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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Suzanne McLaughlin

What to do in Scotland this week: Seven things for seven days

Michael Kiwanuka is hitting the 02 Academy in Glasgow this week

1 THIS weekend there is only one place to be and that’s the Electric Shores-curated Heverlee Village Melting Pot in Queen’s Park, Glasgow. There is a big top tent featuring Greg Wilson, Simon Cordiner, Let’s Go Back To The 80s and Poppy Amber Rose. The Heverlee stage has Rebecca Vasmant and Shakara and much more. There will be a Heverlee Village, seating areas, bars, the famous Mini Manoeuvres, street food taken care of by this column’s favourite, The Big Feed, glorious vibes, and all the festival feels. Get all the gen on the socials @electricshorespublicity and @heverleebeer @meltingpotglasgow and @optimoespacio and buy tickets via Skiddle. Be there or be square.

2 FIFE singer-songwriter Cammy Barnes, dropped his new single Beauty In The Streets fresh off his latest tour. Cammy’s music is a stirring blend of folk pop and is utterly haunting. He cracked the UK top 40 with his last single and he’s going places. Get it bought this week and watch out for upcoming gigs. The Kingdom of Fife has a new crown prince I say. Follow him on the socials @iamcammybarnes

3 THE Real Mary Kings close in Edinburgh is partnering with Skene Whisky to host whisky-themed tours and tastings in the close. Enjoy tales of old Edinburgh, meander the warren of underground streets, the 17th century buildings and tempt your tastebuds with a carefully created blend just for the occasion. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs £35 a skull. This Friday and Saturday at 5:45pm. For more info and to buy tickets head over to

4 IF you’re in the vicinity of Stewarton, then I have a treat in store for you. Rose – the story of how Stewarton’s own lass came to be recognised as the greatest female footballer in the world. From the World Famous A Play, A Pie and a Pint series, having played at Oran Mor in the West End of Glasgow and soon to be performed in Milan, Italy. Based on real life, Rose tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring story of an underdog, working-class teenager from Ayrshire who refused to play by society’s discriminatory rules, and who overcame numerous obstacles, including a lifetime ban in her home country, to become a professional footballer in Italy. After the performance there will be a Q&A session with Rose. Tonight 7pm tickets available at

5 KIRRIEMUIR. Who knew? Home to not only Peter Pan creator JM Barrie but also home to one of rock’s most famous sons, Bon Scott of ACDC. This weekend fans from all over the world are descending on Kirriemuir for the 15th annual Bonfestival and today brings you gigs from Massive Wagons, Bon UK and Bad Actress. It’s a braw wee town with some great boozers and fab wee cafes and you can nod to Peter Pans statue as you rock it out.

6 NEWHAILES is hosting its first family friendly music festival next weekend in the gardens of Newhailes House. Live bands, children’s rides, playpark, street food, face painting, gin bus, prosecco tent. From 2pm-11pm on Saturday. It costs £15 a head and kids under five are free. Dugs welcome. Head to Eventbrite for tickets.

7 MICHAEL Kiwanuka is hitting the 02 Academy in Glasgow this week. The British singer-songwriter hit the limelight when his song Cold Little Heart was the theme tune for smash TV show Big Little Lies. His self titled second album has hit the charts and he’s performing on Friday night at the 02. For more details and tickets follow the artist on or Insta @michaelkiwanuka

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