Right, there’s been plenty of talk about what’s happening in Glasgow on Saturday and were not going to dwell on it. Instead…if you want to get your fill of fun in Glasgow, you have plenty of great options on Friday night. It would take a far stronger group than what is descending on Saturday afternoon to put Glaswegians off a good Friday night, and in a way, we are a wee bit annoyed about how much is going on this Friday.
This is because we cannot be in three places at once!
Paws + Tuff Love +Martha Ffion at the Hug & Pint
First up – a soft opening for the Hug & Pint. Anything which takes the lead from Arab Strap is fine by us and Aidan Moffat has been involved with the design for the new venue. Things are not fully in place, it may even be that the signs for the former bar (The Roxy) will still be up, but never mind all that, check out the bands that are playing at the night!
Paws, Tuff Love and Martha Ffion are all playing acoustic sets, tickets are available now, and it’s sure to be a cracking set. Paws are excellent, they released one of our favourite albums of last year and they are very much in the running for the SAY Award, which will be handed over later this month. Tuff Love have also been making a name for themselves, recently supporting Ride, and will be an excellent addition to the bill.
However, it is Martha Ffion we want to give a shout out to. We haven’t seen Martha live yet but we have seen her name cropping up on a few bills. The reviews seemed of a positive nature and then we heard this track:
That’s a glorious pop song isn’t it? We won’t be able to make this one but hopefully we’ll get a chance to see Martha at some point soon. She will be supporting Honeyblood at the Art School later on in the year, so that’s a stick on but hopefully there’ll be other chances over the summer. (In fact, it looks as though Martha is doing two gigs on Saturday – the b fest at Balloch Country Park and then a support slot in the 13th Note at night….so if you are around either of those, pop along)
Woodenbox album launch – Nice n Sleazys
We’ve already spent a chunk of this week extoling the virtues of Woodenbox and their new album, which is out on Monday, is a cracker. This Friday night, they play in Sleazys to launch that album and again, this would be an excellent way for you to spend your time. They’ll be supported by A Fistful of Fivers, who are also well worth checking out.
Errors + Marnie + Lockah – Glasgow Science Centre
Errors are going to be joined by the Glad Café Community Choir, so their set promises to be a little bit different. The band is also in the running for the SAY Award and after the show, they’ll be heading down to that London to play at the Field Day festival.
We’re also really looking forward to seeing Marnie perform – we’ve never managed to get around to seeing Helen play live in her solo guise (have seen her DJ a few times) though and we’re very much looking forward to what should be a cracking evening.
This is a free show and tickets have been allocated but if you follow Errors or Helen Marnie on Twitter, they have promised to retweet any tickets that have become available so you may find that there is a chance to head along for some free fun.
And in true Columbo style, there is also FiniTribe at the Poetry Club on Friday night if you are wanting something that keeps you going until the small hours of Saturday morning.