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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.


Just an Observation

So spring seems to have sprung back into the winter as gusting winds, drenching rains and biting chills overtook any hopes of a smooth transition of the seasons. Hopefully this is a temporary blip and by this time next week we will be revelling in more suitable temperatures and weather conditions suited to this time of year. Mind you with this being Scotland there is little predictable about our weather other than unpredictability so best be prepared for all options.
Something which did put a bit of sunshine into this morning was the news that Kate Bush is doing a series of live shows from August 26th through to September 19th at London’s Eventim Apollo. Having only ever done one major tour before-these shows take place in one venue so it can hardly be termed a tour- 35 years ago in 1979 this is major news for her fans and admirers. Knowing Bush’s love for the theatrical it is bound to be something spectacular drawing on all aspects of her full and varied career and certainly it will go down as a highlight of 2014’s musical calendar. Tickets go on sale next week.
Elsewhere this week things seem to be going through a temporary lull with nothing particularly exciting happening this weekend. There is a vintage pop up fair at the Parlour in Duke Street tomorrow night-Saturday the 22nd- which I will probably head along to as it looks like being a worthwhile event with fashion, DJ sets and a good crowd.
Talking of fashion one of the great masters in this sphere, Yves Saint Laurent, is held up for measure in a biopic about his life and career in a new film out today. Definitely one of the guiding lights of twentieth century fashion-he is up there with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior- his mannish tuxedoes and cigarette pants will go down as his signature outfits but there are many others, such as the Mondrian dresses, which are just as iconic. His life should make an interesting story and if nothing else at least the clothes will be good. A review will be on these pages over the weekend.
As said before this weekend is relative quiet on the social front but this is merely the lull before the storm as next week sees things hotting up with several events on consecutive nights; sometimes even on the same nights.
Things kick off on the Thursday with a ‘Born to be Wide’ photo exhibition followed immediately after by a Neu Reekie event which sees the boys back from their New York adventures at Camera Obscura. Friday sees the opening night of the Hidden Door Festival in the Market Street Vaults Saturday sees a great gig at the Leith Franklin Cricket Club featuring The Bonnevilles and Geek maggot Bingo whilst Sunday sees a Rebel Inc. evening at Summerhall whilst the Amazing Snakeheads rock it up at Sneaky Pete’s. Phew! Barely pausing for breath there is also a sneaky week night out on the form of an Underground American cinema evening-Kinoclub- at the Hidden Door Vault. It might be an idea to stock up on sleep and finances before then and take advantage of this weekend’s lack of activity before next week’s surfeit.