What’s On in Glasgow & Edinburgh This May

Summer is fast approaching and all the big festivals are kicking off very soon. Until they do, here’s a few smaller city festivals and events taking place in Glasgow and Edinburgh that we’re looking forward to this month.  


What's On Edinburgh: Hidden Door Festival HIDDEN DOOR FESTIVAL: 26 MAY – 4 JUNE

Dozens of musicians, bands, artists, poets and filmmakers will be showcasing their talents at the fourth edition of the Hidden Door Arts Festival from 26 May – 4 June.

The non-profit, volunteer run festival features 10 days and nights of music, theatre, film, spoken word and visual art, all taking place at the old Leith Theatre. The venue lay derelict for 28 years and Hidden Door hope the festival with provide the ‘initial spark’ to get the Theatre running as a major Edinburgh arts venue. Music highlights at the festival include performances from SAY award winner, Anna Meredith; Scottish indie legends Idlewild; alt-rock trio Dama Scout; ‘multi-instrumentalism mayhem’ with Hidden Orchestra; and an exciting collaboration between Tinderbox Orchestra and SAY Award winner, Kathryn Joseph.

We’re also looking forward to spoken word event ‘Freak Show’, an hour of uninterrupted spoken word from the UK’s top performers, and theatre show ‘What Would Kanye Do?’, a solo performance from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate, Clare Marcie.

Check out the full programme at www.hiddendoorblog. org/event/ to decide what you fancy checking out and to buy tickets for evening events. The festival is free to explore during the day, until 6pm.


Anyone who has ever been to the zoo, or anywhere really, with kids knows how stressful the experience can be – you don’t get to properly enjoy it when you’re too busy keeping them safe, entertained and out of trouble.

So take the kids out of the equation and head to Edinburgh Zoo Nights on 26 May for a carnival themed, adults-only ‘festival of wonder’, where you can explore the hidden world of the zoo. Aside from the usual things you’d expect at a zoo (like lions and tigers and bears), the event also features live entertainment, street food and drink, face painting, photo opportunities, meet the keeper talks and Q&As, a silent disco and more.

Tickets are on sale now for £20 from the Edinburgh Zoo website.


Are you bored of running a predictable route and feeling ready to take your 5K game to the next level? Or just looking for something a bit different to do on a Saturday afternoon? Well then get yourself signed up for Gung-Ho! where you’ll run, jump and bounce your way across the giant obstacle course, which features the biggest inflatable slide in Europe and a foam party finish.

The Gung-Ho! team have also added brand new record-breaking obstacles for their 2017 editions, which take place across the UK – stopping off at The Meadows in Edinburgh on 13 May.


Exploring the world’s finest breweries sounds delightful but a tad expensive. Thankfully the smart folk over at the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival have taken all the stress and most of the expense away with their world-class festival that brings together a specially curated, global gathering of the world’s finest breweries at the Biscuit Factory from 26-28 May.

Explore and taste hundreds of special beers, sample the one-off menu from Edinburgh’s best street food market, The Pitt, and enjoy the live music and DJs. Tickets range from £30-£105 and are available from www.edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk.


Vintage lovers can sort their holiday wardrobe at the award-winning Lou Lou’s vintage fair, when it returns to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 28 May. With over 40 stalls of vintage fashion, homeware and collectables, you’re bound to find a bargain or two, or three, or a car-full.

The event will also feature live performances and the chance to get pampered in the vintage beauty salon, provided by Lipstick, Lashes and Locks. The Edinburgh-based salon are pros at victory rolls, glamorous pin curls and sky-scraping beehives, so if you fancy treating yourself to a glam makeover book ahead by emailing lipsticklashesandlocks@gmail.com.

Entry costs £2.50 and is payable on the door.



It sometimes feels like a new foodie festival pops up every other weekend, not that we’re complaining or anything, it’s always good to have an excuse to celebrate the excellent Scottish grub.

That’s why we’re excited for the first annual Scottish Street Food Festival, which is taking place on 20 and 21 May at the Riverside Museum. 15 of Scotland’s finest food trucks have been confirmed for the free event including Firedog, Nomad Wood Fired Pizza, Bowl Food, Street Food Putter Club, Chick + Pea, Bruadair and Fresh Revolution.

Along with these tasty street food trucks, the festival will feature cocktail and craft beer bars, cooking demonstrations, live music stages, market stalls and activities to keep kids occupied. It’s also taking place during the Scottish boat race weekend, so you’ll have fantastic riverside views of all the action as the annual rowing competition between rivals the University of Glasgow and The University of Edinburgh takes place on the River Clyde.


Can you imagine anything better than watching Harry Potter alone whilst all cosy in bed after a crap day? How about watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on a 40-foot screen, surrounded by thousands of other wizarding-world loving muggles as a live symphony orchestra performs every note from the award-winning score of the beloved first film?

In case anyone is in need of a refresher, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone depicts young Harry’s first adventure at Hogwarts as he adapts to the life-changing news that he’s a wizard and meets several friends who help him discover the truth about his parents’ deaths.

If you’re a Potterhead and this is your dream day out, head to Ticketmaster now to purchase your tickets for the recently added matinee performance of the concert on 20 May. The original 6.30 pm event sold out very quickly, so make sure to get your tickets asap. Prices range from £25-£65.


Glasgow-based gig theatre company, Blood of the Young, are premiering their new show, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound at the Tron Theatre as part of the Mayfesto festival from 9-13 May.

The theatre show is all about 60s Radiophonic Workshop music pioneer, Daphne Oram – who was a central figure in the evolution of electronic music and the first woman to design and construct an electronic musical instrument, among many other achievements – and the show features a live score from SAY nominated musician Anneke Kampman.

Check it out now before the show heads out on tour across Scotland this June, tickets range from £8-£16 and are available from www.tron.co.uk.


Exercising often feels like a necessary evil for most of us unfortunately but it doesn’t have to be – there are many ways to keep fit, have fun and even raise money for charity, what a win-win situation.

If that sounds up your street, sign up for Color Me Rad, which takes place on 13 May at Glasgow Green and will definitely be the most colourful 5K you’ll ever run. For £25, you’ll receive a free t-shirt, sunglasses, RAD tattoo, race bib and colour bomb for the final colour throw. A portion of proceeds raised from the event also goes to a local charity partner, for Glasgow this is Radio Clyde’s Cash for Kids.


Tracks from Armand Van Helden, Utah Saints, The Prodigy, Scott Brown, Technotronic, plus UV cannons and thousands of glowsticks – it must be a 90s rave, right? Correct, everyone’s favourite warehouse in the west end of Glasgow is throwing a 90s night that is not to be missed on 26 May.

If you’re heading to Riverside, kick the weekend (and your summer) off with a bang and get your tickets from www.tickets-scotland.com/90sra. Early bird tickets are gone but the night’s still cheap at only £10 a ticket for the second release.

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