Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Hope 50, cos this could be the final fling for the Reindeer Section. ‘This [a benefit shoew for homeless charity COLD] will be our last for a long time, if not for good, because I’m going to focus completely on Snow Patrol and our new album now,’ says the all-star Scots indie orchestra’s maestro, Gary Lightbody. ‘lt’s going to be amazing; we‘ve had a great year, played to 6000 screaming fans in Japan, had a bunged tent at Gig on the Green and all our friends are coming to the party. I can’t promise all 27 on stage, but at least 20.’ (Vicky Davidson)

I The Reindeer Section play QMU, Glasgow, 14 Dec. A documentary, The Making of Son of Evil Reindeer, screens at the GFT at 4pm the same day.

I Abba Tribute Bourhon Street. I08 (ieorgc Street. 553 0l4l. 7pm. £7.50 (£3‘).50 \\ ith dinner).

I Jam Session Mac-Soi-ley ‘s. 42 Jatnaica Street. 348 858l. 3 5pm. Free. Weekly jam.

I Battle of the Bands MacSorley's. 43 Jamaica Street. 348 8581. 0pm. Free.

I The Cobramatics 'I‘lie Scotia. ll3 l l-l Stock“ ell Street. 5.53 808 I. 3.30pm. lirce. Residency.

I Big Blues Jam Studio One. (it‘t)s\'c1101' llotcl. (i1't)s\ enot' 'lcl'l‘itcc. 341 0510. 0pm. l‘ree. Hosted hy the New Blues Surfers \\ ith contrihutions l'rom Studio One regulars such as Rey Doe and the .\'immo Brothers.

I Phil’s Sunday Session l‘isge Beatha. 333 \Voodlands Road. 504 l5‘)0. 0pm. liree. Bring your out] instrument.


I Blues’n’Trouble and Fake Snow The Venue. l7 3] ('alton Road. 557 3073. Please note change ()1 Venue lrom l.a Belle .-\ngelc. 8pm. £‘). llard rockin' hlues action lironi Scotland's ansys er to the Blues Brothers returning lor their annttal ('hristmas gig.

I ballboy, the Starlets, Barrichello, Desc, Degrassi and The 55’s Bongo (‘luh. l4 .\'e\\ Street. 558 7004. ‘)pm. £3 (£3). ('hristmas party from one of the linest and most dehonaire independent record lztlk‘ls l1) Scullttlltl SI. Records. \0

photocopying your arse and snogging the specky girl l'rom accounts at this one. Well. unless you ask really nicely.

ursday 2 January Preview of the year


I Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine King 'I‘ut's \Vah \Vah llut. 373a St Vincent Street. 33l 537‘). 8.30pm. £l3.50. l‘olky st)11f_‘ltll'tl.'l;1//_\

torch di\a lidtli does them both. \\i1h a little help l‘rom her regular musical director Boo lle\\ ct'tlllle.

I Love Machine, Punkawala and Electric Overdrive The 13111 .\‘ote (are. 50 00 King Street. 553 1038. ‘)pm. £3. Indie line-up.

I American Motown Sound of Soul Bourbon Street. I08 (ieorge Street. 553 0l4l. 7pm. £7.50t '3750

\y ith dinner). ('lassic soul honan/a.

I The Umpteen Bander .\'ice'n'Slea/y. 43l Sauchiehall Street. 333 0037. 0pm. l-‘ree. Annual Slea/y ‘s hash l'eaturing a plethora ()1 local hands perl‘orming short lun-l‘uelled sets.


I Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door (‘orn li\cl)ange. .\'e\\ Market Road. (iorgie. 443 3437. v.30pm. £35 (inc hul'l'et and disco). ll‘lltlllc to Presley. ()rhison. ('ochran and Holly. And that last one is Buddy not Valance.

I Acoustica (‘aharet Voltaire. 30 38 Blair Street. 330 ()l7(). l lpm. l‘ree (yoluntary contrihution on e\i1). See M011 l0.

Christmas Eve


I Solus, Fred and Smokescreen King 'l'ut‘s \Vah \Vah llttt. 373;) St Vincent Street. 33l 537‘). 8.30pm. £5. I Jingle Hell Strayyherry l‘ields. 50 ()\\\;lltl Street. 33l 787l. 7.30pm. £5. Metal shoyy case gig \yith line-up to he continued.

I Peer Group Pressure Satnttel [)oyy 's, 07 7| \ithstlale Road. 433 0107. 8.30pm. l-‘ree.

I Phil’s Session l'isge Beatlia. 232 \Voodlands Road. 504 1500. ‘)pm. l-‘ree.


I Big Vern and the Shootahs (‘ottier 'l'heatre. llyndland Street. 357 3808. 8pm. £15. Tickets from Ticket Scotland. 304 5l5l. (ilasgoyy's Blues Brothers pastiche play their annual Bosing Day hash.

I Torquamada and Fighting Red Adair King 'l‘ut's \Vah \Vah llut. 373a St Vincent Street. 33l 537‘). 8.30pm. £5. Bonkers. heavy. last and loud. as all (’hristmas hangover cures should he.

I Independence Samuel Dow‘s. 07 71 .\'ithsdale Road. 433 0107. 8.30pm. liree.

I The Vagabonds 'l‘he Scotia.

1 l3 ll4 Stockyyell Street. 5.53 S08l. ‘)pm. l'lt‘ec. Popular coycrs.


I The Newtown Grunts, Oi Polloi and Gunter Prague Bannerman's. 3 l 3 (‘oyygate. 550 3354. 8.45pm. £3. Who wants to eat cold turkey \\ hen this triple hill of some ot~ the hest local punk acts are on ol‘l‘er‘.’


I The Silencers The l-‘erry. (‘ly-de Place. 43‘) I010. ‘)pn). £l4. (‘elt pop layourites l'rom yesteryear. Ask yer dad. I Nerve, Anarchix and A Close Last King 'l’ut's \Vah \Vah llttt. 373a St Vincent Street. 331 537‘). 8pm. £5. Melodic punk rock.

I Tenpercenter, Lummox and Oldsolar 'I‘he Soundhaus. 47 Hyde Park Street. 33] 405‘). 8pm. £5 (£4 memhers). Monthly showcase gig. tonight going under the name Hells Bells.

I Luke Furz 'l’he SoundhaUs. 47 Hyde Park Street. 331 405‘). l lpn). £8. Digital sound artist Luke l’ur/ pt‘o\‘itlc.s the liye entertainment. supplemented hy the l)Jing skills of the Rey [) \Vayne l.o\'c ol Alabama 3. plus jugglers. magicians and general l'estiye cheer.

I Stealaway (irand ()le ()pry. l’aisley Road Toll. 43‘) 53‘)0. 7.30pm. £4 (£3 memhers). ('ountry.

I Abba Tribute Bourhon Street. 108 (ieorge Street. 5.53 (ll-ll. 7pm. £5

l‘).50 \y ith dinner).

I Daniel B Shenkin (‘at‘e llula. 123 Hope Street. 353 1000. 8pm. Free. Acoustic rock residency.

I Black Rose .\1aeSoi-1ey‘s. 42 Jamaica Street. 348 8581. ‘)pm. liree.

I Bronx Samuel I)o\y’.s. 07 7| \llltstlalc Road. 433 (llll7. 8.30pm. l‘ree.

I Live Music The 130) Note (Hire. 50 00 King Stree1.553 I038. ‘)pm. £3. 'I'hree hands to he continued.

I Live Music Niee‘n‘Slea/y. 421 Sauchiehall Street. 333 9037. ‘)pm.


I Bombskare Bannerman's. 313 (on gate. 550 3354. 8.45pm. £3. llot ska action from the headliners with more upheat support still to he announced.

Saturday 28


I Policechief, Llotsedebase and Viva Stereo King 'l‘ut‘s Walt Walt llut. 373a St Vincent Street. 221 527‘). 8pm. £0. lnl'ectious dance gt‘ooyes. hip hop heats and rocky guitars cotnhined in the sounds ()l‘ l’olicechiel and Viva Slct‘cti.

I One Step 0“ Bill“). 300 (‘lytlc Street. 0870 ‘)(l7 ()‘)‘)‘). 8.30pm. Metal. I Open Stage Blues Jam \ice'n'Slea/y. 43l Sauchiehall Street. 333 ‘)037. 3pm. liree. \Veekly hlues- ltilsctl scssltlll.

I The Newtown Grunts and Pink Kross \icdn'Sleary. 43l Sauchiehall Street. 333 ‘)037. ‘)pm. Shouty anarcho- punks supported hy the primal garage grow] ()1 Pink Kross.

Boxing Day

rock & pop listings Music

I Texas Express Grand Ole ()pt'y. l’aisley Road To”. 43‘) 53‘)0. 7.30pm. £4 (£3 memhers). Country.

I Non Jovi Bourbon Street. I08 (icorge Street. 5530141. 7pm. £5 (£19.50 with dinner). Bon Joyi trihute. wanted dead or alive.

I The Counterfeit Clash Mc(‘huill's. 40 High Street. 553 3135. 10pm. Free. (last) and other covers. I Jamie Barnes and Cochise .\lacSorle_\"s. 43 Jamaica Street. 348 8581. 0pm. l-iee. Three sets throughout the eyening from the R&B Veteran.

I Isis Satnuel Dow‘s. 07 71 Nithsdale Road. 433 0107. 8.30pm. l‘ree.

I Open Stage The Hall Bar. 100 \Voodlands Road. 504 1537. 4 8pm. liree. \Veekly session for local musicians.

I Live Music The Hall Bar. 100 Woodlands Road. 504 1537. ‘)pm. Free.


I Stealer, Indafusion and Deadenstereo Suhyyay. 0‘) (km-gate. 335 0700. 7.30pm. £4. liunk rock from Stealer with spaced otit elements from Indal’udsion.

I Hi-Voltage Spider’s \Veh (‘ellar Bar. 358 Morrison Street. 477 3471. 8pm 3am. £7. lidinhurgh's premier rockahilly hand let loose in party mode at cluh night (ireazed l'p.


I Kevin Montgomery and friends King 'l‘ut's \Vah \Vah llut. 373a St Vincent Street. 331 537‘). 8.30pm. £10. Roots Americana from Montgomery and his hand which features Rohert Reynolds and Paul I)eakin. formerly of the Mavericks and steel guitarist .-\l Perkins.


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