Seven good ideas for seven days in Scotland
1. ONE event I wouldn’t miss for the world this week is the launch night for an album release by the incredible Racecar. The band are showcasing the 11-track album Orange Car at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms on Tuesday.
Racecar are a bloody joyous mix of indie-pop and electro funk and they hail from East Lothian. They recently enjoyed success as their single from the album Better Than You Know was a BBC Scotland Single of the Week. They are an awesome band, follow them on the socials @scubafans_racecar and tickets for the gig can be found on eventbrite by searching “racecar Album Launch + Yoko Pwno, Yellow Helen and Dr Salad (acoustic)”
2 OH I do like to be beside the seaside… Troon is quickly becoming the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s coast with a whole host of stuff to do: a new adventure playground for the kids, mini golf and new cafes and bars. Have yourself a braw day out, fish and chips at the Wee Hurrie and a walk along the beach or a fancy dinner out – this wee town has you covered.
The much-loved Lido has shaken off its old clothes and gone for a brand-new look with a spiffing menu for summer. Breakfast bagel or cocktails and cool sounds at the weekend. The lido has you sorted.
Follow them on the socials @lido_troon 3 GLASGOW Women’s library has a new exhibition this week that I’m here for in a big way and so should you be! It’s called Making Her Mark and is a vibrant interactive exhibition revealing some of the stories uncovered by Recovery Across Mental Health and Kairos Women+ who participated in the Renfrewshire-based project of the same name.
From residents of 19th-century poorhouses to women who were writers and artists, their stories are told here. It’s on from Tuesday and is open to all. It’s also free and accessible.
For more information follow the women’s library @womenslibrary on insta and/or head over to www.womenslibrary.org.uk/event/making-her-mark-exhibition-4/ 4 IT’S Britney, b**** – or rather, it’s Godney. A club night dedicated to celebrating Britney Spears: non-stop Britney with fan favourites, album tracks and all her hits.
Expect confetti showers, her original music videos on a 10ft by 8ft screen and join fellow fans in celebrating the brilliance that is Britney Spears. Studenty and fun, it’s GBP5 to get in and is at Church, Dundee, this Saturday night after 10:30pm. Pay on the door and gimme more.
5 GOUROCK has it all going on this week. The weather promises to be fabulous so get yourself down to the outdoor pool and have some fun. summer season has started and the immensely popular starlight swims are back with a bang. Scotland in the sun at an outdoor pool cannot be beaten, especially when there are views of the ocean and a cafe for a welcome hot chocolate or a 99.
So whether you fancy a sunshine or a starlight swim, Gourock is where you want to be headed. For all the gen and how to book, head over to www.inverclydeleisure.com 6 LAUGH in the Park.
This Saturday, you should be making like a baby (head out), over to Queen’s Park Arena where Scotland’s finest comics will be treating you to the best time. The wonderful Viv Gee will steal the show but she’s joined by Billy Kirkwood, Rossco McClelland, Rachel Jackson and many more. Food trucks and drinks bars aplenty.
All the gen at www.laughinthepark.com 7 DON’T dream it’s over – Crowded House are headed to Scotland, touring their new album and playing their biggest hits. The critically acclaimed rockers are doing a one-off gig north of Hadrian’s Wall and they’ve decided to stop off at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro this Friday.
Get your tickets at www.ovohydro.com/events/detail/crowded-house priced GBP40.