Just an Observation

The weekend starts early and finishes late this week; beginning tonight with two worthwhile events and continuing on with several more right through until next Saturday. Certainly time to awake from that winter slumber and embrace spring even if the weather seems to have forfeited this change in favour of cold temperatures and howling winds. It will take more than bad weather to keep me in over the next while though as after a quiet past few weeks this is the wake up call Edinburgh’s cultural scene needs.
First up tonight is the Born to be Wide 19th birthday party running alongside photographer Jannica Honey’s photo exhibition of several of BTBW’S live acts, some taken at special sittings whilst others are from live performances. Born to be WideHeld, appropriately enough, in Voxbox record emporium in St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge the exhibition is open to the public from April 2nd until May 20th so there is plenty of time to catch it.
Also on tonight is a Neu Reekie curated event at Camera Obscura which is also the first time this amazing venue has opened its doors in the evening for such an occasion. I am unsure what to expect but knowing the versatility and standards of the Neu Reekie collaborators I am sure they will utilise the venue’s space and ideas fully to their advantage and create a quite memorable night.
Tomorrow evening sees the opening of the Hidden Door Festival in the Market Street Vaults which will soon be no longer as they are being put to much less interesting use in a controversial redevelopment scheme. Best make the most of this years festival then and with acts such as the wonderful Fiona Soe Paing –Tuesday April 1- and the Kinoclub’s homage to underground cinema with Rammed DJ The Baron providing the dancefloor with his inimitable sounds-Wednesday April 2- amongst its highlights it looks like being a major event in Edinburgh’s burgeoning cultural development at this exciting time.
On Saturday the big one –for me at least- is The Bonnevilles and Geek Maggot Bingo at the Leith Franklin Rock ‘n’ Roll Club where a night rocking out to some basic garage sounds is most definitely on the agenda. Should be a great gig and there is already a buzz surrounding this so am looking forward to it. Hopefully it will get messy.
On Sunday those pesky Neu Reekie boys-like the city they have just returned from as conquering heroes, Neu York as it is now known, do these two never sleep?- are hosting a one off special at Summerhall focussing on co-founder Kevin Williamson’s past endeavours with the now legendary Rebel Inc. and some of its major achievements in the world it inhabited then and where that brings us to now. Another one not to be missed!
If there is a spare moment then there are also two worthwhile cinema releases this weekend ’20 Feet from Stardom’ about some of the music businesses greatest ever backing singers including Claudia Lennear, reportedly the inspiration for both David Bowie’s ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Stones, in the spotlight and centre stage for a change. Alongside this ‘The Past’ looks like it will be a worthy addition to French cinema’s recent impressive canon.
With such a variety of different things happening there is definitely no excuses to be sitting in complaining about the lack of good television when there is so much else going on right here on our doorstep. Definitely all this bodes well for an interesting summer and the realisation that an Edinburgh underground scene which seemed to have been dormant for some time is rubbing its sleepy eyes and about to awaken totally refreshed.
Further details about the Hidden Door Festival can be found here.http://hiddendoorblog.org/the-next-event/

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