rock & pop


Dates listed below are for one-off and ticketed shows: see separate section for free residencies. Gigs are listed by date, then by city. Performances will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least ten days before publication. Rock 8: pop listings are compiled by Fiona Shepherd (Glasgow) and Jim Byers (Edinburgh).

Ticket information

Tickets for most mediumllarge concerts can be bought from the following:

Virgin, Argyle Street, 204 515l Tower Records Argyle Street. 204 2500.

Credit card bookings from: Ticket Link: 227 551 i.


Virgin Princes Street. 220 3234. Ripping Records South Bridge, 226 70l0.

Assembly Rooms George Street. 220 4349



I The Saw Doctors Barrowland. Gallowgale. 552 460l. 7.30pm. SOLD OUT. The lrish rovers return with their mix of traditional Celtic sounds and more mainstream rock crossover numbers.

I Space and K-Klass The Big Kahuna. Qudos. Queen Margaret Union. University Gardens. 33‘) ‘)784. 8pm-8am. £20. Students and guests. The Q.M.'s annual (.‘rimbo allnighter. featuring the polar sounds of Liverpudlian quartet Space. back after a limbo year with more inspired indie-based sounds and tieat ideas. and the smooth dance vibes of K- Klass. Plus Kenny Larkin and DJ Deep. and many other attractions such as booze. food. booze. a casino. and booze.

I Coal Chamber and Human Waste Project The Garage. Sauchiehall Street.

248 6606. 7pm. £7 plus booking fee. New breed of scary spice hard rock band supported by horrorcore-with-humour combo who like to employ found objects in the creation of their intricate sotmdseapes.

I Sweet Soul Music Bourbon Street. George Street. 552 ()l4l. 7pm. SOLD OUT. Nostalgic performance of soul and funk standards.

I The McCluskey Brothers King Tut‘s Wall Wall Hut. St Vincent Street. 22l 527‘). 8.30pm. £6.50. The McCluskeys offer a mix of swooning melodies. intelligent protest-type material and an allround folky pop vibe.

I Big Rain, Saint and Permagrin Nice 'n' Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 ‘)637. Saint inhabit a big swirly guitar zone.

I Flux, De I'Orean and Freestyle The Arena. ()swald Street. 221 30H). ‘)pm. £3.50 (advance). £4 (door). including entry to post-gig club Blag.

I Fat Betty MacSorIeys. lamaica Street. 572 ()l‘)‘). ‘)pm. Free. Thin l.izzy tribute. I Albaroot McChuills. High Street. 552 2135. l()ptn. Free. local reggae outlit.


I The Cheatles Cavendish. West 'l‘ollcross. 228 3252. ‘)pm -3am. £5. No prizes for guessing what this lot are all about. (They're a Beatles tribute band). I Ellis, Speeder and The Prescence The Attic. [)yer's Close. Cowgate. 225 8382. 8pm. £3. Glasgow-style 'l‘eenage Fanclub/Small Faces rockng from this lot.

I The Threats and The Droogs The Tap ()‘l.aurtston. l.auriston Place. 22‘) 404l.

‘)pm. Free. ()ld skool punk from The 'l'hreats. local ska punk from The Droogs. I Midnight Blue Cafe (iraffili. Mansfield Place Church. Corner of Broughton Street. 557 8003. l().30pm. £5 (£4). Live jazz. soul and blues froin some of ltdinburgh's finest contemporary intisos. Watch otil in particular for Stibie Coleman on vocals she has been compared to lztta James and lislher Phillips. With l).ls in support. See review.

I Out Of The Blue Fundraiser The Bongo Club. New Street. 556 5204. l()pm. £4. Nine-piece world jazz band with an African edge play live with support from local l)Js.

I Frank Satan ('as Rock. West Port.

; 22‘) 434l. ‘)pm. £3. ()ddball cabaret.

Blacka'nised play Cafe Graffiti, Sat 20 Dec.




I World Wide Message Tribe Powerpoint. Barrowland. Gallowgate. 552 460i. 7.30pm. £7.50 plus booking fee. A pic-Christmas celebration at this gargantuan gospel gathering.

I The Karelia, The Yummyfur, The Ducks, Push, Soundman, Astrid, Meth 0.0., Pure Television and Mick Parkin Under A Warm Roof. Ratnshorn Theatre. Ingram Street. 552 348‘). 6pm. £3 (£1.50).le first of two fundraising nights for T/lt’ Big Issuc's ()pen Hogmanay project which aims to provide warmth. food and a New Year celebration for the city's homeless. featuring the sassy. slinky Karelia. the choppy. chattering Yummyfur and a variety of other melodic popsters completing this varied bill. Here be something for

I King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys Bourbon Street. George Street. 552 014 l. 7pm. S()l .|) ()UT. Party sounds from the beqtiiffed rock 'n' roll combo.

I Lift, Pheno and Maple King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 527‘). 8.30pm. £3.50. Aberdeen's Lift are bending ears with their Radioheadesque sound.

I The Goldenhour and Riser The Arena. ()swald Street. 22l 30l0. ‘).30pm. £3. Upfront 60s-influenced garage pop with an abundance of Hammond action from The Goldenhour who recently released their own Cl) single ‘Until I See You Avain'.

I Sonic Gain, Soundman and Little Miss Strange Nice ‘n' Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 ‘)637. ‘)pm.

I The Corleones The Halt Bar. \\'oodlands Road. 564 l527. ‘).30pm. Free.

I The Black Star Steel Band .‘ylcChuills. High Street. 552 2l35. l()pm. Free.

I Jamie Barnes And Cochise MacSorleys. Jamaica Street. 572 ()l‘)‘). 5.30pm. Free. Blues.

I Hush MacSorleys. Jamaica Street. 572 ()l‘)‘). ‘)ptn. Free.

I The Nimmo Brothers Kilkennys. John Street. 552 3505. 5—7pm. Free.

I Die Happy Kilkennys. John Street. 552 3505 9pm. Free.


I The Abba Experience Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4348. l()pm. £‘) in advance. £10 on the door. Scotland's only Abba tribute act play all the timeless classics. Their songs are totally live and backed by authentic 70s costumes. They play as part of the Vegas club night which is an experience in itself for those who like it kitsch and cultish. I Idlewild, Coney Island Cyclone and PH Family Cas Rock. West Port. 22‘) 434 l. ‘)pm. £2. See Scottish bands feature and watch out for ldlewild preview next issue.

I Utter Madness Cavendish. West Tollcross. 228 3252. ‘)pm—3am. £5. l‘d be very surprised to learn that this lot don't do Madness material.

I Chinese Burn and Critic Kill The Tap ()‘l.aurislon. l.auriston Place. 22‘) 4041. ‘)pm. Free. Misfits-ster mayhem from Chinese Burn. melodic punk from the support who may not like journalists.

I Blacka'nized Cafe Graffiti. Mansfield Place Church. Corner of Broughton Street. 557 8003. |0.3()pm. £6 (£5). Much respected local hip hop act play live at this extremely popular night of jazz. rap. Latin and similar retro grooves. Look out for material from their recent L’nrc/cust't/ Nugch liP on Yush! Recordings.

I Splendid Canon’s Gait. 232 Canongate. 556 448 l. 8.30pm. Free. Rock.


I Travis The Garage. Sauchiehall Street. 248 6606. 7pm. £7.50 plus booking fee. See feature for Travis’s assessment of the past year. in which they graduated to the

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H it list There: more to it than the bells, the bells.

Texas Heading up Edinburgh's Hogmanay better, the rejuvenated roots rockers turned soul sophisticates promise to cap an evening of varied entertainment which also features The Saw Doctors and Space. Glasgow is offering a similarly varied programme. See Edinburgh‘s Hogmanay guide and the separate Glasgow Hogmanay section on pages 14 & 15. Glasgow and Edinburgh: various venues, Wed 37 Dec.

Travis What a year it’s been for the guys and all they wanna do lS rock. Good Feeling, their debut album, hit the Top Ten and having introduced themselves to a few hundred thousand or so new fans, thanks to a couple of Oasis support tours, they can only get bigger. See Scottish bands feature, pages 4-6. Glasgow: Garage, Sun 21 Dec; Edinburgh: Queen's Hail, Mon 22 Dec.

national arena with their mix of Radiohead angst and likeable pop.

I Toaster and Soundbuggy Nice ‘n' Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 ‘)637. ‘)pm. £2. A great local band bill. featuring the compelling antics of Toaster who still seem to combine every style under the sun without sounding messy. Their debut single on Creation will be out in the New Year (we hope). Soundbuggy. one of The Lisl‘s bands-to-watch in ")8. are creating waves of their own with their superlative retro indie sounds and )optastic tunes.

I The Skuobhie Dub Orchestra, Gut, Johnson, Warren McIntyre, Sheboom, Knucklehead and The Sergeant White Ceilidh Band Under A Warm Roof. Ramshorn Theatre. Ingram Street. 552 348‘). 6pm. £3 (£l.50). A folkier night concludes the Under A Warm Roof weekend. but the sounds are still many and varied. from Skuobhie l)ubh's contemporary ceilidh sounds. to Gut's string-led atmospherics to the female drummers Sheboom.

I King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys Bourbon Street. George Street. 552 ()l4l. 7pm. SOLD OUT. See Sat 20.

I The Beatcombers Strawberry Fields. ()swald Street. 22] 5‘)l l. 8pm. £5. A trip through The Beatles' back pages.

I Mellow Doubt The Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 564 l527. ‘).30pm. Free. Understated melodic pop.

I Jam Session MacSorleys. Jamaica Street. 572 ()l‘)‘). 4pm. Free.

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19 Dec 1997—8 Jan 1998 THE US”?