Wester Rum is Glasgow distilled, made with love and innovation. It’s a product of the city it calls home, where DIY musicians, passionate promoters and a thriving arts and culture community work tirelessly to entertain, challenge and make our lives that little bit more exciting. With Christmas and Hogmanay just round the corner here’s some of our top tips for getting out of the house during Glasgow’s holiday season.
Baby Strange Christmas, SWG3, Sat 22 Dec
Glasgow punks Baby Strange have been hiding away writing and recording the follow up to their debut album from 2016, Need It / Want It, for the best part of the year, but before 2018 comes to a close they’ve got a big party to throw, an all day extravaganza at SWG3. Joining the trio are Neon Waltz, who’ve a strong claim to the title of Britain’s most Northerly-based indie band on account of calling John O’Groats their hometown. The highlanders have opened for Noel Gallagher and The Coral, and saw their debut album Strange Hymns nominated for the 2018 SAY Award. Also on the bill is the technicolour pop stylings of LUCIA, the Roxy Music influenced youngsters Walt Disco and CRYSTAL, the closest thing the city has to Wolf Alice.
Ross From Friends, Subclub, Sat 22 Dec
We’ve recently gone on a F.R.I.E.N.D.S binge - it’s on Netflix and it’s incredibly moreish - and are having our minds blown by this crazy Paleontologist that a) keeps an illegal pet monkey b) is constantly getting married, and c) yells maniacally about his sandwiches (lose the laugh track and it takes a sinister, Jack Nicholson in The Shining edge). He’s terrifying; we’re glad we don’t deal with him in the real world. More wholesome is Ross From Friends (no relation), real name Felix Weatherall, whose imaginative brand of lofi-house has been making serious waves over the last two years. Signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, he returns to Subclub this Winter with a three-piece band set up in tow, bringing a live sound that’s unlike anything else in the world of electronic music right now.
Christmas at the GFT
What’s the best thing about Christmas? Time spent with friends and family? An obvious choice, but not without some stressful moments. The licence to eat Roses, Quality Street and Celebrations for breakfast? Feels great on the first day of advent; not so good several kilos later, stomach filled with so many mini-Snickers that you can barely start - never mind finish -lunch. Round the clock Christmas movies and TV specials though? That’s the stuff. For years now the Glasgow Film Theatre has been lighting up our Christmas with a programme of festive-themed films, and this year’s no different. If you do one thing, get a ticket to go and see a seasonal classic on the big screen; whether it’s Elf, Home Alone or The Muppets’ Christmas Carol. Our personal favourite? Frank Capra’s timeless titan of the genre, It’s A Wonderful Life. Check out the GFT’s full programme now. (https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/christmas-at-gft)
Night School Records’ New Years Eve, Stereo, Mon 31 Dec 70/80
Michael Kasparis has had a busy year, releasing the uplifting full-length Choose Life under his Apostille moniker, whilst simultaneously running one of the country’s coolest indie labels, Night School. There’s no better way to kick 2018 into the long grass and welcome the new beginnings that 2019 promises than heading to Stereo for an expertly-curated evening of live entertainment. Topping the bill is Sacred Paws with their tropical post punk, paeans of praise to friendship that inspire audiences to dance their worries and anxieties away. There’s also a debut UK show from Patience, aka Roxanne Clifford, who’s flying in all the way from Los Angeles. Hairband’s wistful, melodic pop and Romeo Taylor’s bizarre performance art - part hilarious alternative comedy, part straight-faced songwriting - complete the bill, with a DJ set from Free Love (FKA Happy Meals) to look forward to as well.