for the public after being closed for 7 years. Scotland’s biggest contemporary art exhibition contains many works from UK’s best known artists as well as emerging artists from across the UK. For the first time, the exhibition will feature art photography.

 

Lucy Skaer: Exit, Voice and Loyalty

 

3rd- 15th December (excluding 9th), 12:00- 17:00/18:00
Tramway, Glasgow
Admission Free
Lucy Skaer at Tramway (video)
Lucy Skaer is a Turner Prize nominee. Her new sculptural work engages with ideas of history, using mahogany recovered from rivers in Belize where she grew up. The exhibition represents a homecoming since Lucy Skaer studied at Glasgow School of Art before leaving for New York. ‘My initial thoughts on how to approach the exhibition were influenced by ancient tomb sculpture, particularly Chinese and Egyptian,’ she says about the exhibition. Skaer’s greatest art is in removing real objects from their original context and revealing their material nature and narrative associations.

 

Rubix, Karenn (Blawan & Pariah – LIVE)

 

5th December, 11:00- 3:00
Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street
£8
If anybody had a ticket for an October gig of Karenn, you can get a free entry for this one. In this gig two of the UK’s most esteemed artists join forces to put together a superb techno show. Supporting is Mark ‘Mother’ Maxwell, a resident DJ, one of the city’s greatest selectors.

 

The Wizard of Oz

 

6th and 13th December, 19:30 – 21:00
Langside College
£8.50- £11.50
Festive adaptation of the classic story, told by Glasgow Clyde College’s HND Acting and Performance students. Written by Isobelle-Jane Letters and directed by David Lee-Michael.

 

All Caps presents: Ben UFO & Bake – All Night Long

 

December 7th, 23:00- 4:00
Max’s La Cheetah, 73 Queen Street
£5 before 12:00 / £10 after
Selection of music from Devotional Jazz to Cathedralic Techno Anthems. Come down for a chance to take part in a special chakra healing class and align your spiritual planes in time for the winter break.

 

GFT

 

GUM GFT

 

Image by Moniker42
7th December, 12:00 – 16:00
Glasgow Film Theatre
Admission free
Come and learn the story of the Glasgow Film Theatre and its predecessor the Cosmo. Have a look at this special behind-the-scenes.

 

Glasgow University Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

 

8th December, 18:00
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Admission Free
This service has been introduced at King’s College Cambridge in 1918. It has become a recent tradition at the University of Glasgow. Featuring carols and Bible readings.

 

Glasgow Skeptics’ talk on ‘The Psychology of Moral Judgement and Moral Emotion: What We Have Learned about Mass Atrocity’

 

9th December, 19:00 – 21:30
The Admiral bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Admission free
An engaging talk with Dr Adam Moore of Princeton University.

 

Stars Over the Botanics

 

10th December, 19:30 – 21:00
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
£2- £4
Limited to the first 40 people, this star-gazing session is organised by the Astronomical Society and the University of Glasgow. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to spend a night at the Botanic Gardens and be mesmerised by the beauty of stars.

 

Glasgow Wine School Tastings

 

GUM wine

 

Image by noviceromano
10th and 13th December 19:00 – 21:00
Radisson Blu Hotel
£22.50- £30

 

An introductory look at the world of wine and wine tasting in Glasgow. You will taste at least six wines from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and France. By the end of the evening you can easily identify aromas and flavours in wine. A perfect event for people who are new to wine tasting and would like to try tasting wine like professionals.

 

A Gay in a Manger

 

Thurs 12th, Fri 13th & Sat 14th and Thurs 19th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st December
18+
Please enter through Argyle Street entrance

 

The Arches alternative festive production

 

Everyone’s favourite gender-bending duo Tranny and Roseannah present an alternative festive experience. Come on in, make yourselves comfortable, and enjoy the story of Christmas as you’ve never seen it before…

 

It’s CHRIIIIIST-MASSSS! That most special time of year, when the decorations go up, the foul-mouthed family comes over, and the booze goes down. Well this time, Tranny and Roseannah have invited you round to theirs for a cosy Christmas night in – only, it might not be quite what you expect. Think John Waters hosting Noel’s House Party and you’re getting close. Think a camp cabaret atmosphere where anything goes and Christmas values get twisted and shaken and you’re even closer.

 

Featuring a truly non-PC Grandma, join us for an evening of special guests, an alternative take on the Christmas nativity, and some good old-fashioned yuletide singalongs. With tits, tinsel, and turkey, baubles, balls, and blood, this is an X-rated Xmas show you won’t soon forget.

 

Devised by Arches favourites Laurie Brown and Rosana Cade, and Arches Artist-in-Residence Adrian Howells.

 

The Technology Issue Launch Party

 

16th December 11pm – 3am
Broadcast
£5/£4 Students

The most important December event!

In preparation for our next issue launch, GUM are hosting an end of term party in Broadcast.
We are delighted to be hosting Sega Bodega, Sam Vitamins and Raksha (Deadly Rhythm)

 

Glasgow University Chapel Choir

 

GUM choir

 

Image by PhillipC
17th December, 18:00
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Admission free
A family carol service with a special guest organist Kevin Bowyer.
 

Vitamins & Freaky Freaky present Eclair Fifi and pals

 

19th December, 11pm-3am
SWG3
£7 Early, £8 Advanced, the Facebook event page is here
 

Originally planned to take place in the new Art School building, the party’s now at SWG3, featuring:

Eclair Fifi
JTC
S-Type
Inkke b2b DJ Milktray
Shaun, Tanner, Sam & Jackson
+ special guests TBA

 

Expect a newly designed lightshow in the main warehouse upstairs and more bingo tinsel than ever seen before in the Poetry Club. 

 

Irn- Bru Carnival

GUM irn bru

 

 


20th December- 12th January
Times vary
SECC
£12
With the entry price, visitors receive ten vouchers which can be used on all rides and most stalls. Each ride is one voucher and stalls are two vouchers (some stalls are taking cash). New rides include Voodoo Dancer and Matterhorn, Speed Buzz, Extreme. Very stomach-churning but totally worth it. For those of you who are not quite up for such a level of adrenaline, there are gentler rides as Teacups and the Carousel.

 

TYCI

 


21st December, 23:00 – 3:00
SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow
£10
A new club and live event from TYCI, a Glasgow collective run for women by women. A special Christmas event featuring Pretty Ugly, Adele Bethel (Sons and Daughters) and CHVRCHES DJs. All profits from this event will go to the AT Society, a charity which helps sufferers of a rare genetic disorder and their families.

Event – Stand Tall, Get Snapped

GUM STGS

 

Stand Tall, Get Snapped

 

In Association with the University of Glasgow and the Virginia Gallery, the SRC has helped produce Stand Tall, Get Snapped, a photo-documentary about living with HIV. The photos, the work of London based Edo Zola, are currently on display in the atrium of the Wolfson Medical Building:

 

The GUSRC, in association with the Virginia Gallery and the University of Glasgow, produce Stand Tall, Get Snapped by Edo Zollo.
A photo-documentary of 30 people living with HIV, it intends to challenge preconceptions of the disease.
It is as much thought provoking and touching as it is inspiring and uplifting.
Hosted in the Atrium of the Wolfson Medical Building until December 3rd
Produced by Liam King
Curated by Drew Bigglestone
Artist Edo Zollo
Supported by the University of Glasgow

Event – Glasgow Marrow Christmas Collection

GUM glasgow marrow

 

Glasgow Marrow Christmas Collection

 

Glasgow Marrow recruit potential bone marrow donors for Anthony Nolan, as well as collecting money for the charity. It’s a great cause, and it’s student run.

 

They have their Christmas Collection coming up on Sunday 1st December and are looking for volunteers to come and help collect money from the public.

 

Glasgow Marrow will be at Braehead Shopping Mall from 10-5, you can sign up for what time suits you best here. The best way to get to Braehead from the west-end is to take the 747 bus which drops you off right outside.

 

Also feel free to wear a Santa hat/tinsel/ reindeer antlers to get into the Christmas spirit!

Art: Mark Lyken: Silent Auction

08.Mirror_Lands_silent_auction

Mark Lyken is a visual and sound artist based in Glasgow and the current online silent auction of his work allows you to explore his original artworks at your fingertips. Lyken’s paintings take a playful look at time and scale seeming scientific through their geometric elements but highly emotive through the charged use of colour. The acrylic, spray paint and ink pieces create anticipation for his new collaborative project with documentary filmmaker Emma Dove, MIRROR LANDS.

 

As part of Creative Scotland’s, Imagining Natural Scotland Project, MIRROR LANDS is set to connect nature and culture, challenging ideas of life in the Scottish Highlands. The project will take place around the Cromarty Firth and will use film and multi-channel sound installation, creating a narrative between technology and this seemingly isolated environment. All proceeds of Lyken’s artwork will go toward the post-production costs of the installation.

Auction is live until 9pm Monday www.32auctions.com/marklyken

 

–Robyn Limond

Student Action For Refugees Sleepout @ The Wellington Church 25.10.13

 

 

‘The problem of destitution in this country is significant, and it’s not going away’ confesses Christine Park, the president for the University’s STAR. This student organisation is currently busy planning a charity event to raise awareness of destitution, funds from which will go to the Glasgow-based charity, Positive Action in Housing. The STAR Sleepout, apart from cabaret-led entertainment and good vibes all around, has at its core a very humanitarian cause concerned with the reality many asylum seekers wake up to every day, not only Glasgow but in the United Kingdom as a whole.

 

‘Glasgow is a dispersal city, meaning that asylum seekers are relocated here whilst they await a decision on their asylum claim, so there is a great demand for support services in the city.’ Despite this fact, nobody actually knows how many are there, since from the moment they have been refused an official status of an asylum seeker, they more or less disappear off the grid. Bearing in mind the esteemed position of United Kingdom in international politics and its past involvement in many countries of the world, this spells out a disaster of possibly tens of thousands living unnoticed among Britain’s cities.

 

Asylum seekers are at risk of destitution throughout the whole process, particularly when their asylum claim is refused and their support is withdrawn. According to a report on destitution by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Morag Gillespie, in just a weeklong survey, most of 148 foreign individuals and their dependants applying for support services in Glasgow were refused the asylum seeker status when applying. This puts them in a threat of living, sometimes for years, without income, failing to reach the United Nations global poverty line of $1.25 a day. ‘Even those who have been granted refugee status may sometimes become destitute, as they are evicted from the housing they were given as an asylum seeker, but cannot claim housing benefits until they get their papers, which can take weeks to arrive.’ Destitution is rarely a tragedy that happens to you once, 40% of the surveyed had been destitute on more than one occasion and the total time survey participants were destitute, ranged from a few days to six years, with the average time being one and a half years.

 

‘Although there are projects and campaigns trying to help people in this situation, the UK Border Agency’s stance has not changed, and there do not seem to be signs of improvement.’ This seems to be the uncomfortable truth for the STAR movement. Given the recent scandal regarding UKBA’s ‘Go Home’ campaign, one could assume that the problem of an unfavourable policy towards asylum seekers is another endeavour by the Coalition-led government. But the reality is different; this treatment of foreign nationals has in fact been prevalent since way before New Labour rule. How will this debate change with potential Scottish independence, I wonder. ‘There are supporters of better treatment of asylum seekers on both sides of the independence debate’ acknowledges Christine, before underlining the ultimate obstacle to changing the discourse about the rights of asylum seekers; ‘Truthfully, the attitudes of the general public must change first before the politicians will start to make any changes and the way we change the public’s attitude is through education.’

 

Whether be it by an inadequate mainstream media approach or by outright hostility from fringe parties like UKIP or BNP, many people have taken a negative view of asylum seekers. This can be seen as, predominantly, due to the fear of unknown, but also because of derogatory perceptions of those seeking asylum by some sections of the public. Christine elaborates; ‘most major media sources portray asylum seekers as greedy foreigners, who come to steal jobs and benefits, but this is completely wrong. While you are an asylum seeker, you do not have the right to work and get half as much money as a citizen would on job seekers allowance.’

 

So head on down to the Wellington Church this Friday night at 8. For a suggested donation of £2 you will contribute to a good cause and enjoy an open-air cabaret. If you’re up for a challenge, join the STAR team for a brisk October night outside, in solidarity with the many unheard voices, which on the same night will not have the choice to do otherwise.

 

STAR’s page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/STARglasgow/?fref=ts

Sleepout’s Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390344064535933/?fref=ts

Sponsor here: http://www.justgiving.com/Star-Glasgow or text “SLEP96” plus the amount you’d like to donate to 70070 (e.g. SLEP96£1)

 

– Michael Borowiec

Event: OXJAM WE’RE SKINT, THEY’RE SKINTER – SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER

A team of volunteers are set to run a one day 15 hour charity festival in 5 venues across

Bath Street and Bath Lane in Glasgow city centre on Saturday October 5.

In 2012 the Oxjam We’re Skint, They’re Skinter volunteers delivered a Festival for a Fiver

in SWG3, Distill and The 78 Café Bar, this year the festival has moved to the city centre

and will take place in The Buff Club, The Buff Low Café, Flat 0/1, Lucky Seven Canteen and

Kushion.

Oxjam We’re Skint, They’re Skinter, part of Oxjam – Oxfam’s month-long music festival,

started in January 2012 when volunteer Founder Lindsey McGhie decided to run a local

music event for charity. The name, content and price of the event were all crowd-sourced

by the people who connected with the festival through social media and the festival

website.

 

 

Building on the success of last year’s Festival for a Fiver, the 2nd annual even will see a

variety of stalls, acoustic singer/songwriters, an assortment of Scottish bands, an Oxfam

pop up shop, pop up barber, and a ‘never been done before’ After Party across Flat 0/1 and

Lucky Seven Canteen. The event will also see performances from Michael Cassidy, Vagabond

Poets, Mono Six, Mickey 9s, Galoshins, We Found Out, Ifoundation, Anna Shields, Darrell

Muldoon and many more talented Scottish musicians bringing together a variety of Glaswegian

sounds to help raise money to fight poverty across the globe. All musicians are donating their

performances to Oxfam.

 

 

The festival will be open from 12noon until 3am on Saturday October 5. It’s absolutely free

to everyone from 12noon-7pm, £5 for 12noon-11pm and £7 for 12noon-3am when tickets

are bought in advance from Ticket Scotland. There will also be limited tickets available at the box

office on the day.

Glasgow’s Big Night Out

 

We enjoyed this episode of VICE’s six part documentary series ‘Big Night Out’. As part of Noisey’s nationwide examination of nuanced music sub-cultures, intrepid explorer Clive Martin embarks on a brave journey into the pumping depths of Glasgow’s gabber scene. The episode documents Angerfist’s recent appearance at  Make Do and the ensuing 200 BPM frenzy.

 

 

 

Review: Metamorphosis, Edinburgh International Festival

Having stunned audiences at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival with a one man performance of King Lear maverick dramatist Wu Hsing-kuo and the Contemporary Legend Theatre returned to the capital this month to perform Franz Kafka’s iconic novella Metamorphosis.  Gregor Samsa the travelling salesman awakens one day in horror as a giant insect and struggles to cope with his feelings of alienation from the rest of the world.

 

As with his portrayal of Lear, writer-actor-director Wu dresses the stage with his own blood, the sheer endurance displayed by the 60 year old during his extremely physical performance belies his deep commitment as an artist and his obsession with the author.

 

Crossing boundaries in all respects; the inclusion of multimedia elements pushes the limits of theatre, while the cross cultural exchange between the 20th century European text and Oriental spirituality alleviates and resolves much of the futility and hopelessness the original narrative evokes. Scripted entirely in Mandarin Wu’s haunting singing is accompanied by translated English subtitles. The simplicity of the spiritual aphorisms of the Mandarin script juxaposed with the complex physicality of Wu’s performance embodies the concept of Saṃsāra, cyclical existence caused by selfishness and the traps of modernity. Only by coming to terms with the absurdity of reality can Gregor escape. As Kafka says “There are only two choices in life. Be yourself or put up with reality.”

 

Kafka’s monstrous carnation of the beastly insect-man represents a conceptual portrait of Western psychodrama. His flickering antennae and scuttling legs are the Frankenstein collage of the 20th century crisis of consciousness, yet Wu’s finds redemption. After waking up cocooned in insect costume convulsing at the thought of himself he emerges enlightened in stripped, white form as his emancipated soul soars over the mountain, exiting the cycle in the mouth of a bird. The transformation is clear on stage, however the narrative seems to lack any outstanding climatic point until the drawn out ending of the performance.

 

The man-insect lives in woeful solitude in the confines of his bedroom while his hateful father and wailing mother and sister intermittently interrupt his melancholy self-searching by rapping loudly on the ominous door center stage. Repulsive to those around him, Gregor’s existence becomes that of a pariah. The stage focuses on the looming ice mountain where Wu writhes and squirms in his new arthropodic body as the astonishing visuals by Ethan Wang drape the deconstructed set with pulsating Rorschach blotches, falling Surrealist apples and a superimposed Kafka. The awesome visual beauty projection of visuals onto the set while Wu dances compellingly in Peking Opera style alongside a haunting  score lulls the viewer into a psychotomimetic trance.

 

The production is 100 minutes long without interlude, the audience feels the crushing weight of Gregor’s condition on their own shoulders and so his eventual death comes as a relief, ending both his struggle against the futility of human existence and the viewer’s own desire for the final curtain to fall. While indeed the production does pose a challenge, Wu’s creation is undoubtedly mesmerising and contains a welcome element of hope and the chance of peace, something Kafka’s original text withholds.

 

-Hailey Maxwell

 

 

 

Event: I Hate Fun Presents: Bloom

Local grime heavyweights I Hate Fun  bring Belfast producer Bloom to Glasgow for his first Scottish show this Saturday at St Jude’s. His staggering debut track Quartz shot the Irishman into critical acclaim last year and his arrival in Glasgow follows the release of his much anticipated Maze Temple EP on Visionist’s growing Lost Codes. Part of the new wave of grime producers and  a beacon of unadulterated talent, Bloom pushes for progress in the genre, re-establishing to those in doubt that instrumental grime is still relevant and experimental.

Bloom will be playing with support from kindred spirit Inkke and the I Hate Fun residents in Saint Jude’s 11pm-3am.

Secret Garden Party

This year’s Secret Garden Party saw the multi-media event taking over Mill Hill Field near Huntingdon for the tenth time since it’s launch in 2004, with a wealth of eye-boggling, mind expanding, gravity-defying stages and art installations spread across idyllic country fields. Despite its status as one of Britain’s must-go summer music festivals, music has always been secondary to the ethos of SGP with it’s wonderful mixture of family orientated entertainment, old-school yoga and meditation tents, and pure Dionysian hedonism.

The location of this annual fling is a highlight, with several installations remaining on the grounds of Abbots Ripton for the duration of the year. One such example is the 25 foot straw fox, dubbed The Urban Fox and standing since 2012, this year it was decked out in a native American headdress and feathers, bushy tail curving around the small mounds and hills that characterise the area. The Pirate Technics, a group of artists and engineers from across the UK, were responsible not only for our urban fox but also the ‘Middle of the Lake’ installation in SGP, which this year featured a wonderfully crafted ship being pulled under the placid glass surface of the lake by a giant kraken. The beauty of the Secret Garden Party is its ability to completely transport the individual, just an hour away from the busy metropolis of London the flags and lanterns of the festival are a sight for sore eyes, made all the more beautiful by the knowledge that after four short days- it will all be over. Such is the symbolic power of the lake installation, which on Saturday night was burned down amid a half-hour musically coordinated fireworks display. After bursting into flames amongst a cacophony of lights, colours, and classical music, the smoldering wreckage of the ship had many hundreds of festival-goers transfixed for long after the display finished.

The wealth of art installations at the Secret Garden Party are designed to be interactive, commissioned by Secret Arts and funded by grants via Secret Productions, it is an excellent platform for both emerging and established artists. ‘Lûz’ by London based Les Méchants was more blinding than eye-catching, a giant silver triangle standing tall and reflecting light back at anyone who dares look too long. The interest in this piece is that it is instantly transformed when entered, from outside the symbolic rectangle- lacking everything but the eye of providence- inside is a chasm of kaleidoscopic colour. Its mirrored interior reflects the geometric painted patterns making them appear infinite, a meditation on light and the subjective nature of sight, the colours of the installation change as you move around it revealing new geometric landscapes with every step. 

Another favorite was the subtle Roborigami installation next to a bridge where the serene lake gives way to a gently splashing waterfall, the collaboration between artist and robotic scientist Coco Sata and Ad Spiers gives way to something a little bizarre and melancholic with the angular red and yellow sculptures seeming strangely at home amongst the flora and fauna. Deeper into the wooded area of the festival you come across the Labyrinth, through surrealist doorways and into a winding wooded path marked by disorientating signs such as ‘exit this way ↑↓’. If you stop to look hard enough you can even find a fireplace to crawl through, leading you into a small clearing decked out with lights and comfy sofas, a perfect place of refuge in the center of delightful confusion.

The contrast between the man made and the natural at the Secret Garden Party has always been a point of fascination, taking a naturally stunning location and molding it into a massive production which caters to thousands of people, while still retaining it’s ethereal beauty, is no easy feat. ‘The Temple’ by An-Architecture managed to do just this, combining natural materials with the landscape to create a functional platform for revelers to swim, walk, and climb to. Located in the middle of a small lake it rises like a natural refuge from the water, with its angular architecture creating new frames of reference to view the landscape from every new position. Just like the festival itself, this piece combines art and architecture, organic and synthetic, and is never experienced the same way twice.

Continuing on the thematic dualism between city/country, organic/synthetic is a piece by Tetsuro Nagata and Guy Woodhouse dubbed ‘Twilight Tweets’. Located in the Labyrinth these mechanized owl sculptures hang in groups high on the tree-trunks, seemingly dead during the day, at night they begin to transform and interact with passers by and with each other, moving like liberated cuckoos from a cuckoo clock and emitting a glowing blue light. If this is a subtle reference to social media these captivating sculptures unfurl their wings during the night onto which short films of the day’s revelry are projected, connecting hundreds of strangers who walk through the area to each other via a disorientating and beautiful array of looped videos.

If birds are your thing, then one sculpture shocked and delighted me. Standing inanely on a hill overlooking the main field a giant yellow sculpture of a character strangely reminiscent of The Muppet’s own Big Bird, who observes the scene through bleary eyes. Dubbed ‘Lucky Shit’ this strange concoction of humor, childhood memory, and wacky surrealism is so interactive that it poops yellow goo at an undisclosed moment in the festival, dousing whoever is underneath. Thought up by collective Hungry Castle, the towering sculpture plays on this year’s Superstition theme by giving a certain Gardener a lucky bird shit to remember.

The transformative quality of the Secret Garden Party is something to experience, from the first couple of days drenched in sunlight with people wandering around in absurd fancy dress, to the rain soaked Saturday night, things can change in an instant. After emerging from my tent in the North camp where I had sheltered from the rain, looking over to the main site I could see hoards of black silhouetted figures loping nimbly against green and blue back-lit trees, with lasers bursting from the stages onto the rain falling from the clouds. It seems that at SGP, everything can be turned into art.

-Alexandra Embiricos

Glasgow Pride 2013

 

Glasgow’s largest annual LGBT celebration will take place again this weekend as Glasgow Pride comes to town.

The festivities will begin with the annual parade around the city centre with Glasgow Green as the epicentre. Many  attendees will be standing in solidarity with the international LGBT community in protest against Russia’s recent displays of homophobic atrocity. Pride in the Green is the place to be through the day providing the biggest entertainment in the form of Heather Small, with a variety of other stages and activities.

The weekend will also unify smaller  student lead organisations pushing for equality in Glasgow. Local queer collectives TYCI  Lock Up Your DaughtersBlitz are joining together with monthly gay night Birdcage for Alternative Pride Party with Floyd at Saint Judes on Saturday night.

Stand up and support equality this weekend!

Taking pride in Pride

Glasgow Pride 2012

Pride is just around the corner – an event that alleges to promote equality and diversity but to what extent is that really the case? I’ve been left wondering about the diversity of Pride and who it’s really there to serve.

The run up to the event has not been without controversy this year. Glasgow, as well as Manchester and Leeds Pride, had booked a duo called Queens of Pop and subsequently pulled them from the lineup after receiving a lot of backlash. Queens of Pop, for those of you who are blissfully unaware, are an internet act who parody various celebrities and are best enjoyed if you both hate women and are a racist. I feel like maybe someone should have raised questions before booking an act that thought parodying Will.I.Am by dressing up as Black and White Minstrels while making stereotypically racist jokes was an acceptable form of entertainment. When you’re staging an event that aims to promote acceptance and understanding for one group it’s more effective when you’re not at the same time engaging in behaviour that is discriminatory towards another. Yes, they pulled the act, but what the booking exemplifies is the fact that Pride is largely geared towards white gay males.

Take a look at this weekend’s lineup – almost all of the acts seem to have been selected based on their appeal to gay men, there’s little for anyone else. Of course, Pride is more than a stage and a couple of acts, it kicks off with a parade that marches through part of the city. A diverse range of groups take part and it’s fantastic – this is when the atmosphere is at it’s best, but that doesn’t seem to be maintained throughout the day. Pride particularly struggles to be inclusive of bisexual and trans* folk. Last year I can remember thinking it was a bit inappropriate that the host was making jokes at the expense of bisexuals. I don’t care who it’s coming from, I like my biphobia non-existent, particularly at an event that claims to be educating against the discrimination of bisexuals.

One of the aims of Pride is to promote the acceptance of LGBT people in this country; parading through city centres is a way of asserting our presence in society. But perhaps we should be looking a bit closer to home when we’re thinking about acceptance. There are so many problems within our community that Pride could be tackling – biphobia, transphobia and misogyny to name but three. If we want society to accept us we need to accept one another and a zero-tolerance attitude towards any kind of bigotry needs to be adopted. There are different kinds of discrimination – the discrimination I face as a queer woman is not the same as what someone may face because they are a transman, for example. The discrimination I do face, however, should make me aware of the fact that discrimination in general is pretty awful and that I do not want to be a part in its perpetration in any shape or form. There seems to be a lot of reluctance when it comes to acknowledging the issues in our own backyard but it’s about time for hands to go up; you most certainly do not need to be heterosexual in order to be a bigot.

It’s not as though there isn’t plenty we could be doing to help those groups in our community who are often sidelined. Let’s have a look at equal marriage, which has been a cause for celebration recently. Are you aware of the spousal veto? It’s a clause that means a married person who is transitioning and wishes to gain their Gender Recognition Certificate must have their partner’s permission in order for the marriage to continue. The

problem here is that unsupportive spouses (and half of trans* people report a negative reaction from their partner) can dig their heels in and make a divorce difficult – and until either permission is given or a divorce is granted a person can not gain their full GRC. Our community should be concerned about the welfare of trans* people and it’s not a victory for us all when we’ve left someone behind. This isn’t just a failing of the of the government, it’s a failing of the very people who have been campaigning for marriage equality.

What do I want from Pride? I want a real sense of community and that means working on stamping out the bigotry that is detrimental to it. I want everyone to enjoy celebrating their own diversity without facing negativity during an event that is supposedly for us all. I also want us to get a little bit more angry. Let’s get serious for a moment: LGBT people are more likely to suffer from depression, they are more likely to attempt suicide (the estimated rate among trans* people is enough to make you cry), they are more likely to be sexually abused, they are more likely to face bullying at school and in the workplace – and that’s just for starters. Educating is part of Pride’s remit so let’s educate ourselves and get more political.

Pride is a platform with a lot of potential for doing good, but if we’re going to maximise that we first we have a bit of work to do.

 

-Erin MacKenzie

Edinburgh Fashion Festival: Clements Ribeiro

The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival began last Friday night with British designers Clements Ribeiro headlining the Opening Gala with their A/W collection at Edinburgh’s astonishing  Mansfield Traquair against a spectacular aural landscape sculpted for the occasion by award-winning composer Marty Hailey

The collection proved to be influenced by classic British style and punk with clashing exaggerated florals. Knitwear in the collection was the main feature with a range of embroidered knitwear, colourful knits, lazer cut wool and cashmere.

This influence of classic British silhouettes and style made look after look wearable. Paneled dresses were at a flattering length you could envisage women wearing;  modern minimal knitwear featured embroidered collars and sleeves. There was even a very feminine kilt. As for accessories, the collection was complimented with gold, silver and neutral brogues adding to the quintessentially British look.

And who said we have to stick with black in Autumn and colour in Summer? This rule was beautifully broken by the Clemants Ribeiro studio as although this was an A/W collection, we saw an array of colorful garments on the runway from dark jewel tones to bright floral prints.

All in all the show started the fashion festival with a bang and set the tone for a week of dramatic events. Clemants Ribeiro were the prefect duo to represent Britain at opening of the event.

 

Rebecca Riddick

Glasgow Vintage Festival 27th-28th July

Soul Casino will be in full swing on Saturday 27th

This weekend time will be rewound. As part of the Merchant City Festival  Wayne & Geraldine Hemingway are bringing  their Vintage festival to Glasgow with a program celebrating and emulating the cream of British 20th century popular culture.

Filled with a series of daily classes, pop-up shops and special one off events including the Vintage Charleston Brunch, visitors can explore fashion, art, beauty, food and dance of eras bygone. While many vintage and retro events struggle to rise beyond  half-hearted nostalgia for twee  tea dresses and scooters, the Vintage festival has an excellent record of creating an authentic, exciting experience for visitors of any age.

The festival is also offering a series of vintage themed club nights including Soul Casino on Saturday night, transforming the Old Fruitmarket into a celebration of 70s soul and 80s disco from 8pm-1am.

Book tickets and find out more here.

 

 

Review: Gray’s School of Art Fashion Show 2013

Debbie Mcleod, Persimmon A Selective Colour
Debbie Mcleod, Persimmon A Selective Colour

For some the degree fashion show feels like the end but last week GUM attended the Gray’s School of Art Fashion Design Runway Show and there was certainly a sense of action and motivation. Only a few days after obtaining their degree, finding out that two of their graduates are nominees for the Scottish fashion awards and many finding out about Masters degrees and jobs, before the show even started there was already a great sense of achievement.

The evening kicked off with a collection from Laura Sherriff. The collection paid great attention to detail and set the tone for the night. The next hour was a display of workmanship and new gen design.

Persimmon, A Selective Colour was the sleek show stopping collection by Debbie Mcleod. Her designs were minimalistic and masculine although the use of mohair knit softened the collection. Her use of colour was most interesting as the oranges against the gray, black and white proved both tasteful and modernist. When asked about her collection McLeod stated it was: “A simplistic outlook…blending each design into the background as if it were its own creation”.

Continue reading “Review: Gray’s School of Art Fashion Show 2013”

Istanbul Under Siege

7497_10152867445645274_518341779_n
Gezi Park

The riots that have electrified the city of Istanbul for four days now continue to endure, despite heavy police retaliation. What began as a peaceful protest to prevent the redevelopment of Gezi park in Taksim Square has now escalated into a nation-wide demonstration against the current Government.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been repeatedly criticised for his dogmatic influence over the country based on grassroots Islamic ideals, and his latest staunch refusal to listen to protesters has ignited anger even among those who had voted him into his third term as Prime Minister. In his address to the country on the 2nd June he referred to the protesters as “terrorists” and has been quoted as saying “every four years we hold elections and this nation makes its choice”. Despite the democratic election Erdoğan seems to have forgotten that a democracy constitutes the decisions of several members of a party, yet it is shockingly clear that Erdoğan holds the majority of the power, and indeed earns more than any other politician in the world at $989,000 a month, although Wikileaks claims that his earnings may be far higher. It would not be a far stretch of the imagination to envisage Erdoğan as the next Putin and Turkish President Abdullah Gül serving as Medvedev, however in stark opposition to the Prime Minister, Gül has defended the people’s right to protest stating: “democracy does not mean elections alone. There can be nothing more natural for the expression of various views, various situations and objections through a variety of ways, besides elections.”

 Despite Gül calling for a peaceful end to the violence and a more mature handling of the situation, suggestive of mishandling on both sides, Erdoğan has continued to belittle the extent of the riots claiming that he would not ask permission for the redevelopment plans from “a few looters”. It has emerged that the destruction of Gezi Park is not only to free up valuable real estate for a shopping mall, but also includes the construction of a Mosque, a symbolic representation of Neo-Ottomanism and Turkey’s new incentive under the Justice and Development Party to engage with areas previously under Ottoman rule in the Middle East.

Although the riots are being referred to as the ‘Turkish Spring’ in reference to the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings of 2010, this would be a false representation. The events in Turkey are more an uprising against fascism than an Imperialist fueled uprising against Islam, which in such countries as Egypt were conducted by armed extremist groups. The protests in Istanbul began as a reaction against heavy handed police retaliation in Gezi Park, where peaceful environmental protesters were viciously attacked in their tents during a dawn raid. The nature of the events has magnified into a nationwide protest against an increasingly authoritarian government, with anti-government demonstrations appearing across Turkey including Erdoğan’s hometown Rize.

With cries rising from the crowd of ‘shoulder to shoulder against fascism’ the riots are not as complicated as Erdoğan has suggested. In an address on 3rd June he encouraged the view that the riots have a politically subversive agenda, stating “citizens should not be part of this ‘game’”; a ‘game’ that alleges the opposition party, the People’s Republican Party, are involved in actuating the riots for their own gain.The demonstrations, however, are obviously not instigated by a few extremist “marginalized groups”  as Erdoğan has stated; it is the result of a highly pressurised problem that has finally discovered a fissure out of which to escape. A large part of the population are fearful of being forcibly dragged into a theocratic state run by a “Sunni Islamist tyrant”, as one source expressed. As proudly stated by the men on the streets as well as by Erdoğan himself, albeit with different intent; “this is no longer about trees, it is about ideology”.

425189_10152867532715274_958466380_n

As the fourth night of the demonstrations descend on the city, Taksim Square remains occupied and the streets are a cacophony of clanging pots and pans and car horns which can be heard from the other side of the Bosphorus. Despite heavy police intervention including tear gas canisters and high pressure water jets fired directly at the crowd just a day before, people are still resisting against what is being called a Dictatorship. Although Erdoğan conceded that “there have been some mistakes, extremism in police response” he also insisted that “the police were there yesterday, they are there today, and they will be there tomorrow.”

Continue reading “Istanbul Under Siege”

Review: RDGLDGRN

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Last night GUM headed down to O2 ABC to catch RDGLDGRN’s Glasgow debut on the first leg of their European Tour. Fair Fax Records’ hottest Hip-Hop signing garnered support from a small but enthusiastic crowd. Considering the quality of their music and their collaborations with the Legendary Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams, I was surprised that the venue wasn’t packed out. By the way this band is going, I suspect next time they hit town tickets will move faster than Usain Bolt.

The headliners took it upon themselves to come and chat to the crowd before they hit the stage and Red remarked they were ‘humbled to have the opportunity to tour and play to their fans, seeing as a couple of years ago they’d been unemployed jamming in their mom’s basement’. Working with Pharrell had been ‘an inspiring and easy process as they arranged the basics of track within just 25 minutes!’

The warm up was provided by Hector Biserk an unpretentious albeit unlikely combo of a bassist, drummer and MC who’s tracks ranged from angsty anti government ‘Police State’ to the relentlessly catchy ‘Let it go’. Think Jamie T x Rage Against the Machine coated in IRN BRU- you can catch them live at the West End Festival on the 8th of June.

?????????????

By the time RDGLDGRN appeared everyone had drifted away from the bar and onto the dance floor. Their set was eclectic and energised. The lyrical dexterity of MC Green was intermixed with Gold’s rock infused bass and Red’s softer vocals with drums provided by ‘White Face’ (who’s name stems from a tongue in cheek, PC defying homage to Dave Grohl). They were totally comfortable on stage and it felt as if we were overlooking a jamming session in their backyard. There is something instantly likeable about RDGLDGRN and they would be ideal for a mid afternoon slot at a summer festival.

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

After the gig the guys were keen to see more of Glasgow, so we took them down to La Cheetah in the hope of giving them a taste of Nightwave’s new night ‘Nightrave’. Unfortunately it proved too popular by demand so we headed to Subculture, where Domenic spun quality techno until the early hours. They certainly enjoyed themselves and we can’t wait till they’re back in town. In the mean time You can check RDGLDGRN’S latest single ‘Million Fans’ here:

 

 

 

Words: Lucy Molloy

Photos: Matthew McAndrew: http://matthewmcandrew.com/?p=3123

 

Death Grips @ SWG3 30/4/13

tumblr_mm3q9nGOBd1qaaytso1_500

Death Grips, a band which had eluded me on more than one occasion, finally upheld their promise to Glasgow and played a gig at the versatile SWG3. My first attempt to see Mr. Stefan Burnett- aka MC Ride- and co. was thwarted when they dropped out last minute from 2012’s ATP festival in London, to the great distress of their then label Epic Records, in order to focus on their second album The Money Store.The experimental, aggressive, more than hip-hop sound of Death Grips would have come as an interesting break from the doom and drone dominated ATP, but dropping out of a festival headlined by metal legends Slayer, not to mention cancelling their entire tour, was a ballsy and some might say foolish move.

Nevertheless the Sacremento based trio have been kicking up quite a storm since their 2010 formation, utilising the web to leak several new tracks and whispers of a lawsuit against them, the hype is far from diminished and their sound has continued to develop in interesting and extreme directions. With remixes of Bjork and the Prodigy their punk-drenched sound is shifting in the most contemporary ways, blending genres the way an infuriated Pollock mixes paint. In the heat of exams, I was keen to see what they were made of live.

Continue reading “Death Grips @ SWG3 30/4/13”

Review: Saunt & Sinner “The Broken Doll” AW2013 Collection Launch Night

5bO8SZHNik2j-X2NAzzOHNPE9vh1mTEIpGzI29C4FhI,Fd1t6CbBFGQJ9lf4kAe2C59QVj0a76EWcHHckK-kIXI,rt39E3yKUHMWu7hGSgIEroMrn1jCwIq3w6eJRwoufbYNew kids on the block Saunt & Sinner showed us how it’s done at the launch of their first collection on Friday night. Design duo behind the label, Emma Noble and Toni Roddie, set up the brand after graduating in Fashion Design from Grays School of Art in 2012. “The Broken Doll” capsule collection, inspired by Glasgow-born painter Heather Nevay, showcased a stunning array of luxury womenswear pieces which hinted towards both the sweet and the sinister.

The Corinthian Club set the perfect scene for the show, with fixtures draped with the duo’s limited edition 100% silk scarves. Dolls hung eerily above tables, dressed in mini-versions of the labels designs. A fitting homage to this evening inspired by Nevay’s portrayal of sinister children.

Before the show began the crowd were treated to a beautiful and haunting fashion film produced by Jamie Vincent Gillespie, which again reflected the collections duality as it played with the idea of innocence and purity tainted by a twisted dark side. It had a decidedly wicked edge, and set the mood perfectly for what was about to follow in the show.

Continue reading “Review: Saunt & Sinner “The Broken Doll” AW2013 Collection Launch Night”

Giveaway! 2x Tickets for the Rinse Tour at SubClub 1st March

please credit An++e Kokalj (3)

Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO hits up the world famous SubClub this Friday 1st of March, with a 4 hour long set this is not to be missed.
We have
2 pairs of tickets and 2 copies of his Fabric Live CD to give away.
Simply email
[email protected] to be in with a chance of winning!

Winners will be notified by 4pm tomorrow

For those who miss out advanced tickets are available here:

https://rinse.ticketabc.com/events/rinse-glasgow/

V-Day @ Subclub 14/2/13

This Valentine’s day saw an end to soppy dates and the tugging of jealous heartstrings when our two local clubbing bad boys, Philanthrobeats and Rubix, teamed up to put the ‘V’ back in ‘Valentine’. Supporting the worldwide movement V-Day on their 15th Anniversary, ‘1 Billion Rising’ aimed to raise voices and shake booties in protest that 1 in 5 women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

285638_10151279710147984_1810368038_nThe global activist movement aims to raise awareness and support women and girls around the world regardless of age, nationality, or religion, and for fifteen years has been doing just that. With most of the proceeds from V-Day events going to local projects and charities, often shelters and rape crisis centres.

It all began in 1994 when playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote the groundbreaking piece ‘The Vagina Monologues’, a play based on interviews with women of different ages and nationalities dealing with what it means to be a female. The monologues range in scope from a girls’ first menstruation (‘When I Was Twelve, My Mother Slapped Me’), to the atrocities committed against women in Bosnian Rape Camps, entitled ‘My Vagina Was My Village’. V-Day was consequently established on Valentines Day 1998 when Eve and a group of New York women threw a single benefit; now there are over 5,800 V-Day events per year.

Needless to say one word is not shied away from in this cause, and it’s a word Philanthrobeats×Rubix took to heart, effectively turning the Subclub into a giant womb. Vaginas were everywhere, once down the stairs club-goers and philanthropists were welcomed at the ticket desk with a tunnel of vagina, pink, draping, alluring? There were vagina cupcakes and lollipops being sold by the bar, and over the bar itself an unforgettable painting by Sophie PP. The dance floor was plush and secluded, with a surprising amount of romance going on, and best of all- the ‘hidden alley’ behind the speakers was transformed into a beautiful funnel of love. Whatever names you have for the decorations, they certainly helped in making the night the success it was, with Subclub at capacity before doors closed.

Continue reading “V-Day @ Subclub 14/2/13”

Interview: Make Do

603355_281839525272198_550591443_n

With Chambre 69’s out-of-the-blue closure a void was left to be filled in the Glasgow club scene. GUM caught up with Ahsan and Cheesy, one time Chambre booking manager and all round tech wizz respectively, who took it upon themselves to launch a new pop-up club appropriately named Make Do.

Meeting at the new Hope street venue on the evening before their 19th January launch (opposite the seldom noticed grandeur of Central Station), GUM descended into an empty space stacked with monitors and cables that was soon to be morphed into a venue christened by the likes of Offbeat, Cottam, Axel Boman.

“We created Make Do because chambre closed and we had lots of exciting promoters  looking for a space of that size” Ahsan clarified “Glasgows pretty lacking in medium sized venues that can cater to people being able to come in and be encouraged to come up with creative uses of the space.”

The pop-up aims to continue what Chambre was made famous for, namely the diversity of the space that allows promoters to come in and transform it to fit the needs of each individual night.

“One of the main benefits that Chambre had was that you could really make your own night” they explain, “to come in and change it up, and put in whatever production you wanted, flip it around and design it the way you liked. We wanted to offer the same thing with the Make Do space and build upon the Chambre ethos in that sense.”

Flexibility of this nature in a club is often hard to come by, and requires a solid team with enough expertise in their fields to avoid any glitches. “Cheesy is quite renowned for creating really great production in clubs, whether it be light features or visual installations” Ahsan chips in. For those of you who made it to the launch you might have noticed the stack of TV’s playing loops of old film clips next to the speakers, a Cheesy signature. “Having him on board means that promoters know the high level of technical know-how that he brings to the table.” he continues, “which is definitely a key point”.

Continue reading “Interview: Make Do”

The Last Dance @ Chambre 69

from left: Assan, Colin, Tanner
from left: Ahsan, Colin, Tanner

This past Friday saw Chambre 69 opening its doors to Glasgow clubbers for the last time at its current location at 69 Nelson Mandela Place. The shock closure, announced over Facebook, sent ripples of confusion and a general melancholy over the demise of what has been, for the last 18 months, one of Glasgow’s finest venues.

The Chambre team wrote in their announcement that “this has come totally out of the blue for us and we are not in a position to negotiate staying in the venue any longer.” The shady nature of the closure and the last minute pull-together of the acts gives anyone who wants to put on a packed-out club night a bit of hope. But then we have to remember that these are the Chambre guys, and we could only be so lucky as to have such a hint of scandal to propel a club night into the stratosphere.

Originally billed as Chicago vs. Detroit, the line-up was changed to reflect the times, beginning with Glasgow based collective and electronic label All Caps, to aliOOFT, Void and Tanner. Seasoned regulars mixed with the scene kids for one last night at the soon-to-be notorious venue. That is to say, if it wasn’t before, the half mile queue down Buchanan street certainly made it so.

_MG_5128 Shaun Murphy of Vitamins, was quoted as saying “It’s a genuine loss to the club scene, hopefully whatever fills the void has a similar open, risk taking and supportive ethos.” Luckily for us Cheesy (Chambre Tech) and Ahsan (Deadly Rhythm / Former Chambre booking manager) will be launching a pop-up venue appropriately named Make Do, which will have it’s opening night this Saturday.
Continue reading “The Last Dance @ Chambre 69”

What’s On: Guys and Dolls

The Cecilian Society, Glasgow University’s foremost musical theatre society, proudly present their main show of 2013; Frank Loesser’s hit musical ‘Guys and Dolls’.  The society have previously performed musicals such as ‘Our House’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Oklahoma’ and in September 2012 ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. The society recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary in October, with a fantastic weekend of events including a hit concert packed full of musical classics. Building on the success of this weekend, they now bring this classic American musical to the Mitchell Theatre stage in February. With a cast of over 60 talented people bursting with enthusiasm, it is a must-see event!

Guys and Dolls GUM

Continue reading “What’s On: Guys and Dolls”

Dauwd @ Rubix 13/12/12

291875_230519393744861_693517542_n

Just before Christmas the Rubix boys put on the fifth installment of what is becoming one of Glasgow’s staple nights. With past acts including South London Ordnance, Joonipah, Elphino, and staple Point To C; Rubix is the night for those who are particularly enamoured with the cutting edge of electronic music. Subclub was forcefully launched into the festive spirit with lashing of UV lights and rubix cubes hanging from the ceiling, the night proved to be the final assault against those pesky exam blues. GUM caught up with newcomer Dauwd at the afterparty to chat about music, his heritage, and his unwavering obsession with Dylan Thompson.

Interviewing on a sunken sofa surrounded by party goers I begin by asking the inevitable first question; how does Glasgow compare to other cities he’s played in? Without hesitation he says “The Glasgow crowd is really good, they’re boss!”, a statement that reflects the pull the city has on similar musicians, such as James Rand who played at Rubix in May last year. With friendly rivalry in the air at the mention of Rand, Dauwd exclaims “he’s so shit, he’s just like Skrillex”. The musicians met when doing the rounds of the Liverpool club circuit, playing at institutions such as Chibuku Shake Shake, where Dauwd played a supporting act back in October.

A relative newcomer on the electronic music scene Dauwd Al Hilali has taken it by storm, with roots in Iraq, a childhood in Wales, he now oscillates  between London and Liverpool. His first EP ‘What’s There’ was released on Pictures Music in November 2011, while his reputation continues to be solidified by excellent live performances and a few strategic placements on compilations. One such compilation is Adult Swim’s ‘Unclassified’ which includes the likes of Kode9 and Lukid, as well as a recent mix he curated for 22 Tracks, where samples of Andy Stott are used to great success.

Continue reading “Dauwd @ Rubix 13/12/12”

Review: SWANS & Sir Richard Bishop @ The Arches 16/11/12

26859_large

Experiencing a band who have retained their musical integrity over a thirty year period is not a daily pleasure; it’s a grand event. Swans’ appearance in Glasgow carried with it high expectations, and with support from Sir Richard Bishop it made for a promising line-up. Ticket price was reasonable for The Arches, and certainly merited by the band’s industrious career: exceeding thirty releases.

The tour follows the release of one of 2012’s more interesting albums: The Seer. The artwork introduces the stark contrast heard in the music, and was in all manners a release concerned with every nuance of the sound. The title-track’s 32-minute duration and bagpipe/percussion introduction brings to mind Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s East Hastings, but soon ascends above and beyond in the moody excitement of Swans’ rich, rolling and diverse constructs. The track is largely representative of Swans live: in the course of a two-hour show we were subjected to only six songs, but each successive track sapped more sanity and drove the sheer weight of the sound into the audience.

The crowd varied in age and well-represented the diverse appeal of Swans’ music. As support, Sir Richard Bishop’s music promised a fine and delicate contrast to the onslaught which followed. What he presented, however, was a dirtier, more convoluted sound. To watch his fingers it was clear that technically his playing was precise, even in its more chaotic motions, yet the sound was dense and reverberated angrily through the venue’s halls.

Continue reading “Review: SWANS & Sir Richard Bishop @ The Arches 16/11/12”

Review: Blogger Christmas Party

Last Monday night things took a festive turn as GUM got kitted out in a Christmas jumper and headed down to The Monkey Bar for the Blogger Christmas Party. Greeted with a glass of sparkly on arrival and a warm welcome from the events organisers, the night began with a bang. Headed up by Claire from Bee Waits For No One, Gill from g i l l i a n , e t c . and Roisin from Lost My Heart In Wonderland… , it promised to be a fun-filled evening giving Scottish bloggers the chance to get together and chat over a backdrop of tinsel, crackers and cheesy Christmas tunes.

146269313_BDNcR-L
Bloggers included Glasgow-girl Wendy from Thankfifi , whose blog about fashion and great personal style has attracted many a follower over the past year and newcomer Iona from Iona Blogs who set up her  blog on fashion, beauty and everything else in between just a few months ago.  We also got chatting to Lynne Anderson of Evil-Lynne loves you…, the multi-talented woman behind Tatty Bon who also doubles as make-up artist. Her blog is stamped with individual, unique style and on it she promises: ‘nothing I feature on here will be very expensive’. Perfect for us students, then!

The night wasn’t just about festive fun and Christmas cheer, the ladies also decided to host a raffle to raise money for Glasgow Women’s Aid, a charity which supports women, children and young people experiencing Domestic Abuse. The raffle raised a fantastic £190, which will go to providing information, support and temporary refuge for those affected by Domestic Abuse.

Continue reading “Review: Blogger Christmas Party”

Review: Sonica

Sonica, a festival of sonic arts showcasing both British and International artists, had its world premier in Glasgow this November. The festival was produced by a company called Cryptic, whose goal is to nurture and develop the Scottish visual arts.  Their intentions came to fruition in this two-week festival.  Showcasing a wide variety of work from international artists (including our very own Luke Fowler) Sonica presented a range of interesting shows: including their children’s program, presenting the darker side of ‘Ecstatic Art’, as well as putting on a generous amount of free exhibitions.

Robin Fox, photo by Lasse Marhaug

Sonica utilized a wide range of interesting spaces in Glasgow. This provided not only an artistic experience for the viewers but also an element of adventure, in which  punters must discover the various locations of the shows. However, this may have been a touch too experimental at points- the “pop up festival hub” was a little too spontaneous and on another occasion, a miscommunication led to one of the exhibitions being cut short a day early without any warning.  But, despite this, one must admire the artistic ingenuity of the organizers.  The shows that were presented successfully, on location and on time, were triumphant.

Robin Foxe’s Laser show, for instance, was a particular hit. Upon viewing the show, there was a separate installation as you entered into the performance space which gave you a feel for what you were about to experience. The piece played on the idea of our modern day conception of fun: in the liquid, musical and visual sense. It was an arrangement of glasses catching the light as they rotated on a disk turntable.  A simple idea but one which captivates the viewer and could engage you for hours, as the light cut through the glasses in speckled flecks. The performance space was not a seated floor plan, but just people standing in an open space. There was an unusual element to the show in the sense that there was more than one area which required your attention. I anticipated that I would be concentrating solely in the direction of the light source, but then would entirely miss the actual projection of the light onto the back wall. In between these two displays were the strong beams of green light cutting through the room to create a performance with three spheres of entertainment.

Continue reading “Review: Sonica”

Review: The Pokey Hat and Jeffrey Campbell Launch

 image by Olivia Vitzakova
image by Olivia Vitzakova

This Tuesday, GUM attended a highly anticipated fashion show organised by online fashion boutique the Pokey Hat to celebrate the arrival of the Jeffrey Campbell shoe collection into the Pokey Hat stores. The fashion show was in trendy new club FabrIQ on Queen Street. After being seated in front of the catwalk, I looked through my goody bag, which featured candy jewellery – my favourite kind. The show started with a bang, dancers with black lace dresses twirling and whirling on the catwalk so close you could touch them. Then came the models wearing Pokey Hat clothes; a collection of both vintage and modern clothing by Scottish fashion designers. The models were wearing Jeffrey Campbell shoes with its characteristic wavy shapes and studs. It was difficult to know where to look as both the clothes and shoes were stunning. Our favourite piece was a woollen hat with spikes which is a must have this winter, making you feel warm and look cool at the same time. Who said fashion can’t be practical?

There was also a raffle to win a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes, I bought a ticket but didn’t win. I almost ended up crying in the corner, but the fact that my feet were already bleeding from a pair of ordinary heels almost made me grateful I didn’t win.

Continue reading “Review: The Pokey Hat and Jeffrey Campbell Launch”

Review: Nightwalk

If you like your fashion dark and sexy with a hint of crazy you’ve come to the right place. Nightwalk is more of an experience than just a fashion show, which is evident from its setting in The Arches, Glasgow’s most charismatic music and club venue.

After this year’s Autumn/Winter Nightwalk was rescheduled due to a blackout we were excited to finally witness what up-and-coming Scottish designers had to offer. From the neatly tailored shirts by the Swedish-born Jennie Lööf, or the entirely white collection of dresses entitled ‘White Noise’ by Betty Spoke, to playful latex creations by Betsabelle, each of the 14 designers had a unique vision. Womenswear clearly dominated the show however admirers of menswear (and male models!) were not disappointed by male design duo Nothing and several colourful designs by Brian Chan and a few other designers.

But how did the participants feel about the fashion show? GUM spoke to  Brian Chan who recently graduated from The Glasgow School of Art about his fashion label and first impressions of Nightwalk. Brian’s exquisite and inventive creations were one of the highlights of the show with his Paper Collage Waistcoat and Handbag Sculptures definitely channeling the avant garde. Brian describes his work as: “bold, daring, edgy, lively and trendy as well as offering an energetic galactic experience.” He focuses on the relationship between Art and Fashion, saying: “I am extending my art onto garments, a mode of direction to exhibit my work in a much broader perspective boosting my imagination and creativity.” His interest in art definitely comes across in his boldly coloured pieces, often decorated with splashes of paint and with paintbrushes used as accessories. My favourite piece was a red not-sure-if-dress or a fashion sculpture. As the model in red turned on the catwalk you could see that all the red stuff was coming from a paint can. Very clever. I’m surprised Lady Gaga hasn’t snapped it up yet.

Preview: Guilt. Free. Partying. ‘Make Noise’ Glasgow

Love partying?

Hate the guilt?

This is the one for you.

Imagine for a minute you’re the Glaswegian Pinocchio. It’s a Thursday Night and you fancy going clubbing. So you have a few drinks with your mates, head to Subby, and it’s all well and good until you get to the door and you find that instead of the usual bouncers it’s Jiminy Cricket standing there. Then he asks you when was the last time was that you recycled your mobile phone? Lost for words, you just blurt out that you don’t have a phone and before you know it, your nose has gotten so big that you can’t fit through the door.

Don’t be that guy.
Bring your broken electrical goods and exchange them for a night of clubbing goodness.

When: Thurs 22nd Nov

Where: Sub Club

Door tax: FREE with any broken electrical item. NB in the eventuality that you can’t find anything GUM recommends going via Murano/checking the nearest skip. (This is not an excuse to dash your phone out the window/drunkenly drop it down the toilet and claim a new one on insurance.)

Line up: Benji B (Radio 1) DJ Martelo  (NTS) and Conquering Animal Sound (Live set)

Continue reading “Preview: Guilt. Free. Partying. ‘Make Noise’ Glasgow”

Glasgow Business students create Eventhred

Glasgow University boasts a diverse range of talented and proactive students, and two entrepreneurial Business & Management students are definitely at the forefront of the cavalcade. Renata Pilikinaite and ­­­­Tadas Labudis have created a website which aims to collect information about upcoming events and present them with coherence and clarity.

The website, eventhread.com, gathers information from events scattered across the Internet and congregates them into one coherent, slick, and easy to use website, an online directory of where-to-go and what-to-see. The Alpha version is already live and is well into the swing of streamlining all the goings-on across the UK’s major cities, and the Beta version and iPhone App look ready to be available by mid-January. What Eventhread does is it provides all the necessary information for upcoming events, including directions through a map, links for purchasing tickets, and the option for refining searches according to event type, price, location, and date. This ability for personalized, individual searches of events is definitely rooted in the notions of no-nonsense, quick and easy web browsing, and it won’t only benefit the person browsing the site but also could lead to better exposure for events, particularly if a Facebook invitation somehow has eluded you.

Continue reading “Glasgow Business students create Eventhred”

Bold Souls: Pop-Up Fashion at it’s Best

It’s November. Which can only mean one thing in the shopping world: sharpen your elbows, you’re going to need them. Yes, Christmas fever is almost upon us. But what if we told you that this year there’s no need to sweat it out on the high street, fighting over mass-produced items and spending hours in seemingly endless queus? Bold Souls Stardust has come to save us all.

Bold Souls is a fashion Pop-Up, created two years ago by Glasgow-based designer Silvia Pellegrino and blogger Jonathan Pryce of Les Garçons de Glasgow and Another Garçon. Offering a unique shopping experience the event brings a plethora of local designers together under one roof, and give shoppers the chance to buy one-off items and personalised pieces. GUM spoke to organiser Silvia to find out how Bold Souls was conceived:

“What we wanted to do was to promote local talent and expand the community, meet more people that we could work with, meet more customers. We wanted to have a very seamless, open and fresh place where people could go to find unique fashion instead of buying high street and mass made fashion, that we find a lot of the time doesn’t really have spirit”. It is this community aspect which gives Bold Souls it’s buzzing atmosphere, uniting designers, creatives and customers alike over canapes and complimentary Kopparberg.

One year on from the last Bold Souls, Stardust promises to be bigger, better – and yes – bolder than before. Thursday 22nd November 2012 will see Flat 0/1 and Lucky 7 packed out with more than 20 stalls, where you can pick up one-off pieces from a host of local designers, both up-and-coming and established.  As Pellegrino explains: “We try to keep it colourful and diverse, everybody’s got their own style, we’re trying to have different tastes; the taste of our customers.” With such a variety of designers offering up everything from womenswear and menswear to accessories and jewellery, there really is something for everyone. Plus each item is beautifully crafted, high-quality and totally unique: this is a chance to see independent fashion at it’s best.”

Continue reading “Bold Souls: Pop-Up Fashion at it’s Best”

Frogbeats – Scantily Clad: A Night of Electro Swing

Frogbeats presents: Scantly Clad

We’re very excited about the latest club-night offering from the Frogbeats gang. The guys responsible for ‘Unleash the Beast’ (Sub Club’s monthly Jungle frolic) will be descending upon Chambre 69 this Friday for a night of feel-good, high-energy Electro Swing. Described as a “fusion of modern electronic dance beats with early 1900’s swing music”, it’s guaranteed to be the most unique Friday-night fun you’ll have this winter. GUM will be partying like it’s 1929, so dust off your top hats and come join us for a jive. What better way to showcase that Movember ‘tache?

Frogbeats Store – Tickets

Frogbeats Present: Scantily Clad
Denney
Friday 16th November
11pm – 3am
Chambre 69, 69 Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow, UK

“We’ve got a smile from ear to ear as we announce our newest project, Scantily Clad. Keeping with our high-energy and feel-good philosophy, debaucherous hilarity is a bona-fide guarantee this Friday night. How? Two words. ‘Electro Swing’. A fusion of modern electronic dance beats with early 1900’s swing music. Funk, hip-hop, soul and house – pretty much anything to help you find your groove – will all be thrown into the mix as Denney leads the evenings proceedings. And if that ain’t enough to get you tapping your feet, we’ve got hula hoopers, face painters, podium dancers, and well, a bar! Why are we so fancy?

Please be clad in your finest dresses and bonnets! A swinger must look their best.

£5 advanced tickets available @ www.frogbeats.com/tickets

£7 on the doors ladies and gentlemen.”

Parov Stelar- Catgroove

Spotlight: Valerie June

It’s hard to remember the hazy day’s of summer when you’re holed up in bed, surrounded by various unread books, resisting the urge to put the heating on whilst not quite being able to muster the motivation to haul ass yourself to the library.

That’s right folks, essay season is here; thankfully it’s not here to stay.

If you’re reading this, well done, at least your procrastination is less destructive than my Ebay habit. Let’s face it you’re not going to start reading that book anytime sooner, there’s no way you can ever keep up with your reading list so you may as well put those peepers to good use and have a butchers of Tess Hokin’s interview with up and coming soul sensation Valerie June. Disclaimer: GUM accept no responsibility for you blowing the dregs of your loan on ticket for Bestival 2013…

With Southern Belle charm and an resonating, unexpected voice, Valerie June practically glows in an aura of ‘Next-Big-Thing-ness’. She is staggeringly glamorous, with a head full of massive ringlets of dreadlocks and a beaming white smile, yet completely down to earth, chatting away in a Southern drawl you can’t help but find endearing. After years of menial jobs and selling records out of the back of her car, June is finally about to release her first album for a record label. We caught up with her just before her debut UK performance at Bestival, and can only say that you can expect to hear a whole lot more from this unique and talented musician.

How have you been finding the UK and Bestival so far? 

It’s been great so far, this is my first time here so it’s really different, the people here are so fearless in their fashion sense- I love it! I’ve been travelling all over and [Bestival] is incredible. It’s like some kinda magical fairyland.

Continue reading “Spotlight: Valerie June”

Tim Burton: A Return to Frankenweenie

On the 10th of October GUM were asked to fly down to the heart of London to see the film that would kick off the acclaimed London Film Festival, the 56th year the British Film Institute have thrown the city into movie-mania.


That film was Tim Burtons new 3D stop-motion masterpiece Frankenweenie, a story about a boy and his dog taken to macabre heights by the ex- Disney animators’ notoriously bizarre mind. Heavily based, as the title might suggest, on Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel Frankenstein, it’s modern animated counterpart is a surprising return to the early days of Burton and his 1984 short of the same title. It is interesting to see how the world has changed that Disney are now wholeheartedly endorsing the flick after sacking Burton for the same unconventional animations over twenty years ago.

For those of us who grew up on a staple of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more recently the likes of Corpse Bride, will not be strangers to the wonders of stop motion animation- but to see it in 3D and in black and white was a new experience altogether. The films plot rotates around Victor, a young, gaunt boy in typical tortured Burton fashion, and his dog Sparky who gets hit by a car and then resurrected by his stricken owner. With the film being cited as a ‘labour of love” with the director working closely with people of his past, such as Winona Ryder and Caherine O’Hara, as well as long-time musical partner Danny Elfman, the film hits a personal chord any Burton aficionado would be proud of.

With a “traveling road show” of actual sets from the film and an Animators Masterclass after the Press Conference (Burton is just how you’d expect him, wild haired and full of impersonations with madly gesticulating hands) the highlight of the film was indeed expounded to be the talent of the animators.

Continue reading “Tim Burton: A Return to Frankenweenie”

Nina Kraviz @SubCulture, 6th October 2012.

This week SubCulture followers were treated to the stunning Nina Kraviz for a mere £2 extra on the entry as part of the SubClub 25 celebrations. Rammed most Saturdays anyway, the turn out for the night was beyond impressive, everyone pressed together trying to get a glimpse at the DJ booth. The vibe was electric and united though, a team effort to show adoration for Nina resulting in two different people handing over roses and a million awed glances. The Russian beauty played a flawless set that had the Kraviz fans and SubCulture veterans on the floor for the entire night. Her mixes had it bang on, and the visible work she was putting into the set is worth noting. Having seen Kraviz earlier this year at Arena in Berlin, I can assure you that although keeping to her sound, the bass vibrating through the SubClub floor couldn’t have worked better with her minimal techno/house set. Keeping the crowd on the edge for the whole night playing tune after tune, including, of course, ‘Ghetto Kraviz’ and showing us just why she’s renowned for those dance moves. However, not to be dismissed are residents Harri and Domenic who closed for the night, feeding through some 90’s euphoria vibes until the lights came on. There might not have been so many glossy eyed stares coming from the dance floor but they kept the crowd on a massive peak until the extended 4am closing time, giving no shortage of evidence that the SubCulture night is a worthwhile Saturday night out, even without Nina.

Africa Express

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express is perhaps the ultimate jam-sesh. The annual event is a clash of cultures and juxtaposition of genres which somehow harmonises into a truly impressive experience and a reminder of music’s overwhelming power.

The concept? Collect 80 musicians from Africa, the UK, and around the world, throw them on a train for a week, and get them to write, make music, and play impromptu sets all over the country. With so many backgrounds, egos and musical styles jumbled onto one moving cylinder, a certain degree of chaos seems inevitable. But while a few technicalities and messy changeovers slipped in during the six hours of music, the result of Albarn’s project involves some seriously moving moments.

Designed as a political statement about unity, togetherness, and living together, Africa Express has been working its way around the country, delivering bongo drums, Baba Maal, Carl Barat, Rizzle Kicks, bagpipes, and more, all as one not-quite-seamless but all together brilliant performance. Each stop on the tour is unique and irreplicable, with the music transforming and changing along the journey and on the stage itself.

At Glasgow’s Arches, audience members were treated to an immense range of musical styles and unheard-of combinations. A bongo-backed karaoke version of ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ later gave way to South African rapper Spoek Mathambo and bagpipes. Later, Albarn himself played a song which he had started writing a few weeks before, and had finished on the train that afternoon. That song might have sounded entirely different at the next show, and it’s this kind of one-off musical spontaneity which makes ‘Afex’ so special.

Continue reading “Africa Express”

CORONA EXTRA LAUNCHES DJ CONTEST IN ASSOCIATION WITH MINISTRY OF SOUND

On this Thursday, 4th of October the renowned international competition dedicated to discovering hot new talent on the electronic scene is coming to our favourite arts space SWG3. Head down from 8-10 to witness the next potential scuba battle is out against Julio Bashmore’s long lost twin. Vitamins, Jasper James and Jackmaster will be providing the entertainment from then on. And all for a measly £5 get on it!

Review: Bestival

Bestival brought British Festival Season to a shuddering, sun-bathed climax this September as the summer’s penultimate event. Way down on the Isle of Wight, 55,000 punters clung to their last few days of reckless abandon like babies to their mother’s bosom, stirring up an atmosphere of determined enthusiasm not just for the lineup, but for life in general. A record breaking wildlife-themed fancy dress, mind-blowing musical acts across the board, and peak temperatures of 27 degrees heightened that enthusiasm to delirious euphoria.

British festivals haven’t had an easy time of it this year. With no Glasto, disasters like London’s Bloc, and the public eye focused on the Olympics, ticket sales saw major dips. So Bestival, galloping forward at the end of the season like a knight in shining armour, was a much needed reminder of what those unwashed weekends are all about.

 

The four day extravaganza kicked off with a groovy set from Hot Chip, Gary Numan strutting about the Big Top stage in multiple coats of eyeliner, and an overwhelming sense of relief after the long journey South. With tents, fairy lights, and 4000 meters of bunting stretching as far as the eye could see, the site was a small city, and even boasted an inflatable cathedral to make it official.

Punters woke to 3 dazzling days of sunshine and meandered around the massive arena, finding the weird and the wonderful at every turn. Tightrope walkers, ‘lycra-clad bearded trannies’, a burlesque tea tent, and a make-your-own veggie instrument stand were just a handful of the hidden gems twinkling in the fields. With so much on offer, it would have been easy to while away the weekend without ever visiting a stage, but on Friday afternoon the music was already floating through the airwaves at curator Rob Da Bank’s Replay stage. Jake Bugg played his raspy, bluesy tunes, a massive turn out for humble Mercury Prize nominees Alt-J spilled out onto grass, and the haunting vocals of Norwegian goddess Ane Brun radiated out of the Big Top. Things got sentimental as the sun set and Lianne La Havas told Bestival crowds, ‘you truly are the best…of all’.

All this emotion and things hadn’t even started on the mainstage. The xx pulled in one of the largest crowds in Besti-history for their UK festival exclusive, followed by Florence and the Machine, the ethereal redhead galloping across the stage like some sort of woodland nymph. As the arena wound down for the night, diehard partiers moved to Arcadia, a laser show/mechanical spider/dubstep DJ booth nestled among the campsites, and sleepyheads ventured into the curious ‘slumber disco’ to bob about over their passed-out peers.

Continue reading “Review: Bestival”

Review: Dimensions Festival

An abandoned Croatian fort, crystal clear waters, good vibes and a whole lot of electronic sounds. A new festival is born.

After having witnessed the rise and (very quick) fall of what was meant to be Bloc Festival in London earlier this summer, I must say that I was a little apprehensive about coming to Dimensions. Sure, this newcomer on the scene was organised by the experienced team behind award-winning Outlook Festival, but could they handle the up-sizing without any major teething problems?

Dimensions take place in the same abandoned fort on the Croatian coastline that has been the home of Outlook for the past five years. I dare to say that the location is one of the best things about this festival. If you’re camping, when you wake up in the morning (if you ever went to sleep, that is) because the sun has risen and is making you sweat through your sleeping bag, you simply roll out of your tent, grab a towel and make your way to the beach. In Glasgow you never get to realise this because we live in constant apocalyptic rain, but there’s nothing to cure a hangover and make you feel human again like crystal clear waters, a gentle sea breeze and some general good vibes. Day-time at Dimensions is all about the boat and beach parties. Six boats left the harbour every day and the music rarely stopped at the beach, with enthusiastic day-time ravers bouncing in the large sandpit under a DJ booth shaped like a large ship. The beach became the place to be in the day, whether you wanted to snooze in the shade, chill with a drink in one of the bars or dance under the hot sun.

Continue reading “Review: Dimensions Festival”

Review: Doune the Rabbit Hole

Surrounded almost entirely by endless fields of sheep, you’d never guess that the independent non-profit music festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole, took place just half an hour from Glasgow. A small collective of artists, hippies, toddlers and music-lovers assembled at Duncarron Medieval fort last weekend for some stellar performances in Scottish music and general good times.

With just 400 attendees (half of which seemed to be either performing or volunteering), the  3 day event had an intimate family vibe, with toddlers sloshing about in the mud and grownups getting sloshed on Thistly Cross Cider. Even at the main venue, the Jabberwocky stage, artists were within spitting distance of their adoring fans, which resulted in some hilarious requests, dedications and interactive antics.

We arrived on Friday afternoon to a laid-back group of happy campers and chilled acoustic music, punctuated by a couple of rollicking rock bands such as The Stagger Rats and the squealy fun of The Lovely Eggs. Wee ones caught raindrops at the Toddler’s Hangout or had a go at moulding clay at the Pottery Caravan while dreadlocked mums and dads chatted to musicians they’d see later onstage. Young folk were busy getting jolly and stumbling over tree-trunks or munching on some of the local nosh on offer- including steamy mugs of tea and hummus wraps from Glasgow’s very own Tchai-Ovna.

Continue reading “Review: Doune the Rabbit Hole”

Preview: Dimensions Festival

As mentioned in the GUM Outlook Festival preview, new and exciting things are happening at Fort Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia. This year, once the music from Outlook has gone quiet, it won’t be long until the Croatian coastline comes alive again with tunes from what promises to be one of the most important underground electronic music festivals in Europe this year. Electronic music and sound systems go hand in hand, and Dimensions promises a higher technical specification of sound systems than at any other festivals of its size. It’s definitely one for you techno junkies out there, and we know Glasgow has a few…

If you’re a student at Glasgow University, chances are you’ve discovered just how amazing the Glasgow music and club scene is. If you like your electronic sounds, blip-blop noises, 4×4 basslines and a bit of wubwubwub then you are also more than likely to recognise much of the Dimensions line-up from their Glasgow gigs earlier this year – Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO, Benji B, Blawan, Eliphino, Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Pinch, Pearson Sound, Theo Parrish and Zed Bias to name a few.

Continue reading “Preview: Dimensions Festival”

Bestival: Preview

It ain’t called Bestival for nothing, folks. If acts like Florence + the Machine, Ben Howard, Rizzle Kicks and Stevie Wonder (I repeat, Stevie Wonder) didn’t already have you on your knees, then just a glance at the rest of the lineup will see you begging for a ticket. The sheer variety of musical styles is staggering, but curator Rob da Bank has chosen only the cream of the crop from each genre, making Bestival the be-all-end-all of 2012’s festival circuit.

Reading the lineup has got us just about wetting ourselves with excitement; it features everyone from the ubersuccessful such as Emeli Sande, Nero, Two Door Cinema Club and Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros, to the lovely Lucy Rose (whose folksy sound has had crowds falling in love at festivals all over the country this summer) and DJ sets from Bassnectar and Jamie xx. In fact, there are so many heavyweight musical talents being plonked onto the Isle of Wight this September that it’s in danger of sinking.

Continue reading “Bestival: Preview”

Review: Kendal Calling 2012

After a glorious weekend of mud, music and general enjoyment, Kendal Calling organisers Ben Robinson and Andy Smith can sit back and congratulate themselves on another job well done. The 16 areas of the festival were filled to the brim with all kinds of entertainment, and everyone from the teeniest of tots to the greying festival-veteran wore a happy grin. There was no mystery as to why; Kendal Calling has so much to offer, you can’t help but find something special to smile at.

After pitching our camp comfortably close to both the arena and the main gate, we explored the various venues and found ourselves delightfully surrounded by fairy tale touches (a gingerbread house, a wishing tree and a ferris wheel to name a few). We wandered through the magical Woodlands stage, where silent discos were held at night and welly-clad kiddies danced in the mud by day, and tried our best to resist the temptation of a relaxing massage in the Garden of Eden. Laughter was already erupting from the Soapbox; a trend which continued all weekend with performances from mimes, comedians and musicians filling the circus-style marquee. Our exploring gave us quite the appetite, and there was no shortage of delicious options to choose from, even for veggie-vores like us. Tummies happy, we floated over to Chai Wallah’s and got stuck into the musical magic.

Continue reading “Review: Kendal Calling 2012”

Preview: Outlook Festival 2012

When Fort Punta Christo was built on the Croatian coast in the eighteen hundreds, it was most likely not with the intention of it being turned into a banging party venue every summer hosting one of Europe’s best festivals. Fortunately for us though, this is exactly what happened and since 2010 the abandoned fort has played host to Outlook festival, awarded “Best International Festival” at this year’s UK Festival Awards. The festival itself has been going since 2008, taking place in different locations across the Croatian coastline. With a promise to make 2012 the best year so far, the team behind the growing success have set out to create a festival experience you won’t forget.

Taking place on the 30th of August until the 3rd of September, Outlook is one of the last festivals of the season, perhaps that last bit of summer fun you’ll have before diving head-first back into autumn. Whilst festivals in the UK usually leave you knee-deep in mud, Croatia is a prime location for a summer festival with guaranteed sunny vibes. Pack your bikini; leave the Wellies behind – easy. It’s hard to think of a better combination than sunbathing and going swimming in crystal clear water in the day, and then dancing to some amazing live music all night (and morning) long. To whet your appetite, take a look at the 2011 Highlights – you can almost feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Continue reading “Preview: Outlook Festival 2012”

Little Goes a Long Way: Kendal Calling proves that big isn’t always better

Festival Season is upon us, and while the Big Guys like T in the Park, Reading, and Leeds are busy swamping the scene with their high prices and massive crowds, its worth taking look North to a smaller celebration of music and art. Think less cattle-herding between stages, more free-roaming wildlife; less queuing for overpriced Tuborg, more real ale from the hands of the bearded men who make it; less wandering lost amongst leering strangers, more befriending everyone you meet. With so much love to give, Kendall Calling offers festival-goers a breath of fresh Cumbrian air.

Music-lovers have flocked to the deer dappled fields of the Lake District and frolicked in the friendly atmosphere, fantastic music and delicious nosh of Kendal Calling for the past six years. At nearly ten times its initial capacity, the festival has grown into a three-day wonderland involving sixteen unique stages, all bringing a different piece of the magical puzzle to the table. There’s the House Party tent, complete with biscuits and beds to jump on; the Garden of Eden, where you can treat yourself to a massage or simply recover from the night before in the tranquil beauty of the Lake District; and the Ladybird children’s area, giving out free story-telling, mask making and music workshops to the wee-est attendees.

Continue reading “Little Goes a Long Way: Kendal Calling proves that big isn’t always better”

Take a Nightwalk on the wild side

Designer: Hannah Mitchell, Model: Madeline Harvey-Brown

Creativity and community are two buzz words on the Glasgow fashion scene; bursting at the seams with up-and-coming talent, the city boasts a colourful network of designers, models, make-up artists and hair stylists. With independent events forming a strong backbone, nothing gives fashion a bigger sense of community than a vibrant catwalk event to bring  together people from all ends of the fashion spectrum.

Continue reading “Take a Nightwalk on the wild side”

Rubix Glasgow: A new night a Sub Club

Words by Tom Clarke.

Thursday the 22nd of March saw the launch of a new club night at Sub Club. The name of the night is Rubix and the organisers are Joshua Plotnek, Abraham Parker-Clare, David Shields, Daniel Bartling, James Oglethorpe and Calum Lindsay. All are second year students at the university of Glasgow and this is there first ever night. Continue reading “Rubix Glasgow: A new night a Sub Club”

GSA Fashion Show 2012

In the light of the article featured in the latest issue of GUM  on GU and GSA students interacting (or as it so happens, not interacting), I find it only too fitting that we are being given the chance, on a plate (and a fashionable one to boot), to amend this with the GSA Fashion Show. Last night consequently saw me heading over to SWG3 to have a swatch at what the GSA fashion and textile design students have to offer. Continue reading “GSA Fashion Show 2012”

GSA and GU – a love story?

As you may have noticed in our latest issue, we suggested that GUM readers head down to the Glasgow School of Art exhibition ‘To Have a Voice’ and make some new, arty friends. We at GUM hope that Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art students will mix a bit more in the future, and we’re pretty sure we’re not alone.

To make this happen, we suggest that you start off with taking a look at the following pages:

The Art School Union website: http://theartschool.co.uk/, here you will find exciting events and information about what’s going on at the new (temporary) Art School Union.

FOLD – GSA Student Magazine: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FOLD-GSA-Student-Magazine/229732270414538?ref=ts&sk=wall, FOLD is GUM’s new best friend and brings you some inspiring content in an interesting format.

Next, GSA student Sophie Nicoll shares her thoughts on this could-be love story:

Prior to my first week as a fresher at Glasgow School of Art, I expected the stereotypical university experience – fancy dress, pub crawls, student events, drinking games – everything other universities offer. But, while GSA had a few social events within the art school in Freshers week, there were none that mixed with Glasgow University. While GU students were at the Pendulum DJ set, GSA Freshers were experiencing their first ‘Strip the Willow’ – a contrast indeed. To me, it was university life but with the sound turned down. The art school is a very small community and when I applied I didn’t quite realise how insular it really is. I assumed that the university and the art school were more connected than they actually are, but in actual fact each has a very separate social scene.

Continue reading “GSA and GU – a love story?”

Preview – the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Stuart Humphries gives GUM readers his top 5 Must See Shows of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Everyone likes to get treated on their birthdays, and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival is no different. Between the 15th March – 1st April, GCIF turns ten and we are getting spoilt rotten. This year is set to be bigger than ever, and with over 330 comedians coming to town, just picking a show seems like a daunting task. To make things a little easier I give you my 5 must see shows of the GICF: 

1. Simon Munnery: Hats off to the 101ers & Other Material

The Stand, 20th March

Alternative comedy at its finest, Munnery returns to Glasgow with a show which he describes as “an extravagant mess of foaming bubble hats, superlative jokes, bad guitar riffs, delightful monologues, hand-made engineering feats and an overly ambitious one-man punk musical about the R101 airship of the 1930s.”

2. Late Night Gimp Fight

The Tron Theatre, 30th/31st March

The Gimps bring their own brand of sketch comedy to the Tron Theatre after a successful Edinburgh Fringe. With the artistic director of the Soho Theatre directing this show, it promises to deliver the most flamboyant and creative knob-gags anyone will ever see.

3. Mark Nelson: Live and Unleashed

Oran Mor, 30th March

A complete sell-out in the last few CGIFs, this festival favorite is back after swiftly becoming a regular on the U.K circuit. Support Scottish comedy and go see Mark Nelson.

4. Tony Law: Go Mr. Tony, Go!

The Stand, 28th March

Nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ in the 2012 Chortle Awards and winner of the 2011 Amused Moose Laughter Award, Tony Law is a very funny man and a must see of the GICF.

5. Doug Stanhope

The Kings Theatre, 30th March.

Doug Stanhope returns to Glasgow after storming the Comedy Festival last year. Seen recently on Charlie Brooker’s Screewipe, this no-holds-barred comic is definitely no stranger to controversy. Those easily offended may want to stay away!

Frogbeats – Unleash the Beast

GUM’s friends over at Frogbeats have a monthly night at Sub Club, and here’s why you should head down and join us for a dance.

If there’s one thing Glasgow’s missing, it’s the call of the wild. Drum and bass and jungle are rarities up here so it’s with relief that we can finally unleash a monthly night of tasty beats at Sub Club. Frogbeats has just started up, but is already pulling in the native tribe with resident and guest DJ’s showcasing some classic tunes from the old and new. So put on your war face and head down this Thursday, you’re in for a treat this week as the Beast is let loose. Expect some massive tunes to move yo’ feet.

Check out their facebook page for more information on up and coming events: http://www.facebook.com/events/347512171955415/

PREVIEW: Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

As part of this year’s Glasgow Music and Film Festival, both The GFT and Cineworld will be holding a screening of Michael Rapaport’s feature length documentary on one of Hip Hop’s most influential groups A Tribe Called Quest. Rapaport explores the often turbulent relationship between band members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi, from their early days in Queens, New York to their rise to fame, and through the making of their five albums. The film combines early footage of the groups performances and interviews throughout the late eighties and nineties documenting the making of the first three albums, Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low and Theory and Midnight Marauders, and the challenges they face making their fourth and fifth albums before the group officially split. The love/hate relationship between group members and old friends Q-Tip and Phife comes to a tense climax during the making of the penultimate album Beats, Rhymes and Life which marks the beginning of the end for the Tribe. However, Rapaport joins the group in 2010 when they reunite to perform at Rock the Bells festival after Phife’s health problems put the group’s disputes into perspective. Interviews from De La Soul, The Beastie Boys, Common, Pharrell Williams and many more illustrate just how influential Tribe’s jazz inspired beats are in the music industry. Beats Rhymes and Life is both funny and in parts touching, but the highlight of the film has to of course be the music itself.

SHOWINGS:

@ Cineworld on Wed 22nd Feb, 1pm and

@ Glasgow Film Theatre on Sat 25th Feb, 10.45 pm.

(see respective websites for more information about tickets etc)

By Ruby McDougall

COMPETITION! High Places and Umberto @ The Arches

GUM has teamed up with the Glasgow Music and Film Festival (part of Glasgow Film Festival) with a fantastic gig competition for readers. Three winners will win a pair of tickets each to see High Places at the Arches on Thursday 16th February and also Umberto at SWG3 on Saturday 25th February as part of the festival.

DIY dance-punk bedroom experimentalists High Places recorded their debut album in 2008 using anything they could get their hands on – a 12 string guitar, banjo and kalimba as well as plastic bags, mixing bowls and other household objects. The result was an idiosyncratic combination of elements – global polyrhythms, hip-hop beats, post punk basslines and field recordings, bound together by a rough, DIY production which hovers somewhere between a dance punk, folk and lo-fi aesthetic. Live, it’s much the same ethos, with Mary manipulating her vocals with delays, pedals and loops, and Rob creating percussion with drum pads, samplers and IRL percussion like wood blocks. Now relocated to LA from New York, they’ve been swept up in the wave of nu-cool, experimental bands– touring with Deerhunter, Yacht, Dan Deacon and last year’s GMFF guests Lucky Dragons, to name but a few.

The alter ego of musician Matt Hill, Umberto is a one-man band crafting horror score creep-scapes for the digital age. Umberto’s music is a hypnotic, all-consuming journey, reeling you into a foggy, neon-lit world of graveyards, stalkers, haunted houses, witches and blood-stained corpses. Evoking the unsettling progressive rock of Goblin and the sinister, dystopian synth-work of John Carpenter, his acclaimed releases have garnered considerable praise for their staggering, gothic take on italo disco and new-wave synth pop. Flying over exclusively from Kansas City, Missouri, Umberto will be performing a live soundtrack to a secret film, with support from power-sleaze duo Organs of Love & Strange Vice DJs. Join David Barbarossa, Claudia Nova, Older Lover and Henry Fondler at the official afterparty at SWG3 from 11pm-2am. More at www.facebook.com/glasgowmusicandfilm.

Now in its fourth year, the Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a series of one-off events combining audio and visuals. Lovingly co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from the Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, the results range from the entertaining to the inspirational to the downright weird.This year’s festival runs from 16th-26th February 2012 and and comprises a series of gigs at venues across the city, complemented by a programme of music documentaries and fiction films at the GFT. If you’re not lucky enough to win this time, tickets for High Places, Umberto and all GMFF gigs are available from both the GFT (0141 353 6535) and Arches box offices (0141 565 1000). You can also book online/get more festival information at www.thearches.co.uk orwww.glasgowfilm.org/festival.

Just answer the following question:

From which American city did High Places originate?

Please send answers, with your name and mobile number to [email protected] by Wednesday 15th February to win!

Terms & Conditions:

Competition open to over 18s only
Prize is not transferable
Prize is three winners to receive a pair of tickets each for High Places and Umberto as part of GMFF

Daft Friday Interview/Review 16.12.11

As GUM arrives early in the night of Daft Friday, it is safe to say that the Glasgow University Union looks pretty damn good. Apart from the beautifully dressed crowd, with girls in their cocktail dresses and ball gowns and boys in suits or kilts, the whole union has been covered in some, to say the least, impressive artwork.

Those who have been to Daft Friday in previous years may expect to enter a parallel universe stepping through the doors of the union. Last year, that universe involved elves, hobbits and a rather famous ring. This year, we step into a whole new galaxy – Star Wars.

GUM caught up with the creative team behind this years’ Daft Friday artwork to find out just how much blood, sweat and fun it takes to transform a university union into a different world for one night.

“It is important to pick a theme that students will recognise”, head painter James South tells me. “If somebody comes in and they see something they don’t know well, they won’t get that “wow”-factor that we’re after. Star Wars is such a big and dramatic thing that I think it’s right for this environment”.

James came back to Daft Friday after a gap of a few years. “I thought that the artwork wasn’t what it used to be, we weren’t delivering like we used to”, he says. “People were walking around without really caring, we needed to make people open their eyes and really go “wow”.”

Last year when it was Lord of the Rings that covered the walls, the same idea of recognition was behind it. The artwork needs to be easily recognisable and it needs to be dramatic. So far, every year has also been film themed, the team tells me.

Creating this multiple floor piece of art is, not so surprisingly, a lengthy process. James starts with collecting material and finding iconic moments from the chosen story. It is important to get the scenes right, he explains, as the story of the films is told as you walk up the floors of the building. It starts at the bottom and walking up the stairs, one can follow the story right to the final scenes at the top.

Continue reading “Daft Friday Interview/Review 16.12.11”

Review – Frightened Rabbit @ Daft Friday 16.12.11

Putting one of Scotland’s local indie darlings onstage just before midnight at Glasgow University’s annual black tie ball is sure to yield a predictably drunken turnout, and although there’s no abundance of staggering youngsters, who don’t seem to know what room they’ve ended up in tonight, the core of Frightened Rabbit’s audience know exactly what they came here for.

The band have come a long way since sophomore album The Midnight Organ Fight blew up in 2008, and with all the subsequent critical acclaim and overseas touring (not to mention the release of an even more successful follow-up), it feels as if things have come full circle here at their last gig of 2011. There’s a rich sense of homeliness in the room as frontman Scott Hutchison beams around halfway through the set: “Thanks for coming to the Frightened Rabbit office Christmas party”. He later checks up on the crowd: “I hope you’re doing okay out there. We’re having a fucking great time”. The man’s earned the right to be enjoying himself, and, having performed well-received set staples like I Feel Better and Fast Blood, his band have no doubt proved their relevance to any naysayers that may have been present up to this point.

Continue reading “Review – Frightened Rabbit @ Daft Friday 16.12.11”

[[[[[ !COMPETITION! ]]]]] MS DYNAMITE, 17th DEC, THE ARCHES

GUM has teamed up with the Arches to offer University of Glasgow students the chance to win two pairs of tickets to Noisey Nights at the Arches with Ms Dynamite on Saturday 17th December.

Coming just before the Christmas holiday, the Arches, Mixed Bizness and Vice Magazine’s Noisey Nights have teamed up to bring you some of the best names in dubstep, garage and all things bass for a night of jaw-wobbling carnage.

Back from releasing new single Neva Soft, the one-time Mercury, two times BRIT and three times MOBO award-winning Ms. Dynamite is one of the freshest rappers and singers of the past decade – her crowd-teasing  performance with Magnetic Man at the Subclub earlier this year was proof, if any were needed.Borrowing from hip hop, R&B, grime and UK garage, her ten-year career has seen her grow from Dy-Na-Mi-Tee and It Takes More, off debut album A Little Deeper, to the sophisticated soul-dancehall-DnB crossover of latest single Neva Soft, whilst her collaborations with Katy B, Redlight, Magnetic Man, Benga and DJ Zinc – seem to have cemented her reputation as the godmother of the UK scene.

She’ll be supported on the night by Manchester bass champions Murkage, ever rising UK producer Doorly, and the ever fresh party starter Boom Monk Ben. Come in from the frost, and prepare to get very sweaty.

NOW HOW DO I WIN?

Simply answer the following question:
How many times has Ms Dynamite won the Mercury Music Prize?
Please send the answer with your name and contact number by 15th December to [email protected]
IT’S AS EASY AS THAT.

If you’re not lucky enough to win this time, tickets for Noisey Nights are available by calling the Arches on 0141 565 1000  or via the website at www.thearches.co.uk

Terms and conditions:
Open to those aged 18 and over
This prize is not transferable
Prize is for two winners and a guest to attend Noisey Nights on Sat 17 December at the Arches, Glasgow.
Management reserve the right to refuse admission.

Review: Pass The Spoon @ Tramway

Pass The Spoon has been described as an opera about food created by artist David Shrigley, composer David Fennessy and director Nicholas Bone of Magnetic North Theatre. This may seem a little intriguing already but take a minute to digest that first name and you can predict it’s going to get a whole lot stranger.

Trying to put the ‘opera’ into some kind of understandable context is challenging so considering Shrigley’s ubiquitous art work should make it slightly clearer. But then you think of the odd little drawings and again you find difficulty in pinning down precisely the bizarre humour and charm that makes his work appeal so widely. Shrigley shows an ability to find the farcical in the mundane and has an inexplicable sense of humour shot through with morbidity. Therefore any concise explanation of Pass the Spoon would always elude me. I can only sum up my pre-performance thoughts as ‘weird shit was going to happen’. Continue reading “Review: Pass The Spoon @ Tramway”

Review: Azari and III @ The Arches

Competition for Glasgow’s clubbing elite was fierce on 12th November with Sub Club and The Arches both vying for the loyal student crowd. Their respective weapons were: LoFi magnate of the moment Julio Bashmore in the Jamaica Street basement and House-revivalists, Azari & III, around the corner in the Victorian, vaulted chambers of Scotland’s “best late night venue”, The Arches (SLTN Awards). No matter where allegiances lay last weekend one thing was clear – House is back, and it’s here to stay.

Words and Photos by Marcus Jack

On just after half 11, Azari & III were a man down. Fritz was missing. A blurry explanation suggested a lost voice – no doubt a result of extensive touring and the repeated exercise of demanding bass vocals. Their slot was a hybrid, somewhere between gig headliner and club night marathon opener – Death Disco was to follow featuring L-Vis 1990 and Visions of Trees. Opening strong with instrumental track ‘Manhooker’, electroclash Caesars Dinamo Azari and Alixander III showcase their talents without vocal presence. Azari on drum machine, Alixander over mixing console, both consult their synths regularly. The result is an excitingly sinister beat, an ultra-low frequency wall of dark house that keeps building in anticipation of theatre.

Theatre arrives when Cedric (a.k.a. Starving Yet Full) floats onto centre stage, androgyny in a black leather jacket, translucent chiffon shirt, brogues and a fur hat. Mixing straight into the irrefutable banger ‘Hungry for the Power’ Cedric shines against the pared back set and broody lighting. His voice is flawless, referencing New Wave behemoth Grace Jones and easily rivalling contemporaries like Hercules & Love Affair. The crowd lights up recognising the thumping bass and foreseeing the voodoo lyrics which berate Western greed: ‘I’m hungry for the power/Hour after hour/Crazy for your love/But love is not enough’. Fritz’ deep spoken vocals are missed – but the band’s dynamic and impressive energy more than make up for it.

Fully engaged with the club vibe, each record is seamlessly mixed into the next. Despite a plague of technical difficulties the band never loses professionalism – an ethic also indicated by their numerous high profile patrons: Annie Mac, Friendly Fires and Boys Noize. The group genuinely appreciate their success, and it shows.  The energy never falters.

 

 

 

   ‘Manic’ is the surprising pièce de résistance of the set. It has a hook which surpasses comprehension*, something in the lyrics, in the attitude of the record that becomes contagious. The thumping resonance of the track gets the crowd climaxing, everyone dancing introspectively in a fit of twists and hands. Decidedly dark the sound only goes deeper, from ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’ mixed through the rest of their eponymous debut album to the concluding and aptly labelled ‘Into the Night’.

* See below – It has to be heard.

Cedric is fascinating, stripping and writhing in perfect time he embodies the sound completely, an exotic Peaches, it’s hard not to be mesmerised. Despite this, producers are never lost; Azari sparks up on stage with a sense of James Dean cool, and Alixander responds to Cedric, twisting around mic stands and grinding against the colossal PA system. Responding to a new tradition of cold electronic music – namely the new populist brand of schizophrenic, imported “dubstep” – Azari & III are confidently part of an old movement revitalised, with a proud history and consciousness. House is back and stronger than ever.

Mummy Short Arms EP Launch – “It’s a Glasgow thing, y’know?”

Saturday the 12th of November saw the release of Mummy Short Arms’ single ‘Change’ at Pivo Pivo. In the back of the bar’s kitchen, the band talked to GUM about life as Mummy Short Arms, a band’s life in Glasgow and what the future holds for them.

Words by Tom Clarke, Photos by Jassy Earl

Mummy Short Arms have been kicking around Glasgow for a while now. “I think we’ve been going since 2003” muses James Allan, the bands singer and harmonica player as the band begin to divulge their history. Aside from Allan, the band are Fraser Gillies on guitar, Garry Pinkerton on drums, Stuart Brown also on guitar, Dean McClure on keys, Cameron Findlay on bass and Craig Brown who purportedly does “many things within the band”. Having started out as a three piece, the band have come a long way from their origins of covering The Cranberries and The Pixies with Fraser on vocals. Picking up Dean “because he’s a keyboard master plus he had a microkorg (synthesizer) before the guy from The Killers”, and moving James onto vocals, Mummy Short Arms have come to create a sound that, as Cameron puts it, is simply “quite different from what a lot of bands (in Glasgow) are doing”. It is a sound that is defined most notably by Allen’s rough, howling and whooping voice that has drawn comparisons to Captain Beefheart in reviews and interviews and which is reminiscent of Isaac Brock’s vocals with Modest Mouse.

Continue reading “Mummy Short Arms EP Launch – “It’s a Glasgow thing, y’know?””

Review: Hyde & Beast @ Captain’s Rest, 8th November

What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians?

–          A drummer.

Yeah, ok, never really great are they? Regardless, everyone knows at least one drummer joke. In fact there’s a whole website dedicated to them. It’s called drumjokes.com; almost as simple as the subject matter (ZING). I never was good at jokes. Anyway… this incessant rambling about drummer jokes is actually relevant, I swear. This is because there’s something rather peculiar about Hyde & Beast, the indie-psych-rock duo from Sunderland; they are both better known for being drummers in bands The Futureheads (Dave Hyde) and Golden Virgins (Neil Bassett).  So what happens when two drummers get together and make some music? In this case – magic.

The duo brought their brand of laid back, harmony drenched cosmic pop to Glasgow’s Captain’s Rest on Tuesday 8th November, bringing their music alive with the help of four other musicians. The crowd were few but the band filled the room with tunes from their debut album ‘Slow Down’, which was released this summer.

Continue reading “Review: Hyde & Beast @ Captain’s Rest, 8th November”

Preview – Azari and III @ The Arches – 12th November

A visual feast, Azari & III take to the cavernous stage of  The Arches as part of a UK & Europe-wide tour this autumn – Saturday 12th November 11pm-3am. Here, Marcus Jack inspects their sound  in expectation of their performance.

Grace Jones meets Justice; Azari & III are a four-piece from Toronto shaking house music to its ancient roots. Composed of producers Christian Farley and Alphonse Lanza (aka Dinamo Azari and Alixander II) and vocalists Fritz Helder and Cedric Gasiada their unique set up provokes a sense of performance and theatre.

Akin to two almost-mechanical electroclash Caesars manipulating their two vocalist marionettes – who reference everything from Prince to Peaches – the group are a response to the mutilated house genre. A brilliant, sultry and decadent debut – the result is intoxicating.

Continue reading “Preview – Azari and III @ The Arches – 12th November”

Creatures of The Night @ Ashton Lane

With Pendulum, Foals, Capitals and Boycotts – 29th October

There are a number of things which first raised my suspicions in this Halloween event – The fact that it was run by a massive beer company (down wiv capitalism!), doubts it would be ‘the Halloween party to end them all’ it claimed and I suppose this is just snobbery, but the Pendulum DJ set.

It started of relatively gently with brilliant sets from local bands Boycotts and Capitals. They managed to pull in decent crowds and gave full on performances despite the tiny space of Brel’s conservatory. It does seem like I’m championing the underdog here, but it really is too easy when over at the Grosvenor Café, Pendulum took to the podium to inevitably reign over the whole event.

Yes, I have beef with Pendulum. I just can’t get over their relentless build ups and break downs and constant touring of an album released in 2008 – October must be a quiet time for the band, what with the Fresher’s Week season well and truly finished 2 months ago. Whilst there was an inordinate amount of fist pumping wankers at the front, Pendulum can only be applauded for filling such a large space and getting what felt like 3785 people bouncing simultaneously.

Continue reading “Creatures of The Night @ Ashton Lane”

Review – Musicbox ‘Double Bill’ with Kitty The Lion and Bear Bones @ Stereo

On 20th October Megan Donald visited Stereo to see some quality emerging talent and to try to understand the state of the much debated  ‘folk-pop’.   Photos by Fiona Boyd.

Looking back at the preview I wrote for Musicbox ‘Double Bill’, it is admittedly heavy in hyperbole. It’s too easy a path to stumble down when you want to convey boundless enthusiasm but are, as ever, pushed for time/a bit lazy. Waving about such high claims is a very precarious thing to do: “A finer collection of Scottish acoustic artists would be near impossible to find”, I declared. Re-reading this and a massive ‘REALLY?’ rings in my head. In hindsight though, perhaps my slight idleness can be brushed aside – Musicbox ‘Double Bill’ really was impressive.

And pulling off a night dedicated to folk pop is no easy thing. As a genre it’s especially prone to crappy impersonators – open mic regulars with acoustic guitars, where the only relief is the chance appearance of a tambourine. This gig proved that this luckily isn’t folk’s fate.  With a total of 4 acts playing, there was a fine balance between stylistic variety and cohesiveness between the bands, meaning the night never dragged but managed to demonstrate the breadth of styles which are usually lumped together under the genre. In fact it helped dissolve the acoustic, Arran jumper-wearing stereotype – it was unpretentious, loud and there weren’t really that many beards. To understand a bit more about the artists involved I spoke to them about their own distinctive styles, and tried to see what links them.

Continue reading “Review – Musicbox ‘Double Bill’ with Kitty The Lion and Bear Bones @ Stereo”

Death Disco October – Half Price Passes!

Another month, another Death Disco!

On Saturday 15th October, The Arches holds its regular poly-sexual electronic extravaganza in the name of Glasgay!, the city’s renowned queer arts festival. This night in particular is  ridden with trashy disco wonders, not least with the endlessly inventive and bizarre Peaches.

Continue reading “Death Disco October – Half Price Passes!”

Double Sight – Holly Calder takes you back a generation

Contributor Sophie McGraw meets up with local DJ Holly Calder to discuss Glasgow’s alternative  mod-tastic psych scene with special mention to upcoming 60’s weekender, Double Sight.

A stroll down Sauchiehall Street on a Friday night with the gals clad in skirts that could pass for belts hanging outside the sticky-floored Garage to the constant chorus of Sex on Fire booming out of Campus (yes, still), it can often have you wondering where Glasgow gets it’s reputation of having a diverse, vibrant clubbing scene. Granted, the techno and house nights are a-plenty with places like Sub Club and Vitamins events offering something fresh for your ears but for a trip (no pun intended) back in time to when the clothes were smarter and the tunes were played by DJ’s sans laptops, Glasgow’s 60’s scene is thriving.

Local psych and garage DJ Holly Calder (EWO/Double Sight), told us how she believes Glasgow to be one of the best places to be in the UK right now for 60’s lovers, hosting a variety of different club nights catering for whatever genre you’re into, be it psychedelic, ska, northern soul or R&B, or if you’re looking for a bit of everything. These nights go on in a variety of venues around the city centre, some of note being Put The Records On, Eyes Wide Open, Friday Street, Grow Your Own and Freakbeats.

However, after spending time DJ’ing around Europe, being influenced by the atmosphere and music played, the girls behind Eyes Wide Open (Holly Calder and Sarah Quinn), decided to take the plunge and organise a garage and psych weekender in Glasgow. With a priority of playing ‘danceable’ music, the kind of stuff to expect will range from 60s pop, to psychedelic, garage and freakbeat. Bands like The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors and The Small Faces are sure to get played along with some of the more experimental of 60s music, often done by one hit wonders, with a heavy focus on guitar music from the period.

Attracting a diverse crowd, Holly informed us that there will be people coming from Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland and Brazil especially for Double Sight. Keen to show them how Glasgow does it, there will be a definite party atmosphere throughout the events.

 

Continue reading “Double Sight – Holly Calder takes you back a generation”

Preview – Musicbox ‘Double Bill’ with Kitty The Lion and Bear Bones @ Stereo, 20th October

20th October sees showcasers Musicbox travel up to Glasgow having started out in Brighton last year, where they collected local acoustic talent and provided them with a platform to perform. Using the same idea in Stereo, Musicbox is bringing you Kitty and The Lion, Bear Bones, Chasing Owls and Bella Spinks, but this by no means demonstrates quantity over quality.

A finer collection of Scottish acoustic artists would be near impossible to find as these bands are the names to drop if you’re into emerging local music. Beguiling twee-pop musicians Kitty the Lion and 8 piece folk ensemble Bear Bones head the night with support from the charming Chasing Owls and Bella Spinks. Expect music that has a gentle heart full of hometown memories, bizarre oddities and amusing experiences. GUM will be attending of course and having a thoughtful pint with the night’s performers so if the event itself is not enough for you, look forward to reading more about the artists in a future feature!

Found out more about it here at their Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275378259144434

And here’s something to get you going for now and give you an idea of the splendours that await…

Subcity Nightvision – A Review

If you weren’t dressed as a giraffe (for the GUSA party, that is) on Wednesday 14th September, then likely stuff you were at Subcity Nightvision, the first party of the academic year held by Glasgow Univesity’s Subcity Radio.  Held in SubClub, Glasgow’s mecca of clubbing cool, the night gave freshers a break from the whole student union scene and plunged them into the darkness of Glasgwegian electronic music.

It all began with a bus tour around Glasgow, which highlighted the delights the West End has to offer from the top of a rather breezy blue bus. Acting as tour guides were Subcity’s Deadbeat Club who unleashed such hilariously useful snippets of information as where to meet a halal butcher at 5am. Off the bus, and it was into the venue where spidery green lighting transformed SubClub into a post-industrial beating heart, a musical Gotham City.

With a line-up ranging from music collective Bigfoot’s DJ to the infectious, minimal techno of Animal Hospital, it was a truly a night that initiated everyone into the ways of Glasgow’s vast music scene. Smooth, loungy soul gave way to harder dubstep and italo with occasional slices of delightfully obscure RnB. This really is as heady a night as you will get in Glasgow so make sure you don’t miss the next one.

Live Review: Wireless Festival, London 02.07.11

Gerry Moore

Since it was first established in 2005, The Wireless festival has proved itself a worthy contender to rival any heavyweight  summer festival. Wireless has brought a consistently impressive line-up right into the heart of London at its Hyde Park site for its annual 3-day weekender. This year’s edition was the biggest yet, running from Friday 1st July through Sunday 3rd, delivering some top quality acts to some 140,000 punters over the course of the weekend. Under perfect blue skies, the crowds built steadily over the course of Saturday afternoon.

Continue reading “Live Review: Wireless Festival, London 02.07.11”