For many people, April revolves around praying for beer-garden worthy weather over the Easter Weekend, but there are plenty of other events happening this month in Glasgow and Edinburgh – here’s what we’re looking forward to.
Get in quick if you fancy being at the first ever Secret Woodland Garden Dance Project, tickets for the day event are limited at 1,500 and with the top line-up, gorgeous location and fairly cheap tickets, we expect it’ll sell out rapidly.
Taking place just outside of Edinburgh on 29 April, the event promises a “hedonistic atmosphere of colour, magic and dance” and features three bespoke stages with custom sound systems. Confirmed acts for the “first of its kind on the East Coat” event include: Mungos HiFi, Samedia Shabeen, Substance, Hectors House, Electrikal Crew, Escape Roots and more, plus a still to be announced secret headliner.
Aside from the music, locally sourced food stalls, local beers and ciders, a cocktail bar by The Casbash and live art will all be on offer at the event. Full package tickets are on sale at £40 and include the day ticket, return bus and an after party ticket.
Acknowledging the boom of ‘Comic Con’ events in recent years, the Edinburgh Comic Con has stepped things up for their fourth year, introducing a new arcade zone, new photo opportunities and a “bigger and better” game zone, with a more diverse selection of interactive gaming demonstrations.
The event, which takes place from 15-16 April at The Exchange, will also be showing a UK first preview of Shooting Clerks and the Scottish premiere of Search and Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film. Confirmed guest include Emma Beeby, one of the leading women writers in British fantasy and comics; Ken Lashley, who will be discussing his excitement about drawing the upcoming X-Men Prime for Marvel; former World Martial Art Champion and Doctor Strange actress Zara Phythian and more famous faces from the comic and TV/film industries.
Another new addition to the event is the Yancy St Awards, which will recognise and celebrate the year’s best offerings in all things comic related. Fans can place their nominations at www.herocomicshop.com.
Thankfully the main highlight of the Old Town Street Food Festival at the Three Sisters on 16 April is, you guessed it, the food.
So even if you’re not one of the lucky ones with no uni, college or work responsibilities on Easter Monday, you’ll still be able to make the most of the vendors including Baby Bombay Street Kitchen, Barnacles & Bones, Daizy Delicious and Alplings – just maybe take it easy on the drink, no-one likes the anticipation of a Monday hangover.
Celebrate the beginning of the summer season with the annual Beltane Fire Festival on 30 April. Taking place at Calton Hill, the very unique festival is inspired by ancient Gaelic traditions and allows Edinburgh’s population to get involved with pagan and elemental dancing and produces dazzling fire displays which look spectacular at night.
The event, which everyone should experience at least once, feels otherworldly with the variety of characters in attendance, including the magisterial May Queen and the red men.
Following its record-breaking, critically acclaimed West End run, this “exhilirating” new production of iconic show Funny Girl is heading out on tour, with a stop at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 18-22 April.
Starring Sheridan Smith, who has received high praise for her portrayal of Fanny Brice, Funny Girl boasts some of the most beloved songs in theatre history, including ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ and brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago. It tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from musical hall singer to Broadway star.
There’s no need to wait for October for the spooky events to begin, join New Hellfire Club at Ivory Blacks from 29-30 April for two days of terror at their 2017 Horror-Thon.
From 10.30 – 16.30 on Saturday and Sunday, they’re hosting the Horror Fair, your chance to grab everything horror related from comics, to movies, books,
crafts and toys, along with a tombola, picture booth, face painting and some other surprises – all horror related of course.
The event continues with a horror themed gignight on Saturday 29 April. Fancy dress is encouraged (there’s a prize for best dressed) and confirmed acts for the gig include Splintered Halo, The Brother Corpse Trio, Skellys and one other special guest. The Horror-Thon then wraps up on Sunday evening with the horror movie night, featuring a Mexican slasher movie and a showing of a the new horror music video from Test The Waters, plus a Q&A with the director and band. Daytime events are £1 entry on the door, music night and horror movie night are £6 each.
Forgot about stuffy halls and nasty old ladies telling you to shush, Bongo’s Bingo have completely changed the bingo game. Combining the classic pastime with raves and confetti cannons, this is nothing like the Bingo your nana plays. Taking place on 28 April at SWG3, the idea behind the event is that it’s still bingo, the standard rules still apply and you still win prizes, but it’s all happening whilst dancing to nineties pop music.
One minute you’ll be playing bingo, the next you’ll be dancing on tables and in the middle of it all there’s a 15 minute rave where the lights go out and smoke cannon, confetti and glow sticks come on. Previous prizes won at the event, which has been causing quite the stir in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, include convertibles, holidays to the Caribbean and a speed boat. Sign us up right now.
For some people heading out to a gig is a luxury they just cannot justify. Which is why singer/songwriter Jill Brown has arranged the Soul Food event at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on 16 April. The event allows you to buy your own ticket for the gig (£8) and a ‘soul’ ticket (also £8) – which will be given to someone who wouldn’t normally get the chance to hear live music.
The ‘soul’ tickets will be given to three charities to distribute: Glasgow City Mission, Glasgow Women’s Aid and St Rollox Community Outreach Project. It’ll be the most heart-warming gig you ever attend.
The second biennial Dance International Glasgow festival returns from 21 April – 21 May and features stunning work from some of the most exciting choreographers, directors and companies.
Produced by Tramway, the festival takes place in venues across Glasgow and will feature both respected and emerging artists, including Shobana Jeyasingh, Siobhan Davies and Mark Murphy’s V-Tol with Out of This World – a genre-defying mix of aerial acrobatics, projected film and special effects.
Instead of lying about in a hungover heap, drag yourself out of bed on Sunday 30 April and over to Bellahouston Park where you can support the Prince & Princes of Wales Hospice at their 2017 Bubble Rush.
You’ll be glad to hear the route, which is just under 5k, isn’t timed so you’re free to take as long as you like enjoying the bubble stations and don’t need to much prior training.