Glasgow Distilled: April 2019

 

And just like that, the clocks have gone forward. Everything seems that little bit brighter now. The days of drinking in the park, catching some rays, passing afternoons in a beer garden aren't quite here, but they're close. That anticipation, a palpable sense of better days to come, makes Glasgow a fun place to be in the Spring, but - in the here and now - the party's yet to slow down. Yet again April's packed with stuff worth making time for. Here's what we're looking forward to.

I am - Mount Kimbie (DJ Set)

Fri 5 Apr
Sub Club

One of the most exciting acts the UK has to offer right now. Mount Kimbie's uniquely hazy take on electronic music has the broadest of musical palates, an idiosyncratic techno sound inspired by cinematic post rock and field recordings. Kai Campos of the group is on DJ duties at Subclub, showing his skills behind the decks.

 

 

What Girls Are Made Of

Tramway
Tue 9-Sat 13 Apr

Cora Bissett's life-affirming play was a hit with critics and punters alike at last year's Edinburgh Festival fringe, and now gets a run for a west coast audience. Based on her teenage diaries, and with the backing of a live band, What Girls Are Made Of is a thrilling coming of age story that's a homage to the grunge and indie music of the 1990s as much as it's a theatre show.

GZA

Thu 11 Apr
SWG3 Galvanizers

Having been moved from Saint Luke's to the SWG3, and then again bumped up again to the Galvanizers, it's safe to say Glasgow is looking forward to The Genius visiting town. The legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper is performing his classic Liquid Swords album - one of the most influential hip-hop records of all time - in full.

Ela Orleans

Thu 11 Apr
CCA

Polish-born, Glasgow-based sound artist Ela Orleans is one of the city's most prolific musical treasures. Released on Night School Records, Movies For Ears is a retrospective of sorts - in many ways the perfect introduction to her music - focussing the poppier side of her back catalogue, from the years 2001-2012. Emotional, engaging and most of all, hopeful, expect a celebratory occasion.

Fontaines DC

Sun 14 Apr
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

'My childhood was small', Grian Chatten sing speaks on Fontaines DC's latest single, 'but I'm gonna be big'. It appears prophetic. Of all the poetic guitar punk acts doing the rounds these days, the Dublin five-piece are the most exciting - high octane, a set of irresistible tunes, with cryptic, surreal lyrics delivered in an endlessly endearing Dublin brogue.

£5 Film Club: Sorry to Bother You

Thu 18 Apr
The Glad Cafe

Hilarious, bizarre and deeply unsettling, Boot Riley's debut feature film about a black call centre worker (Laketih Stanfield) who strikes gold when he adopts the dulcet tones of a 'white man' (voiced by David Cross) is a bold work of essential satire. For those who didn't see it first time round - The Glad Cafe's £5 film club gives you another chance.

Maximum Pressure

Sat 20 Apr
SWG3

It's an all-star cast for this underground Easter special from Pressure, with techno served up all night, dressed up in all its guises. There's established big names at the top of the bill in Len Faki, Slam and Laurent Garnier, live performances from Giant Swan, KiNK and Kirilik, and the best in local talent - with Craigie Knowes and Jasper James joining the party too.

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

Mon 22 Apr
The Stand

A disarmingly honest comedy show, with the narrative draw of a tightly constructed romantic comedy and a substantial dose of self-deprecating stand-up to boot, Sunrise is Jessie Cave's best show to date. She documents her relationship with her ex-partner, the father of her children and fellow comic Alfie Brown, to devastatingly funny effect.

Annie Booth

Fri 26 Apr
The Blue Arrow

Following up last year's debut album An Unforgiving Light, rising Annie Booth isn't wasting any time, with the Spectral EP coming out in May. Ahead of its release, she's taking to the Blue Arrow to perform her mesmerising indie folk tunes. Support comes from the excellent Nicol & Elliott and Heir of the Cursed.

William Tyler

Tue 30 Apr
The Hug and Pint

William Tyler's wordless songs are a thing of beauty. He's a wonderfully expressive guitar player, who's dabbled with a krautrock and psychedelic influence in the past, but with his recent album Goes West, has kept it simple with a series of sun kissed, melodic compositions. No one plucks at a six-string like Tyler.