YOUNG FATHERS O2 Academy, Fri 30 Nov, o2academyglasgow Bass and electro heavy hip hop from Edinburgh threesome who won both the 2014 and 2018 SAY award and the Mercury Prize. PAUL MCCARTNEY SSE Hydro, Fri 14 Dec, thessehydro. com Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings, classical composer, poet, artist, animal rights activist, writer of silly love songs, settles in for an evening of classic hits and a few more recent ones thrown in for good measure.

A PERFECT CIRCLE O2 Academy, Sun 2 Dec, o2academyglasgow Alternative rock / metal from Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. SASHA Barrowland, Sun 16 Dec, House music brought to life with a full live band, string section and guest vocalists from the pioneering DJ and producer.

JAMES AND THE CHARLATANS SSE Hydro, Wed 5 Dec, Double bill of Madchester indie favourites. TRAVIS SSE Hydro, Fri 21 Dec, thessehydro. com Scotpop heroes playing their classic album The Man Who.

C DUNCAN Mono, Fri 7 Dec, Scottish singer-songwriter nominated for a Mercury Award THE 1975 SSE Hydro, Sat 12 Jan, Sweeping indie rock from the Manchester four-piece.

DMA’S Barrowland, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, Big hooks and choruses from Sydney’s DMA’s. FOUR FISTS The Hug and Pint, Wed 16 Jan, Leftfield rap from POS and Astronautalis.

Kojey Radical 116 THE LIST 1 Nov 2018–31 Jan 2019

SLOTHRUST Stereo, Tue 22 Jan, stereocafebar. com Alternative rock trio from Boston.

J MASCIS Saint Luke’s, Fri 25 Jan, American singer- songwriter, guitarist and member of Dinosaur Jr. See album review, page 111. SNOW PATROL SSE Hydro, Thu 31 Jan, Chart-topping gently rocking indie act fronted by Gary Lightbody. See First & last, page 136.


ALTERNATIVE PEERS BALL Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Nov, Brilliant line-up of Scottish pop and indie featuring Fatherson, the Xcerts, Bossy Love, the Spook School, BABE, Martha Ffion, Kobi Onyame, Best Girl Athlete, Zoe Graham, EH-FM, Projector Club, Ursula Cheng, Too Much Fun Club and Vic Galloway.

SKINDRED The Liquid Room, Sat 3 Nov, Big bouncing fusion of ragga, dubstep and metal. BANG THE DRUM: A SAVE LEITH WALK FUNDRAISER Summerhall, Sat 10 Nov, Raising money for the ‘community action group fighting unwanted demolition and development on Leith Walk’, featuring Meursault, Future Get Down, Rituals and Maranta.

RAT BOY The Queen’s Hall, Sun 11 Nov, Hip hop and punk from Chelmsford singer and producer, Jordan Cardy, who won Best New Artist at the NME Awards in 2016. KOJEY RADICAL The Caves, Sun 11 Nov, London-based poet, rapper, musician and mixed media artist.

!!! Sneaky Pete’s, Tue 13 Nov, Awkwardly- named New York punk funk collective. Brooklyn Brewery presents Brooklyn Sound.

PIP BLOM Sneaky Pete’s, Thu 15 Nov, Slacker grunge artist from the Netherlands.

NORWAY & SCOTLAND: POETRY & MUSIC Festival Square Spiegeltent, Sun

18 Nov, A night of folk, jazz and spoken word celebrating the historic links between Norway and Scotland. Featuring contemporary Scottish poet Christine De Luca and Norwegian poet, translator and musician Odd Magne Goksøyr, Norwegian folk musician, composer, writer Benedicte Maurseth and Norwegian jazz musician, composer, guitarist Stein Urheim. Chaired by Donald Smith, director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

EH6 FESTIVAL Various venues, Fri 23–Sun 25 Nov, A live music, food and craft beer festival in Leith. The Coral, Kyle Falconer, the Snuts, Jake Bugg (solo acoustic), Twisted Wheel, Gerry Cinnamon and many more play the 2018 edition. HENGE The Voodoo Rooms, Sun 25 Nov, A mind boggling display of synths, cosmic indie pop, BPMs and psychedelic costumes from outer space (via Manchester).

THE TWILIGHT SAD The Liquid Room, Thu 29 Nov, Melancholic soaring sounds from indie rock band, the Twilight Sad. See preview, page 108. LAU The Queen’s Hall, Fri 7 Dec, Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), Kris Drever (guitar and vocals) and Martin Green (accordion) drawing together traditional music from Orkney, west Scotland and the north-east of England.

KATIE MELUA Assembly Rooms, Thu 13 Dec, Emotional pop and acoustica from the Georgia-born singer-songwriter, who is accompanied for this tour by the 24-piece Gori Women’s Choir, who are masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing.

CATTLE & CANE Sneaky Pete’s, sneakypetes. Sun 16 Dec, Folky indie pop from Teeside with a special Christmas show. KILMARNOCK

DIRTY WEEKENDER Various venues, Thu 22– Sun 25 Nov, dirtyweekenderfestival Four days of live music, including the Coral, the LaFontaines, the Snuts, Jake Bugg, Twisted Wheel, Goldie Lookin Chain any many more across multiple venues.