June and Winter: Picks of the week

By Tony Inglis

Here’s a rundown of the music released, films screening, shows playing, books read, events happening and stuff going on that we think is worth talking about this week.

Doune the Rabbit Hole

The punnily named Stirlingshire festival kicks off a week today, and amazingly there are still tickets available (if you haven’t got one yet, rectify that). The small scale, independent weekend of music and arts is in its eighth instalment, and, despite its size, it boasts one of the best and most diverse line-ups amongst Scottish festivals. From these shores, there is Pronto Mama, whose popularity has increased exponentially in the last year, members of which will appear amongst Sunday headliners Start to End. The project, which interprets and performs classic albums live in their entirety, will take their rendition of Daft Punk’s Discovery to the Port of Menteith – via Glasgow’s Hug and Pint, where they will play out David Bowie’s final album Blackstar on Monday 14 August.

Perhaps more intriguing is the international talent. Norwegian artist Jenny Hval, acoustic troubadour Adam Torres, Drag City folk singer Jessica Pratt and Big Thief, who released one of the albums of the year in Capacity, will all rock up at the Cardross Estate for the three day weekend. TI

Vegan Connections

Keeping on the festival vibe, the second year of celebrations of all things vegan takes place across venues this weekend in Glasgow, including Stereo, the Old Hairdressers, The Briggait and the Flying Duck. There’s music from noise rockers Pinact, the shoegaze inflected American Clay and the wistful folk of The Great Albatross, alongside delicious vegan food and drink and a market of vegan producers. TI

A Ghost Story

The new movie from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery is an experimental, post-horror story that has recent Oscar winner Casey Affleck acting under a big white sheet, observing his widow Rooney Mara after his death. The concept seems insufferable, but early reviews and trailers suggest a haunting, moving tale of living with grief and what happens after we’re gone. The aspect of the movie’s making which gives it promise is its associated production company A24, which has been behind recent cinematic gems like It Comes At Night, Free Fire, Moonlight and 20th Century Women. Check back in over the weekend for our review. TI

Featured image credit: Ann Margaret Campbell

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